Happy 2022, friends! I just shared my favorite books from 2021 (all 108 of them!), and I am excited to share my second iteration of my non-fiction book picks for the upcoming year (here is my 2021 non-fiction book list)! In general, and especially when it comes to fiction books, I much prefer to read books as they come in from the library and as the mood strikes. I love reading far too much (and do so much of it!) to try to stick to a regimented or preconceived list that I created – but great for you if you do that, truly! In a continued effort to carve out time to read more and more non-fiction books that are on my to-read list, I created another non-fiction book list for the coming year. Of the 108 books that I read in 2021, 29 of them were non-fiction reads, and my top four non-fiction reads include Prayer by Timothy Keller, Generous Justice by Timothy Keller, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, and Good Apple by Elizabeth Passarella.
This year, in a continued effort to immerse myself in some more non-fiction reads and learn more about topics that particularly interest me, I created a thoughtful list of books (26 of them!) that dear friends have read and wholly recommended, plus many more that I’ve had my eye on. I love, love, love non-fiction books (fiction, too!) covering a wide range of topics and written by a wide range of authors. There is SO MUCH to learn, so much wisdom to soak up, so many unique perspectives to listen to and immerse myself in, and an incredible array of topics to discover and deepen my thinking and knowledge base. It’s so important to me to constantly be learning and to read the works of people I admire or look up to… and some who just entertain me! From faith to history to business to biographies to racial reconciliation to the mind to personal growth and a myriad of other topics, I’m really excited to dive into this eclectic yet thought-provoking and enlightening mix.
my 26 non-fiction books for 2022:
- Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions, Timothy Keller
- The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God, Timothy Keller (a beloved re-read!)
- The Meaning of Marriage Couple’s Devotional, Timothy and Kathy Keller
- How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels, N.T. Wright
- The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis
- A Grief Observed, C.S. Lewis
- The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, Jonathan Haidt
- In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character, Jen Wilkin
- Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers, Dane Ortlund
- New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional, Paul David Tripp
- Live No Lies: Recognize and Resist the Three Enemies That Sabotage Your Peace, John Mark Comer
- Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, Kristin Kobes Du Mez
- Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, Paul David Tripp
- The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying, Nina Riggs
- Walden, Henry David Thoreau
- Awaking Wonder, Sally Clarkson
- Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, Stephanie Land
- Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, Adam Grant
- The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness, Emily Esfahani Smith
- Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience, Brene Brown
- Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism, Amanda Montell
- Call Us What We Carry: Poems, Amanda Gorman
- Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood, Dawn Turner
- How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job, Sally Helgesen
- Business Minded: A Guide for Setting Up Your Mind, Body, and Business for Success, Carly A. Riordan
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Cal Newport
I’d love for you to join along with any and all of these non-fiction reads, if you’d like to! I’ll be sharing more along the way over on Instagram (#stephaniereads) and on Goodreads, as usual, and hopefully more here throughout the year, as well. What’s next on your to-be-read pile of books? Do you have any non-fiction reads that I should add to my list for this year? I’m all ears!
Looking for more on books?! You can read a ton more previous blog posts of mine about books: my favorite books of 2021, my 2021 non-fiction book list, my favorite books of 2020, my favorite books of 2019, my favorite books ever, all things books, let’s talk about books, best books of 2014, best books of 2013, the South’s best books and authors, and plenty more in my blog’s archives!
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