These Are The 5 Best Books I Read in 2022

Books that helped me expand my horizons, learn about a diverse set of topics, and transformed my perspective on life and the world.

Irtiza Hafiz
8 min readDec 7, 2022


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At the start of 2022, I made it my mission to read at least 12 non-fiction books cover to cover.

Looking at my TBR (to be read) list, I realized that I had around 122 books in it. That’s not manageable! So, I went through a vetting process to decide which books were worth reading in 2022.

Here are a few tests the book had to pass to make the cut:

  • An interesting genre — either something I am interested in or something I have never explored before
  • Challenges my opinion — I want to read from both sides of a coin, so if the book is on a topic I know about already, I tried my best to pick a perspective that’s opposite to my own.
  • New domains — The book must have something new to offer!
  • Growth — Above all, the book should help me grow as a person, personally or professionally.

Now that you know my thought process behind choosing these books, here are the top 5 that I absolutely loved in 2022.

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Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

This book blew my mind!

It takes you through a brief history of humankind. It dives deep into the past and tells us how we, the human race, came to be.

The book is thought-provoking, educational, and an absolute page-turner.

In the past, I had a certain schema of history books in my head — boring, plain, tedious. This book couldn’t be farther from that.

Yuval takes you through a journey. It reads like a very interesting narrative. He doesn’t just spit facts at you. He takes you on a rollercoaster ride, and you end the ride truly changed as a person.

Combing through my book notes, here are a few key topics I learned about in this book (definitely not an exhaustive list):



Irtiza Hafiz

I write about tech, productivity, intentional living, sustainability, personal finance, heath and other topics related to personal growth.