When I set out to ready 36 books again this year, I had no idea that I would blow through that goal. With a new job, three kids and who knows what else going on, I just assumed that I would barely make it to where I had been the year before (see here for my list of books I read in 2021).
Well, I ended up reading 40+ books in 2022, trying some new genres (YA and fantasy), new authors, and found some new favorites. Here is a look at every book I read this year: (Note – when I say “read” I do about half audiobook half actual reading typically – I like to read on my kindle or phone, and then pick up the audio when I’m driving or running)
- Golden Girl – Elin Hilderbrand
- The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah
- Evvie Drake Starts Over – Linda Holmes
- A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
- Three Sisters – Heather Morris
- The Overstory – Richard Powers
- Circling the Sun – Paula McLain
- Intimations – Zadie Smith
- The Anomaly – Herve Le Tellier
- The Sixth Wedding – Elin Hilderbrand
- Fool Me Once – Ashley Winstead
- 28 Summers – Elin Hilderbrand
- The Book of Two Ways – Jodi Picoult
- Book Lovers – Emily Henry
- The Rose Code – Kate Quinn
- Later – Stephen King
- Verity – Colleen Hoover
- The Lincoln Highway – Amor Towles
- The Monsters of Templeton – Lauren Groff
- Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus
- Meant to Be – Emily Giffin
- After I Do – Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Maybe in Another Life – Taylor Jenkins Reid
- A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
- Sea of Tranquility – Emily St John Mandel
- One True Loves – Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Memory Police – Yoko Ogawa
- Upgrade – Blake Crouch
- Chilean Poet – Alejandro Zambra
- Forever, Interrupted – Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Last Housewife – Ashley Winstead
- This Time Tomorrow – Emma Straub
- The Book of Lost Names – Kristin Harmel
- Carrie Soto is Back – Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The German Midwife – Mandy Robotham
- Nora Goes Off Script – Annabel Monaghan
- All Adults Here – Emma Straub
- Our Missing Hearts – Celeste Ng
- The Guncle – Steven Rowley
- Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of Life Interrupted – Suleika Jaouad
- A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas
- A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas
- Horse – Geraldine Brooks
Looking for new reads for 2023? Here are some of my thoughts on the books:
Most surprising books I read:
A Court of Thorns and Roses (the series, especially book #2) – Sarah J Maas: One of my best friends suggested I read this, and when I read the description of the book and series, I was skeptical. I don’t typically do YA books or fantasy/mythology type of reads (Sorry to say, but I never got into Harry Potter, LOTR, etc.). But then two more friends separately recommended these and I decided to give it a try. And now I’m hooked! I’m on book 3 of the series and can’t wait to keep reading.
Horse – Geraldine Brooks: My mom suggested this book, and when I looked up what it was about (a horse), I wasn’t realllly interested. But if you like stories that go from generation to generation or through different timelines of people whose stories are all connected, you’ll like this one. I found the horse part interesting and education since I know nothing about riding or racing horses, and the fact that it’s based on a few true stories woven together made it one of my favorites this year.
Books I want to be made into movies stat:
The Guncle – Steven Rowley: You know those books that you just smile while reading because there’s something just so fun about the characters? This was that book. I loved this! I would love this to be made into a movie, because it would be one where I’d laugh and cry and laugh again.
Nora Goes Off Script – Annabel Monaghan: I need to see this come to the big screen or at least to Netflix. It would make for a great rom com and I have some clear pictures in my mind of the characters, so I need to see how they would portray it.
Best beach reads I read this year:
Golden Girl – Elin Hildebrand: This book takes place on Nantucket, so naturally it would make for a great beach read. It made me want to get back to Nantucket – or really anywhere on the Cape – asap!
Carrie Soto is Back – Taylor Jenkins Reid: This isn’t a true beach read, but it was a fun, fast read, and would have ben a perfect rad for any vacation. I read quite a few TJR books this year and this was hands down my favorite that I read this year.
My top 3 of 2022 (in no order)
These books are all so different from one another. One is a bazillion pages and emotional and even though I read it in the first part of the year, I still think about it. One is a history fiction/female empowerment story. One is a time travel-esque/pandemic story. Another is a story of friends and the trials that shape them throughout the years. If you only read a few books from my list, these are the ones I recommend.
A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus
Sea of Tranquility – Emily St John Mandel
Some questions for you:
- What are you reading? Anything I should add to my next-read list?
- How do you consume books – reading on an e-reader? Listening to an audio book? Real hard copy?