What I Read in 2022: 43 Books

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)

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  1. Golden Girl – Elin Hilderbrand
  2. The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah
  3. Evvie Drake Starts Over – Linda Holmes
  4. A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
  5. Three Sisters – Heather Morris
  6. The Overstory – Richard Powers
  7. Circling the Sun – Paula McLain
  8. Intimations – Zadie Smith
  9. The Anomaly – Herve Le Tellier
  10. The Sixth Wedding – Elin Hilderbrand
  11. Fool Me Once – Ashley Winstead
  12. 28 Summers – Elin Hilderbrand
  13. The Book of Two Ways – Jodi Picoult
  14. Book Lovers – Emily Henry
  15. The Rose Code – Kate Quinn
  16. Later – Stephen King
  17. Verity – Colleen Hoover
  18. The Lincoln Highway – Amor Towles
  19. The Monsters of Templeton – Lauren Groff
  20. Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus
  21. Meant to Be – Emily Giffin
  22. After I Do – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  23. Maybe in Another Life – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  24. A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
  25. Sea of Tranquility – Emily St John Mandel
  26. One True Loves – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  27. The Memory Police – Yoko Ogawa
  28. Upgrade – Blake Crouch
  29. Chilean Poet – Alejandro Zambra
  30. Forever, Interrupted – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  31. The Last Housewife – Ashley Winstead
  32. This Time Tomorrow – Emma Straub
  33. The Book of Lost Names – Kristin Harmel
  34. Carrie Soto is Back – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  35. The German Midwife – Mandy Robotham
  36. Nora Goes Off Script – Annabel Monaghan
  37. All Adults Here – Emma Straub
  38. Our Missing Hearts – Celeste Ng
  39. The Guncle – Steven Rowley
  40. Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of Life Interrupted – Suleika Jaouad
  41. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas
  42. A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas
  43. 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?

What I Read In 2021

At the beginning of 2021, I set out to read 36 books. Easy, I thought, 3 books a month. (Note: When I say “read” I mean a combination of listening to audiobooks and reading. I do about 50/50, depending on the week and what I have planned.)

As the year went on, I realized 3 books a month would be a challenge. I decided to change the goal to 32 (because 2 2/3 books is that much easier), and spoiler alert — I ended up getting to 32, then reading 4 more to get to my original goal of 36!

36 books wasn’t easy. But, I rediscovered my love for reading and found myself hungry for new books and new genres and new authors as the year went on. I’m so glad I set the goal, and I’m excited to see what 2022 holds. 

Here are the books I read this year, in the order that I read them in. If you scroll down, I’ve also included some info about which books I recommend, the fastest read, etc. 

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  1. Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
  2. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  3. Luster by Raven Leilani
  4. In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
  5. If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane
  6. Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler
  7. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  8. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab
  9. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  10. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  11. Faye Faraway by Helen Fisher
  12. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
  13. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  14. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  15. The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
  16. Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
  17. Severance by Ling Ma
  18. That Summer by Jennifer Weiner
  19. One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
  20. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  21. Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu
  22. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
  23. Deacon King Kong by James McBride
  24. The Four Winds by Kirstin Hannah
  25. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  26. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  27. Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
  28. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  29. The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
  30. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  31. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
  32. The Color of Water by James McBride
  33. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  34. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  35. Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford
  36. Someone We Know by Shari Lapena

Want to add some of these to your list for 2022? Here are my thoughts:

My top 5 books of 2021

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  • Deacon King Kong
  • The Color of Water
  • The Midnight Library
  • The Invisible Life of Addie Larue
  • Honorable mentions: Less, What Alice Forgot

The hardest to read (But still good)

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: My coworker called this “raw” and that’s a great description. It’s a beautiful book, but man, some parts were hard to read for me. 

The fastest reads/page-turners

Someone We Know: Not the best-written book, but I read it in less than 3 days. I had to hear what happened next!

The Last Thing He Told Me: I had to keep reading – it starts out somewhat confusing, but in a way that made me eager to find out what was going on.

American Dirt: I know there has been controversy behind this book, but I found the story truly riveting. So, now I’ve added all these books to my list for 2022: 8 books by Latin American authors to read instead of, or in addition to, ‘American Dirt’.

Leave The World Behind: I stayed up late one night reading this and couldn’t put it down. I just HAD to find out what was going to happen! (And if you’ve read this, please PM me about the ending)

The best audiobook

Daisy Jones & The Six: It has an amazing cast (Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, Pablo Schreiber) and honestly was easier to listen to than read because there are so many different characters. The audiobook has each person read their own section and it felt like I was listening to a series of interviews.

Best “beach reads”

  • One to Watch
  • People We Meet on Vacation
  • Malibu Rising

And now, your turn! What books did you read this year? Any books I can add to my 2022 list?

Weekends During Social Isolation

Well, we made it — 3 weeks down of social isolation! And who knows how many more to come.

At first I thought the weekends wouldn’t feel much different than the week days – after all, I was working at home with the kids at home too. But I was VERY wrong. Working at home with the kids is far from a weekend. In fact, I saw this meme that pretty much sums it up:

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Lazy Weekends

After having several weekends in a row with plans and stuff to do, it was nice to have a weekend home with NOTHING on the schedule. Which meant, of course, making big to-do lists (cleaning! filing! working!) but getting none of them done. Which was completely, absolutely fine because what I did get done was probably much more fun. Like doing these 7 things:

7 Ways to Spend a Lazy Weekend

1. Reading.

Finished two of the books I was in the middle of! On to Orphan Train next. Any other good summer reads to recommend?

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just finished this!

2. Running. a 7.6 miler on Saturday and a 6.6 miler on Sunday. One of these days I’ll get a Garmin so I actually run even numbers.

Mileage for the week. The 8s are mostly 7.6 - dailymile rounds them up

30+ mi even with two days off from running this week!  Full disclosure: I never ran 8 full miles or 7 full: the 8s are mostly 7.6  and the 7 is 6.6- dailymile rounds them up

3. Baking. Once again we had a surplus of blueberries from our CSA, so I whipped up a batch of Blueberry Buttermilk Scones.

as B says, Game of Scones!

as B says, Game of Scones!

4. Pho-ing. Yeah, I know that’s not a word. But Friday night B and I hit up our favorite Pho place for some salads, spring rolls and bun. Sorry, bun not pictured (but enjoyed very much!)

superior pho

5. Suiteing! Yup, again, stretching it with the word, but B and I enjoyed a fun Indians game on Sunday in after a friend asked us to join him in their company suite.

B found a twin @ the game!

B found a twin @ the game in our suite!


WINNING after extra innings!

WINNING after extra innings!


Enjoying the Suite and great weather!

Enjoying the Suite and great weather!

6. Cooking at home. Which meant pasta from Ohio City Pasta (via Fresh Fork) and Limoncello from Italy!

fresh fork pickup

fresh product pickup!

limoncello

7. Enjoying new flavors of ice cream. Because what summer weekend would be complete without it? Pictured below (sorry it’s somewhat blurry) is orange ginger from Rothschild Creamery!

Orange Ginger Soft Serve!

Orange Ginger Soft Serve!

Despite not cleaning, or doing the work I wanted to, as you can tell, it was a pretty good weekend after all.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you enjoy after dinner drinks like Limoncello? What’s your favorite?
  • Any fun flavors of ice cream you’ve tried lately?
  • What’s a new book I should add to my list?