As we approach the last week-and-a-half of 2022, I find myself reflecting on the year and thinking about the books I have read. As of this post, I have read 50 books this year, though that is short of my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 57 I had optimistically set back in January.
This week, rather than focus on the books I didn’t read, I’m going to highlight one book from each month of 2022.
The first book I finished this year was Claire Cook’s Life Glows On. I felt like I was starting the year on the right foot, reading about creativity — the ways we demonstrate creativity, the reasons why we need to dedicate time and energy to creative endeavors.
During the shortest month of the year, I read Moms Don’t Have Time to Have Kids: A Timeless Anthology edited by Zibby Owens. As I wrote in my blog post: “I found myself relating to so many of the authors. The specifics may differ (where we live, how many kids we have, the ages of our kids) but the emotions are universal.”
In March, I read First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s memoir Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself. I loved reading about Dr. Biden’s passion for teaching, because I know that passion.
I picked up Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens because I wanted a fun, entertaining read. This novel was that, and more. (Which reminds me, I still haven’t read her other novels.)
Jane Goodall’s The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times was a powerful book with a powerful message.
We’re a basketball family. And while our team will always be the L.A. Clippers, we respect and appreciate many players on many different teams. The “Greek Freak,” aka Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is one such player, and why I was interested in reading Giannis.
Brighter By the Day: Waking Up to New Hopes and Dreams is the third book I have read by Robin Roberts. The book feels like a pep talk Robin Roberts is sharing with you, simply because she believes in you and just wants the best for you.
Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon is much more than a rom-com. Plus, there’s that exciting feeling knowing an author you have recently discovered has written other books you have yet to read.
Jean Meltzer’s Mr. Perfect on Paper was such a great read. I love that Ms. Meltzer writes books featuring a protagonist who is not only Jewish, but who also lives with an invisible chronic illness. (Be sure to also check out her first novel, The Matzah Ball, perfect for reading during Hanukkah.)
Love and Saffron by Kim Fay was a story told through the letters two women write to each other during the 1960s. I was instantly intrigued because I have a pen pal. We have been exchanging letters for almost thirty years!
Book Lovers by Emily Henry is a special book, for a couple of reasons. First, I bought it during our family trip to Maui. And secondly, it earned five stars on my Goodreads review.
Jasmine Guillory’s Royal Holiday was an entertaining holiday romance. It was a fun escape to be able to open the book and slip into this other world.
Readers, feel free to share some of your favorite books that you read during 2022!
2 thoughts on “Monthly Book Highlights of 2022”
Wendy, you have inspired me. Like you, I am a reader. If I were to highlight one favorite book for each month of 2022, they would be as follows:
Hell of a Book by Jason Mott
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Mrs Palfrey At the Claremont by
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel
In the Company of Men by Veronique Tadjo
By Way of Sorrow byRobyn Gigl
The Lost Children by Shirley Dickson
The Plot by Jean Hanff Korlitz
The Old Man by Thomas Perry
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian
And an oldie I found in a dusty used bookstore in Teaneck, New Jersey this past October –
Awakening by S. J. Bolton
Oh Betsy, this is quite a list. Thank you so much for sharing!