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Books I read in 2022

January 18, 2023

I read 24 books for fun in 2022, which is less than half of what I read last year but still adds up to two books a month. Not bad considering I had a baby in April and he demanded much of my time! (In the most adorable way, of course.)

The books I enjoyed most this year were well-written, character-driven stories, like French Braid, an intergenerational family story (my favorite kind) and Piranesi (wonderfully weird). Unusually, I did not read much fantasy or sci-fi this year.

My two book clubs chose a wide variety of reads. We’ve come to realize that the best book club choices are what a reviewer would call “juicy,” ones where you can intensely like or dislike the main characters. The Gifted School isn’t a book I’d read again, but it was great fodder for our Zoom discussion.

Only four of the books I read were by men; the other 20 were written by women.

The list

Bold = faves (doesn’t include rereads)
* = rereads

Book clubs’ choices

  • A Snake Falls To Earth (Darcie Little Badger)
  • Florida (Lauren Groff)
  • French Braid (Anne Tyler)
  • Hamnet (Maggie O’Farrell)
  • I Feel Bad About My Neck (Nora Ephron)
  • The Gifted School (Bruce Holsinger)
  • The Lager Queen of Minnesota (J. Ryan Stradal)
  • The Viscount Who Loved Me (Julia Quinn)
  • Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens)

Everything else

  • Anxious People (Fredrik Backman)
  • Clark and Division (Naomi Hirahara)
  • Commonwealth (Ann Patchett)
  • Drunk on Love (Jasmine Guillory)
  • I’ll Show Myself Out (Jessi Klein)
  • It Happened One Summer (Tessa Bailey)
  • Jurassic Park* (Michael Crichton)
  • Mad About You (Mhairi McFarlane)
  • No Judgements (Meg Cabot)
  • No Offense (Meg Cabot)
  • No Words (Meg Cabot)
  • People We Meet on Vacation* (Emily Henry)
  • Piranesi (Susanna Clarke)
  • The Night Bookmobile (Audrey Niffenegger)
  • To Marry and To Meddle (Martha Waters)

I must also admit that there were plenty of books that I read maybe a quarter of before losing interest or needing to return to the library, like Mexican Gothic and The Winners.

Children’s books I enjoyed reading

I’m not counting these among the books I read this year, but these are the books that I love reading to baby Oscar the most. Mostly, I enjoy reading him books in rhyme with beautiful illustrations.

  • The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler)
  • I Love You Sun, I Love You Moon (Karen Pandell and Tomie dePaola)
  • Red House, Brown Mouse (Jane Godwin and Blanca Gómez)
  • Moonlight Prance (Serena Gingold Allen and Teagan White)
  • Sunrise Dance (Serena Gingold Allen and Teagan White)

He just learned how to turn pages this month with his tiny little baby hand. I’m really proud!

Previously: Books I read in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009.