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My Book List for 2022

Submitted by Bethany on Sat, 01/01/2022 - 07:59

This year I've decided not to make any specific reading goals, but I do want to keep tracking everything I read and this is the place to do it! 

My Book List for 2022:

1. The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell
When Adrian's third wife dies under mysterious circumstances, his whole world starts to unravel as he looks for the reason why. This story has an intriguing mystery and a heartwarming ending. A good way to start the new year! 

2. The Intangible by CJ Washington
This story follows two couples - Amanda & Derrick and Patrick & Marissa - as they face difficulties and find their lives intertwining in new ways. The timeline jumped around a lot which was a bit confusing/annoying until I got the hang of it. The characters were compelling and the story interesting! 

3. The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell
This story intertwines characters who share a common genetic thread...that they are only finding out about! It was lovely and made me cry (in a good way) at the end. 

4. The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
This story follows a family through the years, sharing snapshots of Easter weekends and how various events have defined their lives. It's a bit confusing at first with the way it jumps around the timeline, but once I got the hang of it I like it. #

5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid 
The most famous old school movie start Evelyn Hugo finally wants to open up to a writer about the whole story of her life - including her seven marriages and the real love of her life. It jumps back and forth between telling Eveyln's story then and now. It took me a bit to get into but once it got going I was hooked and I lost sleep finishing it up!

6. The Truth About Melody Browne by Lisa Jewell
Melody has spent her whole life thinking she is one person, although she has no memories of her life before the age of 9. When a random trip to a hpynosis performer begins to unlock memories in her mind, she goes on a long journey through the past to uncover who she was, which helps her to discover who she is now. I really enjoyed this deep character exploration! 

7. Verity by Colleen Hoover
Well, one good thing about being sick (on day 8 of Covid positive here) is that I have plenty of time to read! I read this book in one day. It was short, gripping, and fast-paced. It's not exactly high-brow literature but I enjoyed it. The story is of a writer who gets recruited to finish a popular series when the original author has fallen ill. In the process of going through the office to find notes, she finds a sinister autobiography and begins to read it...the story unfolds from there! 

8. The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
A young couple disappears one summer night, leaving behind their baby to be cared for by the woman's mother. She never gives up looking for her daughter, knowing something terrible must have happened for her to leave her son behind. This tale of intrigue twists and turns as it jumps between telling the story from the young woman's perspective and that of the mystery writer who just moved into town and wants to solve the disappearance. I enjoyed it! 

9. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
This was a heartwrenching tale that vacillates between Chicago in the 1980's and Paris in 2015. It is a beautiful exploration of love and relationships and the family we choose for ourselves. 

10. Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney 
I love when a good mystery makes a lightbulb go off halfway through the story! I very much enjoyed this twisty tale about a husband and wife who go away for a weekend in Scotland...but not all is at it should be. It's told in alternating perspectives and through letters that look back on their ten years of marriage. A fun read!

11. Christian Minimalism: Simple Steps for Abundant Living by Becca Ehrlich
Minimalism has been a part of my life ever since I read Marie Kondo's first book in 2015. I enjoyed this take on it that shows how minimalism can (and maybe should!) be a part of our Christian faith. I would love to lead a book study on it someday! 

12. Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
This mystery novel is apparently a twist/update on an Agatha Christie story...but I'm not sure which one and I don't think I've read it. The story follows a group of twenty somethings who end up meeting on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere. People die and it turns out they all might be more connected than they knew... It was a fun fast read although I didn't find the ending particularly satisfying.

13. The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
I've read a few books by these authors before and they again deliver a well-paced mystery that kept me turning the pages so I could get to the end. When the seemingly perfect couple comes to a rogue therapist for marriage counseling, all sorts of drama ensues! 

14. The Siren by Alison Bruce 
I picked up a paper copy of this when a church member was giving books away last year and finally got around to reading it when my Kindle decided to malfunction right before 24 hours of international travel! I don't know if it was the story itself or the fact that I apparently don't like reading real books anymore, but I could not get into this one. I felt like I had to drag myself through to the end, and the mystery didn't wrap up well and it felt like there were some loose ends left hanging. I didn't care for it, but I did end up leaving the book behind in a little free library. Hopefully someone else will enjoy it more! 

15. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
This story is told from the perspective of a woman stuck in a coma who can think and feel but can't express anything. It alternates with her telling the story of the week before she ended up in a coma, and the diaries of a younger girl. When all the threads of the story come together I found it very interesting!

16. Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight 
The story starts with a dead infant found in a creek, and spirals out from there as we learn about the people in this small town and the shady parts of their lives they try to hide from everyone including themselves. It was a quick read, if a bit predictable about halfway through. 

17. 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
Each chapter covers one summer/year in the lives of Jake and Mallory as they conduct a "Same Time, Next Year" type affair throughout the ups and downs of their lives. I absolutely loved this read. 


TBR (To Be Read) Pile:

From Library on Kindle:

On Kindle:
The Keeper of Happy Endings
The Passing Storm
Mother Trucker

Actual Book:
Inspired by RHE
Mothers in Israel 
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth