At the end of last year, I made a promise to not judge the number of books that I read in 2022, but rather, the quality. I knew that as a first-time mom, reading books for leisure would be a luxury, and as long as I dedicated some time to reading, I’d be happy.
Reflecting on the past year, I am pleased with my relationship with my favorite hobby. I snuck in some reading time during late-night pumping sessions, my daughter’s naps, and even on the treadmill. I rediscovered my Kindle and its lightweight convenience and would read while walking on my treadmill or cycling on the Peloton. I joined a book club and downloaded audiobooks for driving back and forth from work and doctor’s appointments. And all of this intentional self-care resulted in 34 books! Not bad, huh?
And while not all of the books were 5-star reads, I am happy with the books that I chose. This year’s books were certainly a mix of fantasy, contemporary fiction, and romance. I steered away from thriller and historical fiction, my usual go-to’s, and discovered some series that I really loved.
My favorite books this year
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Goodness. A little late to the party with this one, but boy, I loved every second. This book is hilarious, romantic, sweet, heartwarming, and everything in between. I will be rereading this one in 2023.
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
The perfect book. Public radio nerd meets romance meets super fun storyline. I loved it. Another book I could read again.
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
Every trigger warning possible, but Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow was a super interesting story. It had very complicated characters and introduced me to the art of video game design. Takes some smarrttt people to make a video game.
Babel: An Arcane History by R.F. Kuang
A triumph. Incredibly brilliant. Complicated and smart and interesting and dense and everything in-between. Kuang is one of my favorite authors. No question.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
If this book was a movie it would be my favorite book and movie. ‘Nuff said.
My favorite series this year
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
Mentally prepare yourself for the densest and most interesting fantasy series you’ll ever read. Kuang is brilliant. Oh, and read my series review.