2022 in Books!

YES I’m using the same photo as last year because I still really like it and had zero time to get creative. Ha! Don’t hate it.

Booooks! These are some of my favorite posts to write and share and post and publish and share and do and write. You book lovers come out in droves, bruh!

I will say, the last few years I hit stellar numbers with book reading goals. And while 34 certainly isn’t something of which to be shameful, it’s v v telling of how nutcracker the 3rd grade schedule is. That said, I read 34 bewks! (you hate all this) And I think we should discuss some faves. Not favs.

Also this order ain’t quite right. The chunks of books are right, but I started with the Language of Flowers and haven’t stopped thinking about it SINCE. 52 weeks of swooning. I tell no lies.

Okay, in this first round of books, I’ll pick a top five. If possible.

The Language of Flowers, of course. Beautiful beautiful beautiful.

Also, I know I say this every three months but Elin is a no-brainer and everyone should read every word of hers. The Castaways and A Summer Affair are both so juicy and scandalous and hilarious and so fun. She belongs in her own category for me. But I’ll include her here, too.

Valentine was incredible. Dark, tragic, really sad. I loved it obviously.

I’d never read any Joan Didion, so The Year of Magical Thinking was a moving book to read. It’s her most acclaimed (isn’t it?), and I can see why. Chilling and heartbreaking. Just wonderful.

Also I’m terrible at top five. And describing what I love about books. Ugh.

Last Summer at the Golden Hotel is a MUST. But so is Firefly Lane. And We Were Never Here! All are amazing reads. Just make it happen, okay?

Okay, let’s see if I can narrow down a top five in this round. Hahahahaha, fat chance.

Well, Lessons in Chemistry for SURE. It was comical, very real, extremely inspiring for women and all-around fantastic.

One Italian Summer!! (two exclamation points necessary) That one really did it for me. The pristine, colorful Italian setting, the weird time-warp of it all, the characters, I couldn’t get enough.

Twenty Years Later – bonafide mystery slash thriller. The puzzle that spans the decades everyone needs.

The Hotel Nantucket! Like I said, read every word of Elin’s and love your life.

For the fifth, I’d have to go with Reminders of Him. It’s SO SAD. (obviously I loved it) But positive and takes a beautiful turn just when you think all hope is lost. Highly recommend. I’m a total CoHo and not even ashamed for it.

I did it!

Wait, there’s little more.

Okay, the House Across the Lake was AWESOME. Very very Rear Window meets this supernatural paranormal slant. It’s wild. It won’t be for everyone, but I really loved it.

The Family is great, too! Italian mafia in 1940s NYC right around World War Two. HEAVY. But lovely in an unexpected way.

Actually, here are the three more in-depth posts about the above books I posted throughout the year.

Boom. Boom and Boom.

Okay, what’s next! I just finished Hoover’s It Starts With Us and I have to say, meh. We didn’t really need that sequel. I didn’t hate the book, but it had a surprising side of cheese that CoHo doesn’t normally deliver. I still love her, though.

I just started Not a Happy Family last night and I can tell I’m going to love it. Then the rest of the books arrive today, or else I’d have taken a photo. BUT, the list:

The Chicken Sisters, Sister Stardust, The Family Remains (I love Lisa Jewell!) and Happy and You Know It. CANNOT WAIT for these. I also think I need to add an Elin in this mix, for my good health.

Tell me what’s on your TBR pile. What should I add for this year? What were YOUR 2022 favorites?


Also, for those asking where I store them all: HERE YOU GO. 🙂


19 Responses to 2022 in Books!

  1. Sara Todaro January 5, 2023 at 9:34 am #
    I’m almost done with Lessons in Chemistry and just finished The book Woman’s Daughter. Both great books! A good way to start 2023!
  2. Angela January 5, 2023 at 9:54 am #
    Read One Two Three by Laurie Frankel, just finished and loved it.
  3. Joanne January 5, 2023 at 10:19 am #
    We read a lot of the same books in 2022 and Language of Flowers made it onto my top list too since it was one of those books I was still thinking about many moths later!
  4. Kyra Strachan January 5, 2023 at 12:26 pm #
    My favorite this year was House on the Cerulean Sea. It will heal your inner child and give you all of the warm fuzzy feels mixed with beautiful imagery. I also loved Golden Girl by Elin (that twist!), Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak (needs to be the physical version for the amazing drawings), and Rock, Paper, Scissors by Alice Feeney. Cackle by Rachel Harrison was also a phenomenal October read that had me wanted a pet spider. Yes you read that right. My TBR currently includes ACOTAR (and yes I’m obsessed after the first book, they aren’t lying, it is beautifully written and steamy), Remarkably Bright Creatures, as well as If we Were Villains. Excited for this year!
  5. Kristin January 5, 2023 at 12:49 pm #
    Just finished We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman, and I LOVED it. Also loved Lessons in Chemistry. Currently reading The Measure by Nikki Erlick and, while I hope never to read the words "the string" ever again, it is exploring many interesting ideas. Also just finished You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar. I KNOW people of color are constantly experiencing racist acts, but this book really blew my mind. My daughter knows I love the character Death in Terry Pratchett's books, so she is having me read her copies. Monstrous Regiment was kind of a tough read in some ways, but so full of wonderful and timely nuggets (even though Pratchett died 2015, his books seem to be relevant no matter what year I read them). There are more, but that's probably enough for now.
  6. Amanda January 5, 2023 at 1:56 pm #
    Such a perfect description of Reminders of Him! That’s my favorite Hoover book for sure. Rest of the top three- Layla and Ugly Love. Also I’m totally with you on It Starts With Us. It’s fine but just not necessary. I wasn’t crazy about It Ends With Us either though.
  7. Amanda January 5, 2023 at 2:00 pm #
    Perfect description of Reminders of Him! That’s my favorite Hoover book ever and I’ve read them all. Rest of my top three- Layla and Ugly Love. I agree with you on It Starts With Us. It was fine but not necessary. I didn’t live It Ends With Us either.
  8. Mandy January 5, 2023 at 2:51 pm #
    My top 10 of 2022 are: 1. The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird 2. The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz 3. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus 4. Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng 5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 6. The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth 7. The Maidens by Alex Michaelides 8. Educated by Tara Westover 9. A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins 10. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
  9. Jenn P January 5, 2023 at 7:30 pm #
    I think I can narrow it down to 10, in no particular order: 1. Lessons in Chemistry 2. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things 3. A History of Wild Places 4. The Reading List 5. True Biz 6. Yerba Buena 7. I Kissed Shara Wheeler 8. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow 9. And Other Birds Okay. Maybe only 9.
  10. Susan January 6, 2023 at 8:27 am #
    Are you my baby sister-from-another-mother??? Not only do we both live in JOCO but we have the exact same taste in books (and music) and are equally obsessed with Elin. The Castaways is on my all-time favorite list. Your list is terrific and I'll be reading those that I haven't yet. A must to add to your list is Daisy Jones and The Six. You can thank me later. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us. Love your blog!
  11. Jill January 6, 2023 at 9:12 pm #
    My favorites were (these are in chronological order of my reading them 🤓) Less by Andrew Sean Greer The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve Wish You Well by David Baldacci The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult I started reading Ready Player One to Gus because I thought he’d like it because it’s about video games but quickly found out it’s for adults… but it was entertaining me and I ended up really enjoying it but I don’t know if it’s your vibe…? Def recommend all the others!
  12. Kim January 7, 2023 at 9:12 am #
    Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, How High We Go in the Dark, Lessons in Chemistry, The Marriage Portrait, You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty, and Counterfeit were some of my favs last year!
  13. Liz January 7, 2023 at 10:46 am #
    The Marriage Portrait was my favorite this year! It’s set in Renaissance Italy but no boring history lesson here - she makes Tuscany come alive! It’s like stepping into behind the scenes court life & palace politics. You will so be rooting for clever artistic little Lucrezia, married off to an older Duke & forced to leave her home. The writing is gorgeous - highly recommend!
  14. Tif January 12, 2023 at 1:26 pm #
    Agree 100% about Elin. I've read them all but my #1 is The Blue Bistro - it's a classic. Top 5 in 2022: 1. Lessons in Chemistry 2. Taste - My Life Through Food - Stanley Tucci (listen to this one - I promise!) 3. Storyteller - Dave Grohl of Food Fighters/Nirvana fame (listen to this one tooooo!) 4. Nora Goes Off Script 5. Killers of a Certain Age - former Golden Girls era contract killers I just started The Thursday Murder Club - Richard Osman and I adore it. Also listening to Spare because I can't look away from this royal trainwreck.
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