What I read in 2022

Ozeki’s book was not just my fave, it was a booksellers pick too!

My reading journey in 2022 was exceptional. Was it because I so needed sanctuary from the news? Whatever the reason, it was a bumper year for rewarding reading. So many of the books below earned my special asterisks for their exceptional storytelling, creativity and ability to linger in memory. Because of that, I decided to also pick my top five for those who need an instant hit of literary inspiration:

My Top Five Titles:

  • Book of Form and Emptiness
  • Bewilderment
  • Beautiful Country
  • Horse
  • This is How it Always Is

My year of reading ravenously:

Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim. Koreans under Japanese occupation

*Beautiful country by Quian Juli Wang. Powerful childhood memoir of a young Chinese immigrant.

**Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki. Hard to describe. Impossible to forget characters trying to survive. A book lovers, library lovers masterwork of family, connections and spaces.

*Bewilderment by Richard Powers.  Incredible writing that covers love, science, the galaxy and a very special needs boy and his father. Beyond brilliant.

*When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkerson. Life under Saddam Husain

*Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner. A mother daughter bond forged in love and kimchee

*Matrix by Lauren Groff. Imagined life of a medieval abbey through decades

Celine by Peter Heller. Asthmatic blue blood senior female detective + road travels

True Biz by Sara Novic. …deaf kids & their culture.

*Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

The other Americans by Leila Lalami

 Count the Ways by Joyce Maynard

*Facing the Mountain by Daniel James Brown

Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole

*Horse by Geraldine Brooks.  A masterpiece historical novel about an enslaved horse groomsman and a famous racehorse.

Memphis by Tara Stringfellow

One Two Three by Laurie Frenkel

April in Spain by John Banville

Our woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams

*Migrations by Charlotte McConahy. Mesmerizing drama of a mysterious woman journeying to the Arctic. Imagery is spectacular.

*This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frenkel. A story for every parent trying their best. Brilliant dialogue.

I’m ending the year before finishing two other books so if you want a sneak peek into 2023:

Whalebone Theater by Joanna Quinn

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Happy New Year dear readers. May the new year bring joy, health and endless pageturners!


  1. I REALLY want to read more books next year. I’m definitely adding your top five to my list. Migrations and Beasts of a Little Land sound really interesting too.

    I think my favorite read this year was Viola Davis’ autobiography, Finding Me. So good. I also loved the essays On Animals, though now I just want an even bigger backyard farm someday in the future 😉

    Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

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  2. I hope you had a wonderful year send have a wonderful 2023. I loved these books: Tomorrow Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

    Crying in H Mart was unbelievable. Horse was terrific.

    I enjoyed Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

    Hugs, Gwen

    Sent from my iPad


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    • Thank you Gwen. Will check out your recommendations. I love sharing my annual list with everyone and discovering shared faves. Best wishes for a happy new year to you and your family.


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