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
- Beautiful Country
- This is How it Always Is
All the Books of this 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
*Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner. Compelling history of the generations of water development projects, mismanagement and greed that led to today’s Western water crisis.
*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!