Book Club Mom’s Top Reads of 2022

I read A LOT of excellent books in 2022! Looking forward to more great reads in 2023! What’s on your reading list?

Run by Ann Patchett – 4 stars

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow 4.5 stars

If I Were You by P.G. Wodehouse – 4 stars

The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson – 4 stars

Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks – 4 stars

The Second Mrs. Astor: A Novel of the Titanic by Shana Abé – 4 stars

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 4 stars

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart – 4.5 stars

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson – 4 stars

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler – 4.5 stars

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – 5 stars

Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast – 5 stars

Kusama: The Graphic Novel by Elisa Macellari – 5 stars

One by One by Ruth Ware – 4.5 stars

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow – 4 stars

French Braid by Anne Tyler – 4 stars

Sea Wife by Amity Gaige – 4 stars

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy – 4 stars

The Family by Naomi Krupitsky – 4 stars

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian – 4 stars

Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea by Steve Callahan – 5 stars

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards – 4.5 stars

Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolf – 4 stars

Love Marriage by Monica Ali – 4.5 stars

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith – 5 stars

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy – 4 stars

Fatal Rounds by Carrie Rubin – 4.5 stars

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke – 4 stars

Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – 4 stars

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29 thoughts on “Book Club Mom’s Top Reads of 2022

  1. Hi, Barb – You’ve had a terrific year in reading.I have read two of the books on your list: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy and The Alexander McCall-Smith book. I look forward to continuing to follow your reads in 2023!

  2. I enjoyed both The Woman in White and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. We really liked the film of The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and the `Horse over Christmas. Currently I am reading One Vie by Guy de Maupassant

  3. I scanned your list and found an Anne Tyler book I’ve read long ago. Also, I’ve read Ann Patchett’s A Happy Marriage and recall one of the lines: “Sometimes you don’t know what’s missing in your life until you find it.” I’ve read several books from the Alexander McCall Smith series, his gentle mystery always a treat to read.

    Right now I’m reading Maeve Binchy’s A Week in Winter to give my mind a rest from the revision and editing going on in my studio these days.

    You’re off to a great start, Barb! 😀

  4. Such a terrific list to refer to in future, Barbara. The only one I’ve read is Presumed Innocent and I remember liking it. I almost forgot about Carrie’s book. Will have to read that one soon.

    1. Hi Jennifer – thank you for stopping by. Yes Fatal Rounds was excellent – I enjoy Carrie’s writing. Hope you are doing well. Happy New Year 🧡🧡🧡

  5. I’m always curious to see what others are reading. We have a few overlaps! Thank you for mentioning The Sea Wife in your list. I was wracking my brain trying to remember the second book I had read that was set on the sea like that, but just could not come up with it. Also Mexican Gothic and Shuggie Bain. I did read a couple of other writers on your list, just not that specific book. I read Attica Locke, Patricia Highsmith, and of course am a huge fan of Larson. Great reads. Looking forward to future lists.

  6. That’s a great list, Barbara. I’m currently reading Stigmata, a historical adventure thriller of medieval France by Colin Falconer. I’m enjoying his epic historical adventure series. Looking forward to Under the Fifth Sun, a novel about Pancho Villa by Earl Shoris and The Siege of An Loc by Nguyen Trong Hien.

  7. So many good ones — I see a bunch here that I’ve loved! I’m hoping to read more of the books I already own and focus a lot less on new releases in the coming year (but I’ve said that before, so we’ll see). My book group has a great variety picked out for this year as well, which is exciting!

    1. That’s great, Lisa. I know, it’s easy to get pulled into what’s new. There’s always so much talk and I often find it hard to resist. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. A wonderful eclectic mix, Barb! I’m making notes of many of these for this year. Today I saw The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse and it was magical and tender and incredibly thought-provoking. I’d love to read the actual book. I’ve read most of No.1 Ladies Detective Agency and a huge fan of the series! Happy Reading for 2023!

    1. Hi Annika! Great to see you here 🙂 I didn’t know about The Boy, The Mole…is that a film too? I was really moved by it. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve only read one of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. I picked this to re-read for our library mystery book club because it’s always best to start at the beginning of a series for that group. I hope you have a great reading year and look forward to your posts 🙂

      1. I think it was easier to read most of the series as I became a fan from the beginning and a new one was always out in time for Christmas! Yes, it is a half hour long ‘film’ and pure magic. Here is a trailer. Is it similar to the book?

  9. The variety of what you’ve read is wonderful as is the image with all the covers. I’m currently reading Wide Sargasso Sea because I’m a few decades behind in my reading for pleasure. Happy New Year!

    1. Oh I haven’t read that – but I just looked it up. Although I think I read a good number of books, I’m always behind. Happy New Year Reading!

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