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Updated 2022 Favorites

Updated: Dec 31, 2022

If you're reading this and wondering what happened to my second quarter favs, you would be accurate in thinking there was no post. Life has been wild lately. As a result, this list includes favorites from April to September! (Be sure to check out my first quarter favs here!) Some of these books I opted to review only on Instagram, and my most recent post explains some of my absence of late, so be sure to follow along there to stay up to date!

Best Historical Fiction: The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn and I have a complicated relationship. She researches and writes incredible stories, but I only truly enjoy about 50% of them. This one is worth the read. If you haven't heard of Mila Pavlichenko yet, I'd highly recommend this book! Full review here!

The One Filled with Hope: The Keeper of Happy Endings by Barbara Davis

I co-host a quarterly bookclub on Instagram with Pamela over at @heybookbabes, and this was our Spring read! It was nothing like what I expected, and made for really great discussion. Let me know if you want to join us for our upcoming book!

Slump Buster: Take Your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay (special thanks to William Morrow Books and Bibliolifestyle for a finished copy of this book to feature, read, and review!)

This thriller kept me on the edge of my seat and I stayed up way too late finishing it. I absolutely love trying to figure out "who dunnit," and this one did not disappoint. See my full review here, and find out if my prediction was correct!

Combination of Education and Fiction: True Biz by Sara Novic

This book expertly combined education about deaf history and a storyline. Each piece of information was given in perfect succession, and really added to the depth of the book. See my full review here!

Most Inspiring: A Face for Picasso by Ariel Henley

Ariel has Crouzon Syndrome; this is her story. I highly recommend listening to the audio as she narrates, and there is something magical about hearing someone tell their own story.

Longest Standing TBR: The Stationary Shop by Marjan Kamali

Another bookclub pick with Pamela over @heybookbabes, but this time for Summer! This book had been on my TBR for the longest time, so I was thrilled for an opportunity to read it!

The One for Nostalgia: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

Did you grow up in the 80s or 90s? Did you like, play, or have heard of the game The Oregon Trail? This book is for you! Such a fun ride down memory lane, and even though I am not a "gamer" I really enjoyed this one!

Fabulous Debut: Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley (special thanks to my local indie bookstore, The Snail On The Wall, for a copy to read and review!)

This book is HARD. The topic is hard, the content is hard, the situations are hard. But the writing is phenomenal. Definitely one for the literary fiction lovers out there.

While my reading pace has slowed down over the past several months, the quality of books I am reading is really top notch. What is on your favorites list so far this year?


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