Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 23, 2022

Book Winners – My Favortie Books Read in 2022

BOOK WINNERS:

S. K. Wenger won CLOAKED IN COURAGE: UNCOVERING DEBORAH SAMPSON, PATRIOT SOLDIER by Beth Anderson

Janet Sheets won OLD FRIENDS by Margaret Aitken

Ellen Leventhal won SHE SANG FOR INDIA: How M.S. Subbulakshmi Used Her Voice for Change by Suma Subramaniam

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Each year I share my top favorite books from the 235 books that I have read so far this year. Most are recent published book, but some are older books that I missed reading. I usually, put this list out towards the end of December, but I know some of you buy books as gift and also hint of books you would like to read to others who may buy a book as a gift for you. So here are some of the books I loved and you may too. I did not included Picture books or middle grade books, since I featured so many of those books during the year and they all were so good, I could never choose. They are not included in the 235 books I read. Like prior years, I am on track for 250 books for 2022.

COVER STORY – Inventive writing. Composed of diary entries, emails, FBI correspondence, ect. It will keep you thinking even after you finish the book.

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY – Debute book. The publishers fought ove this book. She signed for millions. Worth every penny.

THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS – Loved this story. The characters are rich and relatable. The writing is wonderful. Wanted to read every page and pouted when I had to put it down.

THE ACCIDENTAL BEAUTY QUEEN – Loved the story! Loved the writing! Loved turning every page. Loved the characters and the little dog. Fantastic rom-com.

DEAD ROMANTICS – If you like heartwarming books that make you laugh, make you cry, make you sigh, with interesting characters, and a story that keeps you turning each page, then you will love this book about an editor, an author and ghostwriter, who see ghosts.

OTHER BIRDS – YA – Lost souls, lonely strangers, secrets that shape us, and how the right flock can guide you home.

WINTERWOOD – YA – Magical Realism – fear what lies within the dark, dark dark haunted woods – witches – ghosts

SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS -YA – Historical – Spies

THE BOX IN THE WOODS – YA – murder

PART OF YOUR WORLD – Hot carpenter who’s 10 years younger than Maiin character. Great chemistry.

GOLDEN GIRL – Ghost

THE MOSTLY REAL MCCOY – Heartwarming, hilarious rom-com has all the sizzle and swoon, but no explicit content

GOOD GIRL COMPLEX – New Adult – 20 year old meets local bad boy.

WITH LOVE FROM LONDON – California woman inherits her estranged mother’s bookstore in London. Loved how this heartbreaking book unfolded and the ending was perfect. 

JUST HAVEN’T MET YOU YET – Journalist flies to tiny island and leaves the airport with the worng bag. Funny. Heartwarming. Romantic. 

HOTEL NANTUCKET – Hotel ghost great story and characters

THE RUMOR – If there’s anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it’s a good rumor. 

THE MATCHMAKER – Forty-eight-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has a gift for matchmaking. With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance. Now her daughter, Agnes, is clearly engaged to the wrong man.


THE LOVE SEASON – a riveting story that takes place in one day and spans decades; a story that embraces the charming, pristine island of Nantucket, as well as Manhattan, Paris and Morocco. Elin Hilderbrand’s most ambitious novel to date chronicles the famous couplings of real lives: love and friendship, food and wine, deception and betrayal–and forgiveness and healing.

ONE ITALIAN SUMMER – Magical Realism

THE SUMMER PLACE – A epic read of three generations of connected families.

THE LION’S DEN – International intrique

THE SECRET BRIDESMAID – So much fun, love and heart.

THE BODY GUARD –  Funny, heartwarming, with a mix of adventure. You’ll laugh and swoon. So good.

THE PARTY CRASHER – Not a Rom-Com, but it’s heartwarming and fun with an interesting story and characters.

WISH YOU WERE HERE – Magical Realism – written during Pandemic

THE DINNER LIST – Magical Realism 

MY KILLER VACATION – Murder – love

BOOK LOVERS – Female cutthroat literary agent bumps into bookish brooding editor from back in the city while on vacation. 

NO WORD – Two rival authors come together attending an island conference. Fun read.

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BELOW ARE AMAZON’S CHOICES FOR

BEST 2022 BOOKS:

Amazon released their full 20 best books of the year, with Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin as the top pick.
Here is the complete list:

1. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin
2. Solito, by Javier Zamora
3. Stolen Focus, by Johann Hari
4. Fairy Tale, by Stephen King
5. Horse, by Geraldine Brooks (available to sample now in Buzz Books 2022: Spring/Summer anthology)
6. Carrie Soto Is Back, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
7. Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver
8. Our Missing Hearts, by Celeste Ng
9. The Escape Artist, by Jonathan Freedland
10. City on Fire, by Don Winslow
11. Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus
12. Sea of Tranquility, by Emily St. John Mandel
13. I’m Glad My Mom Died, by Jennette McCurdy
14. All the Broken Places, by John Boyne
15. Take My Hand, by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
16. The Door of No Return, by Kwame Alexander
17. Butts, by Heather Radke
18. Memphis, by Tara M. Stringfellow
19. The Maid, by Nita Prose
20. Book Lovers, by Emily Henry

Guess, I have a lot of books to add to “To Read” List. I only read two of the books on Amazon’s list and they are on my list, too.

DON’T MISS Teh OPEN ROUND OF VOTING FOR YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS ON GOODREADS First Round end on November 27th.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. I’m excited to win a copy of Old Friends. Thank you, Kathy and Margaret! Kathy, I believe you already have my mailing address, but I’ll send it to you just in case. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. Congrats to the winners. Thanks for the list.

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  3. I’m so excited to win Cloaked in Courage! Thank you! I will email you my mailing address. Have a wonderful holiday weekend. Your list of favorite reads is fantastic, and I see many I will be requesting at my library!

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  4. Great list! Thanks, Kathy.

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