2022 Book List

I started keeping track of my reading a couple years ago and find it helpful to be able to look back at my list. As I finish each book, I share it and a mini review i real-time on my Instagram Stories and I also keep an updated list here.

If you’re interested in my previous lists, you can find them here: 2020 Book List and 2021 Book List. Feel free to bookmark this page, as I will keep it updated as I finish each book. I’ll also stick a link to this post over on the right sidebar for easy access.

Here are the books I’ve read so far in 2022:

Book #, Information & Link Mini Book Review
Book #1 of 2022:
The Woman Who Met Her Match by Fiona Gibson
This one was quite a slog Women in mid-40’s looks for love and deals with a dead-end career. I didn’t love the main character and the happy ending was kind of lame.
Book #2 of 2022:
Heart & Seoul by Jen Frederick
After her father dies, a Korean adoptee impulsively decides to visit Korea. Which turns into her meeting new friends, tracking down family and falling in love. Beautiful book, but the bittersweet ending was not what I was hoping for. BUT, I just saw the sequel is coming out on January 25th… so maybe I’ll get my happy ending after all!
Book #3 of 2022:
Fable (Fable 1) by Adrienne Young
An action packed pirate tale with complex characters and a strong female lead. From the first chapter, I was rooting for Fable to succeed. I inhaled the entire book and the story will conclude in the sequel which is thankfully already out!
Book #4 of 2022:
Namesake (Fable 2), by Adrienne Young
The second and final book in the Fable series. Absolutely beautiful writing with more danger, deception and betrayal. All the story pieces come together in the finale and I highly recommend this book (and the series) for all adventure lovers!
Book #5 of 2022:
The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook by American Test Kitchen
A really good overview of the benefits of a Mediterranean diet followed by over 400 pages of recipes. So. Many. Recipes. It’s almost overwhelming, but I’m going to pick a couple to start with.
Book #6 02 2022:
Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
You guys. This book was really weird. The main character was haunted by the ghost of her grandmother and then another god/ghost joins in. There is a gangster boss and she gets possessed and just all kinds of what-the-hell-is-happening-now going on.
Book #7 of 2022:
Deconstructed by Liz Talley
Cricket finds out her husband has been cheating on her and decides to make him pay. The book was building and building and building to the end and I am absolutely a reader who enjoys a cheating asshole getting his comeuppance. Highly recommend!
Book #8 of 2022:
Dear Highlights by Christine French Cully
I loved Highlights magazine when I was a kid, so I picked this up with those warm-fuzzies in mind. Unfortunately, this was more of a Q&A advice book of kid questions and adult answers and it was very, very boring.
Book #9 of 2022:
Open Book by Jessica Simpson
I was never a big Jessica Simpson fan and really didn’t know a lot about her other than what the media said. Holy crap this memoir is fantastic! So much depth and humor and behind the scenes stories. I was rooting for her the whole way. I’m so happy she made it out the other side of fame and is happy and healthy! And, I’d totally be her friend.
Book #10 of 2022:
Take the Lead by Jessica Simpson
After reading Open Book, I saw that this essay/short story was available on Kindle Unlimited. A short and sweet look into Jessica’s life as a mom during a pandemic. Encouragements for growth and letting go. A great addition to her main book if you enjoyed it!
Book #11 of 2022:
Marriage is Murder (Witches of Keyhole Lake 15) by Tegan Maher
Another fun murder mystery for book 15 of this series. This is one of those series that you can just pick up every so often to slot them in between different books and it’s super easy to pick up where you left off!
Book #12 of 2022:
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
I feel like everyone just raves about David Sedaris. And I really wanted to love this series of essays… but I hated them. I found them tedious and not funny at all. I’m sorry to all the Sedaris lovers, but apparently he’s not my cup of tea!
Book #13 of 2022:
The Madwoman and the Roomba by Sandra Tsing Loh
Another book of short comedic essays. It has some highs. It had some lows. I don’t think I laughed out loud once. Meh.
Book #14 of 2022:
A Kingdom of Ruin (Deliciously Dark Fairy Tales 3) by K.F. Breene
The third in the series and holy moly this one was a thrilling ride. I couldn’t put it down it was soooo good. And now I’m sad that I have to wait until May for the 4th book that will wrap up the series.
Book #15 of 2022:
Seoulmates by Jen Frederick
The much-needed sequel to Heart and Seoul (Book #2 above). I loved looking at the Korean culture though an adoptee’s eyes. The love story was good, but the family story was better.
Book #16 of 2022:
The Upside of Falling by Alex Light
A fun YA read about a bookworm and a jock. They start “fake dating” as a way to keep the peace with their messy families… but we all know how that goes. Super sweet young love! (Free on Kindle Unlimited)
Book #17 of 2022:
Eat Sleep Work Repeat by Bruce Daisley
This book claims to have 30 hacks for bringing joy to your job (not that I don’t love my job). My favorite tips: turn off your notifications, be sure to go to lunch and get a good night’s sleep.
Book #18 of 2022:
The Astronaut and the Star by Jen Comfort
The beginning and middle was like ever meh romance out there… but the end was really great! I loved the side character of Katya who is basically Yelena from Black Widow.
Book #19 of 2022:
Living Your Best Life by Maxine Morrey
I love this author and read this book in a day. Honestly the story line was super predictable and there were no surprises… BUT it was a fun journey anyway. Exactly the sort of light and fun read I needed today.
Book #20 of 2022:
As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti
In this small town, on your 18th birthday your wish comes true. This YA book was so thoughtful and thought provoking and bittersweet.
Book 21 of 2022:
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
A dysfunctional family of PI’s and their adventures. Weird pacing of the book, but I really liked it overall. Apparently this is a series of 6 but only the first is free on Kindle Unlimited… so as much as I’d like to read more, I’m not fully committed to paying full price.
Book #22 of 2022:
Shit, Actually by Lindy West
If you like trash talking movie plot holes… this is the perfect book for you. Most hilarious chapters were the ones on Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, The Santa Clause, and Twilight. And Terminator 2. And Titanic.
Book #23 of 2022:
Satisfaction Guaranteed by Karelia Stetz-Waters
Uptight Cade inherits a sex toy store with free spirit Selena. Thrown together becomes friendship becomes love (of course). A sweet romance with a little spice. A very sex-positive woman and woman romance.
Book #24 of 2022:
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
Lillian is recruited to take care of her high school friend’s stepchildren. Who happen to combust into flames when they get agitated. The story was strange and the plot meandered. I wasn’t sure where it was going to end up but it was a fun journey.
Book #25 of 2022:
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
Two years after their breakup, Dylan and Addie are thrown together on a road trip to a mutual friend’s wedding. The story flips between now and when they were together and back. Fantastic story with lots of surprises and a happy ending that feels earned.
Book #26 of 2022:
Changeling by Molly Harper (Sorcery &
Society book 1)
One of my social media friends recommended this series for me since I love Harry Potter and other supernatural books (See comment below on post by Susan. Thanks Susan!!). To say I love it is an understatement! Even better, it’s free to download on Hoopla. A fabulous YA magic novel which has the feeling of Harry Potter, The Paper Magician and Newt Scamander.
Book #27 of 2022:
Fledgling by Molly Harper (Sorcery & Society book 2)
The second in the Sorcery and Society series. I am IN LOVE with this series! The second book was as wonderful as the first and so much happened that I can’t wait to start the third! Highly recommend for magic lovers!
Book #28 of 2022:
Calling by Molly Harper (Sorcery & Society book 3)
The third and final book in the Sorcery and Society series. A thrilling, exciting, fantastic end to the series. A perfect ending, but still I wish there was more. If you haven’t added the series to your list yet, do it now!! (And all 3 books are free to borrow on Hoopla)
Book #29 of 2022:
The Wreckage of My Presence by Casey Wilson
A mix of funny and touching essays from Casey Wilson (actress, comedian, etc). Some essays were better than others, but all in all an entertaining read.
Book #30 of 2022:
The Guncle by Steven Rowley
Patrick, an eccentric partially-retired television star, takes in his niece and nephew for the summer. All of them are slowly working through grief — the children have recently lost their mother, their father is in rehab and Patrick lost his boyfriend a few years ago and recently his close friend. The characters were all so colorful and the story was full of heart. I enjoyed this book even more than I hoped. Highly recommend!
Book #31 of 2022:
Survival of the Thickest by Michelle Buteau
A book of short stories from a comedian I don’t know. It was okay, but not very funny. I gave up about halfway through because it wasn’t worth wasting my time to finish it.
Book #32 of 2022:
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
A secret apothecary shop caters to women who need poisons to use against men who have wronged them. Three women’s stories intermingle together — two are set in eighteenth century London and the third is set in modern times. This starts as a slow-burning interconnected mystery by the end it builds to a full thriller with a satisfying ending. I loved this story and highly recommend it! (Currently free on hoopla)
Book #33 of 2022:
Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson
Savannah works at a publishing house by day, but is writing her own book at night. Through a series of events, her manuscript is found in her secret spot and a mystery person edits it. This RomCom is fabulous with twists and turns and certainly puts a smile on your face. It’s totally feel-good reading and I enjoyed it! (Currently free on hoopla)
Book #34 of 2022: The Guest List by Lucy FoleyOn an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate a wedding… but before the end of the weekend, there is a dead body. Holy moly this book was absolutely riveting. You know by the first chapter that someone is dead… but as the book builds it’s like a pressure cooker of ‘who done it’ and why. I could NOT put this book down and the ending was thrilling. (Currently free on hoopla)
Book #35 of 2022: Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey (Hot and Hammered series 1)Georgie is a birthday party clown, but she’s sick and tired of her family not taking her seriously as a grown woman. Travis Ford was a Major League Baseball player when an injury ended his career. This steamy RomCom is a ‘fake dating turns to real dating’ situation and hot, hot, hot. Is it perfect? Nope. But it was an entertaining read and I’ll check out the next in the series. (I realized I read second book in this series in 2020, but I’m going to re-read it now that I have the first book in my brain).
Book #36 of 2022:
Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey (Hot and Hammered series 2)
Rosie and Dominic Vega were the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. But now, 10 years later they are at last-ditch therapy to save their marriage. This one was a re-read for me, now that I’ve started this series from the beginning. I really like the story and how the characters grew and wowza was it spicy in parts!
Book #37 of 2022: Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey (Hot and Hammered series 3)HGTV meets romance in this last book in the Hot and Hammered series. There is a house flipping competition and an opposites attract love story and we also revisit the characters from the last 2 books. It works as a fun stand-alone story and also wraps up everything for the series. And some super hot sexy scenes too just for fun.
Book #38 of 2022: The Psychology of Money by Morgan HouselA pretty quick read and very fascinating look at why we think about money and savings the way we do. Worthwhile to read for free on Hoopla. You know, to save you money. {wink}
Book #39 of 2022:
A Queen of Ruin (Deliciously Dark Fairytales 4) by K.F Breene
The last book in the series and it was certainly the grand finale! Another fantastic series from K. F. Breene (but VERY raunchy love scenes if that bothers you) and I loved the strong female lead and the hilarious side characters. I’m kind of sad it’s over!
Book 40 of 2022:
This Time for Me: A Memoir by Alexandra Billings
This amazing memoir tells the story of Scott who becomes Alexandra. She found her true love in high school, was a drag queen and prostitute, a transgender actress on an award winning show and a Broadway star. She’s been living with AIDS since 1995 and has watched many of her friends die from it over the years. This memoir was eye opening and hard to read at times, but I cheered for Alex the whole way through.
Book 41 of 2022:
The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams (Secret Society Book 1)
Four women of Miracle Springs have their secrets, but they decide to tentatively trust each other when there is a murder in their quiet town. I loved the twisting tale of this book and absolutely want a comfort scone of my own. A fun who-done-it with strong friendship ties too. Free on Hoopla!
Book 42 of 2022:
The Whispered Word by Ellery Adams (Secret Society Book 2)
The second in the series and another fun who-done-it mystery. I love the growing friendships of the four main characters and how they are always supporting each other. A perfect comfort read. Even with the murder.
Book 43 of 2022:
It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
The author confesses that the character of Piper is based on Alexis Rose from Schitt’s Creek and she wanted to give her a happily ever after. I loved it. I loved the love story. I loved the growth of the party girl. I loved the sisterly bond. A perfect light read (and currently free on Hoopla)
Book #44 of 2022:…Coming soon…

Many of my books are borrowed using Kindle Unlimited (you can read my full review from 2015 here). If you don’t have Kindle Unlimited yet, it’s like an all-you-can-read for books and I’ve been using it for the last few years: Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans.

I’ve also used the free OverDrive Library, through my local library website. If you have a library card, be sure to check your library’s website to see if they work with an online partner. I mean, FREE BOOKS!

April 2022 update: I recently started using Hoopla, also through my local library and it is an app that has even more free books!

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2 thoughts on “2022 Book List”

  1. I have a book series for you. Since you have enjoyed the Harry Potter series and some other supernatural type books. Check out the Sorcery and Society series by Molly Harper, starting with Changeling. It is technically a young adult novel, but it is just as entertaining for not as young adults (aka women in their 40s like me). I am currently on book 3 and it popped into my head that you (someone I do not know other than from reading your blog) might like this. 🙂

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