THE POSSIBLE FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2022 CANDIDATES

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We all know I’m not reading now. That is something I’m sure I’ve said ad nauseam at this point. Instead of going over the reasons for this, I’ll instead say this past week would have been, in part, spend discussing favorite books of 2022. Since this is obviously not something I can do, I’m doing things a little differently this year.

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To curate this list, I’m going back and looking at this year’s seasonal TBR titles. When making these the plan wasn’t to actually read them this year, but I still enjoy reading them and love talking about books. I still love books and reading, just must actually pick up a book or two. Let’s revisit these titles and see what books I am 99% sure I would have discovered favorites. Plus, perhaps I’ll even think of a book that I didn’t put on a list that I may have liked. All that said, I did create a list of favorite films and television shows of 2022! If you’re curious about those titles or want to share what you loved, that’s the place to go.


FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2022 CANDIDATES


WHEN IN ROME, SARAH ADAMS

Know next to nothing about this but something just tells me I’d enjoy this author and her style. Goodreads

A THOUSAND HEARTBEATS, KIERA CASS

Pretty sure Cass’ novels have made my favorites lists in the past. Plus her books are just easy reading for me which is my favorite kind. Goodreads

ALONG FOR THE RIDE, SARAH DESSEN

Ok, so I did start this one. I don’t think I’d say it’d be an ultimate forever favorite, but it was (so far) entertaining and I’m sure I’d have given it a three-and-a-half rating or so. Plus it’s a Netflix adaptation, so it was a nice time to finally read a novel by Dessen. Goodreads

TO SIR, WITH LOVE, LAUREN LAYNE

Adding this title is kind of a wildcard because I haven’t read anything by this author and that means I don’t know if I’d enjoy the style or story. But I’m risking it. The plot follows a woman who tries to keep her father’s business going only to find there may be someone wanting to buy it out. Goodreads

THE DEADLY SHALLOWS, DANI PETTREY

This is the ONE novel that I did review. As usual it’s fast paced and entertaining read. Goodreads

AFTER SHE FALLS, CARMEN SCHOBER

Started this one SO long ago, and I was really enjoying it before my full on lull with reading (and other things) hit. So now I’m like, do I just finish the book and later go back for a full re-read? Or start anew? Follows a battered woman who realizes her worth and takes back her life by walking away from all that is bad in her life. Goodreads

PRETTY LITTLE PIECES, CARMEN SCHOBER

Carmen’s Christian published novels tend to challenge the “pretty picture” filter most Christian art has. I may not always agree with everything authors of this type of genre belief or say, but I always admire when an author does this. For the genre, Becky Wade is another author who does this and I’m glad to have discovered Carmen’s books too. This follows an influencer who seems to have it all until she doesn’t. Goodreads

A SECRET PRINCESS, MARGARET STOHL + MELISSA DE LA CRUZ

YOU GUYS!! You all know I adored Jo & Laurie so I’m super curious to read this follow up novel from the same duo. This one is said to be a mix of A Little Princess and The Secret Garden. Not a story I’m quite as enthralled by but nonetheless, I’m going to read it! Goodreads

UNTIL LEAVES FALL IN PARIS, SARAH SUNDIN

Sarah always writes stellar historical fiction and I’m sure this won’t be different. I wasn’t quite as much of a fan of her last novel just because I didn’t fully love the hero. That said I’ve zero doubt this will affect finding future favorites from her. Goodreads

TURN TO ME, BECKY WADE

I’m really so embarrassed I haven’t read this one yet. But I one-hundred percent plan to. Just have to sit down and dig into the book, and once I do I’m sure that will help in my reading of this one as it never takes much to draw me into a Becky Wade novel. Goodreads

PLACES WE’VE NEVER BEEN, KASIE WEST

Love her novels and as we likely have established, she’s one of my most favorite comfort kind of reads. Hoping this, her 2022 release, keeps the streak going. Goodreads

Thank you as always for being here! Happy 2023. I appreciate that you take the time to comment and read these lists and look forward to chatting with you in the comments. My apologies that I don’t always respond promptly and visit your websites; I do get there, sometimes it just takes me longer than I intend.

Your turn! What were your favorite books of 2022? I want to know which books I should add to my eventual TBR. Which of these have you heard of? Would you read any of these? Which one should I make a priority? Comment all the comments. Let’s converse.

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26 comments

    1. Olivia is a new to me author, Rose! I’ll have to look up those books and thanks. I hope to enjoy When in Rome too. It looks so cute and fun. :) Thanks for visiting!

    1. YAY! So glad Lauren’s book is good and that Kasie and Sarah’s are on your list, too. Hoping I enjoy them all! Thanks and happy 2023, Deanna. Hope it’s a great year for you.

  1. I loved To Sir, With Love. It was charming. I thought I found a new favorite author. However, her other books aren’t clean like this one. It was a big disappointment.

    My favorites of 2022 were All That Really Matters and the sequel, All That It Takes by Nicole Deese. I also read Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese. she’s quickly becoming an instant must read for me. I also loved Once Upon A Royal Christmas by Teri Wilson, A Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox, and I re-read The Sisterchicks Series by Robin Jones Gunn. They are just as good now as they were before ;)

    1. Ah, this IS disappointing. I’m always sad when I read a book, enjoy it, and then find that book the anomaly in the authors backlist. Thanks for sharing about Lauren’s, Tonya.

      Nicole does write fabulous fiction (hoping I too enjoy her recent books); I’m not sure if I’ve read anything y Robin or Teri; and I really want to read A Holiday Swap. It sounds like so much fun. Thanks so much for visiting here! Appreciate that.

  2. Until Leaves Fall in Paris was excellent! I have all the books in Becky Wade’s and Dani Pettrey’s series, and I’m hoping to find the time this year to read them. They sound so good! :)

    1. Yes! I need to make it true indeed, Cindy. ;) Thanks so much for visiting here this past year and your comments! Always nice to chat. Wishing you the happiest 2023.

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