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2022 By the Book

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If I’m going to be very honest 2022 was a so-so reading year for me. Yes, I hit my goal of reading 52 books, but when I think about everything I read this year, I read a lot of books that I *liked* but not many I LOVED.

It’s got me thinking about what I want to read in 2023. I always joke that my ideal book is the writing style of a romance but with the plot of contemporary fiction — give me ALL the Rebecca Serle and Jill Santopolo. If you have any recommendations that fit into that description, please let me know 🙂

ANYWAY, here is a round-up of what I read in 2022 and the standouts from the year. You can also check out last year’s round-up here.

Some Book Stats:

In 2022 I read:

  • 52 books — up from 43 last year.
  • 32 romances. I am kind of shocked it’s that many!
  • 12 books I’d categorize as contemporary fiction
  • 12 YA books. I kept calling this summer my “summer of 16” because I read so many YA books
  • 6 thrillers
  • 5 books by Colleen Hoover
  • 3 books by Jenny Han
  • And 2 nonfiction books. Which is up from 1 last year 😂

My Hands Down, Absolute Favorite Books I Read in 2022:

  • One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle – My Review
  • Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin – My Review 
  • Every Summer After by Carley Fortune – My Review 
  • My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan – My Review 

The Books I Really Loved:

  • The Break Up Book Club by Wendy Wax – My Review 
  • Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman – My Review
  • Gifts from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh – My Review
  • This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub – My Review
  • Meant to be Mine by Hannah Orenstein – My Review
  • The Counselors by Jessica Goodman – My Review
  • Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino – My Review
  • Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan – My Review
  • Can’t Look Away by Carola Lovering – My Review

Books I Liked A Lot:

  • One Of Us is Lying by Karen McManus – My Review
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty (Series) by Jenny Han – My Review 
  • The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand – My Review
  • Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch – My Review
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – My Review
  • Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun – My Review
  • Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan – My Review
  • The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren – My Review

Books I Reread and Still Loved:

  • Summer Sisters by Judy Blume – My Review
  • The Idea of You by Robinne Lee – My Review
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – My Review

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