Especially Satisfying Reads of 2022

Especially Satisfying Reads of 2022


Especially Satisfying Reads of 2022 (white text over a sepia toned picture of white lights on a pine tree)

“End of the year reading lists are the Super Bowl of reading!”

This is actually a “behind-the-scenes” post giving you a peek into the beginning process of choosing my Top Ten Best of the Year List. I start by listing all the books I’ve especially enjoyed and are the most memorable.

I absolutely love a reading reflections post, and this one is my most anticipated post of the year! First, let me remind you that reading is a personal experience. In this list I’ve compiled a list of especially satisfying books I’ve read this year. Each one was an enjoyable, memorable, emotional experience and gave me a “book hangover.” My ultimate Top Ten List of 2022 will be selected from books found in this post.

Check back on January 3 for my official Top Ten List of 2022 (linking up with Top Ten Tuesday)

Thanks for sharing great reads with me this year!

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 The Girl From Guernica by Karen Robards

Women’s Fiction/Histfic

The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan
Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton
The Codebreaker’s Secret by Sara Ackerman

Diverse Reads

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe
The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (MG/YA)

Follow-Up Story (histfic)

The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson
(follow up to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek)

Spy Story

That Summer in Berlin by Lecia Cornwall

 Based on Real Women (Heroes)

The Winter Orphans by Kristen Beck

Civil War Story

The Thread Collectors by Shauna J. Edwards, Alyson Richman

Based on a True Event (HistFic)

A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolley

Inspired by World War 11

The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer

Non WW11 Histfic

The Next Ship Home by Heather Webb

Complicated Family (histfic)

A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke

Light Fiction (Women’s Fiction)

The Sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen (histfic)


Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan
(some steam…open door romance)

Middle Grade/Young Adult

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (mature MG, YA, Adult)
A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga (MG)
A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus (MG)

Novella or Short Story

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
Signal Moon by Kate Quinn

Literary Fiction (Drama)

The Winners by Fredrik Backman

Narrative Nonfiction

The Women They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore


An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

Christmas Setting

The Christmas Castle in Scotland by Julie Caplin
Once Upon a December by Amy Reichert (Contemporary)

Love Stories (Chaste)

Kit McBride Gets a Wife
The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews

Links to Previous Best of Year Posts

Most Recommended Reads of 2017

Most Memorable Reads of 2018

Most Memorable Reads of 2019

Most Memorable Reads of 2020

Most Memorable Reads of 2021

journey of a lifetime reading meme


Share one of your satisfying reads of 2022 in the comments! Please?! I’d love to hear!

Happy Reading Book Worms

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

Happy Holidays Book Friends!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year (gold bubles or lights)

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  1. I have read ten of these and totally agree, that they were amazing. Of course, I have another 9 on my TBR, so I guess I have some great reading ahead. Wonderful list, Carol.

  2. I like your thinking on making this list. A book you can remember long after you read it, is such a good book. I have read 9 of these, and agree they were all so memorable.

  3. It’s fun to look back over the year like this. So many of the books you’ve chosen are ones I haven’t have heard of let alone read. Good to see the Keegan make it to your list – I’m sure it will be on mine too

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