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Top Reads of 2022
We are wrapping up another year and I thought it would be fun to revisit some of my favorite books read this year.
I really wanted to like this book, but ultimately, it fell short of the mark for me. The author did a few things very well. However, this book was just not for me.
The Christmas Wish
I was led to believe that this was a holiday romcom, but this marketing is a bit misleading. It has romance, yes, and it had a lot of humorous lines and situations, but the focus of the story wasn’t romance so much as it was about family dynamics and understanding that people aren’t always as together as they seem.
Spells for Forgetting
Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne YoungPublished by: Delacorte PressPublish Date: 2022Genre(s): Fiction, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Magical RealismHB&W Rating: 4View on GoodreadsBuy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository Synopsis Emery Blackwood’s life changed forever the night her best friend was found dead and the love of her life, August Salt, was accused of murdering her. Years later, she is doing what her teenage self swore she never would: living a quiet existence on the misty, remote shores of Saoirse Island and running the family’s business, Blackwood’s Tea Shoppe Herbal Tonics & Tea Leaf Readings. But when the island, rooted in folklore and magic, begins to show signs of strange happenings,…
The Ways We Hide
Weaving more than just WW2 history into the story, this story about friendship, love, loyalty, and overcoming fear connects several different historical events in a thoughtful way, breaking your heart and putting it back together again as if by magic.
A Haunted History of Invisible Women
This book seeks to shine a light on women who history would eschew as undesirable or "other" for various reason and lets their story be told with plausible insights into what was really going on. The authors clearly did their research and are very knowledgeable about that which they speak and present these women's stories in a thought-provoking, insightful, and sometimes eerie way.
Love on the Brain
The first thing I have to say about this book that isn't really about this book at all is that I have had that Rhianna song stuck in my head since reading the title of this one. Weeks, friends. Weeks. It's a good song, but I'm ready for something else LOL.
The first thing that struck me immediately is the writing itself. It was quick, clever and downright hilarious. The back and forth banter often reminded me of Gilmore Girls, and the small town that the book takes place in had a total Stars Hollow vibe to it, even down to the town hall meeting that Nora attended for pure entertainment purposes just like Lorelei. I was hooked!
Sparks Like Stars
This is one library book I'm going to have to buy and give a permanent place to on my bookshelf. This was such a heartbreakingly beautiful and ultimately redemptive story about grief and the aftermath of violence and trauma.
Sometimes I Lie
Sometimes I Lie by Alice FeeneyPublished by: MacMillan AudioPublish Date: 2017, audio 2018Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, SuspenseHB&W Rating: 4View on GoodreadsBuy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository Synopsis My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 1. I’m in a coma. 2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 3. Sometimes I lie. Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present,…