INSIDE : Check out some of the Best Fiction Books to Read in 2022… from mystery, comedy and everything in between! See which ones you’d like to check out for your self.
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I have always loved reading. I recall spending summers before my first job, outside in our backyard soaking up some Midwest sunshine with a book in my lap. And even after I graduated college, I recall stopping by a two-story Barnes and Nobles and just wondering the aisles. I loved biographies. Once a parent, I found myself going for self-improvement and parenting books.
Want to check my favorite books from last year? Best Fiction Books to read in 2021
However, I’ve gone back to my roots and have really enjoyed fiction books again. I joined a local book club and have gotten back into consistent enjoyable reading. Reading not to learn, but reading to relax. It’s been lovely!
Today I am going to be sharing the best fiction books that I have been reading this year and my quick reviews of each of them. I’m up to 32 books in total for this year, that includes fiction and other genre.
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Reviews on Best Fiction Books in 2022:
1. The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
I just got this book and have enjoyed reading it so far. It’s about a woman named Letty who goes on the run with her recently deceased sister’s 4 year old daughter. She’s trying to figure out who killed her sister (although she’s got a pretty good guess) and what secrets her sister was keeping.
I have to be honest, there were some pretty cheesy parts where it almost felt like a “Hallmark movie”, but if you are looking for a simple enjoyable read – it was a nice one.
3.5 out of 5 stars The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
2. Finlay Donovan is Killing it by Elle Cosimano
A friend recommended this book to me as a comedy/mystery and I don’t think I’ve read any of that specific genre before. I am about 1/4 of the way through and it’s been SUCH a fun read. I believe there are a handful in this series and I may just have to read my way through all of them!
The story follows recently divorced single mom, Finlay. She’s a struggling mystery author who is BARELY keeping ends met and just can’t seem to get her life together enough to raise her babies and finish her next book. After meeting with her agent about “finishing the job neatly and getting rid of the body” (referencing the book she’s working on) a nearby stranger slips her a note requesting her “services” to kill her husband for $50,000.
I can’t wait to finish this one up!
3. Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson
4. Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
We read this book for my book club in September and I just absolutely loved this book. I love everything I’ve read from Taylor Jenkins Reid and this one was no different!
This book follows the incredible tennis career highs and lows of Carrie Soto. I’m not even a very sporty person and I was hooked early on. I loved the passion and grit of Carrie and appreciated how she wasn’t afraid to not be “nice” and admit she wanted to win whatever the cost. Those type of personalities definitely intimidate me, but also I love them.
This book also touched on sexism, agism and being a strong woman. I loved all of it.
First 5 out of 5 book of 2022 for me! Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
5. Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane
I was looking for a fun happy read until my next local bookclub book was chosen and came upon this book. I didn’t anticipate the way the character’s lives would change. It went from a light hearted book, to dealing with death… but I’ve actually enjoyed reading it just the same!
The 4 main characters Eve, Justin, Susie and Ed have been friends since their youth and even as 30 year olds they are still close. And then in a moment their lives are changed forever.
In the aftermath, Eve’s world is upended. As stunning secrets are revealed, she begins to wonder if she really knew her friends as well as she thought. And when someone from the past comes back into her life, Eve’s future veers in a surprising new direction…
They say every love story starts with a single moment. What if it was just last night?
4 out of 5 – Fun read (even though it’s about death) Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane
6. Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen
This is my book club’s August read. The book is broken up into two sections and it’s not until a few chapters into the second section of the book do things start to take an interesting turn! I love when books lead you along and then take some fun twists.
Overall, I thought this was a fun and easy read. It was entertaining and I read it in less than a week. I was ready for some really huge plot twist at the end but, I felt like it fell a little flat there. Make sure to read the Epiogue at end.
3 out of 5. Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen
7. These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany
Upon recommendation by a friend, I got the Audible version of this book. Her comment was, “I was sad it was over.” and that seemed like a good enough reason to read it to me!
This book follows three best friends, Malak, Kees, and Jenna. Since childhood, they’ve learned to live their own lives alongside the “expectations of being good Muslim women”, but as they enter adulthood the balance of religion, love and career play heavily on their lives.
This was a fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed. 4 out of 5 These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany
8. This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
This is my local bookclub’s June read and I’ve got to say, I really enjoyed it.
Typically I am not one for science fiction and this book involved time travel, but there was a tenderness to the storyline of the main character and her father that I really loved. They have a pure and endearing love for each other that you learn only grows as the book goes on.
Some I’ve heard think if you like The Midnight Library then you will like this book. However, I found TML boring and sort of an annoying read. I thought it lacked the personality and characters that This Time Tomorrow had.
I give this book a 3.75 out of 5. This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
9. Verity by Colleen Hoover
Wow-ie wow-ie wow wow. I decided to read this thriller novel as Halloween neared and holy smokes it was intense. Also there were a few “love scenes”, so there’s that.
As all good thrillers do a good job of… the story takes QUITE a few huge leaps and changes in the last third. Everything you think you know, ends up completely changing. I love that in a book. I could have done with less R rates scenes, but as far as thrillers go – this was a great read. But also, YIKES.
The story line is about Lowen who is hired to complete the final books of the well read series Verity Crawford had started, the reason being Verity is injured and unable to finish them.
However, once Lowen arrives she starts learning more details of the Crawford family’s secrets along with an unfinished autobiography that Verity never intended on anyone reading. The things she learns about Verity in that secret manuscript leaves her terrified.
Meanwhile, Lowen has slowly began to fall in love with Verity’s husband, Jeremy. Whoa, just whoa to this book.
4 out of 5 Verity by Colleen Hoover
10. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
We read this book for my local book clubs May book. It took many twists I didn’t see coming and then some I suspected, but in the end… I would have never guessed – which is the sign of a great book! I can’t wait to discuss this one with everyone.
Jess plans to meet up with her step brother after going through some hard times, but when she gets to his Paris apartment he’s not there. Something smells of foul play and she slowly starts to try and figure out where her brother could be.
This was a great mystery that I loved reading. 4 out of 5 The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
11. Secrets We Left Behind by Susan Elliot Wright
I listened to this book on Audible over just a few days of yard work. It told the story of a mom who is confronted by a dying ex-husband. He tells her we must share the secret and if you won’t tell, then I will. It was an enjoyable read (or listen) and I felt like I kept wanting to get to the end to hear what the secret was!
As the book progressed, I had a sense of what the secret entailed and more or less was correct. But, I still enjoyed it. It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but I liked it nonethelss.
3.5 stars out of 5. Secrets We Left Behind by Susan Elliot Wright
12. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
This book came to me HIGHLY recommended. Two big reading friends of mine both said it was a 5 out 5, so I was immediately intrigued. It follows the story of Ana in biblical times as she finds her voice in a time when women didn’t have a voice. ALSO she married Jesus, hello. Can’t wait to read more of this book.
So far, it’s been very intriguing at how the author has woven in historical moments in Jesus’ actual life to the fictional story being told in the book. I’ve really enjoyed this book so far.
UPDATE – Finished the book last night. I wept during Jesus’ crucifixion. What an interesting read and even though a fictional book… just a great reminder of Christ’s humanity on this Earth. I loved it and thought it was very thought provoking. Great read – The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
13. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I’ve wanted to read this book forever. I loved The Four Winds and liked Firefly Lane, so I can’t wait to see how The Nightingale turns out… I’ve heard so many good things about it!
This book is 564 pages and I read the entire thing in three days. Let me preface that with saying, I did almost nothing other than read this book for three days. I thought each character was well written, the story line was tragic but also had beautiful moments. The basic synopsis is the Nazi’s invade France and two sisters with very different personalities both navigate the effects of that and ultimately help the cause in their own ways.
I have never had so many IG story messages as I have about this book. Clearly EVERYONE loves this book. Many said it was one of their top books ever. I definitely loved, I definitely cried multiple times (as I do have with all of Kristin Hannah’s books) and I would definitely recommend it.
4.25 out of 5 stars only because there were so many tragic parts from the cruelty of Nazi’s and my tender heart gets so sad. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
14. The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
Another book that came highly recommended. But let me start by saying, TRIGGER WARNING for sexual abuse. I had to stop this book numerous times because I find it hard to read about any type of abuse.
I almost didn’t finish it because I wasn’t sure how to guard my heart against the intensity, but I took a few days off and then slowly read more bit by bit. Thankfully, the abuse stopped about halfway through the book and then it was easier reading.
Honestly, to me it was a book about the “soul mate – one true love” versus the love that is there with you through the ups and downs of real life. I’m glad the book ended the way it did. And maybe it’s just my tender heart, but I am not sure I would even recommend this book. I don’t like violence and sexual abuse, thankfully neither from personal experience but I just don’t like filling my mind with things like that.
2 out 5 for those reasons solely. The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
15. The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
I was looking for a book about meals, food and dinner and this is the book I settled on. I read the entire book in three days, which I think is a good sign. It definitely wasn’t about making meals, food or dinner really – but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
The basis of the book is Sabrina is having a birthday and goes out to dinner to celebrate with her old college best friend. She walks into the restaurant to see five people she wrote down years ago in a game of “who would you want to have dinner with dead or alive?”. The list includes (1) her father who left when she was a child and is now dead, (2) her favorite college professor, (3) her best friend Jessica, (4) Audrey Hepburn as a 30 year old, and (5) her ex-boyfriend who maybe was the love of her life.
The book switches from telling her and Tobias’ love story to telling the story of why each person is represented at the dinner.
I read it quickly and found it such an intriguing plot line. 3.75 out of 5. The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
16. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
We are reading this in my local book club for the month of April and I’ve got to say this is a book I just couldn’t put down. From the first few pages I was hooked. It tells the story of a rock and roll band from 1960’s to present day.
The entire book is an interview and switches between the seven band members. All the characters were so interesting and I loved how interwoven each of their lives were to each other in both good and bad ways. Half my book club ladies loved the book (me) and half of them thought it was pretty shallow. I mean it was a book about a rock band in the 70’s, drugs, sex and rock + roll were big themes, ha.
However, on the simple ease of reading, enjoyment and entertainment, 4 out 5. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
17. The Island of the Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
I am a plant lover. I was a practicing Landscape Architect for 8 years and now my love for indoor plants has only blossomed with time. When I heard this book was for plant lovers who specifically loved trees (me and me), I got it without knowing much more.
The three main characters in the book are Defne, Kostas and a large Fig Tree. It start as teenagers fall into a forbidden love from very opposing backgrounds, Greek and Turkish. The tavern that meet in has a large fig tree in the middle and it bears witness to their secret love. The tree is there when a civil war breaks out, when the town is turned to shambles and even when the teenagers part ways. Years later, Kostas, a botanist now returns home for work, but is on the lookout for his one true love.
This book was so intriguing as it gave human emotions and feelings to the Fig tree. She had thoughts and even communicated a bit to the outside world through slight shakes of her leaves and trembles in her roots.
As every good book does, there was quite a great twist at the end, too.
This was such a unique read. I loved the idea of plants having feelings (even if I’m not sure they really do). I think there is SUCH beauty in old trees and tending to plants has become almost a sacred thing for me. So for those reason alone, I loved this book. 4.5 out of 5 stars The Island of the Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
18. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
This was my January Book Club’s read and it was such a good book. It was light hearted and entertaining, but also had so many more complex layers. Fredrik Backman has such a unique story telling style and we all really enjoyed the way he wove all the characters together. It took a fun turn at the end that felt predictable, but still was a little unexpected.
It tells the story of a bank robbery that turns into a hostage situation. But somehow it’s the most light hearted hostage situation that’s ever been! By the end, all the hostages show up for each other and help each other in the most unexpected ways. By the end of the book, we noted how the more we learned about people’s stories… the more sympathy you had for them in general – true testament of life really. Our bookclub ordered pizza for dinner to celebrate the big pizza scene in the book.
I throughly enjoyed this book. 4.5 out of 5 stars Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
19. The End of Men by Karen Rinaldi
I randomly picked this book up from the library and didn’t even realize it had been turned into a movie starring Julianne Moore and Ethan Hawke. I may watch the movie now that I’ve finished the book… although they are never as good as the book!
Four women who all work at a pregnancy lingerie company are a various stages of work, love and motherhood. The book switches each chapter between Isabel, Anna, Beth and Maggie and yet their lives all are interwoven together. They are all determined, hardworking, funny, sexy and insightful. I loved how they all support each other even when they may disagree with choices made. The book brings insight into women-hood and all the complexities that it brings.
I enjoyed this read. It was light and heartwarming. It made me think about how complex, life giving, challenging and wonderful life as a women, friend and mother can be. 4 out of 5 stars The End of Men by Karen Rinaldi
20. Small Plates by Katherine Hall Page
This was another book I randomly picked up at the library. It’s a quick read of short fictional mystery stories. I wanted to love it because I’ve realized I really enjoy ready mystery books. And although I think it was written well, something about having a story start and finish in 4 pages just didn’t do it for me.
I think I like having more character and story line buildup. Otherwise, it almost felt like one of those tween “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books where everything is dramatic and then tied up with a pretty bow in about 8 minutes time. I wouldn’t discourage this book, but it just wasn’t my ideal format.
2.75 out of 5. Small Plates by Katherine Hall Page
21. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
This book is one that I am reading as part of an online guest host of my friend Ashley’s Reading Book Club. I ordered this book and then when it arrived was like HELLO BIG BOOK, at almost 600 pages it’s a long one. With that being said, I am loving this book!
Set in 1954, this book follows Emmitt, his brother Billy and two friends who start off in Nebraska heading to California for a fresh start, but their adventure immediately takes a turn in the opposite direction – New York city. The entire book spans only ten days, but from multiple perspectives. Each chapters counts down from day 10 to 1.
Although this was quite a long book, it was so well written. I went back and forth between listening to it on Audible and reading the paper back version. I really enjoy the depth of characters and am excited to read another from Amor Towles. My favorite character was Dutchess, I didn’t necessarily like him but found him a very intriguing character.
4 out of 5. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
22. Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
This was my local bookclub’s March book.
This book is set in New York in 2017. The main two characters Olga and her brother, Prieto have worked really hard to be well known in their fields. Prieto is a popular Congressman and Olga is a wedding planner for Manhattan’s rich elite. However, there is quite a bit going on behind closed doors in both of their lives.
They are looking for love and acceptance, as their mother left them as children to be raised by their grandmother while she joined a militant political cause.
In hindsight this book hits on MANY sensitive topics, sexual orientation, political upheaval, racisim, sexual abuse, power, money, family drama, and probably a few others. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, but I wouldn’t say I LOVED it.
Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez, 3 out of 5
Non-Fiction books I’ve read in 2022:
- Untamed by Glennon Doyle
- Some parts I loved, but some parts felt forced to be “woke”. I’m glad I read it to see what the hype was about, but I wouldn’t say it was life changing.
- Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen by Michelle Icard
- An interesting and thought provoking way to listen and talk with your tween. However, it felt a little overwhelming to me by the end.
- Art + Faith : A Theology of Making by Makoto Fujimura
- A deeper look into the connection between making and our Maker. I want to love this book, but I’ll be honest it’s very deep and I can only digest small pieces at a time.
- I’m so Effing Tired by Amy Shah
- A proven plan to beat burnout, boost your energy and reclaim your life. I liked this book and the insight it gave to food and hormones.
- Taste : My life through Food by Stanley Tucci
- As a true Italian would, Stanley talks about his childhood through food. I am so enjoying this easy read and all the recipes he included!
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
- I mean, Brene Brown doesn’t write bad books. I am about half way done with this one and feeling inspired and seen already.
- I Guess I Haven’t Learned that Yet by Shauna Niequest
- I’ve loved all of Shauna’s books… and maybe it’s this season of my life, but I REALLY loved this book. It’s about the complexity of life and being okay with continuing to grow and change with age.
- Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri
- This is a true story of a little boy who feels out of place as an 8 year old in America after fleeing his country of Iran. It’s entertaining, heart felt and I loved it.
- The God of the Garden by Andrew Peterson
- If you love trees and love God, this is the book for you. Andrew Peterson tells the story of his connection to trees, the ups and downs of his life and it’s tie to Creation through this book.
- The Lord is my Courage by K.J. Ramsey
- Oh this book. I’ve been going through some hard times in my faith and stumbled upon this book at the perfect time. It talks about stepping through the shadows of fear toward the voice of love and it been everything my heart needed to read, hear and meditate on.
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