Welcome to my annual “best-of” celebration!
I set a Goodreads reading goal at 80 books! Last year I read 74 books, this year I’ve exceeded that by just a little: 76 books. Again, this is not something I am focused on meeting, it’s just something I think it’s fun to note.
I’ve read considerably more historical fiction this year, so I have included more titles in this genre here in my best-of list. If you’d like to see all of the books I read and read more extensive reviews, check out my 2022 Goodreads Year in Books or browse my blog archives.
THE (self-imposed) RULES: because sometimes I need to keep things brief, I’m choosing to share 3 things that describe each of these stories. I’ve been doing this for a few years now, so I want to keep up my tradition ;). I’ll link each title to Goodreads and my review (if applicable). At the end, I’ll be sharing popular posts on the blog this year.
All titles are inspirational fiction unless noted with *.
Companion post: Best Films & Shows I watched in 2022
Best Books of 2022
Historical – North American Setting
A Heart Adrift by Laura Frantz | review
Chocolate. Second chances. Steadfast.
In Honor’s Defense by Karen Witemeyer | review
Adventurous western. Humor. Tender friendship.
Laura’s Shadow by Allison Pittman | review
Endearing heroines. Heritage. Contrasts.
The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham | review
Fortitude. Licorice. Mountain folk.
Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz | review
Enduring love. A fiddle. Kindness.
Historical Romance – UK Setting
The Belle of Belgrave Square* by Mimi Matthews | review
Bookish heroine AND hero. Rescue. Belonging.
Romancing the Rake* by Nichole Van | review
Cat studies. Sacrifice. Hilarious coach journey.
The Sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen | review
Self-worth. Sisterhood. Enchanting setting & romance.
Historical Romance – American Hero/Heroine & International Setting
Written on the Wind by Elizabeth Camden | review
Genre-bending hero. Riveting romance. Convictions.
The Brilliance of Stars by J’nell Ciesielski | review
Commitment. Adventure. Strength.
Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin | review
Endurance. Integrity. Friendship.
Mystery or Mystery Elements
Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen | review
Unpredictable mystery. Unique setting (abbey-turned-hotel). Friends to lovers.
An Artless Demise* by Anna Lee Huber
Gripping plot. Gage’s unwavering support. Atmospheric London.
The Souls of Lost Lake by Jaime Jo Wright
Moving story. Lore. Preacher Pritchard.
Turn to Me by Becky Wade | review
Banter. Grace. Agatha the dog.
The Last Way Home by Liz Johnson | review
Pancakes. Mercy. Homecoming.
Provenance by Carla Laureano | review
Stranded in the snow. Unlikely friendship. Identity.
For 2023 reading, one of my goals is to read more of the books I already have on my shelves. I have found the “#backlistbooks23” challenge hosted on Instagram by @lemonyreads, @bookswithnopictures, and @thebookscript that has readers sharing a list of 23 books they already have + want to read in 2023. Here’s my list: This is open to join in through January 31 if you want to be part of the challenges, buddy reads, or giveaway. Follow the accounts to keep up 🙂
Popular #OnTheBlog in 2022
Most popular new posts:
- Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books to Read Soon from My TBR
- Top Ten Tuesday: Bespectacled Book Boyfriends
- Movie Thoughts: Redeeming Love
- Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 Releases *Still* on my TBR
- Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Own in Multiple Formats
Most popular new book reviews:
- The Mozart Code by Rachel McMillan
- Christmas Story Mini Reviews
- The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews
- The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham
- When the Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer
As always, thank you for being a blog reader in 2022 and beyond. Many thanks and appreciation to the publishers and authors who have graciously included me on their review teams this year. It has been a joy to be a part of this bookish community!
What are your favorite books you read this year? Do we share any favorites? Did you post a list of favorites on your blog or social media? I’d love for you to share in the comments!