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  • Writer's pictureMelina Meador

Best Reads of 2022

It is so much fun to review a year of reading for me. How about you? Whether you got through a handful or a hundred, the practice of spending a little time with your list and reflecting over the titles and content will inform how you read in the future. You'll find yourself knowing more about your reading personality and what will help your reading goals along - even if it's just to read more of what you enjoy.

It's also interesting to see how your trends change as you read. I started tracking my reading in 2016 and in overview I can see that I read:

51 books in 2016 (6 Non Fiction, 45 Fiction)

36 books in 2017 (8 NF, 28 F)

90 books in 2018 (28 NF, 62 F)

94 books in 2019 (32 NF, 62 F)

79 books in 2020 (29 NF, 50 F)

75 books in 2021 (38 NF, 37 F)

73 books in 2022 (31 NF, 42 F)

It's my own little timeline, my life in a microcosm!

But that's boring, here are my favorite books of 2022. Hope you'll find something you'll enjoy!

On Writing by Stephen King

I haven't read any of his books - I'm too squeamish - but his memoir was incredible. He uses a lot of language so be warned but his life, his tenacity...gripping and moving.

Move the Body, Heal the Mind by Jennifer Heisz

This is a quick and easy read and inspiring. If you have a diagnosis you are living with, the evidence for movement is clear.

Into the Forest by Rebecca Frankel

One Jewish family (and hundreds of others) survived the holocaust by living in the woods. This is an incredible read and while it deals in terror, it is told with such hope and beauty. I can have nightmares easily but I read this without trouble. The author personally knows the survivors and tells their story with love.

Running to the Edge by Matthew Futterman

A journalist's account of America's return to running competitively on the world stage.

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

This is a doorstop of a book but it won the Nobel in 1929 for good reason. It is SO worth reading. I love the array of characters, the world woven in super duper technicolor of Medieval Norway, it's just so believable and real.

The Professor's House by Willa Cather

I am a Cather fangirl, and this one I hadn't read before (I had Cather as my author of the year) so as I was digging into her works, this became one of my favorites. It's sad. It's lonely. It's got lots to think about.

I liked having an author to focus around, but I won't do that again this year. I had loads of fun reading, and while I hope for that to continue, I need to engage my mind with some stiffer books as well this year. Wish me luck!

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