It’s time for the yearly round-up of my favourite books that I read this year!
Each time I finish a book, I write it down in one of my journals (the list journal!). Upon looking at this year’s list, I realized there weren’t that many books that I wanted to put on my favourites list. Some I read to fulfill this year’s reading goal, some I read because I was told they were good, and some I read because I wanted to. My favourite reads all fall into the latter category – I read them because I wanted to!
The lesson? Just read stuff that you want to read!
Let’s move onto the list:
Little French Bistro by Nina George
I’m pretty sure another one of her books made it onto a previous reading list. George paints beautiful and cozy pictures of the French countryside that is just as much a character in the story as the actual people. This particular book tells the story of a middle-aged woman having a midlife crisis (trigger warning: suicide attempt) and her path to finding herself. I love this book for its eclectic cast of characters and its take on love.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
For the first third of this book (minus the fact that the opening chapter leaves us on a HUGE cliffhanger!), it’s a slooooow burn. And then everything starts rolling so fast that you cannot put it down! The Guest List takes place on a spooky island just off the coast of Ireland where a wedding is taking place, but, as we learn in chapter one, there is a body found at the wedding. The rest of the book explores a cast of characters that all have unhealthy relationships with each other and has us guessing who will die, and who dunnit.
An Ember in the Ashes (and the rest of the series) by Sabaa Tahir
I DEVOURED this series this summer! I know I’m a little late to the party on this one, but if you also happen to have not read this fantasy series yet, DO IT. Tahir builds an amazingly rich and complex world filled with issues that are applicable here in the real world: race-based discrimination, power struggles, love, loss, and more. As for the plot, girl and boy from two different walks of life must save the world together. Read it!
Escaping Christmas by Marie Landry
Supporting a Canadian indie author with this one! I love Landry’s books (I’ve read three so far), but Escaping Christmas was my favourite! It’s a spicy, feel-good Christmas romance.
That’s it for my favourites this year! Maybe my reading goal for 2022 will be something along the lines of ‘don’t read something because you feel you should…’
Have you read any of these books? Let me know!
And have you read my latest release, A Collection of Scars? Set in a fictional world, it tells the story of a twisted relationship between a slave and her master, set against the backdrop of a growing rebellion. You can learn more here.