Longtime readers might have been wondering where I’ve been the last six months. The summer brought renewal – of seeing friends, rediscovering my community, developing new relationships, and continuing my work with Writing Through. I must admit that my desire or need to report on what I had been doing took a back seat to the doing itself. And that’s fine. But I would never let the year slip away without my annual reading list. In good and bad times, reading is an anchor, and it’s interesting to look back over what I read to see what I had been thinking about.
2022 brought a fresh slate of challenges and losses. It was a difficult year coming on the heels of two previously difficult years. My year’s reading reveals a need for escape, for humor, for answers from the past and finding new perspectives. I hope you find the list interesting, and find some ideas for your own future reading (and here is my annual caveat – although I read poetry every day, you won’t find any poetry collections on the list, although there were a great many wonderful ones I discovered this year. Sorry).
Happy holidays to all. May we all travel into the new year with health, joy, purpose, and shelves full of books waiting to be read.
- Jane Smiley, Perestroika in Paris
- Colson Whitehead, Harlem Shuffle
- Henry James, The Ambassadors
- Anthony Doerr, Cloud Cuckoo Land
- Emma Darwin, This Is Not a Book About Charles Darwin
- Sjon, Moonstone
- Amor Towles, The Lincoln Highway
- Louise Penny, The Cruelest Month
- Louise Penny, A Rule Against Murder
- Louise Penny, The Brutal Telling
- Ann Patchett, The Patron Saint of Liars
- Alexandra Andrews, Who is Maude Dixon?
- Jennifer Saint, Ariadne
- Damon Galgut, The Promise
- Louise Penny, Bury Your Dead
- John Green, The Anthropocene Reviewed
- Daphne de Maurier, Jamaica Inn
- Jessica Mitford, Hons and Rebels
- Louise Penny, A Trick of Light
- Louise Penny, The Long Way Home
- Voltaire, Candide
- Jann Wenner, Like a Rolling Stone
- Jojo Moyes, The Giver of Stars
- Louise Penny, The Nature of the Beast
- Abdulrajak Gurnah, After Lives
I haven’t read enough this year but your list is a good starting point.
All the best for 2023