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I’m proud to share that I met my reading goal this year with 88 books read in 2022. My goal was to read 84 which means I just met and exceeded by a few.
My goal for next year will be quite a bit lower because I have a baby coming towards the end of April and I want to be realistic about how much reading I’ll actually have time for and not be disappointed in myself. My reading goal for 2023 is to read 60 books; I’m going with the assumption that I’ll read an average of 7 per month before baby arrives and hopefully at least 4 per month post birth.
Doing a monthly wrap up of books read is not something I’ve been consistent at doing but I do enjoy making a list of my favorites. I didn’t decide on favorites each month which would have made it easy to narrow down to my top 12, so instead I’m just going to go for it and make a list of my favorite 4.5 and 5 star reads.
I’m not a huge fan of picking a favorite each month because I had some months where every single book was a 4.5 or 5 and I had tons of contenders for favorites. On the flip side, I had some months where everything was a 4.0 or lower and I didn’t have anything that was worthy of being a favorite.
Many of the books I read this year were published in 2022 but some were backlist books. That’s my other big reading goal for next year. I want to read more from my physical TBR shelves of books I already own; My secondary reading goal for 2023 is to read a minimum of 2 books per month that I already own.
It’s too difficult to truly pinpoint favoring one great read over another, so the lists below of my 4.5 and 5 Star picks are simply listed in the order in which I read them this year.
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My Favorite Reads of 2022
5 Star Fiction Favorites
Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon
The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews
Mr. Wrong Number by Lynn Painter
Set On You by Amy Lea
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score
The Beach Trap by Ali Brady
The Hookup Plan (Boyfriend Project #3) by Farrah Rochon
The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
In the Shadow Garden by Liz Parker
If I had to pick only one favorite from 2022, it would be this debut novel. Such a wonderful treat!
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
5 Star Non-Fiction Favorites
Hold On But Don’t Hold Still by Kristina Kuzmic
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Feeding the Soul by Tabitha Brown
I Want to Thank You by Gina Hamadey
4.5 Star Fiction Favorites
Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly
Butterfly Sisters by Jenny Hale
Sadie on a Plate by Amanda Elliot
Go Hex Yourself (#1) by Jessica Clare
Falling for You (#3) by Barb Curtis
Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
All Fired Up by Dylan Newton
The Stand-In by Lily Chu
This Way Out by Tufayel Ahmed
Just Another Love Song by Kerry Winfrey
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Season of Love by Helena Greer
A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun
Improbably Yours by Kerry Anne King
4.5 Star Non-Fiction Favorites
What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter Ph.D
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke
Why We Cook by Lindsay Gardner
Healthy As F*ck by Oonagh Duncan
The High 5 Habit by Mel Robbins
Caffeine by Michael Pollan
The Spanx Story by Charlie Wetzel
Undaunted by Kara Goldin
I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
Of course, I can’t ignore all of the amazing books coming out in 2023! I’ve made a list of my top picks I’m most excited about. Hoping to get advanced copies of most of these but will definitely be buying the ones I’m not lucky enough to snag from the publishers!
23 Anticipated Romance Books of 2023
Exes and O’s (#2) by Amy Lea - January 10th
Lunar Love by Lauren King Jesse - January 10th
The Reunion by Kayla Olson - January 17th
Sorry, Bro by Taleen Voskuni - January 31st
Behind the Scenes by Karelia Stetz-Waters - January 31st
Not Your Exes Hexes (#2) by April Asher - February 7th
Take the Lead (Dance Off #1) by Alexis Daria - February 14th
Best Served Hot by Amanda Elliot - February 21st
Ana Takes Manhattan by Lissette Decos - February 28th
Something Wild & Wonderful by Anita Kelly - March 7th
Mr. & Mrs. Witch by Gwenda Bond - March 7th
The Love Wager by Lynn Painter - March 14th
Love and Other Flight Delays by Denise Williams - March 14th
What the Hex (#2) by Jessica Clare - April 4th
Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez - April 11th
Happy Place by Emily Henry - April 25th
You Chive Me Crazy by Rich Amooi - April 30th
Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune - May 2nd
The Comeback Summer by Ali Brady - May 9th
Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon - June 20th
Hello Stranger by Katherine Center - July 11th
A Change of Plans by Dylan Newton - August 1st
Kissing Kosher by Jean Meltzer - August 29th
What were some of your favorite reads this year? What are you most looking forward to reading next year?