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For a quick review of my books read for 2022, let’s begin in December – specifically with my Christmas reads. I had meant to do more holiday-themed reading than I did, but other books kept jumping the cue. Other than Jenny Colgan’s ‘The Christmas Bookshop,’ my holiday reads were a disappointment this year. Luckily the books that kept butting in made up for this.
The Christmas Bookshop, Jenny Colgan
My Rating: 4.5 (Goodreads 3.8, Amazon 4.3)
My Review: This is a warm, cozy, picturesque read. It was all that I hoped it would be (and more)! Read more here.
Christmas, Criminals & Campers, Tonya Kappes
My Rating: 2.5 (Goodreads 3.95, Amazon 4.5)
My Review: Despite her late start in writing, the author, Tonya Kappes, has written over 180 novels. This helped put the book in perspective for me. Read more here.
100 Facts About Traditions and Christmas Around the World, Eva Logerty
My Rating: 2 (Goodreads 1.50, Amazon 3)
My Review: This book read like a student essay. Sadly, much more tweaking and editing were needed. Read more here.
The December Buttinskies
The Book of Hope, J. Goodall, D. Abrams
My Rating: 5 (Goodreads 4.22, Amazon 4.7)
My Review: I needed this jolt of Jane — soothing, calm and straight-shooting. Read more here.
The Old Man and the Sea,
My Rating: 5 (Goodreads 3.80, Amazon 4.5)
My Review: A beautifully written book with lots to say that can be read in a single sitting. Read more here.
This Time Tomorrow, Emma Straub
My Rating: 5 (Goodreads 3.83, Amazon 4.1)
My Review: When her father became seriously ill, Emma Straub began to write a story to help deal with her grief. The finished result skillfully nudges the reader to contemplate what is most important in their life: Read more here.
One Sip at a Time, K. Van Sickle:
My Rating: 4 (Goodreads 3.73, Amazon 4)
My Review: Van Sickle will make you long to board the next plane to France — at least he did for me. Read more here.
Happy Go-Lucky, David Sedaris
My Rating: 3.5 (Goodreads 4.24,Amazon 4.6)
My Review: Highs and lows. At times, I felt captive to Sedaris’ self-analysis and therapy. Read more here.
What I Read This Past Year – A Visual Summary
What’s On Your Bookshelf – Dates for 2023
Third Thursday, 2 pm (PST)/Third Friday, 8 am (AEST).
January 19/20, February 16/17, March 16/17, April 20/21, May 18/19, June 15/16, July 20/21, Aug 17/18, Sept. 14/15, Oct 19/20, Nov. 16/17 and Dec.14/15.