Top 10 Best Books of 2022

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What a year.

For me it was a year of perpetually feeling behind. As the darkest days of the pandemic faded into memory, coming back into real life proved to be a challenge for me. I am an introvert/homebody/bookworm at heart, and a part of me loved being stuck at home with all my books during the pandemic. As it became acceptable to leave the house again, all the socialization and travel plans that had been postponed for two years came quickly and urgently back to demand my attention faster than I was ready for.

Top 5 Classic Cozy Books for Winter

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Top 5 Modern Cozy Books for Winter

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The 5 Best Books I’ve Read According to Goodreads

I read a lot of books. Like, 100-150 books a year. (My best year was 159 books in 2020. I wonder why? cough COVID cough). And I’ve been a fairly active reader my entire life, meaning my total recorded book count is in the 700s. So the other day I wondered, what does Goodreads consider to be the best books I’ve ever read?

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My staycation was sort of an accident, bittersweet in its circumstances. It wasn’t meticulously planned out, or long-anticipated (the best vacations, IMO, are those that you look forward to for weeks).

I was grateful for the opportunity, but there are things I would absolutely change for the next time we try something like this. If you’re thinking about a staycation, check out my tips for how to make it really worth your while.

Best Nonfiction Books of 2021

This book list was really difficult for me to narrow down. I read a staggering 90 nonfiction books this past year (thanks to repeated lockdowns), and the first draft of the greatest ones was a list of about 30. I painfully cut out some really enjoyable books. Those that remain are the best of the best.

Best Fiction Books of 2021

I read a lot of books. As in, usually more than 100 in a year, and apparently up to 159 in 2020 when I’m locked down for 6+ months because of a global pandemic. I get so much joy out of reading, and find even fiction educational. I enjoy experiencing the stories that other people’s minds have created.