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Notable reads in 2022

I went down my Goodreads list of reviewed books. I don't review every single book I read--typically notable ones. I've read about 50 significant books by that metric. Let's see if I can whittle that down to a dozen.

Christian fiction:

Only the Beautiful by Susan Meissner. Her books are outstanding, this one really shone.

A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke. This is the sequel to Night Bird Calling. Both top-notch.

Of Needles and Haystacks by Ann Elizabeth Fryer. A new to me author, very sweet, very well done.

Shadows of the Mind's Eye by Janyre Tromp. An amazing debut novel!

Things We Didn't Say by Amy Lynn Green. I read two of her books and I really liked this one, partly because it was different. Totally composed of letters.

Under the Magnolias by T.I. Lowe is different. Angsty but with a good ending. Recommended.

Other great fiction reads:

The Lake House by Kate Morton. PG-13 for adult thematic content but not bad. Drew me in!!!

The Unpleasantness at Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers. One in a delightful British-humor mystery series, by an oldie but goodie writer, a friend of CS Lewis.

After the War by Anita Frank. A gem of a story with a quiet gem of a hero.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Epistolary in nature, supposedly YA, but some adult bits. I loved it.


Thunderstruck by Erik Larsen. This author writes amazing narrative fiction about WWII, the Galveston Hurricane, you name it. This is filled with the trials and tribulations of an inventor.

The Post-Modern Pilgrim's Progress by the Babylon Bee. Cute, snarky, and occasionally convicting!

Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD. The book that shocked me into going gluten-free.

And there you have it, a baker's dozen!


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