2022 Books

My annual list and ratings of the books I read – 42 (plus a re-read) for this year. Ratings of 4 and 5 stars are highly recommended.


5 stars The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict

5 stars How to Teach Business English by Evan Frendo

3 stars The Dead Wander in the Desert by Rollan Seisenbayev

4 stars Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner

5 stars Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr


5 stars London by Edward Rutherfurd

5 stars A Conspiracy of Mothers: A Novel by Colleen van Niekerk

4 stars Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall


4 stars The Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis

3 stars Dear Ann by Bobbie Ann Mason

1 star A Fist or A Heart by Kristín Eiriksdotter

1 star Less by Andrew Sean Greer

3 stars Asylum by Sherry Logsdon

April – read but didn’t finish any


5 stars The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

5 stars Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For by Susan Rice

2 stars Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

5 stars The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0) by Suzanne Collins


4 stars The Spellbreaker (Book #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg

5 stars The Family Upstairs (Book #1) by Lisa Jewell

5 stars A Catalogue of Catastrophe by Jodi Taylor (The Chronicles of St Mary’s #13)

5 stars The Boy Between: A Mother and Son’s Journey From a World Gone Grey by Josiah Hartley and Amanda Prowse


5 stars Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood by Cheryl Diamond


5 stars The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin

5 stars A Daughter’s Kaddish: My Year of Grief, Devotion, and Healing by Sarah Birnbach

4 stars The Puma Years by Laura Coleman

5 stars The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Francis Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience by Kirstin Downey


3 stars The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett, Amanda Pressner

5 stars The It Girl by Ruth Ware

5 stars People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks


4 stars The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns

5 stars The Empress: A Novel by Laura Martinez-Belli

3 stars Essentialism by Greg McKeown

4 stars World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain, Laurie Woolever and Wesley Allsbrook

5 stars Leadership Presence: How to Show Up, Stand Out, and Shake Up the World by Justin Patton

5 stars What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather

5 stars Troubled Blood (Cormoran Strike #5) by Robert Galbraith


4 stars A Splendid Ruin by Megan Chance

5 stars Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Guasi

5 stars About Time (The Time Police #4) by Jodi Taylor

4 stars Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

5 stars Violeta by Isabel Allende


5 stars Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (Outlander #9) by Diana Galbaldon

Also re-read Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson with a student and started at least 2 books that I chose not to finish


About alicrain

Wanderlust. Adventurer. Mom. Mentor. Change Agent. Crazy. Servant Leader. Citizen of the World These are all words that describe me - or have been used to describe me. There are many more but we won't get in to those. What is important to know is that at the age of 45, after having a successful career and raising a son, I decided I needed a new challenge and adventure in my life. So I joined the Peace Corps. Portions of this blog were written before this time and chronicle my life during graduate school (again, something I did in my 40s). During my service in Morocco (September 2016 - December 2018) I chronicled my daily life and all it entailed to live as an American female in another country. this is a place for me to capture random thoughts and share my life's journey
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