Sunday, January 01, 2023

December: What I Read

I **might** be a victim of the recency fallacy since 3 of the books from this month are on my best books of the year, but also THINGS ARE PUBLISHED LATE IN THE YEAR, ok?? 

Also, this was a listening month for me— what can I say?

Happy reading in the new year, friends!

Probably You Can Skip These

The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger: I really do love a pretty mindless audio book playing in the background while I go about my day, and this one fit the bill. **Audio

 Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynn M. Valente: What the what even was that? **Audio **

The Christmas Clash by Suzanne Park: A teen Christmas romance set in a mall-- delightful. **2022 ** 

Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger: This was just ok for me, despite being very twisty. I think my main issue was that I didn’t really like the characters at all, any of them. I like when the author forces me to like someone unlivable, but these people were not believable AND they were jerks. **2022

The Bright Side of Disaster by Katherine Center: An excellent background audiobook. **Audio

The Last Party by Claire MacIntosh: I really liked The Hostage (which I listened to), so maybe she is more of an audiobook writer for me?? *2022

Great Distractions

Nightwork by Nora Roberts: The poor man's The Goldfinch **2022 **Audio

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane: This was a riveting, trashy, fun read. **Audio

The Measure by Nicki Erlick: You should read this-- so strange and sad. **2022 **Audio


The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang: I could not get into this one reading it, but the audiobook was terrific. This books is wonderful, and if you are only reading one book from my December list, consider it. **Audio **2022

A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny: OH I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. Each Gamache book is better than the one fore it, and how can that be? ** 2022** **Audio**

Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson: You should really read this one. It is so weird and wonderful. **2022

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus: Absolutely as good as everyone says it is. **2022

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver: WOW WOW WOW. This book is remarkable, and I really think you should read it EVEN IF you don’t love Dickens and EVEN IF you are lukewarm on retellings. **2022 **Audio

This Month:

14 books

10 books published in 2022

5 print and 9 audio

This Year:

230 books

117 books published in 2022

125 print books and 105 audiobooks


  1. Why is Katherine Center so mediocre? Reading her books is always FINE, but you forget about them like five seconds after you're done. I want her to write a book that is just amazing, just to prove me wrong about her absolute averageness.

    1. YES! I agree with you-- so meh.

  2. I have heard such amazing things about Demon Copperhead. That's the book I got during my book club's Christmas book exchange. I am excited to check it out after hearing such rave reviews about it. I really really disliked The Poisonwood Bible which everyone else seemed to love so I've been hesitant to read much of what she writes. But it sounds like this was a masterpiece!

    I hope that Now is Not the Time to Panic goes over well with my book club. But the group is pretty open minded overall! We don't read it until October since there is such a long hold list for it at the library!!

    I'm excited to read the latest Gamache book!!

    1. I would LOVE to read Copperhead with a group-- so much to talk about!