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5 Books I'm Reading in 2022

It seems like every time it gets warm and we are able to get outside it’s followed by a cold, wet, stay indoors kind of day. If you find yourself not feeling like going outside or tired of re-watching the same things on the television over and over then this post is for you. Back for the second year in a row is my list of books I’m looking forward to reading in 2022. I thoroughly enjoyed all the books on my list from last year and I heard a good bit of feedback from others who read a book(s) from the list. Trust me if I can read 5 books in a year, as someone who has never been a big reader, then anyone can. And I pick these books with that in mind. I am at least for now, looking for an easy read that keeps you hooked. I need something that will grab me quickly and make sure even if there is a lull in the middle, keeps me wondering enough to finish. As always, let me know if you read any of these books and what you think of them or if you have any alternative suggestions!

"Gallant" by V.E. Schwab

A young girl comes across her mothers journal that is filled with stories and tales of her family that soon seem to become chaotic. She then gets a letter to visit Gallant, a manor which holds many of her family secrets. She soon is faced with many of the things that have haunted her family for decades and is faced with many decisions to fight or join in. Even crossing a ruined wall that transforms the manor to something recognizable but totally different. This book is a little outside my comfort zone but sounds extremely interesting and would easily be able to keep a reader guessing and wondering what's going to happen next.

"The Candy House" by Jennifer Egan

If you look up this book the first thing you see is; “Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by Time, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, Oprah Daily, Glamour, USA Today, Parade…”(The list goes on for a while). Well, if that doesn’t get your interest peaked then I’m not sure what will. To add to this it’s written by the winner of many awards, Jennifer Egan. The Candy House is about a tech billionaire who develops a chip that allows a person to “own one's subconscious”. Allowing them to share and change all their memories. A little bit tech, a little bit sci-fi this book is extremely relevant to today and already has me wondering how it ends!

"Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks" by Patrick Radden Keefe

Patrick Radden Keefe is a well respected, well known author who seems to have done it again. This book features 12 of his most celebrated articles from The New Yorker and dives a little deeper. Keefe says in his preface “They reflect on some of my abiding preoccupations: crime and corruption, secrets and lies, the permeable membrane separating licit and illicit worlds, the bonds of family, the power of denial.” This book sounds fascinating, especially for those who are fans of true crime!

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

This is a thriller set on a remote island. A girl and her boyfriend are hired to sail two women to a remote island. They meet two others upon arrival at the island; it doesn't take long for them to realize something is off as one of the 6 goes missing. This sounds like my perfect book. I love the mystery, and that “what's gonna happen next” feeling. This book seems to be full of that!

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

This is a murder mystery set in Paris, France that I have seen mentioned on more lists than any other book coming out this year. To say it’s been highly anticipated is an understatement. Set around a woman who goes to stay with her rich half-brother in Paris and quickly finds out he’s nowhere to be found and everyone seems to be keeping secrets. Thriller/mystery books are always easy reads for me and I can’t wait to pick this one up.

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