• Jessica

the joy of the library

I have always loved libraries - the number of books, the enormous bookshelves, the smell, and the quiet. This year I renewed my love of borrowing books and I set a goal of reading 36 books in 2022. I beat my goal already, thanks to my local library, audio books, and lots of time in the car while my kids do their activities!


(This photo is in no way an example of what my life is normally like - but it was a cozy moment and worth capturing!)


So, what am I reading?! Are you curious? Here are my top 6 books (so far!) of 2022. I tried to make a list of 5 but I really loved all of these and couldn't leave one off the list. (The links will send you to my local bookstore but also you can get them at the library!)


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

This one took me a minute to get into but once I did, I fell in love with the main character and did not want it to end. I've read several of his other books, and enjoyed them, but this one has a special place in my heart.



The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore

This one is crazy. If it were fiction, you wouldn't find it believable. I had never even heard of this and the ramifications remain today! Bananas.



The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

This one is a wild ride. I really enjoyed it and got very attached to the main character. And her dog.



Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

I was nervous about this one when I heard it involved a woman befriending an octopus. Do not be alarmed! It's super well written and easy to get wrapped up in the story. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I was rooting for the characters, including the octopus.



Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon by Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam

Wow. This audio book is absolutely incredible. I had to pause it and play parts of it for anyone who would listen. If you live with me, it was all I could talk about for a while. I loved the experience of hearing Paul reminisce about songs from his childhood and explaining the rhythm while hearing the clip in the background. So cool!



The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Such a fun read. I loved all the characters and the setting. It was such a fun escape and I cannot wait to read more from this author! I was sad to finish it, but so pleased to hear that there are already 2 more books with these crazy characters.



Tell me if you have any book recommendations! I am always curious to hear about what other people are reading. I am about to start Anxious People by Frederik Backman. And I have 2 more on hold at the library!