2022: A Year in Review

2022 was an interesting year for me. I had finally settled into a routine that worked for me, but due to my new job, I had a level of burnout that affected my reading patterns and my listening to new music. 

This change in schedule was reflected in my book list due to the introduction of audiobooks. Now that I know how to balance all of these different life changes, I believe 2023 will be a bit more interesting in how my lists play out.

Favorite Books I Read in 2022

Honorable Mentions

  • Let’s Play, Vol. 1 by Leeanne Krecic
  • Fangs by Sarah Andersen

5. Chlorine Sky by Mahogany Browne (Young Adult)

I really liked this verse novel. The overall theme of the book had a big impact on me. It explores the main character’s identity and how it’s influenced by those around her. Everything that happens is realistic from the spreading of rumors to the internal struggle that happens.

My only issue with the book is that the timeline is confusing, a it’s hard to completely follow as there are jumps between different points of her life. It stopped me from actually delving into the book.

4/5

4. I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion but Found My Faith by Lecrae Moore (Memoir)

I listened to this audiobook right after his first one, and the first thing I noticed was the voice change when Lecrae read it. In the first book, he had some lighter moments even when talking about his dark times. In this book, the world weary tone was evident from the first sentence.

This book delved much deeper into those dark moments he experienced both before he became famous and especially after.

There were many points that he made that resonated with me, and his “Restored” album takes on a new look when listening to it now.

5/5

3. S*** Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema by Lindy West (Essay Collection)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Again, I listened to it on audiobook, and made my drives home so much more enjoyable.

The author presents all of the movies in a hilarious and critical light, even if it’s one she really enjoyed. I love watching the YouTube channel CinemaSins, and this book reminded me of that.

Do I agree with all of her opinions? No. Did I love the commentary presented with different layers of jokes? Yes, I did. I will definitely look into more of her writing after this one for sure.

5/5

2. You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson (Memoir)

I thoroughly enjoyed my reading of this book. I listened to it on audiobook, and that was one of the best decisions I could have made. Her comedy was great, and the life experiences she told were relatable in many situations. Her personality and humor really shone through in this book.

5/5

1. Finding Me by Viola Davis (Memoir)

Without a doubt, this is the most impactful memoir I have ever read. I made one of the best decisions ever in listening to the audiobook, as hearing Viola Davis recount her past and everything it lead to was powerful.

The life she lived is one I have seen some of my own family members go through. Yet, the perseverance and resilience she displayed growing up is one that astounds me.

Viola Davis is an admirable woman, and being able to listen to her life story and what she learned was an amazing experience.

5/5

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