Monday, January 02, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2022

 
 
 
Although I keep a running list of my favorite reads each year (you can read them all here), I decided to share ten of my fifteen "best reads" on Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl. The only problem was in winnowing my list down to ten!
 
Let's see which ones made the painful cut. You'll notice that, although my blog tends to focus on crime fiction, half of my choices are not from that genre. The books are listed in the order in which they were read, and I've provided a link to my review of each below the book's cover.


The Woman They Could Not Silence


Halsey's Typhoon


Murder on the Red River


The Self-Made Widow


Remarkably Bright Creatures


Back to the Garden


The Stolen Hours


Horse


The Dictionary of Lost Words


Bleeding Heart Yard


28 comments:

  1. Fantastic choices, Cathy! I've already made up my mind that I really need to read that Cash Blackbear series. And I'm not surprised to see the Elly Griffiths here. What a talent! Well, heck, they all look excellent. Now if I could just shoehorn them into the TBR...

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    1. I've got a large economy size shoehorn if you need it...

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  2. Nice list, Cathy! I have not read a single one of them, but I do have a couple on my Kindle. Looking forward especially to BLEEDING HEART YARD. I've got to get THE POSTSCRIPT MURDERS read first. Think it's an April selection for our mystery group here in Kerrville. I'm trying to read and participate with that group and also stay connected to and read the books my lovely mystery group in Austin is reading. And then I'm participating in the Historical Fiction group here. Right now, reading THE ROSE CODE by Kate Quinn for that group. Meeting is Thursday and I don't think I'll finish, but I want to hear what others thought. I'm liking it so far.

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    1. I've got a couple of Quinn's books on my Kindle that I need to get to.

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  3. I'm hoping to start the Cash Blackbear series this year. Good to see it made your list! — Diana @ Book of Secrets

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  4. Remarkedly Bright Creatures is one I want to read. Happy 2023.

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    1. It is probably my favorite of all the books I read last year, Deanna.

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  5. Great choices! Several of these are on my TBR list for this year. And it is hard to narrow your favorites down to just ten books, isn't it?

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    1. Yes, it is. I always reply with a ladylike snort if someone wants me to narrow the list down to ONE. ONE, I tell you. Ha!

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  6. The Dictionary of Lost Words and The Woman They Couldn't Silence are both on my TBR, I hope to get to them this year.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
    https://readbakecreate.com/my-ten-favorite-books-of-2022/

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  7. I've not read any of these, but The Woman They Couldn't Silence is on my TBR, it sounds so good!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2023/01/03/top-ten-tuesday-401/

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  8. I have Laurie King's book on my list of "want to reads". I have greatly enjoyed her Mary Russell series and look forward to getting acquainted with her new characters.

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  9. I read THE WOMAN THEY COULD NOT SILENCE for book club this year and, wow, what a great book. Interesting, eye-opening, thought-provoking, etc. We had a lively discussion about it, too.

    Happy TTT!

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    1. I would imagine so! Her book The Radium Girls is just as intense.

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  10. Great list, Cathy! It is so hard to narrow it down.

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  11. Well, must have been painfull cuts. I have read three of these books, and two are on library reserve. Always a good list to consult.

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    1. It's impossible to wade through "Best of 2022 mysteries" and figure out what to read. I must have seen hundreds of titles with no sense of what to read. Oline Cogdill and Sarah Weinman, columnists in NY Times Book Review, have some good suggestions. The Rap Sheet makes my head swim with a slew of lists. I like to know what a book is about before I choose it.

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  12. All these books sound interesting. Especially The Dictionary of Lost Words

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    1. That book in particular gave me a whole new way to think about words.

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  13. I've seen that Kate Moore book on a few "best" lists this week. I guess that's a sign I should read it.

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    1. It's an excellent book on many levels. Thanks for stopping by!

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