With a goal to read more in 2022, I came across many great books and a few that left a little something to be desired. Having this new knowledge, I figured I would list some of my favorites so as to aid you in whatever reading journey you may find yourself on. Here are some great recs that collectively cover all of the bases for books you may want to read in 2023.
If you’re looking for a beach read…
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The story of four sibling surfers and one unforgettable night- for reasons that vary. Family drama, fame and confronting pasts keeps this plot turning and pairs with top-notch storytelling and imagery for a great book.
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
With the entirety of this book taking place in a single day, this is a wonderfully detailed book about a woman, her beach house and the secrets, deceit and emotions that fill it. This book is set on Cape Cod, so being a local I may be a bit biased; but I still think it’s worth the read.
If you’re looking for a tear-jerker…
Beartown by Frederik Backman
I had to take a break from reading this book because I was getting too attached to it. That should be enough reason to read, but I can also voice that this is a story of community, hope, toxic masculinity and camaraderie following the lives of parents and children in a dying town that revolves around hockey. The obvious care and thought that Backman put into every sentence of this book makes it impossible to dislike- this is an incredible novel.
Us Against You by Frederik Backman
This is the sequel to Beartown and is equally as great. Following mainly the same group of characters from the former, this book speaks largely to tribe loyalty and power dynamics. The attention to detail that Backman took to create this book makes it impossible not to feel something with each chapter you gaze upon.
If you’re looking for a mystery…
The Club by Ellery Lloyd
A twisted commentary on celebrity behavior that keeps you coming back for me. This is a story about the secret, exclusive lives of celebrities in an elite club with a mysterious murder. So fun unraveling this story page by page.
If you’re looking for a beautifully told story…
I’ll Give you the Sun
An incredible story about family, art, loss and love. This book will send you through a rollercoaster of emotions, but it’ll be the type of ride that you don’t want to get off. I was truly left in awe at how this book came together in the end.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A fun read about a once thriving band and how they formed, prospered and eventually broke. Written in an interview style that will make you feel like you’re talking to the musicians yourself. Such a unique, fun book!
If you’re looking for some inspiration…
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
by Jen Sincero
This witty while empowering book was a treat to read! The perfect combination of empowering and forceful. Prepare for motivation!
Green Lights by Matthew McConaughey
Like all How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days fanatics, I love McConaughey and came to this book for him but stayed for the truth, motivation and inspiration it withheld. A wonderfully told memoir!
You truly can’t go wrong with any of these books…so get to your local library or Barnes and Noble ASAP! Happy reading friends 🙂