Honorable Mentions // 2022

I’ll be finishing the year having read roughly 170 books. So believe me when I tell you that picking the top 10 best books of the year can be really hard! I did it, but I also wanted to take a moment to let you about a few more books that didn’t make my final cut.

I’m sure I left out a book here or there that’s worthy of being mentioned, but I hope you’ve enjoyed the various lists I’ve put together for you!

Here are some links to the other posts already published:

Now, on to the Honorable Mentions of 2022!


🕯 A Quiet Life by Ethan Joella – Fantastic writing about the importance of connection and kindness.

🧨 Hell of a Book by Jason Mott – A masterfully crafted book that builds up slowly and then punches you out of nowhere!

🤍 We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman – Great writing on the process of dying.

📽 The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements – An immersive story following two famous people who orchestrate their lives for the public.

Spells For Forgetting by Adrienne Young – An atmospheric mystery set on the islands of the PNW.

⚖️ Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka – A thought-provoking read from the womens’ perspectives of a man on Death Row

🧠 Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer – Cancer lends its unique voice to this story about taking over a body.

🎨 Scarlet in Blue by Jennifer Murphy – A very slow burn genre mash up that builds to a satisfying ending.

🎾 Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Here simply because no one can write such immersive, easy-to-fall-into stories quite like TJR

🧪 Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus – Featuring one of the best quirky characters I read all year!


🏃🏽‍♀️What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan – A book on mental health and suicide that I won’t soon forget and think every parent, coach, athletic director, and teacher should read ASAP!

🗣 Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed – An all-time favorite that was just as good the second time around!

🖤 The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee – The best laid-out thesis for how we’re all in this together.

🎧 These Precious Days: Essays by Ann Patchett – I will never forget that last essay for as long as I live. Best listened to on audio.

🤎 Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward – Ward paints a picture of growing up in a system that always seems to be stacked against you.

💙 Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen – If anyone could start a movement and promised the United States that Parkland would be the last mass shooting, it was these kids.

🚴🏽‍♀️ Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell – An interesting argument about the language of cults and how it can generate a sense of power amongst its followers.

👨🏼‍💼 Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women by Kate Manne –  An exploration of how men’s entitlement to sex, power, knowledge, and other things is pervasive and toxic to our social context – but most especially to women. 

📖 Unmask Alice: LSD, Satanic Panic, and the Imposter Behind the Most Notorious Diaries by Rick Emerson – A crazy piece of history I knew nothing about!

🎯 The Book of Boundaries by Melissa Urban – A helpful book for dealing with those difficult people in your life.


🌺 Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour – An under-the-radar gems that deserved way more attention than it got!

🇵🇷 Olga Dies Dreaming by Xóchitl González – A perfect balance of light and serious, funny and sad, deep and surface.

🤎 Brown Girls by Daphne Palasi Andreades – Told in a collective voice, this one is about immigration, being brown in America, passive and overt racism, coming-of-age, and so much more!

🖤 My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson – This is Johnson’s debut collection and if it’s any indication of her emotive writing talent, we’re all in for a treat!


🐢 Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives by Mary Louise Philpott – This is exactly the stage of life I’m in and reading it from Philpott’s perspective made me FEEL SEEN!

🗣 Speak: Find Your Voice, Trust Your Gut, and Get from Where You Are to Where You Want To Be by Tunde Oyeneyin – Tunde is a champion of her people and I find that I like her even more after having listened to this one on audio! She is an absolute ray of sunshine!

🇲🇽 The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande – Grande’s story about growing up in extreme poverty in Mexico was difficult to read, but gave me a new perspective on the desperation families feel before trying to get to America.

🎶 The Storyteller: Tales of Life And Music by Dave Grohl – A celebrity memoir I actually enjoyed!

🎬 Finding Me by Viola Davis – A raw and powerful audiobook!

🧒🏾 Solito by Javier Zamora – A heartbreaking, but hopeful, memoir about a nine-year-old child traveling 3000 miles over nine weeks across Mexico to the United States.

🩺 The Monsoon Diaries: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing from the ER Frontlines to the Far Reaches of the World by Dr. Calvin Sun – Throughout Covid, Dr. Sun became a source of reliable information when I stumbled across his instagram account. Through all he witnessed and the difficult choices he had to make, he always managed to keep (and project) a sense of hope and positivity.

🕵🏽‍♀️Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation by Erika Krouse – An accidental private investigator who uncovers the toxic culture surrounding a university’s football team.

Corrections In Ink by Keri Blakinger – A promising career in figure skating, an Ivy League student, and a heroin addict/dealer that finds herself in prison…this is Blakinger’s compelling story.

🦢 The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays by C.J. Hauser – Hauser explores themes of self-explorations, finding your home (place) in this world, and the various forms of love in this reflective collection of essays.

Historical Fiction:

🇵🇸 Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa – A lyrical novel that follows a young Palestinian refugee as she slowly becomes radicalized while searching for a better life for her family throughout the Middle East.

🤎 Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow – I loved this family drama that follows three generations of women who try to navigate through their individual and collective abuses, trauma, and racism.

🗺 The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd – A totally underrated gem that is interesting, unique, and so incredibly fascinating about a historical aspect of maps I knew nothing about. The author’s note at the end sealed this one for me!


📖 Who is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews – This was a compelling and twisty read that I couldn’t put it down; and just when I thought I had it all figured out, I was completely taken by surprise!

✍🏼 The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz – The one was atmospheric and had gothic undertones – yes, please!

🕳 The Family Game by Catherine Steadman – The weird background of this family and the absolutely bizarre games they play had me freaked out!


🧡 You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi – these characters were messy, but I felt their deep emotions – particularly those that dealt with grief – and I felt so many of my confusing feelings surrounding grief vindicated.

📚 Book Lovers by Emily Henry – The build up between Nora and Charlie was perfection, and I absolutely loved the cozy small town setting.

Science Fiction:

🔮 The Change by Kirsten Miller – A genre mashup that felt timely, emotional, and heartwarming.

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