My top picks from 2022:
Book of the year, fiction: The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip by Sara Brunsvold
Book of the year, nonfiction: Grace Over Grind by Shae Bynes. I listened to the audiobook for free through Hoopla, then bought the print book with workbook and went back through it again. Highly recommended for Christian entrepreneurs or Christians in the workplace, period.
Christmas fiction: The Christmas Hummingbird by Davis Bunn
Fantasy: The Contest by K.E. Ganshert
Favourite re-read (fiction): Cascade Point by Timothy Zahn (science fiction novella)
Favourite re-read (non-fiction): My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, Edited by James Reimann
Feel-good reads: My respite goal this year was to read one of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books each month. I fell behind but did enjoy a total of 6 this year. Our theology is light-years apart, but this is pretty clean fantasy that makes me laugh out loud like few things do. Anyone sitting near me is in danger of having chunks of the best passages read aloud to them, like it or not. Brilliant writing, clever turns of phrase, nods to real-life things that I mostly miss catching, some mysteries that keep me guessing, and often an “awww” moment near the end.
Mystery/suspense novel: The Shadow of Memory, by Connie Berry, and The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny.
Science fiction novel: Warhorse by Timothy Zahn, and A Stainless Steel Rat is Born by Harry Harrison (both rereads)
Speculative thriller: Island of Time by Davis Bunn. This is an international thriller with fantasy/magic elements. Lots of fun.
These are the books I’ve most enjoyed last year. Some were produced in 2022, some previously. Pop a note into the comments with your own favourites?