Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2022

Hello and Happy New Year! I’m linking up with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday, a bookish meme for all who love lists and reading. There’s a new prompt each week, so check out her blog for details! Today’s topic is:

Favorite Books of 2022

Here’s a look at my top 10 12 books read in 2022. I did a lot of reading the first half of the year, really up through August. Then work started back and it killed my reading mojo, unfortunately. I finished the year strong though, completing a total of 90 books (about a third of those were children’s books). In no particular order, here are my favorites:

THE OVERNIGHT GUEST by Heather Gudenkauf
(★★★★★)

THE IT GIRL by Ruth Ware
(★★★★)

THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR by Rose Carlyle
(★★★★½)

THE NIGHT SHIFT by Alex Finlay
(★★★★★)

BENEATH THE STAIRS by Jennifer Fawcett
(★★★★½)

SUN DAMAGE by Sabine Durrant
(★★★★¼)

FAMILY OF LIARS by E. Lockhart
(★★★★★)

THE RESTING PLACE by Camilla Sten
(★★★★)

THE FAVOR by Nora Murphy
(★★★★½)

WOULD I LIE TO YOU? by Aliya Ali-Afzal
(★★★★½)

142 OSTRICHES by April Davila
(★★★★½)

TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY by Linwood Barclay
(★★★★★)

Were any of these a top pick of yours last year? Or maybe on your worst list? Please let me know in the comments. Happy reading in 2023! — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

Blog Update: Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas!

This week I’m linking up with Sunday Post, Sunday Salon, and It’s Monday! What are you reading? Thank you for hosting, Kimberly, Deb, and Kathryn!

Happiest of holidays to all who are celebrating this time of year! It’s a tradition that the elves magically move to the kids’ stockings on Christmas Eve, because Santa takes them back to the North Pole after he visits. I know my kids are nearly adults, but they don’t seem to mind.

Like a lot of the US, we’ve been through a major cold snap here in Kansas with highs below zero. Even with a new coat, Ginger said “nope” to going outside. Smart girl.

I’ve read several books over the past few weeks, but haven’t had a chance to write many reviews. December is so busy! I’m hoping to get some reviews posted the week after Christmas and catch up on blog hopping.

Books I’ve Recently Read:

  • THE GHOST OF DROWNED MEADOW by Kelley Skovron
  • THE GUEST HOUSE by Robin Morgan-Bentley
  • HORRID by Katrina Leno
  • FRUIT BASKETS AND HOLIDAY CASKETS by Gayle Leeson
  • TWELVE SLAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Jacqueline Frost
  • THE HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET by Jennifer Sklias-Gahan
  • AN EGGNOG TO DIE FOR by Amy Pershing

I’ll leave you with a clip from my favorite new-to-me artist, Lindsey Stirling, an amazing violinist and songwriter. She has two Christmas/Winter albums that I’ve been listening to on repeat. I really love the video for Snow Waltz because it speaks to my gothic heart…

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful holiday! — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Winter To-Read List

This week I’m linking up with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday. Check out her blog for a new prompt every week! Today’s topic is:

Books on My Winter 2022-2023 To-Read List

Just last week I organized a “tbr-winter” tag on my LibraryThing account and ended up with 50 books (and counting). All of the books are set in winter or just give me a chilly feeling from the cover/blurb. For this list I picked out the ten I’m most looking forward to reading (alphabetized by title):

(1) THE FAMILY GAME by Catherine Steadman

(2) THE HOUSE OF WHISPERS by Laura Purcell

(3) IRON LAKE by William Kent Krueger

(4) THE LAST PARTY by Clare Mackintosh

(5) NOBODY BUT US by Laure Van Rensburg

(6) THESE SILENT WOODS by Kimi Cunningham Grant

(7) A SOLITUDE OF WOLVERINES by Alice Henderson

(8) THE STROKE OF WINTER by Wendy Webb

(9) THE WIDE STARLIGHT by Nicole Lesperance

(10) THE WRITING RETREAT by Julia Bartz

I have about a dozen Christmas cozy mysteries I’m wanting to tackle before the 25th, so I probably won’t start this list until the first of the year. Have you read any of these? What books are on the top of your winter list? Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mid-Fall Update — Hello out there…

I’m linking up with It’s Monday! What are you reading? Thank you for hosting, Kathryn!

Hi, all. It’s been a while since I’ve checked in on the blog, and I wanted to do so before Thanksgiving (next Thursday!!). Seems like every fall my reading and blogging slows down for one reason or another, and the same is true this year.

I’m getting over a bout of Covid (my first). It felt like a nasty cold, which wasn’t pleasant, but I know it could have been much worse without the vaccine. While I’ve been home sick, I’ve gotten lots of online Christmas shopping done. Add to cart!!

I did so-so with the R.I.P. XVII reading challenge. I read six books, but only really enjoyed a couple of them. Standouts were THE PLOT AND THE PENDULUM by Jenn McKinlay (cozy mystery) and THE GHOST OF DROWNED MEADOW by Kelley Skovron (middle grade horror).

Here’s a photo of my Halloween tree, which I just took down today. I love “Falloween,” it’s my absolute favorite season, but it just goes by way too quickly.

My TBR cart! I’m behind on my BOTM selections. I’ve heard wonderful things about THE CHANGE, THE CLOISTERS, and WHITE HORSE. And also VERITY and SPELLS FOR FORGETTING from the second shelf.

I’m currently reading STEEPED IN SECRETS by Lauren Elliot, the first book in the Crystals & CuriosiTEAS mystery series. I love a good paranormal cozy mystery.

It’s this sweet and silly girl’s birthday this weekend. Ginger is turning 10 years old! We’re fixing her favorite meal, grilled salmon and peas, so she can have a few bites. ♥

Until next time, take care. — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

Weekend Update — August, or Autumn Eve

This week I’m linking up with Sunday Post, Sunday Salon, and It’s Monday! What are you reading? Thank you for hosting, Kimberly, Deb, and Kathryn!

• We’ve been in August for nearly a week. What!?! Sorry I’ve been missing from the blog lately. I’ve had a bout of the blues and haven’t been motivated to do much of anything. It happens from time to time.

• During my down time, I decided that I’m not posting book reviews on Instagram anymore. The algorithm has totally tanked my engagement as a Bookstagrammer, so I’m just going to keep that account for hodgepodge — a few bookish things, a lot of my dog Ginger, and who knows what else! I switched my account to private, but I’d still love to connect (or stay connected) with my book blogger acquaintances there.

Summer Fitness Plan Update: It was a success! My goal was to complete Jessica Smith’s 6 Week Total Transformation System twice, and that finally wrapped up this week. During the first six weeks, I exercised only and lost ZERO pounds! During the second six weeks, I exercised AND counted calories with the Lose It app, and I lost TEN pounds!

What I love about Jessica’s workouts is that she focuses on functional fitness, doing exercises that will help you with daily activities. I do feel somewhat stronger and more flexible. A few aches and pains I had have greatly improved. Now, onto the next 6 week plan…


Read Since Last Time:

THE LAST TO VANISH by Megan Miranda

A SUMMER TO REMEMBER by Erika Montgomery

SUMMER FEVER by Kate Riordan


Posts Since Last Time:

THE SAFE PLACE by Anna Downes [Review]

SUN DAMAGE by Sabine Durrant [Review]

A SUMMER TO REMEMBER by Erika Montgomery [Review]


Reviewed on Goodreads Only:

THE LAST TO VANISH by Megan Miranda

SUMMER FEVER by Kate Riordan


Currently Reading:

STAY AWAKE by Megan Goldin

A murder she doesn’t remember committing. A killer she doesn’t remember meeting. Megan Goldin’s Stay Awake is an electrifying novel that proves memory can be deadly.

THE PLOT by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Hailed as “breathtakingly suspenseful,” Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot is a propulsive read about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it.

THE HOTEL NANTUCKET by Elin Hilderbrand

“The queen of beach reads” (New York Magazine) delivers an immensely satisfying page-turner in this tale about a summer of scandal at a storied Nantucket hotel… Filled with the emotional depth and multiple points of view that characterize Hilderbrand’s novels as well as an added dash of Roaring Twenties history, The Hotel Nantucket offers something for everyone in this compelling summer drama.

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful week! — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪