Here is the list of books I read this year, you can click on the link to see what I thought about it at the time:
Someone We Know
(by Shari Lapena, just finished it last week and didn't do a write up on it. It's a good murder mystery.)
Hostage by Clare Mackintosh and The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn are on my shelf and will be read during December
My two favourite books of the year were:
Where the Forest Meets the Stars
and From the Ashes
What will I be reading in 2022? I choose these based on other people's recommendations, or some "best of" lists but I don't like reading too much about the plot and form my own opinions as I read. I think many of these are heavy topics, so I may need some lighter ones to break it up a bit, but I'll dive in and see how it goes:
What I Remember, What I Know - Larry Audlaluk - This was recommended by Peter Mansbridge. Back in the 1950s, the Canadian government had a policy of moving indigenous people up to the far north to settle it as Canadian territory. This was not a voluntary program, and another party of our history that people don't know much about.
The Strangers - Katherena Vermeer - This one was a Giller Prize long list finalist and I have often appreciated those reads. I chose it because it says it's an intergenerational saga, so that was enough for me.
Cloud Cuckoo Land - Anthony Doerr - This was another one for a "best of" list and it says if "All the Light We Cannot See" is a love letter to museums, this is a love letter to libraries. So I am in! I love libraries and always have.
No One Is Talking About This - Patricia Lockwood - I was going to skip this one but it appeared on several lists so I thought I should read it. Apparently it has a Twitter aspect to it.
Fight Night - Miriam Toews - I did not like Miriam Toews' last book (Women Talking) but I'm giving her another chance because I've heard this book described as the "Ted Lasso of novels", which is pretty high praise.
Anxious People - Frederick Backman - I have seen a number of people recommend this book and I am a fan of this author already (A Man Called Ove is one of my top five books of all time). I wasn't sure about the plot but I'm sure I'll like it.
Well Read Black Girl - Glory Edim - This one is a collection of stories, not a novel. Natasha read it this past year and I thought it would be a good one to add.
Black Water - David A. Robertson - I heard about this book from someone I follow on Instagram who is a big supporter of social justice issues. She said this is a book we all have to read. I know it's about a Cree person but I don't know anything else.
The Push - Ashley Audrain - This is a Canadian author and a psycho thriller. I enjoy the odd thriller.
The Valiant - Jaswant Singh Khalsa - I heard about this on Twitter I believe, and it is about the Sikhs in India. I don't really know much about the issues there other than they existed. I am really interested to read this book.
Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club - Megan Gail Coles - Another Canadian! This has been making the rounds for a few years, Giller Prize Finalist, Canada Reads, etc. and it's been on my list for awhile so 2022 is the year I'll cross it off my list.
Of Marriageable Age - Sharon Maas - I like books that are set against an historical area, particularly ones I know little about (see The Valiant above). This book spans generations and deals with India and its diaspora.
Happy Reading to you in 2022 as well!