I’m kicking off the 5th year of my annual reading list post! It’s my favorite way to keep track of everything I read each year, and a fun place to record quick little book reviews to share with you! See everything I read on 2018’s list, 2019’s list, 2020’s list and 2021’s list for more book inspiration and then scroll down for my 2022 reads, mini reviews and what’s up next in my reading queue!Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand. I was craving a cozy, winter-y book over the holidays and this one takes place over Christmas at an antique bed and breakfast on Nantucket. Full of family drama and quippy dialogue and heart warming reconciliations, it was just what I needed to start the year off with!

The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis. I picked this as my first Book of the Month of the year! It follows a young artists muse who falls into scandal, but manages to find herself bouncing back under unemployment as  the personal secretary to heiress Helen Frick, of the famous Frick Library family. The story bounces back and forth between this 1919 setting in the Frick mansion and modern day in the Frick Library, as a young woman and intern get locked in the building during a storm and uncover clues that solve a decades old mystery involving priceless jewels, family betrayal, and possibly even murder. It was a nice balance of page-turning drama and historical fiction – I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Lawns into Meadows: Growing a Regenerative Landscape by Owen Wormser. A rare non-fiction read for me, but I’ve been starting to make plans for my 2022 veggie and flower garden, and this book was recommended for learning more about regenerative landscape design. I’m not planning to rip up our whole front lawn and replace it with wildflowers, but it had some great advice on hearty, drought-resistant flowering plantings that I’m going to try to incorporate into my plan this summer!

Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci. I’ve been half listening-half reading this foodie-fueled memoir by Stanley Tucci and am in a constant state of drool as he shares delicious memories and recipes in the pages. The audio book is excellent, read by the author, a real feast for the ears as he delectably describes the food from his Italian upbringing. Fun fact, I grew up in the same town he did in NY, so it’s been fun to recognize some of the places he’s described in earlier chapters! A must read for food lovers!

Find Your Unicorn Space by Eve Rodsky. This book is from the same author that wrote Fair Play, and I was pulled in by the bold title. The book is all about the importance of carving time to prioritize our interests and unleash our creativity – her research points to creativity being essential to our wellness. My takeaway from the book was more about how I need to find creative pursuits in my life outside of work and home and family  – which is challenge since I turned my creative pursuits  into my work. It certainly made me think deeper about how I feel when I ignite my creativity and the positive energy that it brings to my life. My one ding on the book is that she focuses a lot on how to carve out this space by negotiating with your partner for more time to pursue your passions, and I think the book missed the mark a bit by not acknowledging in depth that not everyone has the same privilege or relationship structure to so freely explore their creative pursuits.

The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman. I’ve been a long time fan of Chuck Klosterman’s essays. – they’re wacky and winding and filled with satisfyingly random tidbits and facts about pop culture. The Nineties is another series of essays, digging into pop culture trends and historical moments in the 1990s – I listened to this one as an audio book, and his own reading of the book seems to make it even more entertaining.

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley. I absolutely inhale Lucy Foley’s books! Her page-turning, multi-perspective thrillers are my favorite. I particularly love how her short chapters keep you jumping from character to character, building a 360 degree view of the storyline like you’re frantically putting together pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. This book was no exception, taking place in a Paris apartment complex, the main character arrives to her brother’s place only to find him missing and has to work to uncover where he went and who in the apartment building know more than they’re letting on.

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman. I am to-do-list addict, and I have been for as long as I can remember. I got wind of this book, and the author’s rejection of the idea of “getting it all done” during the short time we have on earth, and felt like this might the anecdote to my to-do addiction. The books is more philosophical than actionable, and that’s sort of the point, it zooms out to a mile high look at how limited time is and how to prioritize exactly what you want (and don’t want) to do with it.

One Night on the Island by Josie Silver. I flew through this sweet story in just two days, it takes place on an idyllic, remote Irish island in a cozy rental cabin that the two main characters accidentally double-book. Rough sea conditions and limited housing on the island force them into a complicated roommate situation that expectedly unfolds into romance. It was a really cute, feel-good story – and one of my favorite parts about Josie Silver’s modern romantic novels is that she always prioritizes her female lead over the romance storyline – she gives them independence and self-worth outside of the relationship.

Lease on Love by Fallon Ballard. Sometimes you just need a good “junk food” book, and I think this light, buzzy millennial love story fits the bill. The main character is a frenzied young New Yorker who finds herself looking for a love, a new career and a cheaper place to live. Her solution unfolds into a convenient if not slightly predictable rooomate-turned-love interest storyline.

Reading now: Book Lovers by Emily Henry and The Guncle by Steven Rowley