Summer 2022 Book Recommendations

Summer 2022 Book Recommendations

 Summer 2022 Book Recommendations

It’s Memorial Day weekend and I plan to spend at least some of it reading in the sun. Here are my reviews of some of the books I have read in the last year. I always love to hear what you have read and loved. I consider reading to be one of my empty nest hobbies!


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2022 Summer Book Recommendations

Summer 2022 Book Recommendations


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summer 2022 book recommendations - the last thing he told me

The Last Thing He Told Me  by Laura Dave

The Last Thing He Told Me is a fun thriller with a connection to Austin, Texas. Hannah Hall’s husband disappears leaving her a cryptic note. After working through some of her memories of conversations with him she begins to unravel her husband’s past and what it means for her and her husband’s daughter.

2022 Summer Reading Recommendations - What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Alice’s life is not what she thinks it should be and thanks to a head injury, now she can’t remember how things got like they are. As she learns the truth about herself and her actions, she is faced with deciding whether she wants a do-over or if it has all been justified. I also loved Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty. 

2022 Summer Reading Recommendations - The Night She Disappeared

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

I love almost all of Lisa Jewell’s books. The Night She Disappeared is one of her best. She writes an awesome thriller – dark, but not too dark and her characters are always engaging. I also read The Making of Us and The Truth About Melody Brown this past year. Loved The Making of Us. The Truth About Melody Brown is one of her few duds.

2022 summer reading recommendations - the rose code

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

I don’t always love historical fiction, but The Rose Code may be the best historical fiction book I have ever read. 3 British women are recruited to work at Bletchley Park helping decipher Nazi coded messages during World War II. They become fast friends, but the war and other circumstances tear them apart. After the war they are reunited and use their skills to discover that the real enemy was not each other.

2022 Summer Reading Recommendations - Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt by Anderson Cooper

Having spent some of my teenage years in Gloria Vanderbilt jeans too tight to bend over in, I found the true story of Gloria Vanderbilt fascinating. I listened to the Audible version, read by her son, Anderson Cooper. Yes, that Anderson Cooper. Who Knew?!!?

2022 Summer Reading Recommendations - Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

Searching for Sunday and other books by Rachel Held Evans are for those of us who love the Lord, but get tired of the pat answers. I love her books. I love that she kept searching even when she was discouraged. She tragically died a few years ago, but her work lives on. 

2022 Summer Book Recommendations - Team of Rivals

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Team of Rivals is not a light beach read. I listened to the Audible version of this book. It was 41 hours long! BUT I learned so much and truly enjoyed the story and history. Lincoln was a fascinating man and he delivered our country through the biggest crisis it has ever faced.

MORE 2022 Summer Book Recommendations:

Here are a few more books and authors I have read over the past year.

Megan Miranda – If you have not figured it out, my favorite genres are thrillers and mysteries. I have read several books by Megan Miranda. They are solid thrillers perfect for the beach and the airport.

Kristin Hannah – I read both The Nightengale and The Four Winds. I really liked The Nightengale. The Four Winds drug on and on for me.

1000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich

I received this book for Christmas. As someone who reads for a hobby and is at that age where bucket lists are being made, I have had a good time going through this book, checking off what I have read, and making plans for what I would like to read.

I read The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler from this list. It was published in 1939. Chandler went on to publish an entire series. “Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature. He is considered by many to be a founder, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and other Black Mask writers, of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction.” (quote from his Amazon biography) It was interesting to read from the beginning of the genre. It was made into a movie with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall – need to look that one up!

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger – This book was not my favorite, but is a solid read. It is a “journey” book – 4 orphans travel across the country, meeting various people and learning about themselves and others along the way. I am interested in reading some of his other works to see how I like them.

What have you read in the last year that you LOVED? Let us know your Summer 2022 Book Recommendations in the comments below.

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  1. Im not a fast reader, but I’m always reading something. I have a hard time choosing a book, so getting a recommendation list from someone I trust is a huge help! I will definitely check a couple of these out for summer reading. Thanks!

    • Thanks, Kelli!! I listen to a lot of audio books as well. They are getting to be so entertaining. Some even have multiple readers in character. “The Night She Disappeared” is read by Joanne Froggatt (Anna from Downton Abbey) and is so good.


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