Tuesday, January 03, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Books of 2022




Welcome to this week's edition of Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is Favourite Books of 2022. I have linked to reviews where I have one, bu as usual, I didn't write reviews for most of them. Will try to do better in 2023.

I am pretty stingy when it comes to handing out 5 star grades. There were only two but as I look at the list there are several of the 4.5 stars that should probably have been 5 stars. Oh well. First the 5 star reads.

The Island Of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak - I loved this book so much. It wasn't what I expected at all and it was so good! (My review)

The Beautiful Words by Vanessa McCausland - My one word review of this book for an earlier TTT was "beautiful"

Now for some of my 4.5/5 reviews

Book Lovers by Emily Henry - I listened to this on audio and loved it! The way that the narrator has Charlie saying "Stephens" when he is addressing the main character. Ooh la la!

With Love from Wish and Co by Minnie Darke - Darke's previous book, The Lost Love Song was one of my favourites last year. This one was really good too!

The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku - What an extraordinary story. Eddie was a Jewish prisoner of war in WWII and then built a life for himself in Australia after the war.

Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci - Do yourself a favour and listen to this one on audio. And then maybe borrow it from the library, and then buy the book.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune - I was definitely getting FOMO so I had to read this one, and now I know what all the fuss is about.

Escape to the French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas - I read this by accident. I had another similarly titled book that I had to read for a blog tour and I read this one instead. I have since read another of her books and just bought another one, so I guess it worked out well.

The Codebreakers by Alli Thomas - This was about a group of Australian women who worked as codebreakers from a garage in the Brisbane suburbs during WWII.

Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens by Shankari Chandran - Set in an aged care home, this book tells the story of how an extended family came to Australia from Sri Lanka, and about the current challenges they face in terms of dealing with age and racism. 

Honourable mentions to The Stand In by Lily Chu, and both The Christmas Party and The Last Summer by Karen Swan


  1. Now I'm intrigued by what a book needs to have to lift it from 4.5 to 5 stars!

  2. I've seen BOOK LOVERS on a few lists today. I can't wait to read it. :D I'm reading TASTE, hopefully, this week. :D

    I'm glad you had a good time and felt welcome and part of the group while you were there.

    My TTT

  3. I’ve heard great things about The House in the Cerulean Sea. Glad you liked it so much!

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-favorite-books-of-2022/

  4. Escape to the French Farmhouse sounds fun. Enjoy your 2023 Books.

  5. Everyone seems to love BOOK LOVERS. I need to read it already! Glad you enjoyed it and all these others.

    Happy TTT!

  6. I absolutely loved The House on the Cerulean Sea. Glad you did too!

  7. The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Island Of Missing Trees are both on my TBR list, so I'm glad you liked them.