2022 Reading

It is that time of year when we

  1. cannot believe another year has gone by and
  2. simultaneously ponder on what a long year it was.

The quixotic nature of time – once again making a fool of us all.

It is also the time I look back fondly on the books that lit up my inner world, and take a moment or two to jot down all the notable titles, read other people’s lists, and make jolly to-read lists for the coming year, and so much more.

I thought I was scatter-brained, had a lot going on, and therefore, my reading took a hit. But it seemed to be the other way round. Reading, once again seemed to have worked its magic in helping me through 2022.


There were quite a few books in this genre. Only mentioning the ones that stood out in my mind for various reasons. (Not because of the content alone, but also time of year when it seemed to have been relevant, how much I managed to absorb of new ideas etc)


  • The Alice Network – Kate Quinn (this one is a fictional account of real life events of female spies who used to smuggle messages across borders at considerable peril to themselves.) The daughter told me that Audrey Hepburn’s (Of Roman Holiday fame) was  also well known for her efforts during this period when she held underground ballet concerts and so on to help people during the miserable times of the Second World War, and many times risked being caught and hoping to get off easily because of her diminutive stature and size.
  • Women of Troy – Pat Barker
  • A Blizzard of Polar Bears – Alice Henderson (A good racing thriller for airport reading) 
  • Akimbo and the Elephant – Alexander McCall Smith 
  • The Blue Book of Nebo – Manon Steffan Ros (What happens after a nuclear war – I am sure many of us have pondered what the aftermath of an apolcalypse would be like. This book that does just that.)
  • Young Mozart – William Augel (hilarious! )
  • Plus my standard dose of R K Narayan, Miss Read & P G Wodehouse  whose wise and irreverent view of the world, I find refreshing and a regular tonic to life. 

Science Fiction:

  • Project Hail Mary – Andy Weir
  • Daughter of the Deep – Rick Riordan
  • Bewilderment – Richard Powers (This is one of the best books I’ve read – highly recommended. Stays with you for a long time)

Special Children’s Books:


How can there be no magic in the list?

Please share your reads with me. Would love to get started on my reading list for 2023.

3 thoughts on “2022 Reading”

  1. The complete list here – does not mention all children’s books – I don’t jot them all down:
    The Ickabog – J K Rowling
    The Nature of the Future – Under a White Sky – Elizabeth Kolbert
    A Charm of Goldfinches – Matt Sewell
    Winter in Thrush Green – Miss Read
    A Writer’s Life – Lucy Maud Montgomery
    Every Turtle Counts – Sara Hoagland Hunter (lovely depiction of a child on the autistic spectrum – helps to have neurodiversity in books so we all know acceptance of diversity)
    Here Come the Humpbacks (Whales) – By April Pulley Sayre
    The Book of Beasts – E Nesbit & Inga Moore (Illustrator) – how the dragon pops back into the book 🙂 
    Flight 714 – Tintin – Herge
    The Blue Book of Nebo – Manon Steffan Ros (What happens after a nuclear war)
    A Thousand Mornings – Mary Oliver (take the fox poem)
    A continual feast : words of comfort and celebration – Jan Karon
    World Peace – & Other 4th grade achievements – John Hunter
    The Overstory – Richard Powers (starting off with the story of the chestnut)
    Einstein’s Dreams – Alan Lightman
    Ada’s Galaxies – Alan Lightman
    Hidden in Plain Sight – Jeffrey Archer
    In Praise of Wasting Time – Alan Lightman
    Anne of Manhattan – Brina Starler
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J K Rowling
    This is your Mind on Plants – Michael Pollan
    Women of Troy – Pat Barker
    Thank you Jeeves – P G Wodehouse
    Longitude – Dava Sobel
    Emperor of Maladies – Siddhartha Mukherjee
    This is Home
    America the Beautiful
    Where do the animals live? – Peter Wohlleben
    Whales – Oseid, Kelsey
    A Peaceful Retirement – Miss Read
    Whale of a Mistake 
    How to be a good creature – Sy Montgomery
    A Blizzard of Polar Bears – Alice Henderson
    What is Life? – Paul Nurse
    The Alice Network – Kate Quinn
    Chasing Science at Sea  – Racing Hurricanes, Stalking Sharks, and Living Undersea with Ocean Experts – Ellen Prager
    If I Ran the Zoo – Dr Seuss (Caldecott Medal – 1951)
    Oh! The Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss
    I Love You Till the Cows Come Home – Kathryn Cristaldi, Illustrated by Kristyna Litten
    Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit – P.G. Wodehouse
    Bartholomew and the Oobleck – Dr Seuss
    If I Ran The Circus – Dr Seuss
    Changes at Fairacre – Miss Read
    Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit – P G Wodehouse
    Designing data intensive applications  – Martin Klepper
    Emily Dickinson – Edited by France Schoonmaker
    The Sequoia Lives on – Joannae Cooke – Booklegger
    Dragon – Father & son – Alexandre Lacroix – Ronan Badel (Fun fun fun bok!)
    Octopus Stew – booklegger
    Yeti and the bird – Nadia Shireen
    The Queen of the Frogs – Davide Cali, Illustrated by Marco Soma
    Mr Rabbit and Lovely Present – Charlotte Zolotov, Illustrated by Maurice Sendak – Caldecott
    If I ran the zoo – Dr Seuss (to find the offending bits)
    My Race Against Death – Shoba Rao
    Foghorn – Ray Bradbury
    Bewilderment – Richard Powers
    Singing with Elephants – Margarita Engle 
    Dear Committee Members – Julie Schumacher
    Akimbo and the Elephant – Alexander McCall Smith
    Secrets of Infinity – 150 answers to an engima – Antonia Lamua – Editor
    The Depth of the Lake and the Height of the Sky – Kim Jihyun (no words – just pictures)
    The Happy Hunter – Roger Duvoism
    Double Happiness – Nancy Tupper Ling, Illustrated by Alina Chou
    The enchanted life : unlocking the magic of the everyday / Sharon Blackie
    Searching for stars on an island in Maine / Alan Lightman 
    Dark and magical places : the neuroscience of navigation / Christopher Kemp
    I am not a dinosaur! / by Will Lach ; illustrated by Jonny Lambert ; with a note from Dr. Mark A. Norell
    Tehanu – EarthSea Chronicles – Ursula K Le Guin
    Young Mozart – hilarious! William Augel
    Project Hail Mary – Andy Weir
    The Left Hand Side of Darkness – Ursula K Le Guin
    The Art of Instruction – Vintage Educational Charts from the 19th and 20th centuries
    South Pacific Mythology – by Jim Ollhoff
    The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: The Little Bonsai with a Big Story – Sandra Moore, Kazumi Wilds. Tuttle Publishing
    BLUE – In search of Nature’s Rarest Color – Kai Kupferschmidt
    Mrs Pringle of Fairacre – Miss Read
    Big, Small and the  in between – Carters Higgins & Daniel Higgins
    My Fathers Arms are a Boat – Stein Erik Lunde & Oyvind Torseter 
    Affairs at Thrush Green – Miss Read
    Astonishing the Gods – Ben Okri
    Listening to the Stars – Jocelyn Burner Bell – discovery of neutron stars and being denied the Nobel
    How to Solve a Problem – by Alexo (rock climber)
    Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
    Bhagawad Gita – Eknath Ekambaram
    Ponniyin Selvan (synopsis) – Ramya Mani + Readings by Anand Kumar
    A Quiet Mind –  Shoukei Matsumoto
    The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse – Charlie Mackery
    Changes at Fairacre – Miss Read
    Bhagawad Gita – Eknath Easwaran
    Hope – Jane Goodall * Douglas Abrams
    Bachelors Anonymous – P G Wodehouse
    Daughter of the Deep – Rick Riordan
    History of Unicorns – By Sarah Laskow
    Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are – Dr Seuss
    A Crack in Creation – Jennifer Doudna & Samual Strenberg
    The Financial Expert – R K Narayan
    A Peaceful Retirement – Miss Read
    Soundings – a study of whales – Doreen Cunningham
    Ara – the dream innovator – Komal Singh
    The perfectly perfect wish – Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Jessica Courtney Tickle
    The book of constellations : discover the secrets in the stars / Robin Kerrod 
    She persisted around the world : 13 women who changed history / written by Chelsea Clinton ; illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
    Black candle : poems about women from India, Pakistan, and Bangaladesh / Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    The sea tiger / Victoria Turnbull 
    My heart is a compass / Deborah Marcero
    Travels in Europe – neither here nor there – Bill Bryson
    Hunches in Bunches – Dr Seuss
    Celebrations at Thrush Green – Audio – Miss Read
    A Sense of Life – by Antoine Saint Exupery

  2. My list:

    1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    5. The Paris Library
    6. A Little Princess
    7. Daughters of Sparta
    8. Sea of Trolls
    9. Favorite Greek Myths
    10. Bookshop of the Broken-Hearted
    11. House on Vesper Sands
    12. The Paper Girl of Paris
    13. The Personal librarian
    14. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
    15. The Littlest Library
    16. A Christmas Carol

    1. How lovely to see all the HP books on there Meg. Also, waiting to read Daughters of Sparta. Did you like it?
      Going to add The Paper Girl of Paris & bookshop of the broken hearted too 🙂
      Best wishes for a happy year of reading in 2023 to you

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