I've Read A Lot Of Books So Far In 2022, But Not All Of Them Were Memorable — These 14, However, Were Exceptional In More Ways Than One

    From a gripping murder mystery to a summer page-turner and a memoir that will make you bawl your eyes out.

    Hey, I'm Hannah and I really love to read. I've always been a bookworm, but I've recently made it more of a goal to pick up a book every single day, even if it's just for 20 minutes before bed. And now that it's summer, I find myself in peak reading mode 🤓📚.

    A woman reading outdoors on a Kindle holding a glass of wine.

    This year, I've read some books I really didn't like, a bunch that were perfectly enjoyable, and a handful that blew me away and still stand out in my mind. For example, I definitely liked The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I'm glad I read it, but it didn't leave such a lasting impression. Same goes for Emily Henry's recent hit, Book Lovers, and Emma Straub's This Time Tomorrow.

    The books I write about below were really special, IMO. I found them to be powerful, gripping, and unshakeable. They were all stories I finished and couldn't stop thinking about. In other words, these were the books I immediately wanted to tell all my friends about.

    Of course, different things appeal to everyone, but here are some of my absolute favorite books I've read lately. I hope some might inspire your next read. I'd also really love to hear about some of your recent favorites in the comments!

    1. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

    The cover of "Lessons in Chemistry" by Bonnie Garmus on a Kindle.

    2. Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka

    The cover of "Notes on an Execution" on a kindle.

    3. The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

    A person holding "The People We Keep" by Allison Larkin.

    4. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

    The cover of "Sea of Tranquility" by Emily St. John Mandel

    5. Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu

    "Peach Blossom Spring" by Melissa Fu on a blanket.

    6. Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad

    "Between Two Kingdoms" by Suleika Jaouad and a dog on a blanket.

    7. Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

    The cover of "Once There Were Wolves" by Charlotte McConaghy on a kindle.

    8. Long Bright River by Liz Moore

    "Long Bright River" by Liz Moore.

    9. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

    A hand holding "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abi Daré.

    10. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

    "The Heart's Invisible Furies" by John Boyne on a beach towel.

    11. The Push by Ashley Audrain

    12. A Flicker In The Dark by Stacy Willingham

    A hand holding "A Flicker In The Dark" by Stacy Willingham

    13. What The Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris

    A hardcover of "What The Fireflies Knew" by Kai Harris

    14. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

    Next up on my list, I'm looking forward to reading In Love by Amy Bloom, Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, and To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara. But I want to hear about the best books you've read recently. Drop your recommendations in the comments below!