It’s already April. Spring is here, and as we get ready for longer days of spending time outside, I wanted to update my reading list for 2022 so far. This winter was full of a few really good reads.
This winter, I read more novels than I’ve read in a while. It’s been a good break for my brain and a trend that I want to continue. I’ve never been a big novel reader. I’ve read the Harry Potter Series and many young adult popular series. I grew up reading Stephen King, but my jam has always been books that pushed me to change my thinking, productivity, Christian living, etc. But, I’ve learned that giving my brain a break helps me soak up what I’ve been reading and gives me room to allow the ideas to form in my brain.
This is a book that I’ve been reading for awhile now. It’s an amazing book but I find myself only reading small sections at a time so I can soak it in. It has already helped me reshape the way I approach some daily habits and tasks. I’m about 1/2 way through this and would highly recommend it.
2022 Books I’ve Read So Far
Shadow & Light – Tsh Oxenreider
This was my advent book, so it’s technically a 2021 & 2022 book, but I finished it at the end of the Advent season in 2022. Nevertheless, it’s an excellent guide for the advent season and one I would recommend for your next advent season.
On Beauty and Faith – Alabaster Co
Alabaster creates beautiful Bibles, but I am drawn to their articles and books on faith, art, and spirituality. They have a great small collection going, and this one was a great addition. Each chapter covers an aspect of beauty like art, mystery, justice, etc. They offer a refreshing perspective on beauty and faith.
East (book 1) and West (book 2)- Edith Pattou
This two-book series follows Rose, a wander in a family of homebodies. A daring adventure with a bear, a magical castle, dwarfs, all while figuring out who you really are. Yes, it’s a young adult book, but I found it a magical escape.
The Midnight Library – Matt Haig
I was unsure about this, but I kept seeing it everywhere, and I’m glad I read it. As I read this book, I felt like I was watching a movie. The imagery is spectacular. I found Nora to be a very relatable character. The situation she finds herself in is one that many can relate to. This book does deal with suicide and depression but is a strong read.
The Last Thing He Told Me – Laura Dave
Mystery, intrigue, multiple lives, and more. This book has it all. This book reads more like a movie script. I found the story compelling, and it makes me want not to put it down. I would have liked to see a few plot lines developed more, but this is a read I would recommend.
Peace Is a Practice – Morgan Harper Nichols
Nichols is great. I get her daily emails and follow her on Instagram. I’ve read her poetry books and loved them, and while I did like this book – I did not love it. It seemed a bit long. I found myself skimming over large sections of this book. I’m guessing this was just the case of it was not the right time for me to read this book.
The Genius of Jesus – Erwin Raphael McManus
McManus is one of those authors that I read everything he puts out. Some of my favorite books have come from him, but to be honest, this was not my favorite. There were some good nuggets in this book, but I struggled to get through it. The reviews are stellar, so I’m guessing this was just the case that it was not the right time for me to read this book.