Top 2022 #BookReviews (and #Goodreads rundown)

I love reading. I prefer to do that than watch TV, go to the gym, floss my teeth, pay bills, or wash the laundry. I review a lot of the books I read, usually received from NetGalley, the library, Kindle Unlimited, or an Indie efriend, but I also buy quite a few. I collect my writing book reviews here and my education ones here. When I read, I choose thrillers, historical fiction, education (for my other passion), and then anything else.

Here are the top ten reviews–ranked by you–for 2022 (in alphabetic order):

  1. Hues of Hope by Balroop Singh
  2. Innerscape trilogy by acFlory
  3. Linda’s Midlife Crisis by Toni Pike
  4. The Necromancer’s Daughter by Diana Peach
  5. Searching for Home by Jill Weatherholt
  6. Robbie Cheadle’s Sir Chocolate series
  7. Sierra Six by Mark Greaney
  8. A Voice in the Silence by DL Finn
  9. Where Shall I Flee by Anne Clare
  10. The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival by Miriam Hurdle

I read 189 books according to Goodreads.

This included a whole lot of Indie and blogging efriend books. Any you like or have also read?


My Top Ten list is completely different. I admit–my taste is unlike most people so this next list doesn’t reflect ‘popular’ as much as ‘personal taste’:

  1. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery
  2. The Jess Williams Westerns series by Robert Thomas
  3. Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art by Rebecca Wragg Sykes
  4. The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Lowenhohle: Stories and Tips from Thirteen Years with a Leonberger by Thomas Wikman
  5. The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley
  6. Mateo’s Blood Brother by Sandra Cox
  7. No Plan B by Lee Child
  8. Racing the Light by Robert Crais
  9. Vera Stanhope series by Ann Cleeves
  10. Weathered: Finding Strength on the John Muir Trail by Christy Teglo

–A note: Some thriller authors who usually show up on my ‘favorites’ list fell off because in their latest books, they found it necessary to lecture me on politics. Most of those I didn’t finish.

Curious how I turned the Goodreads image into a GIF:

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Oh–one more thing. I’d love for you to follow me on social media. Here’re my handles:

Twitter: @worddreams

Instagram: JacquiMurrayWriter

LinkedIn: Jacqui Murray

Since I read about three books a week, I’m always eager for new material. What’s your favorite book from 2022?

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Savage Land, Winter 2024.


104 thoughts on “Top 2022 #BookReviews (and #Goodreads rundown)

  1. Hi Jacqui – you most definitely don’t want to see my books sitting here – eclectic is the least of my worries! I might put up a post on them – probably unread … but that’s me … the term Tsundoku definitely refers to me …

    But also I’ve got that list of 100 books from the Stuck in a Book site … one being the Betty Macdonald books … and I see you’ll be looking at the Stuck in a Book site …

    Cheers Hilary

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  2. Great reminder of how much most of us love to read, Jacqui! Man, you read a lot! Lately, wanting to read more, I’ve been listening to audiobooks, especially when I’m out walking. As I commented on Toni Pike’s reblog, it is awesome to see so many bloggers on your top 10 list! I’ve read 4 of those on the list, such talented writers!

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  3. You are the reading–and writing–woman. And yay, Mateo made your list I’m so honored and next to Lee Child. I’m in the company of royalty:)
    On the other list are three of my faves, along with Natural Selection.
    Have a Happy Reading/Writing New Year.

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  4. Ewww. lecturing you on politics? Good riddance. So nice that there are so many great books to read, you can easily pass on the ones you don’t like. (Pass on as is “stop reading” not “give to someone else,” although I suppose that makes sense too.) 🙂

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  5. I’ve read almost all of the books on your top ten reviews list, Jacqui, and was delighted to see my latest there. The only one on your “favorites” list that I’ve read is Mateo’s Blood Brother, which I thoroughly enjoyed. 🙂 189 books! You’re amazing, my friend. And I prefer reading to all those other things too. 🙂 Thanks for that laugh.

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  6. Wow, Jacqui, 189 books!! Do you ever sleep? 🙂 I know I’ve asked you this before, haha.

    Fun to see your stats. My average is about six books a year. I’d love to read more, but, even though I rarely watch “TV” (Netflix on the laptop), I still don’t find the time to read, because I always have so many internet “obligations” in the evening.

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  7. That’s impressive, Jacqui. Seeing some of the stories and authors I’ve read on your top ten list was fun. I am a creature of habit. My prime reading time is before bed. That can be a blessing or curse as I suddenly realize it’s 2:00 a.m., and I can’t put a book down. When I start reading a page for the third time, that’s usually my cue to call it a night.

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    • So true! I read after dinner because I’m still pretty much awake. And during lunch, and after I tred mid-afternoon. I find it helps to inspire my writing so with the new trilogy banging around in my head, the more I read, the better.

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  8. Wow! 189 books, that’s amazing! Thank you so much for including Weathered: Finding Strength on the John Muir Trail. I really appreciate you taking the time to read it and write a review. Can’t wait to see what you read in 2023!

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  9. Oh, wow! You really did some reading 🙂 Happy to see A Voice in the Silence on the review list, thanks. I loved Mateo too. I hope there are many more. I just signed up for Netgally, although not sure how much time I can devote to that. I hope you have another great reading year!

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    • Your book was exceptional, Denise. I’m so glad I bought it.

      I don’t think there’s any time requirement. Probably the more you review, the more approvals you get, but I got at least one auto-approval my first week as a member.

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  11. What a fabulous roundup of books! I love seeing your top ten and then the blog’s top ten, but both lists are packed with lovely reads. Your note on the thriller authors who fell off the list due to politics made me chuckle . . . just a little! 🙂

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  12. My blog post that is set for Wednesday includes a review of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. I enjoyed the book, but was critical on a few details that the author didn’t get right. You’ve already seen my post with my favorite (Anne Applebaum’s “Red Famine”

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      • Russia is an interesting country and so is Stalin. When I travelled across the country in 2011, I saw many statues for Lenin, but not for Stalin. Then, by accident while roaming Gorky Park in Moscow, a group of us discovered a statue cemetery just outside the park proper. There were lots of Stalin statues lying on the ground, along with others. If I had a choice, I would much prefer to meet to Lenin, with all his faults, than Stalin who, in my opinion, was an evil bureaucrat. When I was younger, I read a fair bit of Dostoevsky.

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      • Agreed. It was an enjoyable story, especially as I was on holidays and not a demanding reader as a result of that, but it was somewhat predictable, I thought. Yes, Corey’s attitude became a bit much. For sure, that’s a bit low. I hadn’t looked at the ratings so I didn’t know that.


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