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Books I read in 2022

Over the past few years, I have come across many book lovers sharing their reading accomplishments. Some completed 30-40 books in an year, few read 100 books over 12 months and few others could finish 10 books per month. Most surprisingly, I came across a person who finished 500+ books in 2022. With the onset of audio books, people are able to read quite a lot. Somehow, I am not good at audio books and considerably a slow reader. I mostly spend my leisure reading books, apart from writing and vlogging. Similar to last year, this year too I could finish only 9 books, most of which I have already written about in this website. You can check those under "Books" section of the main menu. 

This post is a quick recap of all the books I read along with the links to their detailed synopsis on my website. Click on the titles listed below for my detailed write up on each book.

  • A Promised Land - A political memoir written by Barack Obama. It is a 900 page read and undoubtedly it took majority of my reading time this year. Don't get deterred from reading this book due to its volume. It is a wonderful read where Mr. President has honestly put forth his political journey along with his personal life. 
  • Home Going - Is a historical fictional novel written by Yaa Gyasi. The story is about two half sisters and the lives of their descendants, detailing the existence and struggles of coloured people over generations.
  • April May Fall - In an era that is ruled by social media, the protagonist of this novel April, is a social media influencer. On the surface, April's life seems to be perfect, but in reality is a big mess and an untoward event tarnishes her influencer status. "Has April managed to survive the downfall or not?" is the story. Though one can easily guess the story, Christina Hovland has made it an interesting read with her comical touch. 
  • One Arranged Marriage Murder - This is a murder mystery authored by Chetan Bhagat. Saurabh one of the protagonists is charged with murdering his fianc├ę. His friend Keshav who is a private investigator, cracks the case amidst dramatic turn of events and finds out the real culprit.   
  • The Silent Patient - This is Alex Michaelides's debut novel, a psychological thriller. It is the story of Alicia - a famous painter and Theo - a psychiatrist. After murdering her husband, Alicia goes mute. She is sent to a psychiatric hospital for treatment, where Theo is determined to make her speak. This book keeps us hooked till the end and the ending really blows out our mind!! 
  • Roses have thorns - Another romantic novel I read in 2022. It is written by Betty Neels. Sarah works as a clerk at Professor Nauta's clinic and loses her job and livelihood because of him. She considers him arrogant, heartless and doesn't want to cross paths with him. But destiny has other plans. Though it is a simple love story, Betty Neels has conveyed all the emotions in a very beautiful manner. 
  • 5am club - A self help book from Robin Sharma. When I was planning to pick my next read, I frequently came across this title and thought the universe was signaling me something and ended up reading this book­čśťI can sum up the book in one simple sentence - "Utilize your mornings productively to elevate rest of your day (i.e., life)." Robin Sharma built a fictional story to explain this powerful success mantra, which is far away from reality. Instead, he could have used some real life examples to explain this profound way of living. I honestly didn't find the book interesting and useful. 
  • American as Paneer Pie - Another fictional novel I read in 2022. Supriya Kelkar has tried to depict the life of immigrants in the country, most sought out. In fact, it is the story of immigrants in most of the countries. In this book, an young girl Lekha, tries to find out her voice to defend her existence in the country, she is born and raised. 
  • The Case of the maybe babies: A detective novel written by Victoria Pade. The protagonist, Graham Dunn is a self-made man, with a flourishing business and the most sought out bachelor in elite circle. All of a sudden, he becomes Dad to two twin babies, whom he is totally not aware of. Lindsey Strummel, investigates the case and how she unwraps the mystery is the story.
I just realized that except for 2, rest of the books I read last year were by authors I read for the first time and I absolutely liked them. Currently, I am reading my 2nd book of the year and hope to finish one book per month in 2023. What are you planning to read this year?
 
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