My reading goal for 2022 was 34 books and I made it! Below are 35 books; my Goodreads also has a CEU book I read for my license renewal in October, but it was not a fun book to read so I didn’t include it here.
We read 8 books for book club and I picked some great summer reads for summer. I loved The Lincoln Highway and think it’s my favorite of the year, but the books by Emily Henry were really pleasantly surprising and right up there – fun with substance! And the Lager Queen of Minnesota was also a really great read.
So enjoy my brief summaries of the books I read in 2022! What is your favorite book for the year?
I like to chronicle the movies I’ve seen and the books I’ve read in a year. Books have their own page on the blog (see menu above) so here is my list of movies and small screen viewing from 2018! It kind of makes me look like I watch a lot of TV – something to reflect upon for 2019…
How about you… what movies have stayed with you from 2018?
Movies I saw in the theatre:
The Shape of Water – interesting and beautiful movie, but sometimes I covered my eyes!
Game Night – soooooooooo funny! Great adult comedy!
Ready Player One – I read the book and thought the movie was good fun!
Faces / Places – foreign film festival movie about a French mural artist and an uncommon friendship (documentary)
Deadpool 2 – I closed my eyes through this movie… really not my jam
Book Club – very fun! saw with my book club!
Oceans 8 – a fun heist movie filled with women!
Bandstand: The Musical – SOOOOOOO good. Highly recommend!
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – also so good… very poignant and touching and heartbreaking that we are still struggling with the same things he was trying to teach us 50 years ago…
Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again – what fun!
The Incredibles 2 – good fun to revisit this super family
Christopher Robin – I love Pooh and Christopher Robin, so this was nostalgic but who was it made for?
Crazy Rich Asians – very fun! What a beautifully shot movie!
Farmer of the Year – widowed MN farmer road-trip movie – not very uplifting
A Star is Born – my birthday bash ended with this movie – and with all the tears! oh my… very good!
Bohemian Rhapsody – fun! I love Queen but know very little about them!
Second Act – I wanted this to be better… it was just ok.
Mary Poppins Returns – good fun and nostalgia!
Favorites: Game Night, Book Club, Bandstand: The Musical, Crazy Rich Asians, A Star is Born
Netflix movies – new to me and re-watches:
Sleeping with Other People
The Endless Summer
History of the Eagles (documentary)
Ibiza: Love Drunk
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Set it Up
The Princess Switch
The Christmas Chronicles
The Holiday Calendar
Christmas Wedding Planner
A Christmas Prince
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Meet the Parents
Meet the Fockers
A Merry Friggin’ Christmas (Amazon)
Netflix Series / Amazon series and Comedy specials:
Following along with Boof’s 40 Day Challenge leading up to her 40th birthday, her next question is:
7) A favourite YA book
I had to go to goodreads to find a list of “best YA books” to see if I had read any – and of course I have read quite a few! The Harry Potter series would rank up there as favorites, but also “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and Louise Rennison’s books about Georgia (“Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging” et al). When I was a YA, I read and re-read “A Wrinkle in Time” and as a grown adult with a YA of my own, I tried to read it and found it slightly disturbing. So interesting how your brain changes…
#7 on my list of things to do before 40 was to “experiment with recipes.” Wow. How vague is that? Since my daughter went to college in ’06 and the flood of ’07, I have cooked less and less. When I do I like to try something new. I set it as a goal in 2011 to cook weekly and have mostly failed at that as well.
What I am learning from reviewing my list of 40 things is that I need to be better at setting measurable and specific goals! Although, it still was fun to create a list of the way I wanted things to be.