What I read

I read 62 books in 2022 (including new reads and re-reads) which was a very good year for me. Pictured here are just a selection.

I have made an attempt at choosing a top ten. This year I read two Donna Tartt novels so I’m afraid they are both going straight in my top ten (I do love Donna Tartt).

This year seemed to be all about the Claires/Clares. I really enjoyed Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan – such a beautiful and deeply poignant little novella, Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers (left me feeling all warm and fuzzy despite the shocking ending) and Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller which tenderly highlights an often forgotten area of society. Talking of Claire Fuller, she and her librarian husband always post a lovely ‘what we read’ post on Claire’s website, so take a look at that if you get a chance or need further inspiration!

This year, I finally got around to reading Far From the Madding Crowd, I love Tess and Jude and this was long overdue. There is a wonderful adaptation staring Carey Mulligan and written by David Nicholls if you fancy a weepy evening in.

Okay, my top ten (I think!)

  1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  2. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
  3. Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
  4. The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
  5. The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage
  6. Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
  7. Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  8. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  9. The Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
  10. Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

My favourite non-fiction of the year was Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages by Phyllis Rose, closely followed by Three Women by Lisa Taddeo.

What I read