6 Books I want to Read in 2022

A round up of the books I hope to check off my TBR list in 2022. Books from varying genres, fiction and non-fiction.

Last year I set myself a Goodreads challenge of reading 10 books in 2021, but unfortunately I didn’t acheive that. I was a bit gutted, but my house renovations took over my life, so it’s not that I didn’t have a valid reason for the lack of reading. But I did read a book, which has become one of my most favourite reads of all time, I think it’s even changed my life to some extent.

Anyway, I’ve set myself the same target again this year. I know 10 books might not seem like a lot to some of you, but anything is a start. I wanted to share the books I plan to read this year, hopefully to give you some inspiration on your next read, and to start up a conversation about some great books.

Book 1 – The Keeper of Lost Things

The Keeper of Lost Things book
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

This is the book I’m currently reading, I picked this up last year at an Age UK Charity Shop on Allerton Road in Liverpool. Although second hand, it looks as though it was never read by its previous owner, the spine is completely in tact.

Anthony Peardew has spet his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.

Realsing he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all his lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners

But the final wishes of the ‘Keeper of Lost Things’ have unforeseen reprecussions which trigger a most serendiptous series of encounters.”

The blurb intrigued me, although different to the books I would normally gravitate towards. I’m usually drawn to crime fiction, but wanted to branch out and discover other genres that I may grow to love.

Book 2 – The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl
The Diary of a Young Girl

This book needs no introduction, and is a book I’ve wanted to read for many years. I visited Amsterdam a few years ago, and took a trip to the Anne Frank Museum. I’ve always been interested in reading Anne Franks Diary, but have never gotten around to it. I bought the book for my boyfriend a number of years ago, and I think it’s about time I delve into the life of this brave young girl.

Book 3 – The Beekeeper of Aleppo

I think I heard about this book through a blogger, I forget who, but I instantly added to my Goodreads list. The book sounds like it will be a difficult read, not in the sense that I won’t enjoy it, but that the story will be upsetting.

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo–until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain.

Book 4 – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Over the past 12 months, I’ve witnessed many bookish bloggers talk about this novel, which has only piqued my interest even further. Another story which is different to anything I have read before, but definitely a book that sounds like it has many twists and turns throughout its pages.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Book 5 – The Silent Patient

Out of all the books I have already mentioned, this is the one that screams out to me the most. A mystery crime thriller set in London. I think this will be a page turner that I won’t be able to put down, leaving me wanting more and hanging onto every word.

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Book 6 – The Flat Share

The Flat Share seems to be a cult favourite throughout the blogging community, and one I’m yet to get my teeth into. The story has over 4 stars on Goodreads, which is a good indication of how good the book is. The genre is romance and contemporary fiction, again, swaying out of my confort zone. But the story sounds like it will be a barrel of laughs and heartwarming to say the least.

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

I have more than 6 books on my Goodreads list, however these are the main culprits that I really want to check off my TBR pile this year. I hope to add/read more throughout 2022, and would love to hear your recommendations. Have I mentioned any of your favourite books in my 2022 book round up?

Until Another Day x

How The Midnight Library Changed my Life

A fiction book changing someones life sounds a tad melodramatic doesn’t it? However, after reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, I can truly say it has changed my perspective on life, here’s how.

I finished reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig in just under a week. I absolutely devoured the book, I could have finished it a lot sooner, but wanted to savour every word. The Midnight Library has completely changed my perspective on life (not wanting to sound extreme). Although a fiction novel, it contains valuable life lessons which we can ALL learn from. Here is why The Midnight Library changed my life.

The Midnight Library book by Matt Haig

Before I get into the nitty gritty, I want to share a little background on the book, don’t worry I won’t give any spoilers. The Midnight Library is a place in between life and death where there are infinite possible lives a person could have lived. The main protagonist, Nora Seed, is given the opportunity to live the other lives she may have lived, by underdoing her regrets and choosing differently.

Three Ways The Midnight Library Changed my Life

  1. Stop worrying about regrets – Every one of us has some form of regret, whether that’s not going to University, cancelling plans with friends, or not saying yes to a guy/gal that asked you out. Instead of dwelling on things that I didn’t do, I’m going to flip them on their head and turn them into positives. For example, if I went to University, the chances are I wouldn’t be in the job I currently have. I love my day job and have progressed higher up the ranks over the years. I didn’t go to University to get where I am, so why should I dwell on not going, when I’m happy!
  2. Don’t take things for granted – Throughout life, we either make small decisions ourselves, or small things happen which are out of our control. These could have a huge impact on our lives without us realising. For example, a red traffic light slowing down a journey. This exact scenario happened to me a few years ago, stopping at the red light prevented my boyfriend and I from being in a car accident. A few moments after carrying on with our journey we witnessed a car crash, which we likely would have been caught in if the light hadn’t turned red. A red light can be frustrating, but it might just change the course of your life.
  3. It’s helped with grief…kinda – over the past two years my life has been filled with heartbreak and grief. My Grandad sadly passed away in December 2019, right before Christmas. It was unexpected and I really struggled to come to terms with it. Last, November, a family friend of mine past away at just 18 years old from SUDEP, Suddent Epileptic Death Syndrome. A fiction book helping with grief seems a little dramatic, but for me, as someone who constantly thinks of parallel universes and life after death, it gave me a new concept to consider when dealing with life and death. Personally, I find it rather comforting that when we die, there is something beyond simply no longer existing.
The Midnight Library Back Cover Blurb

I truly loved every moment of The Midnight Library, and I would urge everyone to read it. It’s one of those books that is completely deserving of the hype it has received, I will definitely re-read this book at some point in the future. Over the years, I have read a couple of Matt Haig books, every one of them is beautifully written, and deserving of some form of award. I loved How to Stop Time and Reasons to Stay Alive. Humans is sitting on my shelf ready to read too!

Have you read The Midnight Library? Did you love it as much as I did?

Until Another Day x