Here are some of my favorite books that I read in 2022:
My favorite novel
My favorite novel was The Midnight Library. I’ve spent a fair amount of time regretting closed doors and wondering what if…, but recently I’ve had a greater sense of gratitude for where I have ended up and trust that this is where I want to be, where God has me. The Midnight Library is a great way into questions about limitations and possibilities and who and how we want to be.
My favorite memoir
My favorite memoir was Bono’s Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, especially as a reflection on faith and art and life and love and being “in the world but not of it.” I’m also listening to the audiobook version of it now, and it’s even better.
My favorite non-fiction book
My favorite non-fiction book was The Spiritual Child by Lisa Miller. It came out in 2015, but her insight into every human’s inherent spiritual acuity and the need for parents and educators to nurture the spiritual aspect of children is a message that matters even more now than when she wrote it.
My favorite young adult book
My favorite young adult book was one I read aloud with Marilee: Everything Sad is Untrue. This sprawling tale of a young Iranian refugee who settles with his family in Oklahoma taught us so much about the experience of moving to America and looking for grace and truth in the midst of a hard story.
My favorite picture book
My favorite picture book was Unbound, the story of artist Judith Scott, told from the perspective of her twin. Judith was born with Down syndrome. Her sister was not. Judith was placed in an institution for many years until they were reunited. The book is unflinching in the sorrow and love experienced by these sisters.
What are some of your favorite books that you read in 2022?
More with Amy Julia:
- Favorite Books for Kids and Adults That We Read in 2021
- 9 Non-Fiction Books I Loved in 2021
- Friday Favorites and AJB Recommends
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