My 2022 Book Awards

31 Dec

Looking back at all of the books I read in 2022, I came up with some distinct favorites, and thought I would share them with you in my own version of a book awards. 🙂

I broke the books into several categories (because who can choose just a few books?), and these are all books I read for the first time in 2022. Some are old, some are brand-new, but all were amazing, and I ended up buying several of these!

I picked three books for each category (there are a few honorable mentions where I just couldn’t narrow it down.)

Without further ado-my 2022 Book Awards!

Picture Books

Snail Crossing by Corey R. Tabor-this book made me laugh!

Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall-the pictures are amazing, and the story is fascinating-especially the author notes!

Snow Horses by Patricia MacLachlan-SUCH a beautiful book! My favorite of the year by far!

Children’s Novels

Mr. Lemoncello’s Very First Game by Chris Grabenstein-we all LOVED this book! It is well-written and does a great job of tying the series together.

The Invisible Spy (Forgotten Five #2)-so fun-a great mix of The Incredibles meets X-Men. The first one is good, but the second is even better!

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff-I read this aloud to my daughter for History, and it was SO good! We both really enjoyed it!

Honorable Mentions:

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George-such a fun fairytale!

The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy by Jessica Day George-a great take on The Twelve Dancing Princesses fairytale. I really enjoyed these. The Princess of the Midnight Ball was my favorite, but they are all good.

Picture Books Based on a True Story

Bartali’s Bicycle by Megan Hoyt-this guy was so brave!

John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien by Caroline McAlister-very interesting to learn about Tolkien’s childhood!

As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson-told from a different perspective-very interesting.


The Midnight Fair by Gideon Sterer-the pictures are fantastic in this wordless book!

Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler-a beautiful story and gorgeous illustrations!

Good News! It’s Creation! by Glenys Nellist-the pictures in this are ADORABLE!


The Lumber Baron’s Daughters by Mary Connealy-I loved the smart female leads in these books-so fun and unique!

The Blackstone Legacy by Elizabeth Camden-this series was so good-one of my favorites for classical historical fiction!

The Muir Harbor series by Melissa Tagg-love the plot line in these-can’t wait for the next one!

Honorable Mention:

The African American Royalty Romance series by Toni Shiloh-very unique plotline to these. The first two books have been very good and I hope she writes another!


High-Wire Heartbreak by Anna Schmidt-this was one of the best books I have read in years. I normally don’t go for books that are split between two timelines, but this one was well done. I loved it.

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center-I really enjoyed this one. Great characters, and just so much fun.

The Last Flight by Julie Clark-WOW. So good!!!! I was explaining this plot to my whole family. Amazing.

Honorable Mentions:

Sadie on the Rocks by Joanne Bischof-the author has a wonderful writing style, and it was a very unique read.

Saving Mrs. Roosevelt by Candice Sue Patterson-I read this in a single evening. So good.


Herbs for Children’s Health by Rosemary Gladstar-lots of helpful tips in this one!

The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi-even though I already do a lot of the tips listed in this book, it was still good, and very encouraging.

While I can’t say I am following the principles in this book, it gave me so much to think about, and is an interesting read-especially for a goal-orientated person.


Gladys Aylward by Janet & Geoff Benge-so interesting! We really enjoyed this one, and Gladys’ story is just incredible.

The Story of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Catherine Owens Peare-it was so interesting to hear more about this famous poet’s life.

Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China by Janet & Geoff Benge-another great biography!

So there you have it-my favorite books of 2022! There were so many great books to pick from, but these are definitely my favorites.

I hope you found this interesting, and that you maybe even found a new book or two to read for next year!

Happy last day of 2022, and stayed tuned for lots more reading posts on my new blog in 2023!


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