I’ve always been an avid reader, but writing has kind of eclipsed my reading time lately. I used to make reading goals like 100 books a year and wildly surpass them. Recently, I’ve been doing well to finish a book in a week.
Not any more! 2022 is going to be a year of books for me. I’m ready to get back on that horse.
First things first: I needed a plan.
Of course, my organized heart wanted a list–something I could check off and complete to show my efforts and accomplishments.
So I have an official TBR! This is kind of a first for me since I’ve always made lists of the books I’ve already read, not the ones I intend to read. This year, I want to read 52 books. That’s starting slow, but I hope to surpass that goal and read even more in the coming years.
Here are some of the books I’m excited to read this year:
Jessie Gussman’s Baxter Boys series – I’m planning to listen to the audiobooks which are titled and covered differently. I’m listening to the first one now, and it’s fantastic! These are just the kind of emotional and romantic stories I want to read more of this year.
Hannah Jo Abbott’s Whispering Oaks Ranch series – I’m reading an early copy of the first book, Hope for the Cowboy, and I’m so excited for this series! I love Hannah’s other books, and it just feels right that she would be writing a Texas cowboy series next. I can’t wait to read about these brothers at Whispering Oaks Ranch.
Tara Grace Ericson’s Black Tower Security series – If you liked Tara’s Bloom Sisters series and you enjoy a little more suspense mixed in with your romance sometimes, this new series is for you! I read the prequel, Clean Slate, and I loved it. I rarely read romantic suspense, but these have already jumped out at me and demanded a spot on my TBR.
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Elizabeth Maddrey’s Postcards is releasing next week, and I can’t wait to read it! Elizabeth is a good friend of mine, so we talked frequently while she was writing it. I purposely kept my questions vague because I want to be completely surprised by this book. She said it was different from her other books, personal to her, and involved some changes she wanted to test in her writing. I trust that she’s always going to write a book I’ll love, so sign me up for this one!
Becky Wade’s Bradford Sisters series is on my list because I’ve never read a Becky Wade book. I know! It’s crazy, and I feel like I’m the only one. So when I decided I needed to have her books on my list this year, I asked my friends for recommendations, and they agreed on the Bradford Sisters series.
Courtney Walsh’s Paper Hearts series is also on my list because she’s a new-to-me author. Ditto all of the things I said in the last paragraph about being the last Christian romance lover to read her books. But this is the purpose of this list! I should have read these books a long time ago, and what better time to start than now?
Kera Isaac’s Then There was You is on the list because it gets recommended in almost every StoryChats episode. I’m pretty sure that isn’t an exaggeration. The Inspy leaders love this book, and that says a lot about it. I don’t care if it was published in 2017. I never said I would only read new books this year! It’s clear that I need to do some catching up.
Teresa Tysinger’s Laurel Cove Romance series is a must read for me this year for a number of reasons. I haven’t read Teresa’s books before, but I follow her on social media, and I love her content! She’s positive, uplifting, and all around kind. I need more of that in my life, so I’m moving her series up on the list. Plus, they’re set in the North Carolina mountains, and I’m a sucker for an awesome setting.
Pepper Basham’s The Mistletoe Countess has been ALL OVER bookstagram. I mean, the cover is gorgeous, and everyone is talking about it. Of course, that means I want to know what this book is all about. Pepper Basham has a lot of fans, and I haven’t read any of her books!
Kimberly Rae Jordan’s New Hope Falls series are talked about enough in the Christian romance community that I want to give them a shot. Plus, the whole premise of the series is a sanctuary for the lost. We all get lost sometimes, right? I love books where the wandering characters find their calling, home, or purpose. New Hope Falls sounds like my kind of place.
Now, I have a special giveaway for you! To enter, comment below and let me know which books you’re most looking forward to reading in 2022. The winner will receive a special advanced ebook copy of my upcoming book, Truth is a Whisper.
The giveaway ends on Sunday, January 16.