NPR’s Books We Love 2022 UPDATED


This is one of my favorite annual book lists. National Public Radio (“That Bastion of Liberalism” I hear some friends saying) consistently offers excellent book reviews. I don’t always like the books they pick, but in the year end list I always find some I’ve enjoyed and a few more I want to enjoy. I have a shelf for such books in my account. Today I’m “grading” myself–how many have I read or put on my TBR. You’ll find both lists below. My reviews are linked.

The Books I’ve Read

My Reviews:

  1. Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reed
  2. Swimmers by Julie Otsuka
  3. Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton
  4. Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? by Seamas O’Rielly
  5. French Braid by Anne Tyler

Two DNFs: Lessons in Chemistry and True Biz


Purely coincidental that there are six on each list.

The Books on My TBR

  1. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
  2. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kngsolver
  3. The No-Show by Beth O’Leary (which I will be trying again)
  4. The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
  5. I am From Here: Stories and Recipes From a Southern Chef by Vishwesh Bhatt

Have you done a post on this list? Have you read any of the books on it? Leave me a comment or a link to your review(s).

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      1. It was hyped as feel good, laugh out loud funny, so I went into it with all the wrong expectations. I DNF early on at the point of the rape.


  1. A good list – I have read French Braid and have Demon Copperhead TBR.

    So did you abandon Lessons in Chemistry because you’d seen it all before at work yourself or because of the weird unexpected violent bit early on? Or the hype? I read it quite early through NetGalley so the hype came later for me but it wasn’t as advertised and I nearly abandoned it at that point of violence, too (but I did like it). Any info on True Biz, as that’s one I rated highly, but I’m always interested in other points of view, of course?


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