2022 – The year I (hopefully) reach 100 books read!!!

It’s a new year which means a new chance to work towards actually achieving the goals you create! I have a big year ahead of me with the hope of becoming a full-time freelance writer and reaching the BIG milestone of reading 100 books in the year. Crazy right? But if I am going to leave corporate America, I am going to need something to fill my time. So why not read, right?

What are your goals for this year? Let me know in the comments. And as always, drop a suggestion on any books you think I should read!

The Book of Lost and Found by Lucy Foley (Drama): Honeslty not a fan of this book. It took me a month to read because I could not get into it. I loved Foley’s other books, including the thriller The Guest List, but this one was a different genre and I just don’t think she was able to write as compelling of a story. It was a nice story, but I feel that it left too much unsaid (what happened with Oliver, etc).

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (Thriller): Unlike my first book of the year, this one was much better. I read this in two days and it was restored my faith in reading again. Your typical thriller, this one follows the story of a husband and wife, her rich parents, and a missing baby. You learn answers pretty quickly in the story, but Lapena has a few more twists as you read on.

Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy (Suspense): Best book read in 2022 so far! Yes, I know this is only my third, but I think it will be hard to top this one. The way Molloy blends physchological – both the genre and actual psychology – together really pushes all the twists in this book. It’s on the shorter side which means you should be able to read it quickly!

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (Fantasy): Slow start that leads to a crazy ending! I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is a suspense or thriller even though that was the impression I was under when I was recommended the book. All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely not one I would normally pick. It’s fantasy, but not fairy-alien type – there is the “father” and “god” references mixed with a bit of good crazy! Probably not a super helpful review but it’s hard to describe this book!

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney (Mystery): I flew through this novel. I was in the middle of reading a crime non-fiction novel when I knew I wanted a book I could zoom through – boy did I pick a good one. This novel in written in the perspective of three characters – two of which won a free stay at a secluded remodeled (maybe haunted) chapel turned home and the other a mysterious figure who we never quiet get enough information about to figure them out. The twist is good – maybe obvious depending on how close you pay attention. All in all, a great, easy to read novel.

In Search of the Rainbow’s End by Colin Caffell (Non-Fiction/True Crime) – currently reading

The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich (Suspense): I had purchased this book last year when I visited my friend in Oregon. I had read that this hook might have helped to influence Tarentino’s Kill Bill, but I’m not sure if that is accurate or not. Regardless, this classic was very well written. Originally published in the 1940s, this novel takes us through the murder of four men by a beautiful woman.

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover (Drama/Romance): I cried through the last half of this book. It is now my new favorite Hoover novel behind It Ends With Us and Verity. This was such a heartwrenching novel – predictable, but in a way that worked well. If you are looking for a good cry, I highly recommend this novel. Last I checked its free with Amazon Unlimited!

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover (Drama/Romance): After having my heart ripped out by Reminders of Him, I figured I might as well read the other Hoover novel I had on my Kindle. This one wasn’t as good, but still a cute story. It touches a lot on the mother daughter struggle after a death. I love that by the end of the book, both mother and daughter had a believable character arc.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Drama): After reading Daisy Jones and the Six last year, I was excited to read another of her books. While I think I prefered Daisy, this book was still well written and had a compelling story. I think there was some characters who could have been a little more developed and maybe a few that could have been omitted to make for a better story. Overall, I still recommend this as a nice, easy option.

Such A Quiet Place by Megan Miranda (Suspense): I enjoyed this book a lot. It kept my attention throughout its entirety. It is fast paced and engaging while also being easy to fly through. Miranda has a few books out and this is the second of hers that I have read and enjoyed.

We Are All the Same In the Dark by Julia Heaberlin (Suspense/Crime): Yes. Best book I have read so far this year. It was so well written – style, the way the parts and POV are broken out, everything. Very easy to read and fall in love with the characters. I very strongly recommend this modern crime novel.

Not A Happy Family by Shari Lapena (Thriller): Honestly, not very thrilled by this one. It’s ok, but I feel like a lot was left out. I can’t really say anything more without spoiling the ending, but unfortunately, I do not recommend this one.

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (Thriller): I loved this one. I always enjoy a good book where the “bad” person isn’t who you think. I highly recommend this book. It’s a fast read and not too obvious. I could add this to a “beach read” list for sure.

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix (Thriller): Yes, yes, yes. I take back what I have said about favorite books, this one takes the cake for sure. It’s different, so when you read the first few chapters and are confused, just wait. It gets better. The writer talks about final girls, which are women who have surived brutal attacks and lived to tell the tale. If you can put yourself in that world, the book will make more sense.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (Fiction): There was a weekend that was really nice – like sit outside by the baby pool nice. I needed an easy book to read (for the second time) while I enjoyed the sun. This is a go-to for that for sure. Even though I read it last year, I still cried just as much the second time through.

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D Richards (Thriller): I very much enjoyed this one. I did read through it in one day. I wouldn’t rate it too high though. It’s was very obvious and similar to Riley Sager’s Survive the Night. I think I prefered that one to this even though I enjoyed this one.

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (Thriller): I am really loving St. James as a writer. This is my second novel by the author and I have the rest of hers qued up to read next. This was decent – a solid 4/5 because it kept me interested. I wouldn’t say its the best “whodunit” it though

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (Fiction): Another TikTok book that I knew I wouldn’t like but had to read to say I read it. It’s good and a fun beach read, but doesn’t do much for you. It’s cute.

The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James (Thriller): Yep, it’s safe to say that I love St. James. I highly recommend this one as it includes bit of thriller, ghost story, and drama.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (YA fiction): When my brother was visiting, he asked me to get a tattoo with him. I was happy to oblige. I knew I wanted to get a literary themed tattoo to go with my Into The Wild bus, and I immediately thought of Stargirl which is a girl stick figure and a star. Stargirl is a great lesson on being different and how fitting in is hard. This beautiful book is one I will always recommend.

The Last of the Really Great Wangdoodles by Julie Andrews (YA fiction): Similar to Stargirl, this book is one of my favorites from when I was a young girl. A friend of mine had a baby shower where they asked us to bring books instead of cards, and I thought of this one, which prompted me to reread it. And yes, this is by the same Julie Andrews you are thinking of.

An Inquiry Into Love and Death by Simone St. James (Thriller): I wasn’t as interested in this one as I was with most of St. James’ other novels. I did like this one, but it was harder to get into the novel.

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James (Thriller): This one I flew through. It’s as much love story as it is ghost story. I was slightly disappointed with the ending – for Maddy, but I do think overall it was a good read.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (Mystery): I’m not sure what made me read this one, but I am so glad I did. I had not heard anything about the book – series actually, before reading. I immediately grabbed books two and three in the series to add to my libby list.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (Romance/Fiction): I have to admit that I saw this Lucy Hale film before I read this book. I liked both, but am proud to say I enjoyed the book more. Sure it was obvious and an easy read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (Romance/Fiction): I think this is one of the few times where I enjoyed the series more than the book. With that being said, I think I will read the rest of the novels as they are a cutesy read.

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (Suspense): After not enjoying Foley’s novel that I started the year off with, I was very excited to say I am back on Team Foley. I hight recommend this novel though I still think The Guest List is her best work.

The Club by Ellery Lloyd (Suspense): Sorry, but this one is not worth reading. I struggled to get though it. The concept was nice, but honestly there are much better options

November 9 by Colleen Hoover (Romance/Fiction): I get the hype on this novel. You will cry and you will not be able to put the book down, trust me.

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover (Romance/Fiction): Another book I cried uncontrollably to. I think this one pushes for one of Hoover’s best. That may be controversial, but I think I have to say this one is my favorite.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (Romance/Fiction): I did not enjoy this one. Yes it was cutesy, but honestly I do not get the hype.

Final Girl by Riley Sager (Suspense): This novel changed my “eh” feeling on Sager. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for some good twists and turns.

No Exit by Taylor Adams (Suspense): I started this novel right before I was planning on going to bed, but next thing I knew, it was 3.5 hours later and I was on the last chapter. There is a movie on Hulu based off this book, I will have to add it to my watch list.

Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James (Suspense): 10/10 – another great novel by St. James. I loved every part of this book, it had suspense, a ghost story, and even some romance

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (Suspense): I LOVED this one. I am 100% a Sager fan now. This one takes place at a summer camp and has enough twists to make it not cliche.

Misery by Stephen King (Suspense): I loved the film with Kathy Bates from the 90s, so I don’t know why it took me so long to read the book. I read it on my flight back from my honeymoon and couldn’t put it down – I was using my phone as a flashlight to read.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (Suspense): Turton’s first novel, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is my absolute favorite novel of all time, so when I saw he had a second one, I knew I had to read. While it’s not as good as his first, it was a great pirate meets ghost story.

Good Girl Bad Blood by Holly Jackson (Suspense): This and the next novel are part of the A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder trilogy that I started earlier in the year. The first novel was my favorite with this second one being my least favorite. See next entry.

As Good As it Gets by Holly Jackson (Suspense): The third and final book in the series is my second favorite. The second was almost a carbon copy of the first, while the third was a new storyline with a good ending.

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson (Suspense): I saw this novel on booktok on TikTok and was excited to read it. If you like classic thrillers, you’ll love this book as the premise surrounds murders planned out like murders in classic novels.

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager (Thriller): I flew through this novel! I wasn’t sure what to expect when it first started, but once I got a few pages in, I could not put it down!

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover (Romance): Don’t hate me, but this is not my favorite Hoover novel. It was still good, don’t get me wrong, but I would recommend others before this one.

Next Up: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, Home Before Dark by Riley Sager, Book Lovers by Emily Henry, The It Girl by Ruth Ware, Carrie Soto is Back by TJR, Hades X Persephone trilogy

Reese Witherspoon’s Bookclub – My Review

I took a bubble bath today. Well, I didn’t have anything to make the bubbles, so it was really just a bath with some calming lavender salts. Regardless of the kind of bath I took, I spent 40 minutes in the bath thinking about my life.

Naturally, I took a (very) full glass of wine – I am currently obsessed with Narcissi’s Black Raspberry wine – my phone (for music purposes only, I am very anti-social media when it comes to relaxing) and a book for entertainment. I honestly try my hardest at self-care. I keep a steady skin care regiment, I use a eye mask a few times a week, use hair masks on the weekends, and moisturize every inch of my annoyingly dry skin. I try my best, I really do, but there isn’t a self-care task I love more than a bubble bath, wine, music, and my current best seller.

A while ago, thanks to my love of Reese Witherspoon, books, and a lack of ideas for my Christmas list (circa 2020), I decided I would read every book from Reese Witherspoon’s book club. Thanks to boredom, I created an entire spreadsheet of all of the books included complete with columns, highlights, and a section for notes.

To add to my super nerd status, I couldn’t wait to start reading and complete this list. Once I finish a book, I will update this chart, so make sure you check back!

Book TitleAuthorOwn BookGenreRating and Comments
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineGail HoneymanFiction-Drama9.5/10 – beautiful. I fell in love with Eleanor and all her quirks. I wish there was a little more with Raymond but the twist at the end was perfect!
The Alice NetworkKate QuinnFiction-Drama8/10 – great storyline. I enjoyed Eve’s character the most. Could easily find myself reading this again and again. 
The Lying GameRuth WareThriller8.5/10 – slow moving and then an abrupt end. The cheating was unnecessary between Isa and Luc
Little Fires EverywhereCeleste NgFiction-Drama6.5/10 – there was a lot of hype for this book and I honestly was not that interested. It was nice, but too many storylines for my liking. The messages were good, but it was not necessary for Bebe’s story. Also, not a fan of a mom treating her daughter like that…
The Rules of MagicAlice HoffmanFiction-Drama10/10 – have read twice so far. Prequel to Practical Magic. Beautiful story and great imagery
This is the Story of a Happy MarriageAnn Patchett

The Last Mrs. ParrishLiv ConstantineFiction-Drama9/10 – loved this! The twist was great! I could see myself reading this book repeatedly. I LOVED the three parts with different POVs. 
Braving the WildernessBrene Brown

The Light We LostJill Santopolo√ kFiction-Drama9/10 – beautifully written, but predicable ending. I loved that it was written like a letter to Gabe but then the end was an actual letter to their son. 
Erotic Stories for Punjabi WidowsBalli Kaur JaswalFiction – Drama7/10 – this was a fun story to read. I enjoyed learning more about the culture. The author mixed in different story types, which made this a compelling story.
HappinessHeather Harpham√ k

You Think It, I’ll Say ItCurtis Sittenfeld

Something in the WaterCatherine SteadmanThriller4/10 – Too much detail on unnecessary things. They were in so many places in the book it was hard to pick up on what was important and what was not. I really wanted to like this book, but I probably won’t read it again. Good concept, though.
Next Year in HavanaChanel CleetonFiction-Drama8.5/10 – beautiful story. Will read the sister’s other stories. The storyline was predictable, but I still really enjoyed this book.
Still LivesMaria Hummel√ k

Where the Crawdads SingDelia OwensFiction-Drama10/10 – WOW. I loved every minute of this book. Beautiful. It reminded me of Fried Green Tomatoes. 
This is How It Always IsLaurie Frankel√ kFiction-Drama5/10 – eye opening book with a good story. I just could not get into it. 
The Other WomanSandie JonesThriller9.5/10 – Read this is about 24 hours. The twist at the end got me. 
One Day in DecemberJosie Silver√ kFiction-Drama7.5/10 – A easy to read love triangle story. It’s cliché but I enjoyed the story and would read again. 
The Library BookSusan Orlean

The ProposalJasmine Guillory√ kFiction-Drama6/10 – Cute and fun to read. It’s a very basic book but was lighthearted. Very predictable but would probably read again. 
Daisy Jones & The SixTaylor Jenkins Reid√ kFiction-Drama9/10 – SO GOOD. I actually thought that this was a true band and a true story. It is supposed to be based on Fleetwood Mac which makes this so much cooler. I read this so fast over Thanksgiving. Would love to possibly write my own story in this format – interview
The Night TigerYangsze ChooFiction – Drama8/10 – Very interesting story concept. This was a delightful book to read. I could see this being turned into multiple stories!
From ScratchTembi Locke

The CactusSarah Haywood√ kFiction – Drama
7/10 – I liked this one for the cliche story type. The main character is drab (but that’s the point), she falls for someone not her type, and it ends happily ever after.
Whisper NetworkChandler BakerFiction-Drama But w/ Murder4/10 – The beginning of each chapter was written in a different tone/POV from the rest of the chapter – almost like they were summarizing a feminist point before actually going into the story. I am all for feminism, but I wish there was just one tone/POV. It was slow and confusing. Just too many characters and POVs. 
The Last House GuestMegan MirandaFiction – Suspense
6/10 – I was very excited to read this one, but it fell short for me. Compelling, but I expected more of a thriller. 
The Secrets We KeptLaura Prescott

Fair PlayEve Rodsky

The Giver of StarsJojo MoyesFiction – Drama8/10 – Moyes is a fantastic author. I loved her Me Before You series and now I love this one! Her writing style puts you right there in the saddle delivering books. Great story! 
ConvictionDenise Mina
Fiction – Slight suspense
7/10 – I enjoyed this one. To be honest, it is not super memorable, but it was an easy read and a good concept. It tied in with a podcast.
Such a Fun AgeKiley Reid
7/10 – I was very excited to read this one as I saw it featured everywhere. It was a good read with relatable characters. It was predictable, but still a good read.
The Scent KeeperErica Bauermeister Fiction – Drama8.5/10 – such a cool concept for a story. Everything is told from scents! I flew through this book because I have never read anything like it. 
The JetsettersAmanda Eyre Ward

UntamedGlennon Doyle

The Henna ArtistAlka Joshi

The Guest ListLucy FoleyThriller8/10 – little bit of a slow start and not enough closure for Hannah. Good twist on who the killer was and who was killed 
I’m Still HereAustin Channing Brown

Everything InsideEdwidge Danticat√ k

The Last Story of Mina LeeNancy Jooyoun KimFiction – Drama w/ some suspense6/10 – I liked how this story wove together stories of the mom and daughter separately. It’s an interesting story where you learn a lot about the culture. Definitely eye opening. 
His Only WifePeace Medie Adzo√ k

GroupChristie Tate

The Chicken SistersKJ Dell’Antonia√ k

OutlawedAnna North√ k

The SanatoriumSarah PearseThriller8/10 – this satisfied my thriller needs. Semi-predicable and a little bit of a letdown for an ending. Is there going to be a sequel? 
Infinite CountryPatricia Engel

Northern SpyFlynn Berry
7.5/10 – Once you get past the first part of the book, you will not be able to put this down! The plot of the book was good and easy to follow.
The Last Thing He Told MeLaura DaveSuspense9/10 – I absolutely loved this one! The past few book selections were good, but this one blew them out of the water! I highly recommend.
Seven Days in June Tia Williams√ k
The Paper PalaceMiranda Cowley Heller
We Were Never HereAndrea BartzSuspense9/10 – Yes! This was an easy, yet great read. I finished in one sitting because I could not put the book down. Great twist, characters, and ending! Highly recommend.
L.A. WeatherMaria Amparo Escandion
SankofaChibundu Onuzo
The Island of Missing TreesElif Shafak√ k
Lucky Marissa Stapley
HonorThrity Umrigar
The Christie AffairNina de Gramont
The ClubEllery Lloyd
True BizSara Novic

If you have read any of these books, drop a comment and tell me what you loved about them! Or if you have any book suggestions, I am always on the lookout for a good book.

As always – Love, KT

KTWrites – The Beginning

For as long as I can remember I have always loved what books could do for me. The text on the page gave me an out, an escape from the confusion of the “real world”. It was as if words were my lifeline, my safety net, but later, my demise. They took me in their arms to a world where the bad guys were caught and love was something to believe in. Yet, just as soon as I felt myself blurring the lines between fantasy and life, I remembered every book concludes with “and they lived happily ever after”.

I am 25 years old now and while children’s books have turned into 1920’s classics or modern-day thrillers, I still see myself within the pages. In each word, each profession of love, or each timid look over the victim’s shoulder as her fear takes hold, I lose myself right there with them. I think because I can find a piece of myself in the books I read, I can feel a sort of relief. The kind of relief that allows my cynical-self to believe in fantasies the way I did when I had not yet been told by the “real world” who I was supposed to be.

I like a happy ending strictly because it makes me smile. It makes me happy. Yes, most of the time I roll my eyes at the clichés, but I smile, and it feels good. The characters in whatever book I am reading will always have that happy ending. I know this because all books end. As for me, there is no always. It just does not work that way. There is right nows, laters, possiblys, and nevers. But that is okay, I have books to give me my always.

No one understands true love anymore. At least not with people. It is much easier to fall in love with objects, ideas, beliefs, or even how someone makes you feel. I am guilty of this. I fall in love with books. That is what I want you to get out of these blog posts. I want to show you how beautiful it is to fall in love with a book and that sense of security that it can bring.

Welcome to KTwrites.