2022 Reading Challenge

My goal for the year is 100 books. Last year promised myself that if I hate a book I will not finish it (unless it is a book club or class requirement.) I am also including audiobooks and e-books.


  1. To the Power of Three by Laura Lippman
  2. The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee
  3. To the Power of the Three by Laura Lippman
  4. The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman
  5. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
  6. The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
  7. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  8. The Unremarkable Heart by Karin Slaughter
  9. Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box edited by Brad Meltzer
  10. Busted by Karin Slaughter
  11. Honor by Thrity Umrigar
  12. Selected Shorts: American Classics (Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story)
  13. Hush Hush by Laura Lippman
  14. Unseen by Karin Slaughter
  15. Fallen by Karin Slaughter
  16. Cleaning the Gold by Karin Slaughter and Lee Childs

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson


  1. The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
  2. Butchers Hill by Laura Lippman
  3. The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee
  4. Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman
  5. Liza Jane & the Dragon by Laura Lippman
  6. Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
  7. Life Sentences by Laura Lippman
  8. Sunburn: A Novel by Laura Lippman
  9. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
  10. Girls from da hood by Nikki Turner
  11. Girls from da hood 2 by Nikki Turner
  12. Written in the Stars: A Novel by Alexandria Bellefleur
  13. Texas Ranger by Andrew Bourelle and James Patterson
  14. Juror #3 by James Patterson and Nancy Allen
  15. Snatched by Karin Slaughter
  16. False Witness by Karin Slaughter
  17. Triptych by Karin Slaughter
  18. The Jailhouse Lawyer: Including the Jailhouse Lawyer and the Power of Attorney by James Patterson and Nan Allen
  19. 13-Minute Murder by James Patterson
  20. Broken by Karin Slaughter
  21. The Moores Are Missing by James Patterson
  22. In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman
  23. By a Spider’s Thread Book by Laura Lippman
  24. Hardly Knew Her by Laura Lippman
  25. The Fields: A Novel by Erin Young
  26. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley
  27. No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
  28. And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman
  29. Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass


  1. Different Seasons by Stephen King
  2. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad One’s by James Clear
  3. Another Kind of Eden by James Lee Burke
  4. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  5. The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel
  6. A Deeper Sleep by Dana Stabenow
  7. The Letter For The King by Tonke Dragt
  8. Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora edited by Saraciea J. Fennell
  9. We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire by Joy McCullough
  10. The Happiest Girl in the World: A Novel by Alena Dillon
  11. A Night Too Dark by Dana Stabenow
  12. No Fixed Line by Dana Stabenow
  13. Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow
  14. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  15. Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
  16. My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
  17. Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  18. Seasonal Work: Stories by Laura Lippman
  19. Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman
  20. The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett
  21. Find Me in Havana by Serena Burdick
  22. Charm City by Laura Lippman

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”

~ Mortimer J. Adler


  1. Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda
  2. Building a Gender Friendly School Environment: a toolkit for educators and their unions by Scott Pulizzi and Laurie Rosenblum
  3. Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward
  4. The Power of Writing It Down: A Simple Habit to Unlock Your Brain and Reimagine Your Life by Allison Fallon
  5. The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
  6. The Island of Sea Women: A Novel by Lisa See
  7. Quirky by Melissa Schilling
  8. Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli
  9. The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
  10. Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
  11. Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna by Alda P. Dobbs
  12. The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  13. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  14. Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
  15. Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  16. The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson
  17. A Mercy by Toni Morrison
  18. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad
  19. Whisper to the Blood by Dana Stabenow
  20. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  21. Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage by William Loren Katz
  22. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
  23. Another Kind of Eden by James Lee Burke

I believe that the phrase ‘obligatory reading’ is a contradiction in terms; reading should not be obligatory… If a book bores you, leave it; don’t read it because it is famous, don’t read it because it is modern, don’t read a book because it is old…. If a book is tedious to you, don’t read it; that book was not written for you. Reading should be a form of happiness, so I would advise all possible readers of my last will and testament—which I do not plan to write—I would advise them to read a lot, and not to get intimidated by writer’s reputations, to continue to look for personal happiness, personal enjoyment. It is the only way to read.

Jorge Luis Borges


  1. The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel
  2. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  3. Girl A by Abigail Dean
  4. The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
  5. If This Gets Out by Cale Dietrich and Sophie Gonzales
  6. In Between by Kate Wilhelm
  7. The Deepest Water by Kate Wilhelm
  8. The good children by Kate Wilhelm
  9. Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
  10. Love Me to Death by Allison Brennan, Ann Marie Lee
  11. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  12. Mirror, Mirror by Kate Wilhelm
  13. Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
  14. Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles
  15. The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
  16. The Gin Palace by Emile Zola
  17. The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels
  18. Betty by Tiffany McDaniel, Dale Dickey
  19. Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta
  20. Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh
  21. These Precious Days by Ann Patchett
  22. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  23. Teaching as a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner
  24. Even As We Breathe by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle
  25. The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda
  26. State of Terror by Hillary Clinton, Louise Penny
  27. Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
  28. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  29. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  30. The Secret River by Kate Grenville
  31. Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
  32. Later by Stephen King
  33. Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch