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Books for 2022
Books for 2022

Books for 2022

Books for 2022

In 2021, I listened to and read a total of 111 books. My goal for 2022 was to consume an average of 10 books per month. At the end of the year, I was close with a total of 119 books; 99 Audiobooks and 20 Books. Here is a quick review of my top 10 books for 2022.

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1. Fire Keeper’s Daughter by Angeline Bully

Number 1 Book for 2022
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For anyone who has traveled to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this book will speak to you. If not you will learn so much about Sault St. Marie and its deep connections with Canada. Along with its geographical ties to northern Michigan, The Fire Keeper’s Daughter shares many of the native stories and traditions of Chippewa Tribe. It is a beautifully written book follows the life of an 18-year-old girl growing up in the cross section of indigenous and white communities. Since reading In Search of April Raintree in 2021, I have been really interested books on indigenous people of North America. This list has three more beautiful books that are next to impossible to put down.

2. Braiding Sweet Grass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Number 2 Book for 2022
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Braiding Sweetgrass is a braiding of indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and botany. The author uses her knowledge of traditional plant remedies, knowledge of plants, and research to talk about the natural world and our place in it. Through personal stories and native legends, she teaches how to use and integrate nature in our lives. We can make a difference if we consider our mindset and how we treat the world around us.

3. Financial Freedom by Grant Sabatier

Number 3 Book for 2022
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This book was my introduction to investing and the stock market. Until reading this book, I am a little embarrassed to say, I thought the stock market was only for rich people. Since reading this book, I have devoured many more books on financial freedom and money management. Financial Independence gave me the knowledge and confidence to begin investing and changing my outlook on savings and retirement. Since reading this book, we have changed our expectations and have weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual meetings to discuss our current budget and savings. If you don’t know where to start, I highly recommend this book, Quit Like a Millionaire or Your Money or Your Life.

4. Spark by John J. Ratey, MD

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Almost every book and every training that I read and attended in 2021 referenced this book. Therefore I decided I had to read it. I was not disappointed. As an avid runner and active teacher, I was excited to see scientifically how movement affects our brains and the way we learn. I already knew from personal experience that movement helps me learn better, but it was great to see the research behind what I intuitively felt. If you have a child struggling with ADHD, anxiety, or depression this book provides ideas for mitigating symptoms. If you are mature in age, pregnant or a woman, this book also discusses the benefits of movement on your brain.

5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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This post apocalyptic novel followings a Shakespeare troop traveling through Michigan and northern Ohio. After a pandemic took out 99.9 percent of the world’s population, the survivors have to learn to live in a world without the conveniences of the 22nd Century. Since the population is so low there are not enough people to support the power grind, transportation, internet, etc. The novel follows the main characters and their lives in the first few decades of the new world and how they survived in the first months of the pandemic. After the COVID-19 pandemic, this novel gave me an interesting, new perspective of what the world might be like following the mass extinction of most of mankind.

6. Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

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After reading Rainbow Milk in 2021, I was interested in further books about the Caribbean Islands. Black Cake shares more than just the tradition of baking wedding cakes. It tells the complex story of multiple generations and their ties to their island. Despite moving and traveling around the world, there is always a connection to your home and traditions.

7. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

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Sadly I don’t know much about indigenous people or traditions. Throughout school and my adult life, I have been pretty naive about indigenous culture and the treatment of indigenous people in the United States. This past year, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading more about native wisdom and tribal customs. Until reading this book, I didn’t know about the continued grab for native land and land rights in the 1900s and beyond.

8. The Man Who Tasted Words by Guy Leschziner

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If you are interested in the brain and brain science, this book will tickle all of your interests. I had no idea that there are people out there who are born without the ability to feel pain. The way your body works incoordination with the nerves and chemicals in your blood is unbelievably fascinating. Every study peeked my interest in a whole new way. If you have read Moonwalking with Einstein, you will really enjoy this book.

9. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

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All of Sally Rooney’s books are page turners. I can’t stop reading and want to relate to all the characters. The level of empathy for every figure makes her book impossible to put down or turn off. After reading Normal People, I couldn’t get enough. Her books remind me a lot of books by Fredrik Backman.

10. Book Lovers by Emily Henry

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Books from Emily Henry are one of my guilty pleasures. They are fun and sweet romantic comedies that make me smile. If you haven’t fallen in love with her main characters them out. They are all lovely and beautiful. I particularly loved Book Lovers, but I also enjoyed People We Meet on Vacation.

Hope you found some good recommendations for the coming weeks! ~KiteBikeVan

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