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  • Judith D Collins

Top 10 Books of 2022 Thus Far: Mid-Year List


I LOVE LISTS! I am a Virgo and we demand organization. I must have them in order to keep organized and sane.


YTD as of today, (7/18) I have read 135 Books in 2022 📚 Since we are halfway through the year wanted to highlight my TOP 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR, thus far.


These are my top favorites. There are so many good ones and a lot of 5 starred ones so difficult to choose only 10. I have included the link to the review for your reference.


Here I picked a variety with top in each category: Thriller, suspense, psychological thriller, crime thriller, legal thriller, domestic suspense, murder thriller, best character series, women's fiction, humor, debut novel, LGBTQ+, literary, southern, historical, Black & African, beach read, small town rural, family drama, etc. In no certain order.


NOTE: The list is complied from books read Jan 1-July 12, 2022 only and published/released during this time period. ARCs and books read which will be released after this date will be included in the Top 10 Books at Year-end.



ONE STEP TOO FAR | Lisa Gardner

Best character Frankie Elkin, crime/cop procedural suspense



THE OVERNIGHT GUEST | Heather Gudenkauf

Best domestic suspense thriller, rural, kidnapping


LOOK CLOSER | David Ellis

Best murder thriller, literary fiction, best revenge plot


THE 6:20 MAN | David Baldacci

Best action thriller - Financial/dark money



MAJOR CRIMES | Aime Austin

Best new spin-off legal/crime series | Nicole Long


AND THERE HE KEPT HER | Joshua Moehling

Best debut, LGBTQ+, humor


THE LAST HOUSE ON THE STREET | Diane Chamberlain

Best southern fiction, family life, women’s domestic life, historical


THE WEDDING VEIL | Kristy Woodson Harvey

Best historical fiction, women’s fiction, contemporary

THE EDGE OF SUMMER | Viola Shipman

Best beach read, small town rural, mothers/children, nostalgia


TAKE MY HAND | Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Best Black & African American Historical Fiction



More Book Links:


Book Blog #JDCMustReadBooks

Under BOOK STUFF TAB dropdown (at a glance)

Top Books of the Year (2014-2022)

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022


2022 Must Read Books by Book Release Month (Jan-Dec 2022) Reading List


2023 Top Books of the Year (My working in progress reading list). Will be adding to this one as they come in.


#AuthorElevatorSeries Interviews (2018-2022).

Where we go behind the scenes of the book and the author.

2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022


2023 INTERVIEW SCHEDULE forthcoming!





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