What to Read in 2022

It’s 2022 and time to read some books.

I’m experimenting with something a little different this year. I’ll be following Reese’s Book Club on the recommendation of my friend Tracey (hi Tracey!). Reese picks a woman-centered book each month as well as a YA pick each quarter. I haven’t decided if I’m reading the YA, but I have committed to reading all twelve monthly picks. And boy am I glad I started this in January because the pick is fantastic.

On to the book:

January pick:

Honor by Thrity Umrigar. This book fall into the categories of Marriage & Divorce Fiction and Women’s Divorce Fiction.

Description from Amazon:

Indian American journalist Smita has returned to India to cover a story, but reluctantly: long ago she and her family left the country with no intention of ever coming back. As she follows the case of Meena—a Hindu woman attacked by members of her own village and her own family for marrying a Muslim man—Smita comes face to face with a society where tradition carries more weight than one’s own heart, and a story that threatens to unearth the painful secrets of Smita’s own past. While Meena’s fate hangs in the balance, Smita tries in every way she can to right the scales. She also finds herself increasingly drawn to Mohan, an Indian man she meets while on assignment. But the dual love stories of Honor are as different as the cultures of Meena and Smita themselves: Smita realizes she has the freedom to enter into a casual affair, knowing she can decide later how much it means to her.

My Take: 

I read is to escape reality. Not in a fantasy/sci-fi sort of way, but in a “happily ever after” way. The news does a great job of reporting all the bad stuff happening in the world, so I gravitate to books that provide a more upbeat outlet. 

I was hesitant to read this book because of that. Honor tells the story of the violence one woman endured because of her choice of a husband. (There are some triggering scenes in the book so please read with caution.) The book focuses on the conflict between Muslims and Hindus in India and how it can tear family and friends apart. 

That being said, Umrigar tells a vibrant and compelling story. It is sad, don’t get me wrong. But Umrigar’s fast-paced style and her attention to detail kept me reading, even during the difficult and emotionally draining scenes. Her characters are nuanced and engaging. The issue of class differences raised questions for me. The book’s resolution wasn’t easy, but I finished the book with a sense of peace. 

I can’t say that all of the books I read this year will be this impactful, but I am glad that I read Honor. It was a great way to start the year!

Other books I’m reading: 

  • I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around by Ann Garvin
  • Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman (audiobook version)

If there is a book you think I should read, drop me an email at carole@carolewolfe.com. 

Until next time…

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