As many of you know, Jessica loves reading. When she’s not busy running Vessel, shuttling kids from activity to activity, and being a mom and wife, she has her nose in a book. In fact, in 2022, she read forty-six books!! After some deep consideration, she narrowed down some of her favorites to share with you.
Are you ready to take control of your hormones so you can be more productive and less stressed? In the Flo by Alisa Vitti teaches women all about how women’s cycles work and when to tackle each aspect of your life depending on where your hormones are that week. Women’s productivity, nutritional needs, and even fitness levels are dependent on what is happening with their hormones. This book is a great resource for learning about your body and how to work with it instead of against it.
Need a light romance? Book Lovers is the perfect vacation or weekend read. It’s sweet, witty, and laugh out loud funny. Nora is a type-A literary agent from New York City who can’t seem to find her own love story even though she works with authors who write them everyday. When her sister insists she visit a small town in North Carolina for a month-long girls trip, she decides this may be her chance to find her own storybook romance. Unfortunately, she keeps running into one of her biggest rivals from New York who is the opposite of the country boy she was expecting. Charlie is broody, competitive, and has already crossed Nora’s path over the years (and it’s never been good). Stuck together in Sunshine Falls, Nora and Charlie begin to see themselves, and their futures, in a totally different light.
Society tells us our worth is defined by how our body looks and how it compares to others around us. More Than a Body reminds women of all ages that it’s not how your body looks but what your body does that matters. In a beauty-focused world, women are bombarded with images of what the “perfect” body should look like. We are told our body is an ornament instead of an instrument. This book changes that perspective. Instead, it helps women focus on all the amazing ways our body works for us and how we should view it through an entirely different lens.
Fantastic, steamy, and other-worldly. A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first in a four-book series about a girl named Feyre who is taken from the human world into one filled with magical faerie courts and creatures. While out hunting, Feyre kills a magical wolf. As punishment, she is taken from the mortal world into one of legends. She is held captive by an immortal named Tamlin who is part beast, part man. As she begins to fall for her captor, she learns that there is more to her presence than just retribution. Soon, she finds herself in the middle of battle with an ancient evil. This book is described as a mix between Buffy, Outlander, and Game of Thrones. You’ll find yourself caught up in the world and devouring the next three books.
A great thriller with an unexpected ending! Hannah had the coolest roommate at Oxford. April was the ultimate It girl – rich, fun, and gorgeous. When she was found murdered in their dorm room, April’s world is turned upside down and she escapes from London with no intention of ever returning. Thinking her past is behind her, April is preparing for a baby with the love of her life a decade later, until news of April’s death re-enters the media. The man accused of killing April has died in prison, and a reporter is convinced he may have been innocent. This opens up the world April tried to leave behind and as the reader learns more and more about April, they realize she may not have been as amazing as everyone thought. The It Girl will keep you questioning everyone and trusting no one.
If you were enthralled by Lily, Atlas, and Ryle in It Ends With Us, you’ve got to read the sequel It Starts With Us. As Lily navigates a possible future with Atlas, she has to work through what life looks like with her ex-husband and her first love. Told from two perspectives, you learn more about Atlas’s past and Lily’s struggles to make a future work for all of them.
What books did you love in 2022? Are there any you’re looking forward to this year? If you haven’t had a chance to read those mentioned above, we hope we’ve added something good to your TBR list. Have a wonderful year filled with amazing books!