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All of the Books I Read in December 2022

All of the Books I Read in December 2022

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to read 50 books. Now that the year has come to an end, I can add a final 3 books to the list. My total ended up being 52 books over the course of the year. Here are the three books I read this month:

The Broker by John Grisham 

John Grisham quickly became one of my favorite authors this year. The Broker was a fascinating story of a man who is pardoned from prison and forced to adopt a new identity in a foreign country. Grisham makes learning a new language suspenseful with the high stakes and surveillance elements lurking in every corner. 

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I have been making an effort to read more of the classics that I never got to read when I was in high school. The Catcher in the Rye was abruptly replaced on the reading list back in school, so I wanted to see why. Though the story had sexual content, it was actually more appropriate than the books we had been assigned to read. It was interesting that this book takes place over the course of just a few days. This novel is not making my list of top 10 favorite books— the repetitive profanity and sexual elements was uncomfortable to read at times— but it was a better read than the graphic content in the books from school. 

Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan

I read this book last night because it was bothering me to leave my reading list at 51 books read. It was definitely a mistake to impulsively read this book so late at night. I figured that since I had watched the movie when I was younger, the book targeting to young readers could not make me cry. I was wrong. I spent one of the last nights of 2022 drowning in tissues. The majority of the story is the sweet tale of a growing family handling a mischievous puppy, but the end is too much. For anybody who currently has a dog or had a dog when they were growing up, the way the book ends is a painful reminder that every story ends the same way. 

What books did you read this month? Let me know in the comments!

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