As we close out 2022, here are some of the highlights of the year that CPL staff have dubbed their “favourite reads of 2022”! This year staff have been lucky to enjoy some unforgettable books published by favourite authors, as well as some new authors. These books feature sweet romances, thrilling mysteries, fast-paced adventures, true stories, and thoughtful examinations of life and society. We hope you find one to add to your holds shelf or reading list, and we can’t wait to see what everyone reads in 2023!
After accidentally and unknowingly having a one-night stand with her new employee the night before his first day on the job, stressed out Napa Valley winery owner Margot Nobel tries to keep things purely professional, but fails miserably. Perfect for fans of contemporary romance and unforgettable characters!
When she is kidnapped and smuggled across an ocean from China to America, Daiyu must relinquish the home and future she imagined for herself. Over the years that follow, she is forced to keep reinventing herself to survive. As anti-Chinese sentiment sweeps across the country in a wave of unimaginable violence, Daiyu must draw on each of the selves she has been, including the ones she most wants to leave behind, in order to finally claim her own name and story. Steeped in untold history and Chinese folklore, this novel is spellbinding and riveting.
A bit “Jason Bourne”, a bit Helen Mirren in the movie “Red”, Killers of a Certain Age proves that life doesn’t stop after 60. Unless of course the extra-secret government organization you have been working for decides to “retire” you. Four elite female assassins planning to enjoy their golden years discover that they have been targeted by the very organization for which they worked for 40 years, taking down Nazis, dictators, smugglers and sex traffickers. These four women must very quickly discover why they have been targeted, as well as save themselves before they get taken out. Fast-paced with lots of action and a fair amount of killing, Killers of a Certain Age is also a rollicking celebration of strong, intelligent women and close friendships.
Reconciliation belongs to all of us. In this book, drawing from the lessons that he has learned along his pathway from residential school to the leader of Reconciliation Canada, Chief Robert Joseph provides a map for collective change and transformation. Chief Robert Joseph is a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation and lives in the Queen Charlotte Strait region of BC.
A young poet reflects on his 3,000-mile journey from El Salvador to the United States when he was nine years old, during which he was faced with perilous boat trips, relentless desert treks, pointed guns, arrests and deceptions during two life-altering months alongside a group of strangers who became an unexpected family. A memoir as gripping as it is moving, Solito provides an immediate and intimate account not only of a treacherous and near-impossible journey, but also of the miraculous kindness and love delivered at the most unexpected moments.
Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, this is a dazzling and intricately imagined novel that examines the multifarious nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love. Yes, it is a love story, but it is not one you have read before.
Click here to see the full list of our favourite reads of 2022: Best Adult Titles of 2022
Want some more reading suggestions? Each month library staff put together a list of the movies and books that Caledon Library staff have read, watched and enjoyed throughout the month. We are sure that you will find something on this monthly list that intrigues you, inspires you or entertains you. Find our staff lists here.