There’s nothing quite like snuggling up to a cozy fire with your favorite book while the bitter cold awaits outside. Team Alma has been on their reading game this winter season, and we’ve curated a list of our top 16 must-reads of 2022. If you’re a bookworm or looking to gift someone a good read, then you’ve stumbled upon the right gift guide. Not only are books relatively inexpensive gift ideas, but they also promise a lifetime of use as they get passed down between family members and friends. Dive into novels ranging from memoirs to fiction to murder mystery and nonfiction.
Grab your hot cocoa and escape the holiday season stress with one of these must-read books!
1 / Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy – “This is a book about the risk involved in choosing to impress fewer people and connect with more, about the freedom that comes when we stop acting and start loving. It is a story about knocking down old walls to create a healthy mind, a strong family, and a satisfying career. And it all feels like a conversation with the best kind of friend: smart, funny, true, and important” (Amazon).
2 / How Are You, Really?: Living Your Truth One Answer at a Time – “Jenna Kutcher teaches how to harness your power to take control of your life. You deserve more – and deep down, you know it. If, when you get really honest with yourself, you discover that you want more out of your life: more joy, more passion, more fulfillment, and more peace? This book is for you” (Amazon).
3 / Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World – “In Love Does, Bob shows you how to live a fully engaged life; how to stop putting things off until “next time” and instead find your place of imagination, whimsy, and wonder today; and that God usually chooses ordinary people to get things done” (Amazon).
4 / My Body – “A deeply honest investigation of what it means to be a woman and a commodity from Emily Ratajkowski, the archetypal, multi-hyphenate celebrity of our time” (Amazon)
5 / Wrong Place Wrong Time: A Novel – “An astonishing, compulsively twisty psychological thriller about a mother who witnesses her teenage son stab a man and then seizes on an unconventional way to try to save him, deemed “clever, original, and so addictive it should come with a warning” (Amazon)
6 / Living Fully: Dare to Step into Your Most Vibrant Life – “In Living Fully, Mallory shares her personal story of overcoming the unhealthy and damaging patterns in her life and shows readers how to trade this for something completely new and more rewarding” (Amazon).
7 / Soul Care to Save Your Life – “Manda Carpenter offers an invitation to shift your focus from performing to purposeful living from the inside out. In this book, she guides you on a three-part journey to identify the habits that are holding you back, take ownership of your path to growth, and embrace practices of soul care for your well-being” (Amazon).
8 / It Ends with Us: A Novel – “An honest, evocative, and tender novel, It Ends with Us is “a glorious and touching read, a forever keeper. The kind of book that gets handed down” (USA TODAY).
9 / Business Made Simple – “The must-have guide for anyone who feels lost or overwhelmed by the modern business climate, even if they attended business school. Learn what the most successful business leaders have known for years through the simple but effective secrets shared on these pages” (Amazon)
10 / Everybody Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People – “This book is about what it means to love without inhibition, insecurity, or restriction. From finding the right friends to discovering the upside of failure, Everybody Always points the way to embodying love by doing the unexpected, the intimidating, and the seemingly impossible” (Amazon).
11 / Undistracted: Capture Your Purpose. Rediscover Your Joy. – “Bob Goff invites you to laugh with more gusto, dream with more confidence, and love with more intention in this disarming call to live Undistracted” (Amazon).
12 / Life’s Too Short – “A brilliant and touching romantic comedy about two polar opposites, one adorable dog, and living every day to its fullest” (Amazon).
13 / Same Kind of Different As Me – “A tale told in two unique voices, Same Kind of Different as Me weaves two completely different life experiences into one common journey. There is pain and laughter, doubt and tears, and in the end a triumphal story that readers will never forget” (Amazon).
14 / Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day – “In this honest, inspiring and empowering book, Jay focuses in on what he believes are the roadblocks to our potential and power, helping you develop the skills and tools to breakthrough negativity, anxiety, overthinking and peoples expectations.” (thinklikeamonkbook)
15 / Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want – “A collection of stories that include the ways Maria and her husband, Bob, navigated family their way, without clear instructions or a road map. It’s about what they learned to make their lives meaningful and whimsical and how they created a space for their family to grow together while they reached outward” (Amazon).
16 / See the Good: Finding Grace, Gratitude, and Optimism in Every Day – With vibrant and inspiring storytelling, See the Good will show you not only how but why you should focus on the positive and see the extraordinary in everything around you” (Amazon).