Cannot believe we are in 2022?! Sounds fake, but okay. We did a whole year of these posts which you can find here

We consume so many books in a month, that we don’t always get the chance to talk about all of our favorites. So, we’ve decide to set aside a monthly post specifically for talking about our favorite reads that would have otherwise flown under the radar.

We will also be posting our top reads of 2021 soon, so keep your eyes peeled! 



This year, like most other years, I was incorrect in guessing how many books I’d be able to finish before losing steam in the final month. I did however finish more than a few enjoyable reads this month!! The most notable among them was The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood. I finally got around to reading my copy of the 2021 release, and it became an instant favorite of mine. Are we surprised? No. We saw this coming, literally as soon as Tree flipped over her read of the ARC. Check out her full review here. I really enjoyed the grumpy x sunshine dynamic of Adam & Olive, and the STEM setting of the book. My read of The Love Hypothesis actually led into another favorite read this month, which was a reread of The Wall of Winnipeg & Me by Mariana Zapata. This totally happened because the audiobooks are both narrated by Callie Dalton, and listening to her narrate Ali’s book, made be crave one of Mariana’s stories. Ending the year with some stellar romances is really the way to go.


Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler DynastyDecember usually is a slow reading month for me, but this December I had a specific number of books I wanted to hit for books read this year so I was reading up a storm. And in the process I actually read quite a few great books. I deep dived into Courtney Milan’s Brother Sinister series (loved), read some great contemporary romance, picked up a literary fiction book I loved, and read a lot of short books. But, my favorite has to be Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Family by Patrick Radden Keefe. This is a nonfiction book that focuses on the family that created OxyContin that led to the opioid crisis in the USA. I listened to a 19 hour audiobook in nine days which is very speedy for me. If you like narrative nonfiction or even legal thrillers, I highly recommend this one. It was such an engaging read and I learned a lot. If you’ve read it I highly recommend this podcast interview with the author. I definitely am going to pick up his other books because wow this was good. I also have started listening to his podcast, Winds of Change, which is so well done (I have listened to two episodes). 

Happy New Year!!  

xoxo, Bree & Tree

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