Book Lists, Book Reviews

My 2022 Year in Books

Happy New Year, readers! Thank you to everyone who has stuck along with my blog these past few years. I’m looking forward to telling you all about new books and book adventures in 2023!

2022 was a wild year from me. I spent the first half of the year living in London and exploring Europe, and I spent the second half completing my final fall semester of college. With the new year comes graduation and the big adventures of the future. Regardless of where life takes me in 2023, I know I’ll always have literature.

This year I set my Goodreads goal to 25 books (as I do ever year). I ended up reading 70 books. No harm in overshooting that goal. I read a lot of books for college this year and a lot of them were absolutely fantastic. It’s funny to see what patters pop up in my reading habits. Study abroad definitely influenced my reading choices. For example, I read two books set in Scotland, five books set in Ireland this year, and 22 books set in England. My most read author of the year was Shakespeare (which can be attributed to the Shakespeare course I took in London where we read five plays). Shakespeare is followed by a three way tie of Emily Henry, Jane Austen, and Taylor Jenkins Reid, each coming in at three books each.

I discovered a love for so many new authors this year. After reading NW and On Beauty, I’m now on a mission to read every Zadie Smith book in existence. Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious trilogy kept me on my living room couch for two days straight this summer while I burned through the riveting YA mystery. Mirion Malle’s graphic novel this is how i disappear made me cry at 4am in the Amsterdam airport and made me a fan of the graphic novel format.

There are just so many good books out there, both viral and not. Ali Hazelwood’s The Love Hypothesis feels like a warm hug and makes me laugh at the level of cheesy. As a new Much Ado About Nothing fan, Mary Jayne Baker’s modern retelling in Love at First Fight felt like the book of my dreams.

My top genre for the year was romance. Would I have considered myself a romance fan before this year? No. There’s a lot less super intense YA fantasy on this list than in years past, and that is honestly still surprising to me. I’ll always love fantasy the most, but there’s just something so joyous about reading about love and how other people imagine it. Don’t worry YA fantasy, I’m coming back soon. I need a new book about a teenage girl living in a forest who fights with a sword ASAP.

For my top 5 books of the year, I’m excluding rereads. I have read Pride and Prejudice before and it remains one of my favorite books of all time. If you’re interested in my past reading, check out my top 5 books of 2020.

5. Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

This is a cheesy, lovable, and steamy romantic comedy. The enemies-to-lovers vibes are off the charts. The STEMinist vibes are off the charts. It is impossible to not love the characters.

Check out my full review!

4. this is how i disappear by Mirion Malle

This graphic novel shows living with depression in day to day life.

Check out my full review!

3. Beach Read by Emily Henry

I loved this rich and complex romance between two writers. There’s so much emotional exploration.

Check out my full review!

2. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca is one of the most intricate and suspenseful books I’ve ever read. It’s full of rich natural symbolism and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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1. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This interview style novel has it all: drama, romance, and an epic rock ‘n’ roll story. I’m so excited to see these characters on screen in 2023!

Check out my full review!

2022 Reading List

Fiction

Memoir, Essays, & Creative Nonfiction

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