My Year in Books 2022

What I read in 2022 and my monthly top picks. I had set a goal to read 24 books and I was able to complete 62. I wonder how many I can read in 2023, can I make it to 100?

I had a reading sprint in the summer but by September I suffered a severe book hang-over. I do feel a bit accomplished that I’m caught up on some hyped books in years past. I bite the bullet and jumped into the world of ACOTAR. I was pleasantly entertained and truly impressed by the Bat Boys’ fans base, nothing beats an army wing-span debacle. Do wing-spans really matter?

It may be an unpopular opinion but a stand-out author for me was certainly Penelope Douglas. I am sorely disappointed with myself that I haven’t read her work before this year. I remember when Punk 57 was on everyone’s must read list in 2016. I found an appreciation for her writing especially as a palate cleanser when high-fantasy became too tedious. I do have those spurts when reading too much of one genre becomes monotone. Although, Douglas’ very aggressive character basis is anything but fantasy, I was captivated that her books are centered in a singular universe. Also, as a 30-something-year-old reading high school and college drama, I rather enjoyed a bit of modern fantasy. Boyfriend drama, check. Generational trauma, check.

There were many books I did enjoy in addition to those ranked, trust me narrowing 62 to 12 was a difficult task. Especially, when I had personal favorites stacked in the same month. I did make my choices in true Marie Kondo fashion, did I have happy thoughts glancing at the cover? Yes, no, maybe. How did this book make me feel now compared to when I finished?

What are your thoughts on my picks?

Your Book Bestie, – T

January 2023

From Blood & Ash by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Tropes: Bodyguard Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Who did this to you?, Hidden Royalty, Strong Female Lead

February 2023

Kingdom of the Wicked by: Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Romance, Goth Fantasy, Mystery

Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Hidden Royalty, Strong Female Lead, Loss

March 2023

Of God’s & Monsters by: Zavi James

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Who did this to you?, Close Proximity, Guy Falls First, Strong Female Lead, Trauma Bonding

April 2023

Punk 57 by: Penelope Douglas

Genre: Romance, Fiction

Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Trauma Bonding, High School Drama, Betrayal, Teenage Angst

May 2023

A Court of Mist & Fury by: Sarah J Maas

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Trauma Bonding, Strong Female Lead, Generational Trauma

June 2023

Fine Print by: Lauren Asher

Genre: Romance, Fiction

Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Grumpy vs. Sunshine, Disneyland Fantasy, Betrayal

July 2023

Long Way Down by: Jason Reynolds

Genre: YA Fiction, Supernatural

Tropes: Generational Trauma, Systemic Trauma, Loss

Trigger Warning: Gun Violence, Death

August 2023

The Song of Achilles By: Madeline Miller

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Tropes: One-Bed, Foreshadowing, Destiny, Hero

September 2023

The Ballad of Never After by: Stephanie Meyer

Genre: Romance, YA Fantasy

Tropes: Close Proximity, Enemies to Lovers, Morally Grey Character with a Tragic Backstory, Betrayal, Love Triangle

October 2023

Falls Boys by: Penelope Douglas

Genre: Romance, YA Fiction

Tropes: Close Proximity, Enemies to Lovers, Girl with Tragic Backstory, Trauma Bonding, Hero-complex

November 2023

Belladonna by: Adalyn Grace

Genre: Romance, Goth Fantasy, Supernatural, Mystery

Tropes: New Found Family, Trauma Bonding, Enemies to Lovers, Guy Falls First

December 2023

Gallant by: V.E. Schwab

Genre: Goth Fantasy, Supernatural, Mystery

Tropes: New Found Family, Strong Female Lead, Trauma Bonding, ASL

Don’t know what to read next? Check out my complete list of 2022.

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