I read 63 books in 2022! That number is wild to me, but something that I am super excited about. Below are my top picks in Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Historical Fiction, with a few runner ups too. This year I did not have any 5 star ratings on thrillers, so send any recommendations my way for 2023!
ACOTAR by Sarah J Maas - I have to start with my favorite series of the year. I NEVER read fantasy, but for some reason I ordered the boxed set of this series and tore through it! Of course I told everyone I knew about it, and then forced it upon my book club when it was my turn to pick the book of the month. When we showed up at our meeting to discuss this book, more than half of the table had already started book 2, and some were even on book 3!
If you are not a fan on fantasy (like me prior to this series), I think this is a perfect way to dip your toe in the fantasy water. If you ignore that the characters can transform into beasts, some have wings, and they live in a true fantasy world, it is just like any other story. There is action, love, drama, suspense, and a ton of excitement. I cannot say enough good things about this entire series! Oh, and the idea of it came from Beauty and the Beast, so there are a lot of similarities between the two stories. Buy this now!
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid - I had a hard time reading this book, due to its documentary like format, so after about 50 pages I went the audio route. Listening to a book vs. reading it are very different IMO, so take that into consideration with my 5 star review. However, I loved this story, and I cannot wait for the mini-series to be released soon! This is a story of the formation and dissolution of a band in the '70s. The story feels so real, that you expect it to be true (it is partially inspired by Fleetwood Mac). A great read!
A notable runner up for historical fiction, also a 5 star review of mine, was Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson. This was a book club pick, and one that I would not have chosen on my own. It was also a finalist for Book of the Month's Book of the Year.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry - This was such a perfect romance book, that had a big tie-in to two careers in the book industry. What is there not to love? Set in a small town, with an enemies to lovers trope, this adorable book was just what I wanted and needed from a romance novel. Emily Henry can do no wrong !
A few other 5 star reviews in Romance from 2022 are:
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood - STEM, fake relationship, sabotage
Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover Second chances, estranged family, handsome boss
Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score Evil twin, runaway bride, brooding stranger
A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams Holiday season, horrible family, friends to lovers
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir This book was amazing! The sun is dying, which will cause the Earth to go into an ice-age (AKA everyone and everything will die). The countries of the world unite together for one big Hail Mary to save the planet. Visual, moving, and fun, this book is a must read. It is also going to be made into a film, which will be so interesting, for many reasons, but mainly because of the one character Rocky.