Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!
It’s a lovely Tuesday here in New England and I’m with another Top 5 Tuesday post! And this one is focused on a great topic: my top five reads of 2022 (so far). Now, I did an entire post at the end of last year just listing all my five star reads because I didn’t want to have to choose. I’m bad at making decisions when it comes to favorite books, okay?! However, the tiny caveat of ‘so far’ works to make me feel less guilty about picking up five books to feature.
That being said, let’s get to my list!
#1. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
I gotta give a shout out to my first five star read of the year! Actually, this was the first book I read in 2022. Talk about starting my reading year off with a bang! This duology has been everywhere and I had an e-ARC that was staring at me accusingly from my Netgalley shelf. I’m so glad I finally picked it up because it was phenomenal! It was a fast-paced thrill ride through 1926 Shanghai and I fell in love with our two main characters, Juliette and Roma.
#2. The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd
This is probably one of my biggest surprises of the year, so far. I had seen the cover of this book and that was enough to make me want to read it. I knew very little about the book before picking it up, so I had no idea what I was getting into. I then proceeded to devour it in one day! Which is an accomplishment for me as I’m typically a slow reader. This fantasy wrapped in a mystery was truly captivating and made me want to read everything this author has written.
#3. Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse
Fevered Star was my most anticipated read of 2022 and I’m so happy it lived up to all expectations! It was just as beautifully crafted as the first book in this series, Black Sun. I loved the book so much that I’ve even come around to liking the cover 😂 Maybe that’s because the person I believe is featured on the front, Naranpa, is no longer my least favorite character. I loved the growth and development of all the main POVs in this sequel and I cannot wait to read more!
#4. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
I finally jumped on the hype train for this book and now I wanna be the conductor 😆 THIS WAS INCREDIBLE! I mean, I know I’m basically the last person to realize this, but I still feel the need to shout it from the rooftops! I had such a good time reading this book, from the complex characters to the twists that left my jaw hanging open. It all came together into a beautiful, gut-wrenching story that I can’t wait to continue in the next book.
#5. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Here’s another book/series where I’m completely late to the party, haha. I may have arrived late, but I’m definitely here now. This book captured my heart and imagination so thoroughly that I immediately purchased the next book in the trilogy! This had action, it had intrigue, and it had a cast of characters that made me fall in love with them instantly. The found family aspect in this is top tier and I’m eager to keep reading more about this crew.
What are your top five reads of 2022 so far? Do you have a hard time picking and choosing among your favorites like I do? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!