Top Ten Reads of 2022

Hello, reader!

Happy New Year! I always enjoy looking back on a year of reading and looking forward to a brand new one. Part of looking back, of course, is thinking about all the books I adored this year.

I had 24 five star reads in 2022 which is just wild to me. I think my most common rating was four stars, but I’m excited that I found so many books this year that just blew me away. That being said, there were definitely some stand outs, even among my five stars. That’s why I decided to narrow it down to my top ten books that I read this year! I’m sharing these in no particular order because I think I loved them all equally, if for differing reasons.

Now, let’s jump into the list!

The Thirteenth Hour by Trudie Skies

The Basics: Adult gaslamp fantasy featuring gods and twelve dazzling realms and CHAOS.

What I Loved: I could just say ‘everything’ for all of these books, but I’m gonna try to be more specific πŸ˜‚ The characters in this book are what captured my heart. Kayl and Quen live in my head rent-free and it’s weird but I love them so much. I do have a full review that you can find here.

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

The Basics: A woman finds out that a mysterious map that caused her to have a falling out with her dad may also be the reason he died. Hijinks ensue.

What I Loved: This was compulsively readable! I’m not a fast reader and this book is around 400 pages, but I read it in a day. I enjoyed this mixture of mystery and fantasy. You can read my full review here.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Basics: A group of morally grey characters plan a heist in 1889 Paris. You like found family? *slaps the cover* The beauty has so much found family!

What I Loved: I discovered in 2022 that I really love the found family trope and this book absolutely delivers in that realm. The characters wormed their ways into my heart. I also really loved the writing in this book.

Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega

The Basics: Three young witches must prove themselves after being labeled as ‘Spares’ by completing an impossible task.

What I Loved: This was such a fun read while also tackling some tough topics in a great, accessible way. This story talks about being ‘othered’ and how even kids can fight back against a corrupt system. I adored this so much! You can read my full review here.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Basics: A woman is seeking her child after her husband murders their son and flees with their daughter in tow. Oh, and the world might be ending πŸ€·πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

What I Loved: The twists and turns in this book are intense! There were several moments where my jaw literally dropped. And they were written in such a compelling way. Definitely excited to continue in this series.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

The Basics: A grumpy x sunshine romance that features banter, steam, and possibly my favorite couple of 2022! The best book in the Brown Sisters trilogy, imo.

What I Loved: Jacob. And Eve. Eve and Jacob. Evecob? No… The point is that these leads were my favorites and reading their love story made my heart all melty πŸ₯° Also, I would love the youngest siblings book the most!

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

The Basics: A young Ojibwe woman named Daunis is pulled into an FBI investigation at the nearby reservation. Prepare to feel all the emotions.

What I Loved: I loved how much Ojibwe culture is integrated into this story. The writing in this is incredible, as well. The author talks about hard subjects in a way that hits hard in the best kind of way. This was a truly fantastic read.

Babel, Or the Necessity of Violence by R.F. Kuang

The Basics: Robin, a Chinese boy whisked away to Oxford to learn the art and magic of translation, finds the ugly side of colonization instead.

What I Loved: That R.F. Kuang doesn’t flinch away from calling a spade a spade. She goes in on colonization and white privilege and you truly love to see it. Also this book is so freakin’ quotable, my goodness.

Inheriting Her Ghosts by S.H. Cooper

The Basics: A woman and her dogs inherit a house from a very distant family member. As the title might suggest, she gets a lot more than she bargained for.

What I Loved: The atmosphere in this book is *chef’s kiss* It’s gothic and creepy and a scary delight to read. The main character of this novel is a badass in so many ways and I adore her dog companions.

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

The Basics: Four Indigenous men go hunting… and it all goes downhill from there. Ever been chased by the vengeful spirit of an elk? Read this to find out what that’s like!

What I Loved: This crawled under my skin and gave me the heebie jeebies in the BEST WAY! Elk Woman was a fantastic ‘villain’ and Stephen Graham Jones brought her to life in a way that was truly frightening.

There we have it! My top ten reads of the year. All of this books have stuck with me in the best way and I know I’ll be thinking about them well into 2023. Though it was hard to narrow this down to just ten because I read a lot of amazing books this year. These were the ones that stuck with me the most.

What were your favorite reads of 2022? Do we share any faves? Knowing my top ten, do you have any recommendations for me to read in 2023? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!


4 thoughts on “Top Ten Reads of 2022

  1. Great list, Kerri! I loved The Thirteenth Hour and (of course) Babel! Quite a few of the others you’ve mentioned are still on my TBR and I can’t wait to read them cos they’re so well loved and fairly hyped. I’m particularly keen to finally read Firekeeper’s Daughter and Eve Brown!

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