Top 5 Tuesday: 2022 Reads


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!


Hello, reader!

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.

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Sundays In Bed With… Juniper & Thorn by Ava Reid

Sundays in Bed With… is a meme that dares to ask you what book has been in your bed this morning and is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed with, or which book you wish you had time to read today!


Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to the end (or beginning?) or another week and I, for one, am ready for this week to be over. It’s been a stressful couple of weeks, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. So, I’m going to spend my evening curled up with a book and I want to tell you all about it. The book I’m featuring today is a gothic horror that just released last week. I’m a fan of horror and gothic horror is the top tier of horror, in my opinion!

Want to learn more about the book? Keep reading!


My Sunday Read Is…

Juniper & Thorn by Ava Reid

I’ve had Ava Reid’s debut, The Wolf and the Woodsman, on my TBR for awhile. So it’s a little funny that I started reading her second book first 😅 I received an e-ARC through Netgalley and I’m trying to catch up with my Netgalley backlist, so here we are! Besides, I do love gothic horror, so that aspect intrigued me. Now that I’ve started reading it, I can firmly say that Ava Reid’s writing alone is going to get this book at the very least three stars. I love her writing so much! The story is engaging and definitely has that unsettling vibe that I expect from a gothic horror. I’m not too far in, only about 21%, but I’m loving what I’m getting so far!

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#5OnMyTBR – Translated

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!


Hello, reader!

Welcome to the beginning of another week! The beginning of the week means it’s time for another 5 On My TBR post. This week’s theme focuses on translated books and I found that I have a lot more translated books on my TBR than I thought I did! I’ve always wanted to try and read more translated books, so it’s good to know I already have a few on the TBR from which to choose.

Now, let me show you which five made the list!


#1. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

This has been on my TBR for quite awhile because of a few reasons. The main reason, though, is that it’s a classic. If you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you’ll know that I have a strained relationship with classics, haha. Still, the premise is so intriguing that it stays on the TBR. I even bought a copy, so I’m clearly planning on reading this! Eventually… I’m hoping that I love this once I get around to reading it.

#2. Beartown by Fredrik Backman

I’ve only read one book by Fredrik Backman but that book made me want to read his entire backlist. I love his writing so much! At least, I love his writing in A Man Called Ove. I’m hoping that style carries over to the rest of his backlog! I have quite a few Backman books on my TBR, but Beartown is definitely the one I want to read the most. I’ve just heard so many great things about it and I’m excited to give it a go.

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Down the TBR Hole #32

It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.


Hello, reader!

I’m back to try and trim my ridiculous TBR! Okay, it’s not that bad. I mean, if I read one book off my TBR a day, it would only take me a little under two years to clear it all 😅😂 That’s if I don’t add anymore books and we all know that’s not gonna happen. I’m currently sitting at 715 books on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf which is the same amount I ended with last round! I’m pretty proud that I didn’t add anymore in the interim.

Now, it’s time to trim it down a bit more!


Pop Travel by Tara Tyler

I know exactly why I added this book to my TBR. It was for a Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt years ago. Do I actually have any interest in this science fiction novel? Not in the slightest. The premise is alright, but it certainly doesn’t capture my interest.

Verdict: Remove


Bitter Harvest by Ann Rule

One day, I’m going to read an Ann Rule novel. One day! But that novel probably won’t be this one. I already have The Stranger Beside Me on my TBR and I’m far more interested in that one. I think, until I decided whether I like her writing style, I’ll stick with one of her books on my TBR. I can always add this back if I end up loving her style!

Verdict: Remove


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This book sounds like it would be incredibly moving. It follows two Nigerians who leave their home country, one going to the USA and one heading to London. It follows their struggles and, then, their reunion years later. I feel like I would enjoy this one and I want to give it a chance.

Verdict: Keep

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ARC Review: Oneyka and the Academy of the Sun by Tọlá Okogwu

Title: Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun

Author: Tọlá Okogwu

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Content/Trigger Warnings: Bullying, emesis, blood

Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis

Black Panther meets X-Men in this action-packed and empowering middle grade adventure about a British Nigerian girl who learns that her Afro hair has psychokinetic powers—perfect for fans of Amari and the Night Brothers, The Marvellers, and Rick Riordan!

Onyeka has a lot of hair­—the kind that makes strangers stop in the street and her peers whisper behind her back. At least she has Cheyenne, her best friend, who couldn’t care less what other people think. Still, Onyeka has always felt insecure about her vibrant curls…until the day Cheyenne almost drowns and Onyeka’s hair takes on a life of its own, inexplicably pulling Cheyenne from the water.

At home, Onyeka’s mother tells her the shocking truth: Onyeka’s psycho-kinetic powers make her a Solari, one of a secret group of people with super powers unique to Nigeria. Her mother quickly whisks her off to the Academy of the Sun, a school in Nigeria where Solari are trained. But Onyeka and her new friends at the academy soon have to put their powers to the test as they find themselves embroiled in a momentous battle between truth and lies…

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Sundays In Bed With… Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tọlá Okogwu

Sundays in Bed With… is a meme that dares to ask you what book has been in your bed this morning and is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed with, or which book you wish you had time to read today!


Hello, reader!

After working last weekend, I’m being particularly lazy this lovely Sunday! So I thought I would tell you about what book I’ll be spending my Sunday curled up reading. This is a middle grade novel that I got as an ARC and have been eager to pick up! I’ve only just started it, but already, I’m finding myself drawn into the story.

Now, let me tell you more about my book for this lazy end of the weekend.


My Sunday Read Is…

Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tọlá Okogwu

This middle grade fantasy is all about a young girl who discovers that her Afro hair contains superpowers. It’s billed as Black Panther meets X-Men, so I was pretty much immediately on-board. It’s also set in Nigeria and I do love books set in Africa. This promises a lot of Black Girl Magic and seems like a great book to kick off summer. Plus, I promised my son he could read it after I was done because he fell in love with the cover. I gotta get through it before he steals it 😂

Goodreads Synopsis

Black Panther meets X-Men in this action-packed and empowering middle grade adventure about a British Nigerian girl who learns that her Afro hair has psychokinetic powers—perfect for fans of Amari and the Night Brothers, The Marvellers, and Rick Riordan!

Onyeka has a lot of hair­—the kind that makes strangers stop in the street and her peers whisper behind her back. At least she has Cheyenne, her best friend, who couldn’t care less what other people think. Still, Onyeka has always felt insecure about her vibrant curls…until the day Cheyenne almost drowns and Onyeka’s hair takes on a life of its own, inexplicably pulling Cheyenne from the water.

At home, Onyeka’s mother tells her the shocking truth: Onyeka’s psycho-kinetic powers make her a Solari, one of a secret group of people with super powers unique to Nigeria. Her mother quickly whisks her off to the Academy of the Sun, a school in Nigeria where Solari are trained. But Onyeka and her new friends at the academy soon have to put their powers to the test as they find themselves embroiled in a momentous battle between truth and lies…


What are you reading this Sunday? Are you enjoying whatever you are reading? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

First Lines Friday #48

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to the end of another week, which means it’s time for First Lines Friday! This week, I’m featuring a book that has been hovering around my radar since it was released. It finally got on my TBR after it was chosen as a book of the month for a Goodreads group I’m in. I’m excited to give it a read!

Now, time to read the first few lines and see if they ramp up my excitement even more.


The Line(s):

“Long ago, when the gods were young and Asgard was new, there came a witch from the edge of the worlds.”


The Hints:

This is a fantasy centered around Norse mythology.

It has a gorgeous cover which may be half the reason I wanted to read it.

It was a Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Fantasy last year.


The Reveal:

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Blog Tour: Son of Shadow by John Lenahan

Hello, reader!

Today, it’s my pleasure to participate in the blog tour hosted by The Write Reads for a fantasy that mixes contemporary with Irish folklore. Son of Shadow by John Lenahan is the first book in a new series by the author of the Shadowmagic trilogy. I had a fun time with this one, though I kind of wish I had read the original trilogy first!

Before I get more into my review, let me thank Dave @ The Write Reads and all of the crew for giving me a spot on this tour! I also want to thank the publisher and author for sending me a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review! All opinions contained within are my own.

Alright, now let’s get into it!


  • Title: Son of Shadow
  • Author: John Lenahan
  • Publication date: June 25th, 2022
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Age group: Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Violence, blood, brief stay in a mental health facility

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A world of faeries, leprechauns and dragons – and magic fuelled by the blood of trees.

A mystery portal to the Real World.

And a pair of curious young adventurers who know they shouldn’t step through it…

Meet Fergal the Second, nicknamed ‘two’. Or ‘Doe’, in his own language. He can do magic. But, for the moment, he’s forgotten where he’s from. Or what’s happened to his blind friend Ruby.

He’s actually from Tir na Nog, the enchanted world of Shadowmagic, where a new generation of the royal House of Duir are cheeking their parents, preparing for adulthood and itching to see the Real World for themselves – whatever the peril.

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Sundays In Bed With… Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

Sundays in Bed With… is a meme that dares to ask you what book has been in your bed this morning and is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed with, or which book you wish you had time to read today!


Hello, reader!

It’s the end (or beginning, depending on how you read the calendar) of another week, which means it’s time for another Sundays In Bed With… post! I had to work this weekend after having a wonderful two weeks off and it was hard, y’all. Lots of wondering if I actually need a job 😂 My mortgage, bills, and family all say I do, but I would have much rather been at home, reading.

Be that as it may, I’m home now and have a book I’m eager to curl up with on the couch. And now it’s time to tell you more about it!


My Sunday Read Is…

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sun Lynn Tan

I’ve been listening to the audiobook for this novel for the past few days and, let me tell you, it is not a good book to listen to at work. Why? Because I get so wrapped up in the story, I sometimes forget what I’m doing 😂 This book has everything: action, suspense, romance. And it’s so beautifully told that it’s easy to get lost in the tale. I’m so glad I picked this one up on a whim because it’s been a wonderful experience so far.

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Blog Tour Spotlight: Merchants of Knowledge and Magic by Erika McCorkle

Hello, reader!

Welcome to my spotlight stop on a The Write Reads blog tour for Merchants of Knowledge and Magic by Erika McCorkle! This is a fantasy novel that sounds like it would be absolutely epic! Not to mention the gorgeous cover. On my stop, I’ll tell you more about this novel and, maybe, have you adding another book to your TBR.

Before I jump in, though, I want to thank Dave @ The Write Reads and all the folks behind the scenes for allowing me to participate in this tour! It is, as always, very much appreciated. If you’re a book blogger looking to participate in book tours, you can’t go wrong with The Write Reads.

Alright, now let’s get to my spotlight!


  • Title: Merchants of Knowledge and Magic
  • Author: Erika McCorkle
  • Publication date: April 2nd, 2022
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Age group: Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: For a list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

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