22 Reads In 2022

Hello, reader!

A couple of weeks ago over on Instagram, I shared a post about another reading challenge I want to accomplish in 2022. I picked 22 books that I want to prioritize reading this year. Now, to keep myself accountable, I wanted to bring it over to the blog, as well!

Now I tried to wiggle out of my comfort zone a bit and now choose all fantasy novels. Fantasy is definitely a significant portion of the stack, but I wanted to make sure I had a bit of variety. I’m really happy with the books I’ve chosen and I think it’ll make for an even more exciting reading year! Let’s go through my choices by genre.


Fantasy


Though I tried to choose more than just fantasy, it doesn’t mean I can’t start with my favorite genre! It also makes up the majority of my list because, being a fantasy lover and someone who loves completing challenges, I want to give myself a fighting chance of finishing this, lol. Twelve of my 22 books fit in the fantasy genre and they are as follows:

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
Jade City by Fonda Lee
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

These Violents Delights by Chloe Gong
Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar
Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

The Part About the Dragon was (Mostly) True by Sean Gibson
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
Equal Rights by Sir Terry Pratchett


Mystery/Thriller


The rest of the genres that make up my stack of 22 are sprinkled throughout in smaller numbers. The next highest would be the mystery/thrillers! I found three that I’m desperate to read and I’m hoping I’ll love them! The three books I chose from this genre are as follows:

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams
Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby
Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson


Science Fiction


This is another genre that is high up on my favorites list. You wouldn’t really know it with as little sci-fi I read in a year, though 😅 I don’t know why I don’t pick it up more… I tend to really love the books I do read in this genre. Hence it being one of my favorites! I’m hoping the same holds true for the two science fiction books I picked. Although one could be considered fantasy, but I felt like it had more of a sci-fi feel. The two books I chose from this genre are as follows:

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin


Romance


As I may or may not have mentioned before on the blog, I’ve been feeling the urge to read romance rising as of late. I’m not sure where this urge is coming from as I’m really not a big romance reader. No shade, it’s just not a genre I gravitate towards. I blame my generally apathetic attitude towards most rom-com movies. Lately, though, I’ve noticed that if the rom-com is in book form, then I am totally on-board! That being said, I’ve chosen two romance novels for my stack, and those are as follows:

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Well Played by Jen DeLuca


Horror


There was no way I was making a list of books to read in 2022 and not including any horror novels! What would I read during the spooky season? Or whenever I feel like a good scare? Horror is a genre that can be pretty hit or miss for me, so I tend to be a little wary when I pick them up. I’m hoping that the two I chose will be hits! The two horror novels I picked are as follows:

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig


Poetry


Rounding out my list is a genre that I rarely, if ever, pick up: poetry I talked about this in a recent Book Blogger Hop, but poetry is definitely on the low end of genres I willingly choose to read. But I honestly think I just haven’t found the right poetry for me! So, though there is only one poetry book on this stack, it hopefully won’t be the only one I read in 2022. I really want to give this genre the chance it deserves. That being said, the one poetry book that made it on my stack is as follows:

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman


Did you make a list of 22 reads you want to read in 2022? Have you read any of the books I’ve included in my stack? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

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Blog Tour: Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Hello, reader!

Taking a break from the BBNYA spotlights to bring you my stop on an exciting blog tour for The Write Reads! The book for this tour is a young adult thriller that flares brightly and will capture you in its heat: Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez. How did I feel about this read? Well, I read it in one day, so you could say that I kinda liked it!

Before we get to the heart of this post, though, I must get my thank yous in! I want to thank Dave @ The Write Reads for giving me a spot on this tour and generally being awesome. And I want to thank the publisher, Penguin, and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. It is, as always, appreciated!

Now, let’s get the this post 🔥


Synopsis


An intense high-stakes story about five friends and the deadly secret that could send their lives up in flames, perfect for fans of Karen McManus and E. Lockhart.

In Gap Mountain, California, everyone knows about fire season. And no one is more vigilant than 18-year-old Hannah Warner, the sheriff’s daughter and aspiring FBI agent. That is until this summer. When Hannah and her best friends accidentally spark an enormous and deadly wildfire, their instinct is to lie to the police and the fire investigators.

But as the blaze roars through their rural town and towards Yosemite National Park, Hannah’s friends begin to crack and she finds herself going to extreme lengths to protect their secret. Because sometimes good people do bad things. And if there’s one thing people hate, it’s liars.”

Book Details


  • Title: Lies Like Wildfire
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
  • Publication date: September 9th, 2021
  • Genre: Mystery/Thriller
  • Age group: Young Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Blood, violence, wildfire, toxic relationships, animal death, traumatic events

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ARC Review: The Project by Courtney Summers

Title: The Project

Author: Courtney Summers

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger Warnings: Physical abuse, emotional abuse, cults

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Lo Denham’s sister disappeared into The Unity Project when she was a young girl and, years later, Lo takes it upon herself to save her sister from them.

Favorite Quote

“Having a sister, mom says, is a place only the two of them will share, made of secrets they never have to say aloud – but if they did, it would be in a language only the two of them could speak. Having a sister is a promise no one but the two of you can make – and no one but the two of you can break.”

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#5OnMyTBR – Mysteries

#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!

We’ve arrived at Monday yet again and it’s time for another #5OnMyTBR! I’m pretty excited about this week’s prompt, as well. Why, you may ask? Because it focuses on one of my favorite genres: mysteries! Time to talk about five twisty, creepy mysteries on my TBR that I can’t wait to pick up.


#1. The Guest List by Lucy Foley

This is a mystery that has recently jumped onto my radar. Someone likened it to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which I really enjoyed. And it’s set on a creepy island, which is a random thing that I love in books. It just had to go on my TBR! Also, the cover is just perfectly spooky, ugh. I’m excited to sink my teeth into this one.

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ARC Review: Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara

Title: Who Did You Tell?

Author: Lesley Kara

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publication Date: June 16th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger warnings: Suicide, suicidal ideation, alcoholism

Rating: ★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis:

Astrid, a recovering alcoholic who is living with her mom in a small, coastal town, starts to fear for her life when she receives threatening messages linked to her past.

Favorite Quote:

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“Sometimes I think it’s like The Truman Show and all I’ve got to do is find the perimeter of the set and break out through the papery screen to the real world on the other side. The messy, chaotic world of noise and pain and sharp-faced strangers who look straight through you.”


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Book Review: The Chalk Man

Title: The Chalk Man

Author: C.J. Tudor

Genre: Thriller

Source: Bought (BotM)

Rating: ★★★★

CW: Rape, graphic violence

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Eddie and his friends discovered a body when they were young and, in 2016, now they are being haunted by the chalk men that led them to it.

Favorite Quote

“There are some things in life you can alter – your weight, your appearance, even your name – but there are others that wishing and trying and working hard can never make any difference to. Those things are the ones that shape us. Not the things we can change, but the ones we can’t.”

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Book Review: The Tenant

Title: The Tenant

Author: Katrine Engberg

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Published: Jan 14th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

A detective duo must investigate a murder that is following the plot of a unpublished murder mystery being written by the victim’s landlord.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“It is no coincidence that the heart has become the symbol of love, because when someone loves and loses, grief sits in the chest, just to the left.”

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