Friends, despite 2022 being the year I’ve broken monthly reading records, I have to admit that it’s been a pretty weird reading year. I’ve read a lot of great books—I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone for some, dove deeper into romance which brings me much joy and I’ve continued reading my fantasies. All that said, I still feel like I haven’t found the books that’ve wowed me so much that they’ll be in my Top 3 of the year. I mean, maybe I have but I don’t know. I guess this is me trying to say that I’ve been a little underwhelmed with the quality of books I’ve read this year but I know we still have half a year to go so I’m not giving up hope yet!
On that note, let’s kick this off by taking a look at my Goodreads Reading Challenge. This year I’ve aimed to read 150 books and I’ve now read 131/150. If I surpass my reading goal before the year ends, which might be likely, then I think I’m gonna increase it in increments of 25 books (so 175, 200) until the year ends or I complete the challenge again!
Best book you’ve read so far in 2022?
Despite having read so many books this year I’m actually struggling to pick a “best” so far. Since I’ve been reading a lot of romance and still read my share of fantasies, so I thought I’d try to pick one from each genre. Spoiler alert, I couldn’t! So here are my top six titles so far in 2022. In romance we have: The Worst Guy by Kate Canterbary, Everything for You by Chloe Liese, and The Devil You Know by Elizabeth O’Roark. In fantasy we have Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree, Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Malice by John Gwynne.
Best sequel so far of 2020?
new release you haven’t read yet, but want to?
Most anticipated release for the second half of 2020?
There are way too many releases I’m looking forward to! Here are a few that I’m especially excited for:
There was so much hype around Malice by Heather Walter so it was the biggest disappointment when I read it with Leslie and we were both underwhelmed by it. Just thinking about it honestly has me feeling disappointed all over again!
This definitely goes to the Mindf*ck series. I really judged this series (at least the first one) by its cover and I was so wrong (thankfully)! This is such a good series and the best (and biggest) surprise to me.
Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)?
I’ve read a few new-to-me authors this year and they’re definitely ones that I can’t wait to read more from. Becky Chambers, Laekan Zea Kemp, Elizabeth O’Roark, Nghi Vo, Travis Baldree, John Gwynne, and Ilona Andrews just to name a few!
newest fictional crush?
I have binged so many romances this year and there are a few heroes who sent me swooning so hard including Stremmel (The Worst Guy), Josh (The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea), Linden (The Belle and the Beard), Pacey (Kiss and Don’t Tell), Nasir (We Free the Stars), and Rhodes (Blind Pass)… I was definitely crushing in the moment of reading!
newest favourite character?
Ooh, this is a bit of a toughie! Off the top of my head, these are the new characters I’ve met this year who I love so much:
- Cassiopea (Gods of Jade and Shadow)
- Ning (Magic Steeped in Poison)
- Monk & Robot (A Psalm for the Wild-Built)
- Corban (Malice)
- Kathleen (These Violent Delights)
- Nick & Charlie (Heartstopper)
Book that made you cry
This should literally surprise no one but Jade Legacy had me bawling. I mean, this series quickly became one of my all-time favourite fantasies ever. What an incredible series ender this was!
Book that made you happy?
I’ve gone on about this book a fair bit now but Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree made me a happy little panda. It’s so heartwarming, tender and cosy and I want more!
favourite book to movie/tv adaptation that you saw this year?
Uhm… I think the only book adaptation that I’ve watched this year is Spy x Family? I could be wrong but that’s the only title popping up in my memory right now and I absolutely *love* it.
favourite review you’ve written this year?
I really enjoyed writing reviews for these books this year:
- Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
- Malice by John Gwynne
- Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
- The Deep by Rivers Solomon
most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?
I’ve managed to snag a few beauties this year and most of them are special editions, but I think the most gorgeous one is the Illumicrate Exclusive for A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting by Sophie Irwin. It has stunning foil details and a cut out on the front cover (the fan) and those sprayed edges! I love it 😍
what books do you need to read by the end of the year?
What books don’t I need to read by the end of the year? LOLZ. No but seriously, there are loads of books that I need and want to read before 2022 ends. I wouldn’t even know where to begin to list them all out! Here’s a tiny taste of ten titles I hope to get to:
And that’s it for this mid-year check-in! This post always takes me so much longer than I anticipate. So what about you? What’s making your top list so far in 2022? Favourite new authors? Books to read before the year ends? New fictional crushes? I’d love to know what has made your 2022 reading great so far!