Another year, another best books list. I decided to only do a roundup of my top 5 books this year since I only read ~40 books. The past two years I have definitely read less since I’ve become more involved in other hobbies, but I’ve really missed reading and want to re-prioritize books and blogging in 2023 (while also putting less pressure on myself- but that’s for a separate post). Unsurprisingly, 4 out of the 5 books on my list are the continuation of series that I already enjoy, as I’ve found myself gravitating more toward trusted authors and sequels since I’ve been picking up books more infrequently.
As Good as Dead | A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #3| This series really did something when it started and when I tell you the conclusion is WILD. It’s outrageous and also sort of fitting given everything that’s happened? I can’t say much more without spoilers but it’s definitely a series final to remember.
Running Wild | Spinoff to The Simple Wild/ Wild #3 | I’m obsessed with the Alaskan based setting of The Simple Wild books- something about them is so otherworldly and cozy, and I’m glad I get to continue with this spin-off novel. It’s interesting to see a spin-off following a not so beloved side character from the main series, and I learned a lot about the Iditarod, which was fascinating (I love when books expose me and educate me on a new topic through the natural course of a story).
Love on the Brain | Companion Novel to The Love Hypothesis | Do all of the novels/novellas in this series have basically the same hate-to-love premise? Yes. Are they entirely predictable? Yes. Do I still love them anyways? Absolutely. I’m loving this science focused romance series that is honestly so inspiring with all of it’s STEM focused protagonists (and love interests!) and it makes me *almost* wish I had been a STEM major.
More Than You’ll Ever Know | I’ve been enjoying adult thrillers more and more as I get older (into my 30s now, eek!) and this one I picked up from the library on a whim and found super intriguing. It tackles issues of race, economic status, and gender stereotypes while following two parallel female protagonists who are very different yet share some core similarities. It also has a little bit of a true crime vibe to it too.
Kingdom of the Feared | Kingdom of the Wicked # 3 | This series is an odd case of me not really vibing with the first book but absolutely loving the second and third installments in the series. I love love loved the way the underworld was structured and visiting the different houses of sin and seeing how they were personified in the world building. I believe this is the end of Emilia and Wrath’s story, but there’s so much potential for spin offs in this world!
Did any of these make your top books of 2022 list?