Not going to lie, 2022 had a lot of great new releases.
I surpassed my Goodreads Reading Challenge Goal of 65 by a bit, which is nice, but this is the first year that the majority of the books on my list were new releases published in 2022. (By the way, you can follow me on Goodreads here!)
Without further ado, here are my top 8 favorite books published in 2022.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
I saw this book making the rounds but didn’t think much of it until it happened to come across the popular table at my public library. I thought I’d give it a shot and wow, was I impressed. It’s rare to find a book that balances humor with deeper meaning and I think Garmus did it masterfully.
The Maid by Nita Prose
You can’t help but love the main character, Molly Grey, in this book. I loved getting to know a character who is truly different from anybody else.
All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers
I feel like it’s getting harder these days to find a thriller or mystery with an ending that truly surprises me or throws me for a loop. The twists in this one actually work.
The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell
The sequel to “The Family Upstairs,” but equally as satisfying on its own. However, if you’ve read the first book, this one is an even more powerful read. I wouldn’t say it is as twisty as the first, but it definitely is worth reading to find out what happens to everybody.
More Than You”ll Ever Know by Katie Guiterrez
Although the plot in this book is interesting enough on its own, the real gem of this story is getting to know main characters Lore and Cassie.
Belladonna by Adalyn Grace
Ugh, it’s been too long since I’ve come across a young adult fantasy that does pining and slow-burn romance right. Read this, enjoy it immensely and then get your hands on the upcoming sequel, “Foxglove.”
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
TBH, I’ll read anything by Moreno-Garcia but her latest did not disappoint. The best thing about this book, besides another strong female lead, is how the author blends together, seamlessly, a realistic environment that supports fantastical creatures.
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
I don’t usually go for pop-colored modern romance titles, but the nerdy love aspect of this book compelled me to pick it up. It was worth it. Nerdy, yet spicy. Very spicy, in fact.
Unfortunately, not all of the books I bought were winners in my eye. Here are two that I could not finish and why.
Court of the Vampire Queen by Katee Robert
Part of this was my own fault because I didn’t read the back cover before I invested–I simply heard about it, saw it getting popular, and thought, “Hey, I like steamy romances with fantasy-type lovers, let’s go.” Okay, well turns out that’s still true but I DON’T like books with dubious consent and reverse harem environments where the main MO is basically a race to see who can get the lady pregnant first. Not much makes me cringe, but that does.
Kingdom of the Feared by Kerri Maniscalco
Look, I loved the first two books in the series and I really wanted to love the heck out of this one. But I didn’t. The world-building got too confusing, I couldn’t keep motives straight and I even started to not enjoy the sexy scenes. Overall, I think Maniscalo aimed just a little too high with this final book.