I finished this reading year on 48/40 books for the number committed on the Goodreads reading challenge and am super thrilled by that. I re-read a lot of books this year as I was in a reading lull and didn’t feel like picking up new books for quite a few months of this year.
Albeit, I am quite surprised and impressed with myself for having completed more than my committed number. I am going to just run through my 2022 reads, and let’s see how many of these you have read too.
According to Goodreads, I have read 23,554 pages in 48 books, which is just super impressive. The longest book I read this year is The Lord of Chaos | Robert Jordan | which has 1011 pages, while the shortest book has 160 pages. On average, I have read books of just under 500 pages.
One genre that featured a lot in my book selections this year is magical realism but most were a miss. This is one genre that hasn’t worked very well for me. If you can, please do recommend a book in this category that has worked for you.
5 Star fiction reads of 2022
“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”
Out of 48 reads this year, only five books crossed the 5/5 star rating for me, and each one is a spectacular read for the writing, character sketches, and storylines. I will be doing detailed reviews of each one of these as they richly deserve all the praise they can get.
- The Island of Missing Trees | Elif Shafak | Contemporary Fiction |
- All the Light We Cannot See | Anthony Doerr | Historical Fiction |
- A Torch Against the Night | Sabaa Tahir | Fantasy Fiction |
- A Reaper at the Gates | Sabaa Tahir | Fantasy Fiction |
- Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Saenz | YA/ LGBTQ |
I am a huge fan of Elif Shafak’s writings and this year one of her books in a 5 star read for me while the other one is a 3 star read. You can check out my review of Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
4 Star fiction reads of 2022
This year I rated about 13 books as 4/5 stars and that’s an incredible stat for me. My 4 star rating is given for books that just missed the mark by half an inch from being perfect reads. I was delighted to read another one of Beth O’Leary this year, The No-Show which was almost as good as The Flat Share
- The Undomestic Goddess | Sophie Kinsella | Contemporary Fiction |
- Rock Paper Scissors | Alice Feeney | Crime Thriller |
- Where the Crawdads Sing | Delia Owens | Contemporary Fiction |
- A Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles | Historical Fiction |
- The No-Show | Beth O’Leary | Humor |
- The House on the Cerulean Sea | TJ Klune | YA
- The Guest List | Lucy Foley | Crime Thriller |
- Home Fire | Kamila Shamsie | Contemporary Fiction |
- Of Love and Shadows | Isabel Allende | Historical Fiction |
- Beach Read | Emily Henry | Contemporary Fiction |
- A Sky Beyond the Storm | Sabaa Tahir | Fantasy Fiction |
- Heart Bones | Colleen Hoover | Contemporary Fiction |
- The Book woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson |
Fiction that failed to impress but should have
About 25% of the books that I picked up this year were due to the hype around them and these failed miserably for me. As a matter of fact, I am in the minority with my opinion as there is an overwhelming love for these books on the bookstagram.
- Layla | Colleen Hoover | Magical Realism |
- The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller | Historical Fiction |
- Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman | Crime Thriller |
- Whereabouts | Jhumpa Lahiri | Contemporary Fiction |
- Layla | Colleen Hoover | Magical Realism |
- Under the Whispering Door | TJ Klune | Fantasy Fiction |
- The Lost Girls of Rome | Donato Carrisi | Crime Thriller |
- She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan | Historical Fiction |
- Three Daughters of Eve | Elif Shafak | Contemporary Fiction |
- The Beekeeper Of Aleppo | Christy Lefteri | Historical Fiction |
- The Carpet Weaver | Nemat Sadat | LGBTQ |
- The Ladies of the Secret Circus | Constance Sayers | Magical Realism |
Do you like to see your favorite books made into screen adaptations or do you think books are ruined by it?
I sit on the fence with this one as some of the books have been done so so well while others have let me down. As of now I am excited about watching the screen series/movies made on:
- Where the Crawdad Sings | Delia Owens |
- Anxious People | Fredrik Bachman |
- All the Light We Cannot See | Anthony Doerr |
If you know of any exciting ones that i might have missed on, please do share with me. Signing off for now but do look out for some exciting book reviews in January 2023.
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