TTT #219 ~ Favorite Books of 2022

Posted January 3, 2023 by Lillian in Features / 19 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookishย in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together

Happy first Tuesday of the new year y’all! It’s been a long time since I’ve actively participated in TTT, but I wanted to jump in and kick this year off with one of my favorite topics: “Favorite Books of 2022.” I love seeing everyone’s lists for this topic, mainly because I find books I haven’t heard of and throw them onto my own TBR pile ๐Ÿ˜‰ 2022 wasn’t the best year reading wise for me. At first, I was really down on myself for reading less than I ever have since I started tracking my reading with Goodreads….but then I decided to try out Storygraph at the recommendation of Stephanie from Once Upon a Chapter and I perked up. While I did technically read less books, I also read nearly 1200 pages more than I normally do. So I take that as a win ๐Ÿ˜€ Below are the top ten books I enjoyed this year in no particular order. As always, covers/titles link to blog review/Goodreads/Amazon (affiliate).

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Book Cover for โ€œHouse of Sky and Breathโ€ by Sarah J. Maas

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas

5 stars all the way! If you are a fan of ACOTAR and TOG, you want to read this series. I caught so many easter eggs hidden in book one that I was looking for them in this one and I was NOT disappointed. I cannot wait for CC3…whenever that may be. Also if you like audiobooks, highly recommend this one!

The Godparent Trap by Rachel Van Dyken

If there was a book that was going to make me cry and laugh and feel all the emotions under the sun, it was this one. I’m a new fan of this author as this is only the second book I’ve read, but I can promise you I’m hooked. If you enjoyed the Katherine Heigl movie Life as We Know It, I highly recommend this one with a box of tissues and bottle of wine.

Book Cover for "The Godparent Trap" by Rachel Van Dyken
Book Cover for "Rise of the Vicious Princess" by CJ Redwine

Rise of the Vicious Princess by CJ Redwine

This was a book I didn’t know I needed in my life until I read it. It was fantastic from start to finish. I loved the budding romance, the world building, the magic system, all of it. And now I’m eagerly waiting on book two ๐Ÿ˜‰

Forbidden Legacy by Theresa Kay

I devoured this one. I was one of the lucky few to beta read this one prior to its release. I had planned to read a little a day (I spend a longer time analyzing when I’m beta reading), but the story sucked me in and I finished it in one sitting with zero regrets….and then promptly read it a second time….and a third time when it hit shelves. If you are a fan of portal fantasy, fae, and urban fantasy, you are in for a treat.

Book Cover for "Forbidden Legacy" by Theresa Kay
Book Cover for "Of Thieves and Shadows" by Elle Madison and Robin D. Mahle

Of Thieves and Shadows by Elle Madison & Robin D. Mahle

Twisted Pages is one of my favorite fairy tale retelling series to date. It doesn’t hurt that my favorite duo are the writers either ๐Ÿ˜‰ This one lived up to and exceeded all my expectations. Think Aelin crossed with Cinderella and you’ve close to our fire loving Aika.

Full Flight by Ashley Schumacher

This book broke me into a million pieces. It shattered my heart and left me sobbing. Not pretty little sniffles, like full on hyperventilating sobs. I was not prepared for this one to evoke those kinds of feelings. It is a beautiful reminder of what it is like to fall in love, find your person, and living your life in the present. Highly recommend!

Book Cover for "Full Flight" by Ashley Schumacher
Book Cover for "The Ballad of Never After" by Stephanie Garber

The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber

Jacks is back ๐Ÿ˜€ I made no effort to hide my love for the Prince of Hearts when reading Caraval, so it should come as no surprise that I adore his spin off series. The imagery and writing alone are enough to pull me in, but the character growth and world-building make this a top-tier read.

This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede

I can honestly say that this book is nothing like anything I’ve ever read. I absolutely loved the world-building, the desperation of impending doom that haunts every page, and the flickers of hope that flash when we need it. Forbidden love, broken magic, and a pending apocalyptic war drive the story at a break neck pace. Highly recommend for fans of fantasy….if I had to pick a number one book of the year, this would be it.

Book Cover for "This Vicious Grace" by Emily Theide
Book Cover for "Ship Wrecked" by Olivia Dade

Ship Wrecked by Olivia Dade

I enjoyed the heck out of this series this year. I read the first two books at the beginning of the year for COYER book club and immediately pre-ordered this one. I knew before I ever even started the book that I was going to love Peter and Maria’s story, and I was right. I’m such a sucker for friends-to-lovers, but y’all this one is SO much more. This is a second chance, instant chemistry, then enemies, to friends and partners, to lovers. And it is beautifully written!

The Darkening by Sunya Mara

This debut book is the first in a dark fantasy series about the daughter of failed revolutionaries and a prince fearful of his destiny. All the things I love about fantasy are present in this one: experimental magic, a cursed storm, royal love interest, a rebel in disguise, and a city on the verge of ruin. Highly recommend to fans of the Grisha series.

Book Cover for "The Darkening" by Sunya Mara
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Your turn! What was your favorite book last year? What are you looking forward to this year? Share below

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19 responses to “TTT #219 ~ Favorite Books of 2022

    • Ship Wrecked was fantastic! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. Highly recommend both Full Flight and This Vicious Grace. Happy New Year to you too ๐Ÿฅณ

  1. Ooh nice picks! I still need to read HOSAB and Redwine’s–though I planned ahead to wait and binge this one since it’s a duology! So much better for my sanity if I do that! TBONA naturally made my list too! Lol!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

    • They are both so good! Though I wish Iโ€™d known before starting book two that there would be a book three ๐Ÿ˜… Garber likes cliffhangers!

    • Iโ€™m really enjoying playing around with StoryGraph. Agree that the recs are great! I also love that I can filter my TBR by mood. Iโ€™m such a mood reader ๐Ÿ˜‚

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