Favourite Books of 2022!

Hey, everyone! It’s a little late but I’m sharing my favourite books of 2022 today and I’m so excited to share these amazing books with you. I discovered a lot of these through book tours or being sent an ARC and I’m so grateful to the authors and publishers for gifting me these copies as I’ve discovered some fantastic authors because of it! Here’s my picks for 2022:

Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson: Easily the best thriller I’ve read this year. There’s so many thrillers now that are very similar but this is on a whole new level. A country singer on the run from her dark past? Actual songs written into the story and then a real album to go with it? Give it to me! I loved the plot, the characters and the music they create together. AnnieLee, Ethan and Ruthanna breathe so much life into this story and develop so much by the end of the story. I also really enjoyed the insight into the music industry and the sobering reality that it’s not as glamarous as it appears. It’s a very compelling and thought-provoking story.

Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik: I don’t normally gravitate towards sci-fi and I probably wouldn’t have picked this up if I wasn’t sent an ARC by the publisher. I’m so grateful for my copy though as this is now one of my favourite books. It’s written so beautifully and the author takes so much care building up this world and these characters. All you know at the beginning is that there’s conflict between the characters but you don’t know why. This information is slowly revealed throughout and it worked really well as it kept invested in the story. There’s also tension between the characters but the longer they’re together, the more they soften and develop feelings for one another. If you like enemies to lovers, you’ll adore this book. This is honestly one of the most compelling books I’ve read and I can’t wait to read the sequel.

One Of Us Is Lying & One Of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus: This series has honestly been so perfect! I reread the first one and fell in love with the characters all over again. I’ve found in McManus’ other books that her characters are all similar but in this series they all stand out and have their own personalities. Each character is so fleshed out and you just immediately like them and root for them. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the second book but, again, all the characters are just so believeable and you really feel for them and their situation. The mystery is so good, too. I like how in each story it completely spirals out of control and becomes so much more than a game among school kids. I’m really looking forward to One Of Us Is Back!

The Beast Hunters and The Beast Hunters Dark Sovereign by Christer Lende: I’ve shouted about this series so many times and I’ll continue to do so. It’s an amazing fantasy world and the second book continues to build on that. We get to find out more about our current trio, we’re introduced to new characters and new villains, and there’s a whole new place to explore! This is a series that just goes from strength to strength. Everything I wanted to happen in the first book was introduced in the second and there was a nail-biting cliffhanger at the end. I’m hoping I don’t have to wait too long for the third book!

The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell: I was honestly left reeling by the end of this. Some sequels can be disappointing but this was actually better than the first book. I never felt comfortable reading about Henry and he was even more unpredictable this time. I was so nervous waiting to see what he was going to do next. I felt so tense the entire time I was reading it just watching all the secrecy from the first book unravel. There was never a dull moment, especially with Henry, and it had me on the edge my seat. I’d love to see this series made into a film or a TV show.

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I requested this on NetGalley since Reid seems to be a massively popular author at the moment and, after reading it, I can see why. Admittedly, I don’t care for tennis and have never watched any Wimbledon matches. However, that all fell away when I started reading about Carrie Soto and her tennis career. It was so captivating and I was immediately rooting for her to win. I loved how we were with Carrie every step of the way, through the good, the bad and the ugly. Her relationship with her father was particularly emotional and I did cry at the end. It amazes me how moved I was by this story and how attached I became to the characters. Like I said, I don’t even like tennis! But this was an exhilarating read from start to finish and I highly recommend it.

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban: This book was incredible! The ending floored me. It was definitely a jaw-dropping moment. I love when all the characters have a motive for murder because it makes it so much harder to crack the case and this book did not let me down in that regard. I love locked-room mysteries and thrillers and would definitely recommend this one just for that ending! You’ll never guess who the killer is.

Looking back at these books gets me excited for them all over again. I cannot recommend them enough! Have you read any of them? What did you think of them? I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!


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