It’s the end of the year, and everyone seems to be doing their “best of” and favorites lists. But I’m over here still reading and getting FOMO. So, I looked at the books I’ve read so far this year and narrowed the list down from 60+ books to my top twelve favorites.
What’s on my short list:
- Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki — contemporary fantasy with a side of violin prodigy
- Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher — fantasy mystery romance with fresh world-building
- Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper — my fave of the small town witch romances I read this year
- The Misfit Soldier by Michael Mammay — fun military sci-fi caper with an excellent rivals to lovers romance sub-plot
- Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa — the first epic fantasy that has captured my attention in a long time
- Legendborn by Tracy Deonn — contemporary fantasy based on the King Arthur mythology
- The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers — cozy alien anthropology with a side of infrastructure collapse
- She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker Chan — historical fiction with a dash of fantasy
- The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen — swoony fantasy romance with chaotic but charming worldbuilding
- Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree — cozy fantasy that will make you want to visit your local coffee shop
- Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron — best contemporary romance retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma since Clueless, IMO
- Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn — contemporary mystery novel featuring four retired female assassins
I still have a stack of books I plan to read before the end of the year, and a couple of those have “five star” expectations from me. So, I may have to modify this list a bit before I start stack ranking to determine my final “top five favorites” of the books I’ve read in 2022. But, I thought I’d post a preview of my short list in case you have one of these on your TBR and have been waffling about reading it before the end of the year.