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TBR Books to Tackle in 2022! -Part One

My TBR is way too big. I am constantly added books to it and it never seems to get any smaller. So, I wanted to make a list of some books on my TBR that I would like to tackle throughout 2022. I’m going to make this into two parts. Here is part one of books on my TBR that I want to tackle in 2022!

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. A student in Dublin and an aspiring writer, at night she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be her girlfriend. When they are interviewed and then befriended by Melissa, a well-known journalist who is married to Nick, an actor, they enter a world of beautiful houses, raucous dinner parties and holidays in Provence, beginning a complex ménage-à-quatre. But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the sharply witty and emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.

This book has been on my TBR ever since I finished Normal People. I want to get round to reading this in 2022 for a couple of reasons. One I want to read more Sally Rooney books and two because it is being made into a TV series and I want to read before watching. I’m hoping to pick this one up very soon and cannot wait to see what I think.


Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes to the opportunity: living in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below.

But she hadn’t known about the ghosts.

Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a job and a place to stay at a farm on an isolated part of the Northern California Coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home, a real home. The farm is a refuge, but also haunted by the past traumas its young residents have come to escape. And Mila’s own terrible memories are starting to rise to the surface.

I started this one a while back and just put it down about 50 pages in. I knew I wanted to give it more time and allow myself to dedicate myself to reading this book. I’ve enjoyed all the books that I’ve read by Nina LaCour so I am looking forward to seeing what I think of this book. I’d love to read it this year.


My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Vanessa Wye was fifteen years old when she first had sex with her English teacher.

She is now thirty-two and in the storm of allegations against powerful men in 2017, the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student.

Vanessa is horrified by this news, because she is quite certain that the relationship she had with Strane wasn’t abuse. It was love. She’s sure of that.

Forced to rethink her past, to revisit everything that happened, Vanessa has to redefine the great love story of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape. Now she must deal with the possibility that she might be a victim, and just one of many.

I picked this one up such a long time ago after reading a chapter of it after a customer returned it to the library I was working in. I was intrigued by it but never got round to reading the whole thing. It is getting more hype online all of a sudden which has pushed it up my TBR quite a lot. I’m going to try and read this one very soon.


The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World?

I meant to read this years ago with the film being in production. The film is now out and I really want to watch it because of the cast even though it is getting some terrible reviews. I don’t want to watch the film without reading the book first though. So, I’d like to read this one as soon as possible then I can watch the film.


Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Choi

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

Again, this is one that has been on my TBR for way too long! I’ve adored all the books that I’ve read by Mary H.K Choi and I finally want to get round to reading this one. It gets some amazing reviews and I’m excited to finally see what I think of it.

There you have it, 5 of the books I want to tackle on my TBR in 2022. Keep your eyes out for part two of this which will be here in a couple of days. What books on your TBR do you want to tackle in 2022? Let me know in the comments below!

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