It’s that time of the year where all readers look back back on their reading from the past year. I love looking back on all the books I’ve read in the past year and picking out my top 10 books of the year. Here are my top 10 books of 2022!
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Nora is a cut-throat literary agent at the top of her game. Her whole life is books.
Charlie is an editor with a gift for creating bestsellers. And he’s Nora’s work nemesis.
Nora has been through enough break-ups to know she’s the woman men date before they find their happy-ever-after. That’s why Nora’s sister has persuaded her to swap her desk in the city for a month’s holiday in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. It’s a small town straight out of a romance novel, but instead of meeting sexy lumberjacks, handsome doctors or cute bartenders, Nora keeps bumping into…Charlie.
I knew going into this book that I would enjoy it because it was another book by Emily Henry but I loved it even more than expected. It is such a cute romance story with books and being a book lover at its centre. I cannot wait to read another Emily Henry book this year! I wrote a full review of it which you can find here.
All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown
When the Superflu wipes out most of the population, Jamie finds himself completely alone in a cabin in the woods – until an injured stranger crosses his path.
Life is dangerous now and, armed with a gun, Jamie goes to pull the trigger. But there’s something about Andrew … something that stops Jamie in his tracks. Jamie takes him in, and as Andrew heals and they eventually step out into the strange new world, their relationship starts to feel like more than just friendship …
But trouble isn’t far behind. As the boys make a perilous journey south, they’ll come face to face with a world torn apart and society in ruins. And who, or what, will they find waiting for them at the end of it all?
I had no idea what to expect going into this one but I was drawn in by a ‘pandemic’ dystopian novel. Honestly, it completely blew me away! I read it in a couple of sitting and could happily re-read it multiple times. Also, there is a beautiful LGBTQ+ romance in this which I loved! I wrote a full review of this, which you can find here.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
This book took me completely by surprise. I expected it to be good because it is written by Fredrik Backman, but I didn’t think it would be as moving and funny as it turned out to be. It has very quickly become one of my favourite books, ever and I cannot recommend it enough! It will honestly take you by surprise!
Holiday Romance by Catherine Walsh
Molly and Andrew are just trying to get home to Ireland for the holidays, when a freak snowstorm grounds their flight.
Nothing romantic has ever happened between them: they’re friends and that’s all. But once a year, for the last ten years, Molly has spent seven hours and fifteen minutes sitting next to Andrew on the last flight before Christmas from Chicago to Dublin, drinking terrible airplane wine and catching up on each other’s lives. In spite of all the ways the two friends are different, it’s the holiday tradition neither of them has ever wanted to give up.
Molly isn’t that bothered by Christmas, but—in yet another way they’re total opposites—Andrew is a full-on fanatic for the festive season and she knows how much getting back to Ireland means to him. So, instead of doing the sane thing and just celebrating the holidays together in America, she does the stupid thing. The irrational thing. She vows to get him home. And in time for his mam’s famous Christmas dinner.
The clock is ticking. But Molly always has a plan. And—as long as the highly-specific combination of taxis, planes, boats, and trains all run on time—it can’t possibly go wrong.
This was my last 5-star-read of 2022 and it was excellent! It put me right in the mood for Christmas and had me hooked immediately. The romance in this book is amazing! It is an excellent friends-to-lovers story that I am sure I will be re-reading at Christmas again!
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.
I have a special place in my heart for this book as it is one of the only books I’ve read with endometriosis representation. The story is beautifully written too and covers so many important things. If you are looking to read a book with endometriosis representation I would highly recommend this one and the others on this list I’ve made too!
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
In a small town in Sweden it appears to be an ordinary day. But look more closely, and you’ll see a mysterious masked figure approaching a bank…
Two hours later, chaos has descended. A bungled attempted robbery has developed into a hostage situation – and the offender is refusing to communicate their demands to the police.
Within the building, fear quickly turns to irritation for the seven strangers trapped inside. If this is to be their last day on earth, shouldn’t it be a bit more dramatic?
But as the minutes tick by, they begin to suspect that the criminal mastermind holding them hostage might be more in need of rescuing than they are…
This is the first book by Fredrik Backman that I read and it made me love his writing immediately. The way he creates characters and stories that are so simple yet so heart-wrenching and moving is beyond me, but I love it. I would highly recommend this one!
Why is Nobody Laughing? by Yasmin Rahman
Will the real Ibrahim Malik please stand up?
Ibrahim and Dexter have been best friends forever. While Dexter is always cool and confident, Ibrahim…well, Ibrahim’s dealing with a lot. Hiding his passion for comedy from his family, dealing with the pressure of being the oldest child in an immigrant family, and now he’s started having episodes he soon realises are panic attacks.
When Ibrahim has a panic attack on stage at a local stand-up competition, he runs off to a deserted room. There he finds Sura.
Sura is kind and helps him come to terms with his anxiety. He can open up to her in a way he’s never been able to with Dexter. But there’s also something strange about her – how much she knows about Ibrahim, and how she seems to disappear in an instant.
Will Ibrahim crumble under the pressure, or will Sura’s words be enough to help him? And what will happen when he no longer has her help?
Yasmin Rahman’s books are so underrated and should get way more hype. This one is a particularly interesting look at how mental health effects us all in different ways. It has a lot of dark topics yet still manages to stay light-hearted and funny. I would highly recommend it. I wrote a full review of this one, which you can find here.
The First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera
It’s the night before Death-Cast goes live, and there’s one question on everyone’s mind: Can Death-Cast actually predict when someone will die, or is it just an elaborate hoax?
Orion Pagan has waited years for someone to tell him that he’s going to die. He has a serious heart condition, and he signed up for Death-Cast so he could know what’s coming.
Valentino Prince is restarting his life in New York. He has a long and promising future ahead and he only registered for Death-Cast after his twin sister nearly died in a car accident.
Orion and Valentino cross paths in Times Square and immediately feel a deep connection. But when the first round of End Day calls goes out, their lives are changed forever—one of them receives a call, and the other doesn’t. Though neither boy is certain how the day will end, they know they want to spend it together…even if that means their goodbye will be heartbreaking.
This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2022 and it did not disappoint. I actually enjoyed it even more than They Both Die at the End which I was not expecting. It is beautifully written and I adored all the characters we are introduced to. Also, you may spot a few little easter eggs!
Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
By the time Carrie retires from tennis, she is the best player the world has ever seen. She has shattered every record and claimed twenty Slam titles. And if you ask her, she is entitled to every one. She sacrificed nearly everything to become the best, with her father as her coach.
But six years after her retirement, Carrie finds herself sitting in the stands of the 1994 US Open, watching her record be taken from her by a brutal, stunning, British player named Nicki Chan.
At thirty-seven years old, Carrie makes the monumental decision to come out of retirement and be coached by her father for one last year in an attempt to reclaim her record. Even if the sports media says that they never liked the ‘Battle-Axe’ anyway. Even if her body doesn’t move as fast as it did. And even if it means swallowing her pride to train with a man she once almost opened her heart to: Bowe Huntley. Like her, he has something to prove before he gives up the game forever.
This book is absolutely extraordinary just like all other by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I was a little worried going into it that I wouldn’t enjoy it much as it centred around tennis. But, you can read this even if you have no tennis knowledge at all and still be hooked. Carrie Soto is a complex main character who I grew to love. I’ve written a full review of this one, which you can find here.
Dial A for Auntie by Jesse Sutanto
Wedding photographer Meddy Chan has always wanted to make her overbearing family happy. And there’s nothing they want more than to see Meddy happily married.
But when Meddy accidentally kills her blind date that they set her up on, she calls her meddlesome aunties to help her. Although hiding a dead body is going to be harder than they thought, especially when their family business has its biggest event yet – and at a hotel that just happens to be managed by Meddy’s ex boyfriend, Nathan, aka the one that got away.
I picked this one up completely on a whim and I am so glad that I did because it is excellent! It is hilarious and had me laughing out loud. It is so cleverly written and at times quite thrilling to read. I loved this and the sequel which I read shortly after!
There you have it, my top 10 books of 2022! Did you enjoy any of these books and what were your top 10 books of 2022? Let me know in the comments below!