Friday, May 10, 2024

Oops, we missed a year! Is it still valid to blame things like that on the pandemic? 😅


My favourite reads for 2022 skewed more adult, although featuring young characters:

Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin — Nostalgic and clever with a friendship love spanning decades (my favourite kind of friendship tale).

Babel by R.F. Kuang — This is probably the most clever book that I’ve ever read. Language as power and currency? Empirical exploitation? Scholarship of the highest (and darkest) order? There is no end to the depth of love I have for this story. Obsessed.

They’re Going to Love You by Meg Howry — So much dysfunction it feels like real life, yet so much beauty to counterbalance that it feels like dreaming. Perhaps this is what it’s like to be an artist (a ballerina in this case).


Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Fairies by Heather Fawcett — I wish I could read this book for the first time again, it's that charming. At least I have read the sequel this year (infatuated) so the final book in the series is going to be bittersweet. 

Foster and Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan  — Keegan is a short story writer and these are my favourite of hers. These stories are so important and they haunt me. I think she's the cleverest human living right now.

The Golden Mole by Katherine Rundell — Just read it! Oozing with enthusiasm for the natural world, from an author I've loved since her debut Rooftoppers.



Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young — Earthy, witchy magic; beautiful writing; small town secrets; and intricate mystery. Her adult fantasies are my favorites of her books.

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe — A Middle Grade Kiki’s Delivery Service. Super cute and I loved that the main character is not mysteriously good at everything.

Honorable mentions: The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd Jones, Cackle by Rachel Harrison, and Gallant by V.E. Schwab


The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young — Haunting, bittersweet, and moving. I loved how this story played with time and memory and still felt so grounded. 

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett — I really fell in love with this world and its characters. I’ve also never read an epistolary novel that blended diary entries with more present narration so seamlessly. 

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna — This was the coziest, most heartwarming book. The characters were so charming. Like The House in the Cerulean Sea but better.

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud — Middle Grade paranormal investigation and ghost hunting. Spooky but not too scary. Really loved the world building and characters. So sad they canceled the TV show after the first season!



Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga — This is a middle grade novel-in-verse that had me hooked from the first word to the last. Brilliant. 

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord — A sweet and endearing love story that also serves up plenty of tension and grit. 

Dandelion Summer by Lisa Wingate — Wonderful story about friendship and understanding that transcends class, race and age. 


Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus — FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR! I loved everything about it.

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Escape by Yeonmi Park — The harrowing true story of a girl's escape from North Korea. This was a tough read about an amazingly brave young woman and her quest for freedom. 

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Jenny Bayliss — A Christmas romance set in a rural English castle with an authentic cast of well-developed characters...need I say more? PS The audio narrator was fabulous. 



Three Keys by Kelly Yang — Just as charming as the first! I love how this Middle Grade series brings real life BIPOC issues to the forefront in an organic way, and discusses them straightforwardly, and with compassion and hope.

The Star Thief by Lindsey Becker — My daughter and I picked this up at random and read it aloud together every night at bedtime. So fun! It got her really interested in constellations for a while, and we also talked about how "good" and "bad" are actually not clear-cut, and that most of the time everyone has reasons for what they do, even if we don't know what those reasons are.


Family of Liars by E. Lockhart — Twisty and atmospheric, this was even better than We Were Liars, for me.

All My Rage by Tabaa Sahir — Unflinching, difficult, but full of heart. One of my favorite reads in a long time. 

The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green — These essays were a great mix of informative and personal. John Green has a beautiful, brilliant, and compassionate mind, and I really enjoy spending time with it. His writing inspires me on many levels.

Everyone Wants to Know by Kelly Loy Gilbert — Did not think I could care about fictional influencers, but Kelly Loy Gilbert proved me wrong. This was about family, integrity, and finding direction after discovering that what you thought was true north was really just a broken compass all along. There was a surprising amount of "light" and humor though!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins — I wasn't sure I could get into this villain origin story, but Collins knows how to keep you turning pages. 

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The Bitter Kingdom
Wild Awake
The Raven Boys
Mind Games
Eleanor and Park
The Shattered Mountain
The Shadow Cats
Froi of the Exiles
Days of Blood & Starlight
Every Day
Jellicoe Road
Finnikin of the Rock
Guitar Notes
The Dead-Tossed Waves
The Crown of Embers
New House 5: How A Dorm Becomes A Home
The Fault in Our Stars

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