Happy New Year!!!!
As I do every year, I pluck out my favorite 10 reads from all that I’ve read this year. It’s one the funnest traditions I love keeping up. This year, there was a variety of books that made the list and I love that! Just like with my music, I love having an eclectic reading selection of books. Even more, looking back at all I’ve read is fun and the adventure I’ve had within those pages makes me smile.
This year has been hectic and stressful compared to previous ones. Don’t even get me started on Betty White because then I’ll just turn into an ugly puddle. It almost levels with the books I’ve read this year. My New Year’s resolution to read new graphic novels was a success and I loved all of them. Each of them was stunning in their own way with their artwork, tone, and story. Some were tragic while others were action-packed, emotional, and impactful.
I can’t wait to dive into my 2022 books and trust me, that list is long. Isn’t it always? LOL, but for now: Top 10! I highly and desperately recommend all of these.
As a huge fan and someone who also crushes on Halsey and her music, when I heard she released a book of poetry I pre-ordered it so fast not even The Flash saw it. A freaking work of precious metal.
Author: Rachel Caine, Kelly Armstrong, and more…
I was so excited to finally get my phalanges on this collection of short stories. Creepy, wild, dark, and so much fun! That’s the carnival for you.
Author: Rachel Caine
The Weather Wardens series kicked off at high speed. Addictive and visionary with wild fun. Caine knew how to grab you and never let go. Playing with djinn is no joke but that doesn’t mean it isn’t interesting. Jo, a weather warden, lives her life on the edge. The edge of nearly dying. And that’s far too often. This time, she’s bitten off more than she can chew after picking up a mysterious hitchhiker.
Author: Christina Hammons Reed
A powerful YA about discovery and racial discord amid the LA riots in the 90s after Rodney King was beaten half to death. Ashley, a teen black girl, is caught in the middle of confusion as she realizes that while she comes from a wealthy family, it doesn’t matter. She can try to go on like nothing’s changed but she is realizing that to everybody, even her friends, she’s just another black kid. But what does that mean? Figuring that out comes with awakenings she didn’t expect.
Author: Christopher Moore
Moore gives a raunchy and raucous retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream where Pocket, the fool, gets caught up with a group of fairies. While in a tangle with a love triangle and a half, he must figure out who or what killed the trickster fairy himself, Puck.
A group of four friends prepare to spend their first summer apart but a pair of jeans will keep them closer than ever, along with their wild tales.
Author: Danielle Vega
Sofia just moved to town with her mom for a fresh start. With new friends, she’s convinced into helping perform an exorcism on a classmate with them. When it begins to turn into torture, she wonders if they wanted to help this girl at all. Then dark and scary things start happening and Sofia wonders if they were right.
Author: Cole Nagamatsu
The woods are dark and lonely, especially after Noemi’s closest friend died from a freak accidental drowning out there. But there’s no lake. Only sometimes there’s a lake. And somebody claiming to be said best friend is contacting her. This is almost more than she can bear, but with the help of her friends and new housemate, she is determined to get to the bottom of this borderline creepy mystery. That is, if she doesn’t end up dead like her best friend.
Author: Joss Whedon
The final installation is a collection where old allies and enemies collide and timeless memories are revisited. Closure in many areas is found as The First only just begins to stir, ready to bring Sunnydale down on its knees.
Author: Deborah Harkness
Diana and Matthew return to their time and prepare for the arrival of their children as the Congregation closes in on them. They, along with their friends and family, prepare for war. Change is coming whether they’re ready for it or not and nobody is ready for it.
See You in the new year!!
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