I read 105 books in 2022 and it was so hard to choose just 10 favourites that I gave up and selected 12! Like last year, my favourite genre to read seems to be fantasy (escapism!), particularly books that have a nod to fairy stories or myths. I also love romantic comedy and historical fiction. There are some new-to-me authors this year, such as Vanessa Len, Rachel Gillig and A.G. Slatter, as well as old favourites Harlan Coben, Sarah Morgan and Karen Swan.
The list is in the order I read them. If you'd like to see what other books I've enjoyed this year, you can find them on Goodreads.
Only a Monster by Vanessa Len
The Match by Harlan Coben
The Birdcage by Eve Chase
Girls and Birdcage. The last time they were all together, in 1999 for the Eclipse, something terrible happened. Now they're back, no one mentions it - which Lauren finds unsettling and confusing, because there's a bit of a gap in her memory... Full review here.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
entirely honest about the reason that they're here too...? Full review here.
The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley by Sean Lusk
This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede
Three years ago Alessa was chosen to be her island's Finestra but so far she has accidentally killed each of the three Fontes she chose to be her partner. Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find another partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island's only hope, even her own soldiers are tempted to assassinate her! Full review here.
The Path of Thorns by A.G. Slatter
real reason why she is there! And exactly what did happen to the governess before her...? Full review here.
Book of Night by Holly Black
Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig
Twelve blessings, twelve, curses...
Now the townsfolk had magic of their own, they forgot about worshipping the Spirit, who began using mist to lure people back to the wood in revenge. Children caught in this mist grew sick. Few survived, but those that did were 'infected' with magic that caused them to degenerate. So the King went back to the wood to barter with the Spirit, who told him the way to cure the children was to reunite the Cards - then she tricked him into handing over the last Card before he could do so. Full review here.
Snowed in for Christmas by Sarah Morgan
The Christmas Postcards by Karen Swan