2022 was a really hit or miss year for me, and I read an unusually large number of books in various series. Five books definitely stand out, though. Even over the new release in my favorite series of all time (The Deepest of Secrets by Kelley Armstrong), so you know I loved them.
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
This one is almost unfair, because I’ve never read a Simone St. James book that I didn’t love. I’ve read every book she’s written except Ghost 19 and that’s sitting in my Audible library as I type this. She does such an amazing job telling ghost stories based in mystery that are so multi-faceted and overall enjoyable to read that she’s an auto-read author if not an auto-buy author. I adore her books.
The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
This was my first Kara Thomas book, but it definitely won’t be my last. This definitely reads as YA, which works since it’s a YA Thriller focused on high school students, and I mean that in the best way possible. The characters felt more like high schoolers dealing with really tough topics instead of an adult somehow stuck in a teen’s body. I can 100% recommend this if you like mysteries – just be aware that it is a heavy book. Emotionally.
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper
I’m currently on the waiting list for the second book in this series. I fell in love with, or fell in love with hating, every single character that turned up. The whole book felt fresh and fun – I either finished it in an evening or a day because it was too good to put down. I identified a lot with the main character and her struggles with ‘home’ and ‘belonging’ so that probably helped my enjoyment level. Seriously – this book is awesome.
Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
One of my major failings as a reader is that I didn’t read Jane Austen until 2022, and even then it was only one of her books and this retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan. Now, I’m familiar with the plots to several of Austen’s books (thanks to movies), so I was still able to pick out parallels, but if I had read P&P repeatedly I’m sure I would have found more. I gather that the Austen-ites either love or hate this book, but it makes me want to read the original because I think this retelling is so great.
Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay
While I was reading this, I kept thinking that I must have read more of Tremblay’s work because the style felt familiar. I haven’t, though. I think I just really enjoyed the brand of horror and it felt real to me. Shane didn’t love this one as much, but he’s often wrong, so I wouldn’t worry about it. Since I enjoyed this so much, I’m looking forward to reading Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World.
I’m actually pretty surprised that I don’t have more than 1 horror novel on here, though 2 thrillers seems right. I’m also surprised that as I looked over my 2022 reads I didn’t think that any of the sci-fi books were even in the top 10 favorite list.
Here’s to a reading filled 2023!