My Favorite Books of 2022

January 3, 2023 Top Ten Tuesday 8

Graphic: My Favorite Books of 2022

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The meme was originally the brainchild of The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Favorite Books of 2022.

I tried to keep this list down to 10, but I just couldn’t. So I separated out audiobooks, eliminated almost all my rereads, and included a bunch of honorable mentions… and I still left out a bunch of books I loved.

I’m not sure if it’s that I actually read more really wonderful books this year, or whether I was more inclined to give 5 stars than I was over the previous year or two, but I ended up with far more 5-star books in 2020 than in 2020 or 2021. I think perhaps both reasons are true; I read a lot more good books this year, and I rated the books I read a little more generously, a little less critically. Which essentially means I ended up giving some books 5 stars that might have received 4.5 in a previous year. In any case, every book on this list received 5 stars, including the honorable mentions (with one exception, explained below.)

TOP TEN BOOKS & EBOOKS (in the order I read them)

An Impossible Imposter (Veronica Speedwell #7), by Deanna Raybourn

A Perilous Perspective (Lady Darby #10), by Anna Lee Huber

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, by V. E. Schwab

The Secret of Bow Lane (Kat Holloway #6), by Jennifer Ashley

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches, by Sangu Mandanna

Station Eternity (Mur Lafferty)

A Little Too Familiar (Lish McBride)

The Spare Man (Mary Robinette Kowal)

Legends and Lattes (Travis Baldree)

Glamour in Glass (Mary Robinette Kowal)

TOP FIVE AUDIOBOOKS (in the order I listened to them)

Index, A History of the, by Dennis Duncan (nonfiction)

A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1), by Becky Chambers, read by Emmet Grosland

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk & Robot #2), by Becky Chambers, read by Emmet Grosland

84, Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff, read by Barbara Rosenblat and John Franklyn-Robbins

The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1), by J. R. R. Tolkien, read by Andy Serkis (OK, this isn’t a new book for me; I’ve read it at least 15 times, and I have listened to the audiobook narrated by Rob Inglis once. But it’s the first time I’ve listened to Andy Serkis’s reading, which is excellent.)

Graphic Novels

Book cover: Mooncakes, by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

Mooncakes, by Suzanne Walker, art by Wendy Xu

Honorable Mention (in the order I read them)

I gave all of these 5 stars, too, except Marple: 12 New Stories, which I include here on the basis of several 5-star stories within it.

The Shadow of Memory (Kate Hamilton #4), by Connie Berry

You Were Made To Be Mine (Palace of Rogues #5), by Julie Anne Long

The Littlest Library, by Poppy Alexander

The Siren of Sussex (Belles of London #1), by Mimi Matthews

Touchstones: A Collection (Stephanie Burgis)

The Belle of Belgrave Square (Belles of London #2), by Mimi Matthews

The Kiss Curse (Erin Sterling)

Marple: 12 New Stories (anthology) — 4 stars, but several 5-star stories made me include it here

8 Responses to “My Favorite Books of 2022”

  1. Katherine

    I love the Raybourn and Huber series and I read The Belle of Belgrave Square this year and really enjoyed it. I have The Littlest Library on my TBR and I’ve really enjoyed the Connie Berry series. 84, Charing Cross Road is one of my absolute favorites and I bet it is even better on audio.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It was wonderful! One of the books that made it so, so difficult to keep the favorites list near 10 books, in fact. By the way, I have been giving your books to my mom for Christmas every year for the last three years. She loves them and looks forward to them.