I read (and/or listened to) 75 books this year, for a total of 27,515 pages. To be fair, that doesn’t count the three I have in progress right now, but close enough.
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Genres spanned widely from fantasy and romance to non-fiction and mystery. There aren’t many kinds of books I don’t like, to be honest, and that is made extra clear as I revisit all the stories I devoured this year.
Instead of ranking definitively (because of how different they are), I’d rather highlight my favorites among various categories.
This audiobook is truly a work of art. It is narrated by Brandi (the author) and incorporates her music into the narrative.
This is written by the creator of The Good Place, which is one of my favorite shows. The audiobook is narrated by the author and features most of the main actors from the show. It’s super entertaining and also pretty philosophically interesting.
I sped through this book because of how captivating the story and characters are. It features people with self-made superpowers and grapples with the morality of those powers. Schwab is one of my favorite authors, and the first book in this series did NOT disappoint.
Okay yes, this is technically also romance but it did win the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy in 2021. This is the 4th book in the ACOTAR series, and also my favorite. We love a good comeback story.
This book is basically a love letter to all things queer culture. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me swoon. I LOVE Casey’s writing because their romance stories actually have an incredible plot, too.
Such a cute story, especially if you love paranormal/supernatural things. It’s quirky and fun, but also pulls at your heart strings. And lots of good twists and turns, which is a personal favorite of mine.
This one isn’t for everyone, but it definitely was for me. It is essentially an homage to Shakespearean tragedies and features a lot of apt dialogue from his works. If you’re a theatre kid, you’ll love it. Very well written, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
As I mentioned, I love this author, so perhaps I’m biased. But this is a really fascinating tale of parallel worlds and the ties between them. It also features some beautiful illustrations by Manuel Sumberac. I mean, just look at that cover.
Favorite Historical Fiction
There’s not much I didn’t love about this book. From the unique writing style and POV, to the diverse representation and fantastic twists, I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s a true work of art.
Honestly, TJR can do no wrong in my eyes, which is why both of these features are hers. She brings a whole new meaning to the genre of historical fiction, and I love everything about it. This book is just *chefs kiss* and everyone should read it (or listen to it, as in my case).
I initially listened to this as an audiobook and it impacted me so much that I immediately went to the closest bookstore and bought a copy to share with friends. It is an absolute must-read for everyone, but especially men.
What an incredible memoir. If you’re not familiar with Chelsea’s story, and government-mandated torture, you should be. I honestly can’t recommend this book enough.
As always, I encourage you to branch out and read books outside your comfort zone. Read books by disabled authors, People of Color, and those who identify as LGBTQ+. Seek out stories that will expand your horizons and teach you something new about the world, or even yourself.
And on that note, see you in 2023!