Can you imagine we’re already halfway through 2022? Because I can’t… Never mind me having an existential crisis, instead, let’s have a chat about books. So far this year I’ve read twenty-six books, most of them I enjoyed, so it’s going to be quite hard to choose favourites. Nevertheless, I’ll try my best! I actually would have forgotten about this tag, but Emma just posted her video, so I felt inspired to do mine. I did this tag last year, too, if you’re interested, you can check it out HERE.
Best book you’ve read so far in 2022
Let me pick a fiction and non-fiction one because I genuinely can’t pick one out of these two. I read The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys in March, but I still think about how much I enjoyed it. It was so entertaining and educational too. The second one is The Choice by Edith Eva Eger, which is a phenomenal memoir.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2022
I’ve only read two sequels this year, and I enjoyed both, but if I had to choose, I’d go with Tales from the Café by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. It is the second instalment in the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series. I think I enjoyed both parts equally, I couldn’t decide if I liked the first better, or not. If you want to read something unique, quite melancholic, then read these books.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
The newest English release I have on my tbr is Medusa by Jessie Burton, which was published in October 2021. I’m still waiting if they’re going to translate it to Hungarian, because I read The Muse that way, and I’d like to do this way too with Medusa. I’m sold every time someone mentions Greek myth, so obviously, I have to read this book.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
*checks most anticipated 2022 releases post* Well, I can definitely see how much my reading taste has changed because I lost interest in the majority of the books here. The one I’m most excited about is Nothing Sung and Nothing Spoken by Nita Tyndall, because it’s a sapphic historical fiction set in Berlin, 1938. The publication date is October 18. (I’ll also check out Mason Deaver’s, Aiden Thomas’s, Alice Oseman’s and Sophie Gonzales’s new releases once I’m in the mood for a contemporary/fantasy.)
I wouldn’t say I was disappointed, but I thought I’d enjoy The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd more. I just didn’t like the writing style that much, and had a hard time connecting to the main character.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I know some people who have read it and they said it was hard to read because it was dense, but I had no such problems. I felt immersed in the story right at the beginning, and read it quite quickly.
Favourite new author (debut or new to you)
I don’t think I have a favourite new author.
Newest fictional crush
I don’t have this one either.
Newest favourite character
I wouldn’t call them favourite, but I really liked Sunil from Loveless by Alice Oseman.
Book that made you cry
The Choice by Edith Eva Eger. This is not a light read, it deals with so many painful events.
Book that made you happy
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones was such a heartwarming book! I smiled so much at the banter between the three main characters.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes is probably the most gorgeous book I’ve bought so far!
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I wouldn’t say I need to read any of these books, but I’d be happy if I got to them:
- Lovely War by Julie Berry
- Stories of God by Rainer Maria Rilke
- A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
- Convenience Store Women by Sayaka Murata
- Mythos by Stephen Fry
What is your favourite book so far this year? What was your biggest surprise and why? Hope you read more great books than bad ones!