This remarkable book has been out for a while, but I first read it in 2022. I love a bit of Greek mythology, but I wasn't expecting the sheer beauty of this amazing book. The images the author creates in her truly unique style are vivid and dense. Reading Circe was pure joy, an abundance of riches. I can't wait to read more by this author.
Lakesedge is a YA gothic fantasy/paranormal novel by a lovely local South Australian author. The plot was fun to follow and was paced really well, and the characters were well rounded and likeable.
I only read Hoover because she was recommended to me by a friend, but I wasn’t all that interested, and I didn’t enjoy her other stuff all that much. But I have to admit that Ugly Love was full of such strong emotion, and the ending was just beautiful.
My favourite reads in 2022? That’s difficult because most have been textbooks! However the two that easily come to mind are:
Abandoned in Death
Desperation in Death
In Death series) they still have a gritty realism with a hint of fresh in them.
Donna Maree Hanson
I have to admit that I went on Keri Arthur reading binge. I blitzed the Lizzie Grace series and only stopped because the last book is not out until February 2023. I am so hooked on all the characters and can’t let them go.
Murder Bot series by Martha Wells. This series is a crack up. A human/machine construct who swears a lot, hates humans but is also so human. I can’t wait for Martha to write more.
On the tail of my Bridgerton viewing I read To Sir Phillip, With Love (by Julia Quinn) to find out what happens to Eloise. I’m a sucker for Regency romance.
And just to add a bit of spice to my reading life, I picked up Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel. I kept trying to give this book away and then finding it in the garage, a random placement on a bookshelf. Anyhoo, I’m nearly done with this historical fiction book and I’m loving it but it does take a little while to adjust to the style.
In 2022 I found my reading mojo again and discovered a lot of new-to-me authors. It was also the first time ever where I binged mainly angsty, contemporary romances with the occasional paranormal/fantasy, rather than the other way around. Probably a result of BookTok peer pressure! Ha ha!
Favourite discoveries this year were Tessa Bailey and Lexi Ryan—two very different writing styles—and I devoured their entire backlist.
My top five books of 2022 were:
Mary Brock Jones
Among my favourites books this year were:
Anna Hackett's Norcross Security and Sentinel Security series. It was her SF Hell Squad series that first got me hooked on her books. I don't read a lot of contemporary romance, but I'm loving these series.
I also enjoyed her Galactic Kings series, with Conqueror just edging out the others as best in series.
A Rake of His Own
This is the last in her Stariel series, a series I absolutely love. Plus it introduced me to a new genre - gaslight fantasy. These are fun, fantasy books with a romance element. A Rake of His Own is MM, but the rest of the series are MF.
I did a lot of re-reading this year, including Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series and Catherine Asaro's Saga of the Skolian series. They were paperbacks I've had for years. Unfortunately, not all the Skolian series are on kindle yet, which is very annoying as some of the paperbacks are hard to get now.
The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne. This historical romance was Book 4 in her Spymaster series, about a group of English spies during the French revolution and Napoleonic wars. I loved the whole series - I'm an old fan of the Scarlet Pimpernel series and this was just my cup of tea - but this book was the best. Complicated main characters and a long drawn out enemies to lovers romance between an English spy and a French spy. Just magic.
Another historical romance, this time with a touch of paranormal was Emily Larkin's latest in her Baleful Godmother Regency series: Violet and the Bow Street Runner. The series is about an extended family in which the women are granted one wish by their (not very nice) fairy godmother. Violet chooses to be able to fly. I first discovered Emily Larkin through her fantasy series written under the name Emily Gee. She has a beautifully light and elegant writing style and all of her books are a must purchase for me.
Back to scifi:
The Elf Tangent
Jayne Castle's latest dust bunny book, Sweetwater Witch (Harmony)
Serena Akeroyd's Filthy series.
Michael Brent Collins
I don't normally read horror but I listened to a podcast where the writer was interviewed and I decided to try one book and I was hooked.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
I enjoyed Kristine's book about her experience trying to get the Fey books published. It's horrendous what she's been put through.
I loved The Other Half of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress World). She tells the story from Bones' point of view.
My fave Read of 2022 is:
It’s the fifth book in their Infinite City series, and boy, does it deliver. We met the twins in a previous book and I instantly fell in love with them. Their backstory is heartbreaking, and one twin in particular has a very hard time accepting he is allowed the possibility of happiness. Action packed, a great plot, and wonderful characters who grow and develop. Not to mention the incredible love arc. It’s a book about acceptance and letting go of the past, to embrace whatever the future may hold.
Some of the books I read in no particular order but were great books to read, rating 4 or 5 stars.
The Design of Dukes (The Beautiful Barringtons, Book 2)
His Silver Warrior: A S.U.N. Universe Novel
The Day You Went Away: A Werewolf Shifter Urban Fantasy Short Story (The Wild Side)
Grant: One Night with a Billionaire
The Alpha's Bed: Huntsville Pack Series Free Werewolf Romance
One Night with Her Forgotten Husband
Awaken: Wolves of Timber Falls (Small Town Packs)
Crow: Devil's Murder MC
The Billionaire's Heart: Steamy Sensations Romance (Secret Billionaire's Club, Book 1)
Blood Kissed (The Lizzie Grace Series, Book 1)
Hell's Bell (The Lizzie Grace Series, Book 2)
Crown of Shadows (A Relic Hunters Novel, Book 1)
Thanks for joining us. Happy reading!
Wow! So many books and so little time. Such fabulous titles and covers. I'm going to check some out.ReplyDelete