Top Five Books of 2022

I try to see the good in everything I read, acknowledging that different books work for different people. But there are certain books that I don’t have to try to see the good in, because I love them entirely as they are. They’re the books I couldn’t put down because I always wanted to know what was going to happen next, and the ones I haven’t stopped thinking about since I reached the end. I generally prefer rich fantasy and tense sci-fi, and this list definitely reflects that. Here are my top five reads of 2022.

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan Reads

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan – My first read of the year, and the beginning of a 15 book journey through the entire Wheel of Time series plus its prequel story. While not a perfect series, Robert Jordan created such a rich, magical world with an abundance of unique characters, it’s no wonder this series is still popular after all this time.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – Possibly my favorite read of the entire year. This book is engaging, well-written, and I loved following Nona and her new life in an unusual convent.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – Late to the game, I was hooked while reading this book, falling in love with most of the characters and the world they live in. I finally get all the hype and I’m excited to see where the rest of the series goes.

Minor Mage by T. Kingfisher – After completing a T. Kingfisher readathon and loving a bunch of her stories, this is the book that struck me the most. It’s short and cozy, but dark and tense. Oliver, our unlikely hero, is both sweet and brave as he tries to save the town with only an armadillo by his side.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – Hesitant to pick this up after having such high hopes for it, I had so much fun reading this book. The writing isn’t perfect, and I’m glad both of the female leads were changed a bit for the film, but the story is so gripping.