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Reviewing my 2022 Reads. The Good, the Funny, and the Powerful

I’ve read 36 books this year, and since the month is winding down, its time for a reading recap. instead of boring you with a recap of every. single. book. I’ve decided to give “awards” for a few key categories. I wholeheartedly g these books if you haven’t read them yet. I’m including Amazon links which I will receive some compensation if you buy using them, but these are all books I DEEPLY ENJOYED.

Stand Outs I Can’t Define

3. The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman

This non-fiction history book is a reflection on the 1990s. Going 30 years into the past was a great way to look back into where we’ve come from most recently and how that impacts our current landscape. Travel back in time and get it on Amazon.

2. Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman

This book is a fan fiction if it was for adults and better written (no offense to fanfics, they have their place). This book uses the trope that jumps between the past and present, which helps give more perspective into why things are being handled the way they are. Get it on Amazon.

1. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

This book is just SO GOOD. I can’t even explain to you how immersed I got. This book flips be4tween the past and present and you spend the entire novel waiting for the point where they address what went wrong in the past and how it’s going to impact them currently. It’s worth every page (or minute listened if it’s an audiobook). Get it on Amazon.

The Most Romantic

3. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

The Bride Test honestly surprised me, it’s fun, it’s sweet and an easy read when you’re in a lovey-dovey mood. It’s not perfect, but it was a good time. Get it on Amazon.

2. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

This one is an absolute classic, and I understand why. Mr. Darcy is the standard. Get it on Amazon.

1. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

This romance is so fun! You’ve probably seen the previous books in this collection on my blog in past years but this one focuses on the youngest sister. This romance has the grumpy/sunshine trope and is just so cute and fun. Find it on Amazon.

Most Engaging

3. Youngblood by John Oliver Killens

Youngblood is one of my moms favorite books of all time and I fully understand why. This book is focused on Jim Crow Georgia and both the growing civil rights movement and labor movement in the more rural parts of the state. Get it on Amazon.

2. Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn

Bloodmarked is the sequel to my 2021 favorite, Legendborn and boy does it meet the hype behind it. This story is just so good, it understands what it is and what it wants to say. Get it on Amazon.

1. Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

This book was recommended to me 15 times at minimum by one of my friends and she was right. This book (another one that uses past and present to guide us through) is so engaging, so enrapturing you have to pick it up for yourself. Get it on Amazon.

My Overall Top 3

3. Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem by Daniel R. Day

The only new entry in the post. This memoir by Dapper Dan is a great read that touches on community, legacy, gentrification, and black pop culture. I recommend it to anyone, whether you’re familiar with who he is (like I was), or not. Get it on Amazon.

2. Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn

It’s just so good! Please get it! Get it on Amazon.

1. Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

The best book of my year, I love it so much, I might even read it again soon. Get it on Amazon.

What was your favorite book of 2022? Let me know in the comments!

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