If it wasn’t for Goodreads, Instagram and my blog, I wouldn’t be able to keep track of all the books I’ve read in 2022 – and I’m not even a big reader compared to the Bookstagrammers I follow.
This year, with the exception of the books that I plan to get through this month and during the Christmas break, I have read 45 books. That’s not quite a book a week and I’m seriously impressed.
In no particular order, I have rounded up my top 10 reads of the year. You will notice that three of these are re-reads and I’m not even going to apologise because a good book is a good book. I’m dreaming that one day I’ll make it onto someone’s top 10 list!
Maybe I Will by Melanie Jacobson
The third book in the Love in New Orleans series was worth the wait. An enemies-to-friends-to-lovers sweet rom com that features a naughty dog and a food truck that makes your mouth water. Chloe and Dylan were a great couple that were both working out how to trust each other after their relationship used to be about through verbal spears at each other.
Royally Rearranged by Emma St. Clair
This book was so sweet. It was a fake dating masterpiece by Emma St. Clair that includes some nasty swans and a swoony kiss before a grand ball. I loved the Royals in the modern times energy and Raf, who isn’t the villain that Serafina thought he was.
Falling For Your Enemy by Emma St. Clair
Another Emma St. Clair masterpiece. This book is the fifth in the Love Clichés series, but you don’t have to read all of them to understand it. It follows enemies Sam and Rhys who go on a book tour together and end up falling for each other. There are wild and hilarious antics thrown in there to keep the characters on their toes.
Mad About You by Mhairi McFarlane
Mhairi McFarlane is probably my favourite author of all time. She knows how to write a good story with likeable characters who are working through some serious issues that are explored while still keeping a sense of humour.
Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
This was such a lovely friends-to-lovers story with past and present tense to show us where the characters started from and how they ended up where they did. I was not surprised but still screamed nonetheless about the conflict reveal.
The Love You Deserve by Jen Morris
I still think about the book and will probably give it a re-read early next year. This is the fourth book in the Love in the City series set in Manhattan. I love the way that Jen creates characters and has them grow to be together. Plus, the New York vibes are *chef’s kiss*.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
It pains me that the 70s is referred to as historical fiction. It makes me feel so old. What’s next, the 90s is historical fiction? Even so, I loved Malibu Rising and it beat out Daisy Jones and the Six for a spot in this year’s top 10.
Spring Clean for the Peach Queen by Sasha Wasley
An Australian novel that had humour and heart and made me cry and also swoon because: Angus.
The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary
If you haven’t read this one, I suggest you do. This was a re-read for me and I loved it just as much as I did the first time. Another author who tackles serious topics with heart and humour.
Your Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
This book is a delicious twist on enemies-to-lovers. Naomi and Nicholas are already together, but with neither wanting to pull out of their floundering relationship and impending wedding, they embark on a war to get the other to call it quits.
Honourable Mention: I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman
This book made me laugh out loud because the mother-daughter snark was so relatable. Man, I can’t wait until my three daughters hit the teenage years!
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