Friday Fives | My Favorite Books of the Year…So Far

Posted July 8, 2022 by TheNonbinaryLibrarian in friday fives / 1 Comment

I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics.

It’s the halfway point of the year, so let’s see which of the books I’ve read so far are my favorite books of 2022.

I know everyone brings this book up and loves it, but it’s for a reason!! It’s so good and lovely and absolutely precious. I’m actually going to be re-reading it (hopefully) in July for a book club I’m in.

I know there are mixed reviews on this, but I thought it was atmospheric in the way you feel about your hometown or a library. It’s beautiful and such an interesting premise!

This book is loosely based on real events. Bassam Aramin is is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. Brought together through individual tragedies of each having a daughter be killed, one my a suicide bomb and one by a rubber bullet. The novel is 1001 individual vignettes, a la 1001 Arabian Nights, with the 2 vignettes in the middle being Bassam & Rami’s own writing. Absolutely beautiful!

I’m in love with how this novel shows girls taking back their own power and how the patriarchy keeps women down. The purity culture that inspires the book is so accurate, as someone who grew up in the South and immersed in that culture.

This novel is so stickin’ adorable!! Emmett wants to be country music’s biggest gay superstar, while Luc just wants to help his family out and absolutely hates country music. There’s layers in this one that I truly appreciated, about family drama and past secrets and small town life. Such a fun read!!

Happy Reading Darlings!

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