Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.
I’m back!! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything. The holidays, the new year, my 30th birthday, being sick the week of my 30th birthday. But I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things finally. Since this week’s TTT is a freebie, and I haven’t done a TTT since December 13th, I’m going to post my top favorite reads from 2022.
This was such a poignant novel about place and acceptance and where people belong in this world when they don’t feel like they belong anywhere. I absolutely loved it and will definitely keep an eye out for Ann Liang’s future books!
I still don’t think I fully understand what I read and it’s been 3 month since I finished it. My mind is still in a whirlwind from the story to the writing to that ending!!
Ugh!! I’m just going to be crying in a corner for ages because of Marx! But the story itself was so well done and as usual, Zevin’s writing surpasses all.
I’m totally obsessed with flowers/plants that are poisonous…in a non-creepy way! This is what brought me to Belladonna, I had to read it. It was definitely one of my favorites of last year. The story itself was great and the relationship between Signa and Death was *chef’s kiss.* I also just loved the personality of Death, him just not giving a flying flip about who he pisses off.
This novel about motherhood and the love and trauma that is passed along through the generations was compelling and, at times, heartbreaking to read. I was totally pulled into all of Afong’s descendants and just wanted the best for them!
I know others didn’t like this because the bad guy was too easy to figure out. But that’s not the point of the novel, at least in my opinion. The point of the novel was the connections we make with the people around us that create a home and a place on a map. The idea that there are secret rooms and places on maps that can be discovered with the original is just so imaginative.
A fantasy book starring a Black teenage girl that tackles the topic of purity and purity culture. This book gives everything from the story line to the characters and the girls banding together in the end. I’m always here for women uplifting women.
I mean, come on, most people have talked about this book! We’ve heard it all and know everything about it. I absolutely love Alex and Henry, along with all the other characters and the story line. I actually read this book twice last year.
Shout out to my new favorite independent bookstore in my town where one of the booksellers suggested Olivia Dade’s Spoiler Alert series to me. While Spoiler Alert was great, I loved All the Feels even more. Lauren Clegg is such an amazing character who I definitely saw myself in a bit too much. I also need all her BHE shirts/merch!
I don’t think I have the words to describe the beauty and horror of this book! Colum McCann takes on a difficult topic through the lens of two real fathers who’s real daughters were murdered (the fathers actually write the two entries in the middle of the book). Taking on a topic of deep tragedy between a Palestinian and Israeli father as they try to find a place to belong after their daughters are horribly murdered. This will definitely stay with you for months and years to come!
Happy Reading Darlings!