It’s time to talk about the best books of 2022. Let’s get to it.
Babel crushed my heart. I absolutely cried at the end. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Honestly, I can’t stop thinking about it. The world building was rich and precise. I felt like I was right there with Robin. Robin’s character development was astounding. He was a completely different person at the end of the story and the book followed the events that changes him every step of the way. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful, and the author put a ton of research into it. It was so, so good.
Words of Radiance
When I did my top five so far list during the summer, I put The Way of Kings on that list. I had no clue that Words of Radiance would top it. And it didn’t just beat it by a little it was head and shoulders above The Way of Kings. I still love The Way of Kings don’t get me wrong. But there’s just something about Words of Radiance that really stuck with me. All of our characters are finally in the same place with the same intentions, and I’m loving the comradery between them. I loved all of the twists and turns, and the set up for the next book. I can’t wait to get back to this world.
The Name of the Wind
So, if you saw my disappointing books of 2022 post then you know The Slow Regard of Silent Things is on the list. The reason it’s on the list is because I loved the first two books in this series so much that it just didn’t meet the same standards, in my opinion. The Name of the Wind is absolutely stunning. It had everything that I wanted in a fantasy. The world was fully fleshed out, the characters were developed, and the writing was lyrical. I pulled so many quotes from this book. I didn’t want to love it because there’s no book three for the foreseeable future. But it is a really good book.
I finally read Dracula this year and I loved it as much as I thought I would. I can see why it’s a classic. It had all of the gothic feelings. It was eerie and atmospheric. I was on edge the entire time I read it. It (and Carmilla) helped to establish most of the vampire lore that we see today. Seriously, if you love vampires you need to give this classic a read.
What Moves the Dead
What Moves the Dead is a The Fall of the House of Usher retelling that I just knew I had to read. I was hesitant because there have been some retellings that I don’t like. But this one did it in a unique way while still keeping the same vibes as the original. This one was super creepy and explored the fungus just a little deeper that the original did. I liked that it took the topic and ran with it. I was surprised by how much I loved it honestly.
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