Top 10 Books I Read In 2022

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season. Today I am sharing my final post of the year and it is time for THE list – the top 10 books I have read in 2022!

While I have had fewer five-star reads than in previous years, it feels like I have enjoyed most of the books I have read in the past 12 months and given a lot of high ratings, so every single book here is extremely worthy of its place on this list.

The task of narrowing the list down is usually quite difficult, but not so much this year. Some of the books I included are here on the basis of how strongly I invested in them, compared to others. There is a variety of genres and voices here, and I am pleased with the diversity of this list.

Anyway, enough chatter! Here is my list of my top 10 favourite books of the year, in no particular order.

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

I loved this from the very beginning. Whether you are familiar with the mythology or not, the storytelling is so elegant and gorgeous that it takes you under its spell. The two protagonists are extremely well written and throughout this retelling I was totally bewitched by its power and intrigue.

My review

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

The excellence in this book lies in the strength of its world building, which is detailed and quite hard-hitting as it creates a dystopia ruled by a merciless patriarchy. I connected with the main character Deka very early on and despite the intense battle scenes and bloodshed, there are some lighter moments too as well as morally grey characters.

Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

The best and most original thriller I have read for some time. I am a huge fan of Gillian McAllister’s work and have read all her books, but this one has such an ingenious concept which – even more impressively – is executed to near perfection. It is so clever and there were moments which made me gasp as I was so along for the ride.

My review

The One Hundred Years Of Lenni And Margot by Marianne Cronin

An extraordinary book that was both full of sadness and incredibly uplifting at the same time. The storytelling is just impeccable and I completely fell in love with the two main characters, to the extent that there were moments that made me laugh and others which left me teary eyed.

Review coming soon!

Daughter Of The Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

Without a doubt, my favourite book I read in 2022! Pretty much everything about it was just magnificent, from the beautiful, vivid writing to the captivating world-building. The plot was so often thrilling with some really intense moments that had me on the edge of my seat, and also contained a fascinating romance. Meanwhile, the main character Xingyin is one of my all-time favourite protagonists. This book blew me away.

My review

The Smallest Man by Frances Quinn

This book is so engaging and is told from such a brilliant perspective that I just fell in love with it. The narrative conjured a lot of emotions and throughout the story, told by the brilliant character of Nathaniel Davy, it never loses its essence. It had the perfect mix of sensitivity and wit, so I had to award it the full five stars.

My review

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

Before reading this I was incredibly excited but also nervous, as following on from These Violent Delights, which had become one of my all-time favourite books, I wondered if this second part of the duology could live up to that or if I could fall back into the story. But there was no need to fear, as I was transported straight away and awestruck by the intensity of the plot, the continuation of the Romeo And Juliet retelling, and the thrilling ending.

My review

Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

As intense a thriller as you are ever likely to encounter, Hostage brings high stakes, amazing twists, and not one but two life-or-death scenarios. The plot is often unsettling but the way it is written is so clever and my heart was pounding during some scenes. And who could forget the ending?!

My review

I Know You Did It by Sue Wallman

This is the one I thought longest about before including in my top 10, but I decided to go with my heart and say how much I enjoyed reading this young adult thriller. It had a great premise and some really effective red herrings, while the ending was suitably dramatic. The main character was also very impressively depicted.

My review

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

I know that this book widely divides opinion and there are those who seriously disliked it, but for me this was a really enjoyable read from start to finish. I loved the uniqueness of it and reading from Korede’s perspective, and despite a somewhat outlandish plot there was something enthralling and addictive about it, aided by the short chapters and moments of irony.

My review

Honourable Mentions

Here are some of the books that did not quite make it into my top 10, but I really enjoyed all the same!

Let’s Chat

Have you read any of the books in my top 10? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading 🙂


24 thoughts on “Top 10 Books I Read In 2022

  1. I’ve read four of these but Ariadne is still on my TBR and I’m very tempted to also add Lenni and Margot since I’ve heard so many good things about that book. Looks like you had a great year of reading, Stephen, and I hope that 2023 continues to bring you all the amazing reads! 😊

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  2. I love the variety of books that you have on your top ten. I loved Ariadne, Lenni and Margot and The Bullet that missed. The Gilded Ones was brilliant too but I was disappointed by the sequel. Here’s to another great year of reading in 2023. Happy New Year Stephen.

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  3. I’m glad you discovered some new favourites this year. I haven’t read Daughter of the Moon Goddess, but I am loving the high praise. I am definitely curious to discover the world and main character. I hope you enjoy the sequel just as much.
    Wishing you a wonderful 2023! 🥰

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  4. I got sent a proof copy of Heart of the Sun Warrior a while back and hadn’t read the first. Reading that Daughter of the Moon Goddess is your stand out book for 2022 has made me go and download the audio book and get on with it!


  5. Lovely list! I really need to read these violent delights at some point this year! and daughter of the moon goddess sounds so good, plus I am so in love with that cover. need to add it to my tbr! 🥰

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    1. Those books have become two of my all-time favourites, so I’d love to know what you think of them! Daughter of the Moon Goddess is stunning in every way, and I agree with you about the cover 😍 Thank you, Marie. I hope you have a great reading year ahead.


    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed Ariadne too, and The Gilded Ones is a really good read. You read some great books last year too – I also liked As Good As Dead and Evelyn Hugo. I hope you have a wonderful 2023 😊


  6. I had some soft things to say and then I saw OUR VIOLENT ENDS AND NOW I AM SCREAMING AHHH SO HAPPY YOU LOVED!!!! I could cry, and I am not prepared for the new series. Big squeals for you.

    And a stunning list friend. I’m definitely bumping The One Hundred Years Of Lenni And Margot and Daughter of The Moon Goddess up the list. And also glad to see you loved As Good As Dead because I’ve been ~nervous~ about that one *hides*

    All the love friend <3<3<3<3

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    1. Aha I completely LOVED Our Violent Ends so it had to be on the list!! It’s reached the stage where I’m in love with every word that Chloe Gong writes haha. I’m currently reading Foul Lady Fortune and it’s good!!

      You have to read Daughter of the Moon Goddess, Ruby! And As Good As Dead, that was…interesting.

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  7. This is such an amazing list of book! I really wanna get around to reading Ariadne and These Violent Delights, hopefully soon!

    Out of this list, I have read only one book and I did not like it, sometimes I feel like I am the only one who has a negative opinion about that book 😂😅

    My best book of 2022 was The Song of Achilles and my heart still hasn’t healed from the trauma it caused.

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