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7 years ago today, I shared my first book review on Whiskey With My Book. To mark this occasion, I thought I’d recap last year by listing my 10 favorite 5-star books of 2022. It is really hard to choose only 10, but for your sake and mine, I did. It is even harder to rank them, but I managed. Note: If I reviewed the book, I included the link. Clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon. Use of these links supports this blog and is very much appreciated. I also recommended checking with your library (if you want to save some $$$)!
10 and 9 – The Bell of Belgrave Square and The Siren of Sussex. These are the first two books in The Belles of London series by Mimi Matthews. The historical romances are about women and men who find love outside society’s expected boundaries.
8 – Soul Taken (Mercy Thompson, #13) by Patricia Briggs. Between 2021 and 2022, I read (or listened to) the entire Mercy Thompson series. Binging the urban fantasy series was a great way to soak it up. I reviewed 1-12 before I read #13.
7 – The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin. Wartime in London is fraught with danger and heartbreak. This was a moving story enriched by historical detail, complex characters, and books.
6 – The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd. An absolutely fascinating bit of magical realism, secrets, maps, mapmakers, and intrigue.
5 – Upgrade by Blake Crouch. This was one of two Blake Crouch books I read last year. Upgrade examines the ethics of scientific advancements.
4 and 3 – The League of Gentlewomen Witches and the Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton. The first two books in the Dangerous Damsels series are highly entertaining. Crammed full with humor, romance and flying battlehouses, what’s not to love?
2 – Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett. I was completely charmed by this tale of two academics whose study of faeries becomes an adventure you will never forget.
1 – The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston. I don’t read a lot of fiction set in current times, so I was quite surprised that this contemporary romance turned out to appeal to me so much! I even recommended it to my library’s book club. I hope they love it as much as I did. I plan to share a review of this book eventually. I might save it for Valentine’s week.
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