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My Fave Reads for the First Half of the Year


I thought I'd do a mid-year check in and share the books I've loved so far. Here's a month by month recap, including review links if I've reviewed the book. As you scan this list, make a note of any that sound different, appealing, or intriguing. Go ahead and read them. Then let me know what you think! Here goes - my favorite reads of the 2022 so far......


January









I started the year off with a BANG! I read 16 books and four of them are outstanding. The reviews for the first two can be found in a single post HERE, and The Reading List here.


February











Of the 10 books I read in February, Stephen King shows up again which is a surprise because I don't think I've read one of his books in a few years and now I've ranked them as faves in back to back months. See the reviews for these 3 books HERE.


March











The dark days of March brought me some bright days of reading enjoyment - a couple 5 stars and one 4 star book combined to lift my spirits. Ten books read (two were ARCs) plus two DNF (my first of the year). A Tiny Upward Shove is reviewed here, and the other ARC, The Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian, was a DNF. House in the Cerulean Sea review here; A Trick of the Light review here; Long Bright River review here.


April











In April I read 12 books and these 4 are my faves of the month. I read 5 fantasy/scifi books, 4 general fiction, and 3 mysteries (one of which was on audio). Project Hail Mary is reviewed here. Shiner is a debut novel and is an outstanding depiction of a remote community in the hills of W. Virginia. Shiner refers to moonshiners! Jade City is the first in a fantasy trilogy (review coming) and So You Want To Talk About Race is informative and an important book to read if you're interested in how race continues to be a major issue in the US.


May










I finished 9 books in May and am halfway through a 560 page brick of a book. These two books couldn't be more different and yet each was amazing. Burn, a story of parallel worlds and dragons (review here); Razorblade Tears a story of tragedy and revenge (review here).


June










June was a busy month filled with blog maintenance and repair that hindered my reading and I was frustrated by the whole thing! I read 10 books, and these three made my faves list. Ariadne review here; The Island of Missing Trees review here; and Portrait of a Thief gets a mini review here.


How is your year of reading shaping up so far? Are you feeling satisfied with your reading? Are you in the mood for something different, but you don't know what? Check out a couple of my reviews and see if that helps you pick something new.


Happy Reading for the rest of the year. Let me know in the comments what you've got planned to read.





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