Best of 2022

Best of 2022 – Top 12 Books

Another great year for reading as I explored even more genres and new authors.  This list of twelve represents my best choices of the many I enjoyed. They weren’t all published in 2022 but read this year. I hope you’ll consider adding and enjoy them at least as much as I did.

1. The Appeal by Janice Hallett
If you like the epistolary format of storytelling you’ll love this as its best in class.







2. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

While I came late to the CoHo party, I’m now a die-hard fan. This one is classic Hoover with every emotion covered.






3. Take Me Higher by Pamela Clare

It’s not often I’m completely blown away by a story but this was one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read.







4. Out of the Clear Blue Sky by Kristan Higgins

The heroine’s journey following her unwanted divorce was an emotional smorgasbord. Higgins strikes again!








5. Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
I was worried this wouldn’t live up to the hype but it more than did. It was a wonderful surprise.








6. Cold as Ice by Allison Brennan 

I dreaded getting to this book for good reason and it was every bit as harrowing as I imagined. Of course, I couldn’t stop listening.








7. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Why did I wait so long to read this?!?! My book club selected it and it was a hit, especially on audio. That ending…








8. Desperation in Death by J. D. Robb

You’d think that after more than 50 books in a series (this is #55) the stories would become stale. Not hardly with this one. It’s a horrific view of human trafficking in the future. Utterly chilling.








9. Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby

One of the more complex stories I read last year, this had me conflicted on so many levels. It’s a masterpiece.








10. Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

I’m not a big fan of time shifts but this was different. It’s clever and unique, something I could listen to again.








11. Six Graves by Angela Marsons

This story haunted me long after I finished, the most nerve wracking story in the series. It was outstanding.









12. Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
Hard to admit that I only chose this book to read because it was hyped by a lot of my friends. But! This time I’m glad I succumbed to the hype because it’s special.




Any of these on your list of favorites?
What are some of yours?

22 thoughts on “Best of 2022 – Top 12 Books”

  1. Yes, def Remarkably Bright Creatures,
    and the JD Robb.
    Hereare mine
    1 Masters in this Hall by KJ Charles.
    2 Ramses the Damned by Anne Rice
    3 The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal
    4 Phantom Game by Christine Feehan
    5 Overboard by Sara Paretsky
    6 Dead in the Water by Julie Ann Walker. A great end to the series
    7 Reede’s Mission to the Sectors by Veronica Scott
    8 Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
    9 Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
    10 The Real Baxter by Lane Hayes
    11. Leopard’s Scar by Christine Feehan
    12 Emperor by Anna Hackett

    Plus special mentions to The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells and The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley. Both of which I was working my way through last year. Plus The Beresford by Will Carver.

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  2. I am really intrigued by Take Me Higher by Pamela Clare after reading your comment, Jo. Is this a series I need to read in order, or can it be read as a standalone? There are so many wonderful books on this list.

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