The year that was … 2022!

First up, wishing you all a fabulous 2023 full of love, health, happiness and peace!

Secondly, hi! Hello! Long time no see. I took my annual break during September and then … well, somehow that turned into a hugely extended and unplanned hiatus. The more I told myself it seemed time to come back, the more my brain just went “nope, not doing it” and it it all just became that little bit harder. So here we are, some months later. New year, old(er) me … I figured what better time to try this blogging malarkey again. I’ve no idea what this year will bring. Still not psychic. But I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the blog completely yet.

So, let’s take a look back at the year that was 2022. Book-wise, at least. Let me start off by saying it has been the worst reading year I’ve had in years. Way back in January, I wrote a list of challenges for myself. Luckily I never shared that list anywhere, because apart from reaching my Goodreads goal I failed all of them. And I reached that goal during the last week before Christmas so I’m not exactly feeling very accomplished here 😳.

A total of 101 books it was then. But many, many others were picked up, perused, put back on the shelf or unceremoniously dumped onto the charity pile. I’d blame myself since it seems obvious that I found myself in some kind of existential reading/reviewing/blogging crisis. But I don’t. As always, I shall blame the books 😏.

Here are the 18 books that (mistakenly) convinced me that my reading slump was coming to an end. Series and stand-alone combined, all published in 2022. In random order … That’s right. There is NO favourite. I know, you’re shocked. The choice was just impossible to make.

Cara Hunter – Hope To Die
Elodie Harper – The House With The Golden Door
A.K. Turner – Life Sentence

Richard Osman – The Bullet That Missed
M.W. Craven – The Botanist
Helen Fields – One For Sorrow [review]

Guy Morpuss – Black Lake Manor [review]
Paul Cleave – The Pain Tourist
Robert Gold – Twelve Secrets [review]

Will Shindler – The Hunting Ground [review]
J.P. Pomare – The Wrong Woman [review]
D.V. Bishop – The Darkest Sin [review]

There was a time when I was sure my favourite book of the year would probably be one of these next six. Three were written by favourite authors after all. But then these other folks showed up and turned everything on its head. So, after many hours of headache-inducing thinking had passed, I decided to give up trying to figure out which one it should be.

Lisa Gardner – One Step Too Far [review]
Sharon Bolton – The Dark
Karin Slaughter – Girl, Forgotten

Shelley Burr – Wake
Frances Quinn – That Bonesetter Woman [review]
Benjamin Stevenson – Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone

Needless to say, despite the lack of reviews, I would quite happily recommend each and every one of the 18 books on this list.

There you have it. I hope you found something in this list that has piqued your interest. Please do let me know in the comments which books ended up on your lists, if you made one. And let’s all hope this year will bring many more bookish delights! xx

  34 comments for “The year that was … 2022!

  1. January 3, 2023 at 10:08 am

    Nice to see you back. I’m hoping to read the latest Richard Osman book this month. 😊

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    • January 4, 2023 at 9:13 am

      Thank you, Joanne! Feels good to be back. I hope you enjoy the Osman as much as I did. Such a fab series.

      Have a wonderful 2023! xx

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  2. Karen
    January 3, 2023 at 10:19 am

    Lovely to see you back, I’ve missed seeing you here. Three of your choices I’ve read and totally agree with. I didn’t do any best of lists this year as life got in the way, but That Bonesetter Woman would definitely have been on it. Wishing you lots of great books and happy times in 2023. x

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    • January 4, 2023 at 9:12 am

      So glad to hear That Bonesetter Woman would have made your list. I just knew you were going to love it as much as I did. What are the other three? /curious because some things never change πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚

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      • Karen
        January 4, 2023 at 10:10 am

        The other two I’ve read and loved were The Hunting Ground and The Dark. Quite a few of your others I have on my TBR…as you say, nothing changes!🀣

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  3. January 3, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Good to see you back!


  4. January 3, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Well hello stranger I was wondering if you were going to return or not! Good to see The Thursday Murder Club on this list they’re so fun and I can’t wait for book 4! xx

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  5. January 3, 2023 at 11:28 am

    I’m very happy to see you back and I missed your updates and reviews! I have One Step Too Far and The Botanist on my top 10 too and I’m interested in a few others, especially Black Lake Manor. I hope to discover this new author this year! Happy new year Eva!

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    • January 4, 2023 at 9:10 am

      Thank you, Inge! Good to see you too!

      Are you posting your list? Or did you already do that? I’m a tad out of the loop 😳.

      I hope you like Guy Morpuss. He’s very different from everything else that’s out there and causes headaches but in a good way. πŸ˜‚

      Happy 2023! xx

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      • January 9, 2023 at 9:00 pm

        It was my last post of December (on the 28th) 😊
        Being different can go two ways for me so we’ll have to see about Guy Morpuss but it’s a risk I’m willing to take. Happy 2023 to you!

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        • January 10, 2023 at 10:22 am

          Gah, I had a feeling I missed it but I’ve gone and rectified the error of my ways πŸ™‚

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  6. January 3, 2023 at 11:56 am

    So lovely to have you back Eva. Lots of those on my pile to read too xx

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  7. January 3, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Welcome back! Glad you decided to give the blog another chance πŸ˜‰

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 4, 2023 at 9:07 am

      Good to see you, lovely! We will see how I feel after attempting to write my first review of the year πŸ˜‚.

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  8. Jo
    January 3, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    Welcome back, Eva! I also had a poor reading year – I do blame myself, but you’ve made me wonder if it’s actually the books… πŸ€”

    Here’s to a wonderful 2023!

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    • January 4, 2023 at 9:06 am

      *whispers it’s always the books* πŸ˜‰.

      I say that because there were some I picked up and just flew through in a day or two. Others took me weeks of sheer frustration, or some I barely made it to page 50 before throwing in the towel. So it is just obvious there was something wrong with them πŸ’πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

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  9. January 3, 2023 at 6:12 pm

    It’s great to see you back. Wish you an amazing 2023!

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  10. January 3, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    Happy New Year Eva, good to see you. Here’s to a happy, healthy and bookish 2023 xx

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  11. January 3, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    Nice to see you back, Eva. Happy New Year. I hope you have a wonderful 2023 in all areas of your life.

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  12. January 3, 2023 at 8:07 pm

    Hello!!!! You’re back! I’d concluded you’d either been abducted by aliens or else thrown into prison for glueing yourself to the front of a bookshop in protest against shrinking TBRs! Either way, I’m glad you escaped! You added That Bonesetter Woman and the DV Bishop series to my wishlist this year, and I’ve decided I need to add the Richard Osman books too – they seem so-o-o not you that I’m intrigued!

    Whether you stick around or continue your hiatus, Happy New Year – may more books fall in your lap in 2023 than on your head! 🍾🍾🍾

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    • January 4, 2023 at 9:03 am

      That sounds infinitely more fun than what actually happened. Now I’m disappointed no alien came to kidnap me. Ugh. (You should so write a book πŸ˜„)

      I’m glad I was able to add to your TBR. I’m hoping to add more this year, because I’m nice like that. Do so hope you enjoy Osman. Tis true, very much not me, but such good fun. I can’t wait for the next one!

      Happy 2023! The year where your TBR will finally hit 300 😏.

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  13. January 3, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    Welcome back! Glad you are still here and and I love your favourite books. Happy New Year!

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  14. January 4, 2023 at 10:41 am

    Nice to see you back blogging ❀ xx

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  15. January 4, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    Welcome back, EvaπŸ’œ You were missed!

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  16. January 7, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    It’s good to see you back! I’ve missed seeing you around. ❀ I've read and loved three of these (The Bullet That Missed, The Botanist and One For Sorrow) and many more are on my TBR.

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