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Best and Most Surprising Books of 2022: Blogmas Day 8

Hello readers! Today’s post is all about my favorite books of the year. I think this is the first year I’ve done a post like this during Blogmas. I didn’t read as much as I usually do this year, but I did still have a few books that blew me away.

This one follows a woman named Amanda who slowly comes to realize that she is possessed. We follow her as her life changes and her behavior due to this possession.

I read this book earlier in the year when Booktuber Booksandlala read it. We usually do not have similar tastes in books, but we both loved this one.

In Daisy Jones and the Six, we are following all of the members of The Six. In the 70’s, The Six collaborated with Daisy Jones on a song and this made them very famous. In the current time, they are explaining all the reasons the group broke up and how it affected each person in the group.

I was sure I wouldn’t like this book before I read it. I don’t like books about famous people OR interview format. However, I listened to it on audio and I didn’t mind the format. I took a giant leap of faith on this one and enjoyed it! It wasn’t a favorite of the year, but it was surprising.

Here is another book I was sure I wouldn’t like, but I had to try it! I only tried this book because of Sanderson. Although, it really made me learn I do enjoy scifi! I tried so many new scifi books this year because of this book!

I was surprised to love and more surprised when I became a scifi lover. I’m so excited to read more in the genre in 2023!

The Bromance book club follows this group of men who join this romance book club to be better partners. I am currently reading book 5 and I have just loved this series from the beginning. There is one book in the series that will be making it on my Worst Of list. Nevertheless, I really love this entire series, all the characters (except one), and the humor.

This one follows 4 people in a spaceship. They are exploring and trying the find another planet humans can live on because Earth is dying. They are 14 light years away and find that the people on Earth stopped contacting them, making them believe Earth may be completely gone.

This book was short, but impactful. It really gets you emotionally invested into the characters early on and that makes you want to read it in one sitting.

Not only was this a favorite this year. It also surprised me as it contains quite a few tropes I don’t like, including space travel, but it was so good I didn’t care. I LOVE when a book can prove me wrong about my reading tastes.

Girlsplaining is a graphic novel about periods and coming into womanhood. It talks about how girls are told that their periods and body hair is gross, which is not the case!

Women’s bodies are not gross for doing what it was intended to do. I am absolutely having my daughter read this once she gets her period, which is a few years away. I still think it could give her more of a positive image of her own body, which is so important!

Exhalation is a collection of short scifi stories. The Lifecycle of Software Objects is my favorite of the whole book. I just love scifi books centered around AI and technology. Books like this always have so much to say. The first story, The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate, is about time travel and attempting to change what has already happened.

I read 18 scifi books in 2022 and this one was one of the best. It was also very surprising for me because I generally don’t like short stories.

I wont say much about this one because it is the last book in a series. However, it was absolutely my favorite! I was surprised at how I was about to cry at the end of the book. I am going to miss these characters!

I know these books are not for everyone, but I enjoyed the ride with Becky and I’m going to miss her shenanigans and seeing her family.

This one is probably my favorite book of the year! Lord of the Fly Fest is a retelling of Lord of the Flies. This one follows a true crime podcaster named Rafi.

Rafi gets a ticket to the Fly Fest on this island because she suspects one of the pop stars there of being a killer and wants an exclusive interview with him.

When everyone arrives, they realize the Fly Fest has been canceled, and people start going missing. Rafi has to solve the crime she came for, find these missing people and has to help find a way off this island with no phone service. Her only problem is she’s surrounded by a bunch of rich kids who are basically useless.

This book has less than 1000 ratings and was published in August! I need more people to read it. If you’ve read Lord of the Flies, please try this one!

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