Happy Monday, bibliophiles!
2022 was a strange, messy, and transitional year for me—graduating high school, starting college, and all of the chaos in between. It’s been an unusual reading year for me too—I haven’t been able to read as much, what with college and finals throwing me off of my reading rhythm for most of the second half of the year. I didn’t have as many 5-star reads as I have in previous years (not counting re-reads, for which there were many), and that might be a consequence of how weird this year has been, but that maybe the more I read, the more selective I get with my 5-star ratings. It’s not every day that a book changes your life, rocks your world, or shifts you in some other way. But there were still several books that deserved that rating this year, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t give these truly wonderful books all my love as the year reaches its end.
(NOTE: re-reads that I previously rated 5 stars will not appear on this list.)
Let’s begin, shall we?
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️THE BOOKISH MUTANT’S 5-STAR READS OF 2022⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Wide Starlight – Nicole Lesperance
My first 5-star read of the year, and an unexpected one as well; a beautiful story of northern lights, fairytales, and family.
Read my review here!
Art Matters – Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
An essential read for anyone with creative aspirations of any kind. Neil Gaiman never misses.
Alone in Space: A Collection – Tillie Walden
A beautiful collection of vignettes and short comics from one of my favorite creators in recent years!
The Reckless Kind – Carly Heath
Another 5-star read from a new-to-me author, The Reckless Kind captured my heart with its tale of queer love and disabled identity.
Read my review here!
The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects – Mike Mignola
Another beautiful anthology from one of my favorite artists and storytellers. The Magician and the Snake always gets me choked up.
Call Us What We Carry – Amanda Gorman
At this point, Amanda Gorman is incapable of writing anything that doesn’t immediately awe me; Call Us What We Carry is filled to the brim with creativity, wisdom, and timely insight that will surely stand the test of time.
Honorable Mentions (4.5 stars):
- Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity – Ray Bradbury
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee
- Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America – Amy Reed et. al. (anthology)
- Extasia – Claire Legrand
- The Final Revival of Opal & Nev – Dawnie Walton
- Bone Weaver – Aden Polydoros
- The Raven and the Reindeer – T. Kingfisher
- Not If I Can Help It – Carolyn Mackler
- That Dark Infinity – Kate Pentecost
- March Book One – John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
- The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman
- A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk & Robot, #2) – Becky Chambers
- The Trouble with White Women: A Counterhistory of Feminism – Kyla Schuller
That’s it for my favorite books of 2022! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!