Hi, Reader. Is it still acceptable to say Happy New Year? I hope you have had a great start to your year and have some good books lined up. Today I want to add to your reading list by sharing 18 of my 5 star reads of 2022. This is a list of books I read and didn’t want to end. They are brilliant on their own right and ones I feel like everyone should read. Some if not all of them.

This is a listicle of 18 books. I will link reviews of those I have reviewed and share a word or two, and/or a sentence to those I haven’t reviewed yet. The list is in order on how I read them from January to December

  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

A masterpiece. Read my review here

  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Haunting. Riveting

  • The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segova translated by Simon Bruni

A stunner of a book. Read my review here

  • Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

I didn’t know I love grumpy main charcaters till this one

  • Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

I have no words to describe how good this book is

  • The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

A page turner from the first page till the 800th

  • A Broken People’s Playlist by Chimeka Garricks

A short story collection that bangs. Each story is a 5 star read. Love(d) it. Read my review here

  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

An emotional roller coaster of a book

  • Regretting You by Colleen Hoover


  • Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud

The purest of loves. Such a tender, heartbreaking book

  • Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

I am a CoHo stan and this book banged!

  • Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

The first book in a trilogy and it swept me away

  • The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

A book that demands your attention and lives up to the hype

  • The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

A coming of age story that’s so moving and heartbreaking

  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

I read this book every year and it ages like fine wine.

  • Mwikali and The Forbidden Mask by Shiko Nguru

A Kenyan debut book that will take you on an adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

  • Tomorrow I Become A Woman by Aiwanose Odafen

A story on womanhood and what it means, one  that will raise your blood pressure and want you fighting.

  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Any book that Nicola Yoon writes, I read. No questions asked

There goes my list. Books that I didn’t have physical copies of I read on Scribd, a bookish subscription service with unlimited access to ebooks and audiobooks and if you use my link, you will get the first 2 months free when you first sign up.

See any favorites? What’s your best book(s) of 2022?