I know I’m late to the party, but I wanted to make sure my last read of 2022 wasn’t going to become a fave, but alas it was a #DNF.
I’m a pretty picky and moody reader. I’m stingy with my five star reads and even more selective about “fave book” status. For me, five star books changed my perspective greatly in some way. They are usually books that surprise me by doing something completely different with a genre or trope. My favorite books are the ones that hit me SOUL deep and that I develop an intense obsession over. I essentially can’t stop thinking about them and recommending to everyone and their mama.
Here are the books I became obsessed with in 2022 and if you’ve been here a while, none of the titles should surprise you:
- Completely altered my perspective on Syrian refugee crisis
- Achingly beautiful Muslim love story
- The use of speculative elements to illustrate PTSD
- Needs to be in EVERY middle school across the country
- Made me reflect on how much we expected young people to “fake it” in school while adults are given permission to grieve.
- Normalization of mental health and therapy for young people
- Listened on audiobook and immediately bought a physical copy that I can't wait to reread so I can write allll over it!
- Felt levels of rage I didn’t realize my being was capable of
- American schools’ history curriculums really ain’t sh*t.
- You don’t know what you don’t know until you learn what you didn’t know.
- Hauntingly powerful storytelling
- Compelling art
- Alliterative names (D.D. and J.J. lol)
- Can’t wait to read more Butler, especially in graphic novel form. Looking at Parable of a Sower
→ Which of these did you read? Do you have any recs based on these for me to check out in 2023?