Favourite Books of 2022, so far!

Hello, everyone! 

Olivia is deep in thought reminiscing about the year. 

And we are SUPER excited today to talk to you about our favourite books of each month from 2022! 

All books listed below are very good, but we do have a clear favourite. Let’s find out which one is our fav so far of the year! I’m so curious to know if this book will end up being my favourite at the end of 2022. It might be!

Book Title: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Author: James Baldwin

This is the love story between Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, and Fonny, a young sculptor and the father of their child.  Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and sent to prison soon after they are engaged. They must face an uncertain future ahead while as they attempt to clear Fonny of his name.

Why this book?

Here it is – this is our favourite book of the year! Are you as surprised as I am? I started off the year reading a lot of great books for our Hello 2022 Readathon, but as soon as I finished this book, I knew this book would be very hard to top. 

This book made me feel every emotion possible. It discusses very important themes such as race, police brutality, and injustic, and yet still at the heart of it, this book is a love story. I was deeply invested in Tish and Fonny’s story together – from childhood to adulthood. 

Favourite Quote

“Neither love nor terror makes one blind.
Indifference makes one blind.”
– James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk

Book Title: Ace of Spades 

Author: Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

In Ace of Spades, two of the highest achieving students at a prestigious private academy are the targets of personal attacks. However, these attacks are incredibly dark, twisted, and have the potential to disrupt or potentially even end their educational and professional ambitions. 

The question is: who is Aces? And what can be done to stop them from destroying Devon and Chiamaka’s dreams?

Why this book?

I read this book for our instagram buddy read of the month during February. This was such a good book that covered important themes, including: institutionalized racism, homophobia, and classicism. But it did more than that and was reminiscent to me of the film Get Out and the tv show Pretty Little Liars. 

Months later, I still think about this book, and I definitely recommend this as a must-read thriller.

Favourite Quote

“I didn’t invent this twisted system that pits us against each other and makes us do crappy things for status – but I do know how to play it.”
– Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, Ace of Spades

Book Title: Night

Author: Elie Wiesel

This is a book everyone needs to read – it is book one of the Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel, who is a holocaust survivor and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. This book takes place during a dark time in history, when Elie and his family were taken from their home in Sighet, Transylvania in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp.

Why this book?

I just knew I would need to read this again at some point this year. 

Now reading this for the second time, I find myself drawn even further into Elie’s story and the connection he had with his father, family, and his belief system. 

There’s honestly not much more to say except: if you haven’t read this already, that needs to change. Soon.

Favourite Quote

“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed …”
– Elie Wiesel, Night

Book Title: Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café

Author: Toshikazu Kawaguchi

What would you do if you could time-travel to talk to a loved one and have closure? Would you do so? This is the second book in the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series. 

There are four stories within this collection from those seeking closure to move on with their lives following a visit to a special café.

Why this book?

I read this book for the Catathon Readathon for the prompt “read a book with a cat on the cover.” I knew that this was going to be an emotional read after reading the first book. However, this one tug even stronger on my heart strings and was so memorable. 

I’m looking forward to reading more in this series and recommend this series if you are looking for books that will have you reaching for the tissues box.

Favourite Quote

“At the end of the day, whether one returns to the past or travels to the future, the present doesn’t change.”
– Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café

Book Title: Beasts and Beauties: Dangerous Tales

Author: Soman Chainani

This is a collection of twelve classic retold by Soman Chainani including: Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. While grim (no pun intended), they are told in a way that will mystify and pack a punch the reader.

Why this book?

I read this book with Angie Henderson and we had such a great time revisiting old tales, now with a fresh perspective. We both enjoy reading retellings. 

You won’t want to miss reading Jack in the Beanstalk and Cinderella told with a twist! This is definitely for you if you enjoy short stories.

Favourite Quote

“Get too used to glorious sunsets and it is easy to blame the sun for stealing the clouds’ glory — but withhold the sun and there is nothing to see.”
– Soman Chainani, Beasts and Beauty


Book Title: Sailor Moon Eternal Edition, Volume 5

Author: Naoko Takeuchi

In this fifth volume of the infamous Sailor Moon manga series, the outer senshi are spotlighted and we get to learn about Sailor Pluto, Sailor Uranus, Sailor Saturn, and Sailor Neptune. 

Why this book?

When thinking of books to read for the Hello Spring/Autumn readathon, this was a clear winner! However, it took me longer to read this book than expected. I did not finish it until June and I’m so glad I did because it ended up being my favourite volume of the entire series! 

Read this if you are a fan of the Sailor Moon manga/anime and want to discover more about all the Sailor scouts!

That wraps up our favourite books of the year so far (by month!)

QOTD

What were your favourites? Let us know!

11 thoughts on “Favourite Books of 2022, so far!

  1. I love the idea of choosing a favorite book from each month of the year! I haven't read any James Baldwin at all, although I'm coincidentally trying to rectify that right now, so it's great to know that If Beale Street Could Talk is such a compelling read. The Before the Coffee Gets Cold series also sounds wonderful, and I've heard great things about Ace of Spades as well. Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Sara!

  2. I am a big James Baldwin fan. Have you read his picture book, Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood? I adored Beasts and Beauties: Dangerous Tales. I listened to it, and think that as soon as I finished it, I started all over again.

  3. I hope that you enjoy If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin! There is a movie as well on Netflix which was also great. An intense read but just so good. Thank you so much for your warm introduction and for visiting the blog!

  4. Cat lover and book lover here – Olivia is beautiful – we have a Ricky and Lucy )littermates). Thanks for stopping by and have fun blogging.

  5. I like the thought behind this! I wonder what I would choose for each month. I haven't read any of these but I've owned Ace of Spades for so long! Glad to see it's a favorite.

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