Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Favorite Books of 2022

I’m so excited for today’s prompt. I’ve been thinking about my favorite books from last year all December. I’ve decided to exclude any rereads from my list. Otherwise, almost my entire list would be old favorites instead new ones. Here are my top ten favorite books from 2022:

  1. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  2. Anxious People by Frederik Backman
  3. Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis
  4. A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross
  5. Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
  6. The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
  7. The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis
  8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  9. Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
  10. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Honorable Mentions

I had quite a few 4-star reads this year. They made up most of my reading, actually. I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge them.

What about you? Which books were your favorite reads from 2022? Do we have any in common?

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Books on My Winter 2023 TBR

I honestly love the original prompt for today. However, I only got two books for Christmas this year. This is completely fine because I have enough of a backlog as there is, lol. For those who are curious, I received a beautiful new edition of DUNE by Frank Herbert and PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry, and I’m excited about both of them!

Because I missed the prompt, I’ve decided to go back a couple of weeks and do the yearly “Books on My Winter 2022-2023 TBR.” (I changed it to Winter 2023, though, since we have less than a week left this year.) As always, I may plan to read specific books during the next few months because they fit a challenge, they’re for book club, or whatever. Whether I stick to my plan is all dependent on my mood as I can’t force myself to read something I’m not in the mood for. Here are ten books I might read this winter, mood permitting:

I’m most excited to read A FIRE ENDLESS by Rebecca Ross because I adored A RIVER ENCHANTED earlier this year.

What about you? Which books are on your winter TBR? Do we have any in common?

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Favorite Unlikeable Characters I Can’t Help Love

This week’s prompt is “Favorite ‘Awww’ Moments in Books” and I was going to try doing it. I realized I can’t remember enough details in most of the books I’ve read to come up with anything that fits the prompt. Going rogue seems like the best option. I haven’t been able to participate in the last couple of TTTs so I’m going with one of those topics–“Favorite Unlikeable Characters I Can’t Help Love.” Here are my top characters:

Severus Snape

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Sebastian Morgenstern

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Cole

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Dolores Umbridge

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Annie Wilkes

Misery by Stephen King

Mrs. Danvers

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Eustace Scrubbs

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

Julian

Wonder: The Julian Chapter by RJ Palacio

Miranda Priestly

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

What about you? Which unlikeable characters made your list? Do we have any in common?

I learned in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) that life is full of dialectics, or two opposing truths. In this case, the two opposing truths are: 1) I don’t agree with JKR’s stance regarding trans people, and 2) I still love Harry Potter.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Standalone Books I Wish had a Sequel

This week’s prompt is “Favorite Words.” While I love words, I wasn’t feeling the topic this morning. I’ve decided to do a past prompt that I didn’t get a chance to do instead. It is “Standalone Books I Wish had a Sequel.” Here are my top ten books:

Technically, THE HOST is supposed to be the first book in a series. I haven’t seen any other books in the series and I’d really like a sequel at least. I think THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, ATLANTIA, and SUNSHINE feel more like middle books in a trilogy. The other six books are just stories I’d like to check in on.

Just for funsies, here are five of my favorite words:

Discombobulated

Cattywampus

Falderal

Malarkey

Jackanapes

What about you? Which books or words made your list this week? Do we have any in common?

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Books with Beautiful Typography

I’m doing last week’s prompt this week. I was sad when I didn’t have the time to look for my favorite typographically pleasing covers. Since I only have three bookshops on my bucket list (which I’ll still share), I’ve decided to pivot yet again.

First things first, every bookshop I want to visit is in the US because I’ve never really looked into bookshops around the world. In fact, I haven’t really looked into bookshops, period. I just know these three because of authors or friends. The three bookshops I’d love to visit someday are:

  1. Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon: I’ve had several friends visit this amazing independent bookstore and I’d like to check it out someday too.
  2. Changing Hands in Phoenix, Arizona: This is Stephenie Meyer’s home independent bookstore. They sometimes have signed books on hand. I’d love to visit and just maybe run into Meyer. LOL.
  3. Nowhere Bookshop in San Antonio, Texas: This bookstore is owned and run by the fabulous Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess). I adore her so much and I’d love to meet her and support her literacy efforts.

Okay, now that we have that out of the way, here are my top ten books with beautiful typography:

I decided to go with books only on my TBR rather than ones I’ve already read. Each of these covers draw me right in. For some it’s the typography alone and others it’s how the typography and artwork mesh together.

I also still want to share two books I’ve already read. THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN is one of my all time favorite covers. Even though I hate that the publisher changed the covers for THE DIVINERS and its sequels, I do love the typography on this cover a lot:

I could add so many more lovely covers to this post, but I’ll stop here.

I also wanted to say I’m sorry I didn’t return comments from last week. It was a hard week, both emotionally and physically. I figure I’m allowed one week of no blog hopping and commenting. Thanks to all who did comment last week! I’ll definitely be blog hopping today and tomorrow.

What about you? Which books or bookshops made your list this week? Do we have any in common?