Saturday, January 7, 2023

Book Series I Finished in 2022

This past reading year was an interesting one that I'm overall satisfied with. I read 63 books, of which a lot of those were rereads. And of all of those, I finished 8 book series. I am including rereads in that number, but only for series that I reread in their entirety during 2022. Let's go ahead and dive in! 

The first series I finished was the Sands of Arawiya duology by Hafsah Faizal which consists of We Hunt the Flame and We Free the Stars. These were the first two books I read in 2022 and the first series I finished. I rather enjoyed these books, though I do think I would have enjoyed them more if I hadn't read them as the first books out of a reading slump over the holidays. They needed more time and attention than I gave them. But I still enjoyed them and look forward to rereading them in the future. 


The second series I finished this year was the Fable duology by Adrienne Young. These two books are in my top reads of the year and I had so much fun with this duology. I've enjoyed everything I've read by Adrienne, but I was pushed to read these ones sooner because a family member was raving about them. These books were pure escapism and fun for me. The world was so vivid and I felt like I never wanted to leave. I've thought about these books a lot since I finished them and I can't wait to dive into the spin-offs in the future.


Up next, I reread the entire Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. This is one of my all time favorite middle-grade series from when I was younger. I was really in the mood for a middle-grade so I ended up just picking up the first one again...which spiraled into me rereading the rest of the series and the sequel series in one long binge. It was a pure joy being back in these books and going on these adventures again. I've loved these books since I was a child and there's so much nostalgia wrapped up in these pages that it was a very comforting reread. 

After Fablehaven, I decided to just dive straight into reading the sequel series, Dragonwatch, also by Brandon Mull. This series follows the same characters (and some new) on new adventures and trials. We got to explore a lot more of the world and it was so fascinating. Most of all, this series felt like a warm hug and a pure comfort. Getting to be back with characters I love but going on new adventures in new places was such a treat. I know that I'll be revisiting this series just as much as I revisit the original. 


The fifth series I read was the Raybearer duology by Jordan Ifueko. This is an African-inspired fantasy duology that was so incredibly vivid and fascinating. I'd heard nothing but good things about it so when it was on sale I picked up a copy as fast as I could. I binged these so fast because I just couldn't put them down. The one thing I wish was different, though, is that there was more on-page found family. So much of the story revolves around protecting loved ones and connecting with family. But it felt like most of it was us being told how close this family was and not so much seeing it happen which I wished for. Though that's probably the only issue I have with them. 


Then I reread the entire Curse of the Gods series by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington. This is one of my favorite RH series and I just needed a fun reread so I picked it up. I also realized I hadn't reread these in a while and it was only my first time rereading the last book since it came out. It was so much fun being back in this fantasy romance. Overall, just a fun revisit to a great series that I love. 


Then I read one of my new all-time favorites: the Mindf*ck Series by S.T. Abby. This is a five book series (though each book is pretty short) that I stayed up reading in one night. It's a super dark story with a bit of romance in it and I was absolutely obsessed. It's about a serial killer (though you're on her side) who falls in love with the FBI agent working to find her. Of course, the story is about so much more than that. I laughed, I cried, I got angry, I got was a whole emotional rollercoaster. It's also now one of my all-time favorites that I think about constantly, though I definitely recommend checking out the trigger warnings before reading. 


The last series I finished in 2022 was the STEM-inist Novella Collection by Ali Hazelwood. These are three romance novellas focused around women in STEM. I definitely have my favorites within these novellas but overall I enjoyed them. They weren't particularly groundbreaking and I still prefer her longer works but it was still cute and fun. 


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