Wednesday 5 January 2022

5 Books I Want to Read in 2022

5 books to read in 2022

2021 was my best ever year in terms of the number of books I read. I managed a whopping 101 books in twelve months which works out at roughly 2 a week. Not bad going at all! 

However, I've heard it said that book reading and book-buying are two very different hobbies. With the number of unread books sitting on my shelf, I think I'd be inclined to agree! So, I've scoured my shelves - both physical and virtual - to come up with a shortlist of books I can't wait to sink my teeth into this year. 

Before we get started, let's have a quick recap of how I've fared in previous years:
  • 2016: 1/5 books read (now 2/5 books read)
  • 2017: 0/5 books read (now 5/5 books read)
  • 2018: 2/5 books read (now 5/5 books read)
  • 2019: 4/5 books read (now 5/5 books read)
  • 2020: 4/5 books read (now 4/5 books read)
  • 2021: 2/5 books read
6 years in and I still haven't managed to read all five books in a year! I blame the fact I get easily distracted when shiny, new books arrive. Maybe 2022 will finally be my year?

In an attempt to help myself achieve my goals, this year's selection features only books by authors I've read and loved before. Funnily enough, they're also all by female authors!

Here are the five books I hope to read this year.

The Forgotten Village by Lorna Cook

I adored Lorna Cook's novel The Girl from the Island so I couldn't stop myself from exploring her other books. The Forgotten Village is a dual-timeline story, with one part set in the present day and the other during World War Two. It sounds engaging, mysterious, and romantic; I can't wait to get stuck into it!

Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver

I've enjoyed both children's and adult books by Michelle Paver, so I've had my eye on Wakenhyrst ever since it was published a few years ago. It sounds like a gorgeous Gothic horror - think big old houses, atmospheric scenery, and plenty of brooding characters. My only concern is whether I should avoid reading it just before bed!

Elektra by Jennifer Saint

Due to be published in April this year, Elektra is a sumptuous new retelling of classic Greek mythology. It also promises an exciting new feminist angle. If it's written anywhere near as well as Ariadne, it will be a dream to read. Plus that cover is simply gorgeous, as I'm sure you'll agree.

The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson

I love a good historical novel, and The Little Wartime Library promises everything I'm looking for in a book. Friendship, adventure, and drama - and all based on a true story!  Due to be published in February, luckily there's not long left to wait before I can get my hands on a copy.

Remembrance by Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot's The Mediator books are probably my favourite YA series of all time, so I can't believe I only recently found out that there's a seventh addition to the series! Remembrance is set several years after the events of the original books, yet it promises just as much sass, drama, and paranormal shenanigans as you'd expect. I've got it firmly on order and keeping my fingers crossed for a quick despatch! 

How's your 2022 reading list shaping up? Let me know your picks in the comments below!


  1. As a parent I must say I find it much harder to find time to sit down and read now but making a list like this may be quite helpful because it holds me accountable and gives you something to achieve

    1. Definitely - every time you read one you can tick it off your list!