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22 Books I Want To Read in 2022

22 Books I Want To Read in 2022

Hello friends, it’s Vera here today. I’m here with my 2022 TBR post, featuring 22 books I really, truly plan to get to in 2022. I’m not particularly good at following a set TBR, but given that I did something similar at the beginning of 2021 and I did better than expected, I decided to try the same thing in 2022. I’m challenging myself to do better than last year – in 2021 I read 62% of the books I set out to read, and I’m hoping to score around 70% this year.

You can read the results of my 2021 TBR by clicking here.

Hyped Books

SAPIENS has been on my tbr for years at this point, and I’ve also owned a physical copy of it for quite some time. I feel like the thing that has kept me from reading it is that I find extremely hyped books and nonfiction intimidating. But this year I’m determined to get to it.

DARK MATTER was on my 2021 TBR, as well, but in 2022 I’ll get to it FOR SURE. I’m really excited for this one because the vast majority of people – including Sabrina – loved it, so hopefully I will too.

FROM LUKOV WITH LOVE is a book I only added to my tbr in 2021. I’ve been seeing a lot of hype for Mariana Zapata for years, but most of her books don’t appeal to me, plus they are also extremely long. From Lukov With Love, however, seems like something I would enjoy when I’m in the mood for a slow-burn romance.

THE WICKER KING: I read my first K. Ancrum book in 2021 and I’m looking forward to the next one, which will probably be The Wicker Thing, as the book blogging community keeps mentioning this book and Sabrina loved it too.

2021 Releases I Didn’t Get To

THE HIDDEN: I love Melanie Golding’s debut, Little Darlings, so I have high hopes for The Hidden, which isn’t marked as a sequel to Little Darlings on Goodreads, but it does follow the same detective we got to know in Golding’s debut.

DEVIL IN DISGUISE: I’ve seen some mixed things about Devil in Disguise, and it apparently uses a trope I really dislike, but I’m willing to give it a chance because I love Lisa Kleypas and I have hope that this will be enjoyable despite these things.

THE SPANISH LOVE DECEPTION is such a popular, well-received romance novel from 2021 and I’m 99.99% sure I’ll love it to pieces.

DARLING: Yes, another K. Ancrum title on my list! I’m planning on writing a ranking and reviewing post about Ancrum’s books in 2022, so I’ll need to read everything / most things by the author for that.

A DARK AND STARLESS FOREST is a fantasy title I purchased shortly after it was published and since then I’ve progressively become more and more pumped to read it. I love the premise and I’ve seen really positive reviews for it so far.

IF THE SHOE FITS: I found out about this book only recently, but I immediately added it to my tbr. It’s received great reviews and I’m a big fan of the Dumplin’ series, so I’m excited for an adult romance by Julie Murphy.

Books I’ve Owned For Ages

THE ARSONIST: I loved Stephanie Oakes’ debut novel, and upon hearing about The Arsonist, I immediately added it to my to-read list and I was excitedly awaiting its publication. This was back in 2017 and I still haven’t read this book so I think it’s high time I get to it.

SHELTER: I won Shelter on a giveaway and I was so! excited! for it, however, I still haven’t read it, which is actually shameful at this point. It sounds like a really suspenseful read and it’s also relative short, so I have no excuse.

A CASTLE IN THE CLOUDS: My expectations for this novel are that it will be a light and quick read, nothing more. To tell you the truth, I bought it because I love the Hungarian cover. I did love the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier, but that was when I was a teen, so I’m going into A Castle in the Clouds with low expectations.

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY: I’ve owned three of Ruta Sepetys’ books for years, this one being the first I had bought by her. At this point my mom – who is actually worse at getting to books than I am – has read all three of these books and loved them all.


THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU: In 2022, my plan is to read more classics than I did in 2021 because I haven’t really been making progress in my classics to-read list. The Island of Dr. Moreau seems like an easy title to cross of this list as it’s a novella, not a full novel.

FAHRENHEIT 451 is a classic I’ve heard tons of good things about (and have owned for 5+ years) so I’m hoping this one won’t disappoint.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE: I started this novel once before, back when I was in high school, and I ended up putting it back onto my to-read list because I struggled to get into it. However, I’m hoping that now, 5+ years later, I’ll be able to enjoy it more.

SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE is another classic that comes highly recommended, so I hope it will live up my expectations.


SINNER is a book I’ve owned for years, but I haven’t managed to get around to it because (1) I originally wanted to reread the first three books because I don’t remember them at all, (2) I’m scared I won’t enjoy it as it’s been ages since I read and loved the trilogy. Still, I do want to get to it and I hope I can this year.

JADE LEGACY: This one is definitely a priority for 2022! Sabrina and I have already reread Jade City in preparation for it. We should be done with Jade War by now too, but we have both struggled with reading recently, so we haven’t really progressed in that. I’m planning on continuing with that soon and then getting to Jade Legacy.

THE ANGEL’S GAME has been on my physical TBR for 6+ years, so it’s actually ridiculous that I still haven’t gotten to it, especially considering how much I loved The Shadow of the Wind. In 2022, my plan is to reread The Shadow of the Wind and then jump into this one, and hopefully into the author’s other novels, as I own multiple titles by him.

RICH PEOPLE PROBLEMS: I had a blast reading China Rich Girlfriend in 2021, and I’m so ready for more drama and entertainment in 2022!

Let’s chat!

Have you put together a TBR for 2022? Or are there any books that are a top priority for you this year?


32 thoughts on “22 Books I Want To Read in 2022

  1. Good luck with your TBR! πŸ’— I read Sapiens last year (I borrowed it from a friend who loves the author) and found that it was really interesting 😊 I have to admit that I was disappointed by A Castle in the Clouds πŸ₯Ί I loved the Ruby Red books but this book just wasn’t as good for me. Hopefully, you’ll like it more than I did! I’d love to hear your thoughts πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you, Caro! πŸ’• I started Sapiens already, and it’s already interesting. I’m a bit scared it will feel too dry, but I know the majority of readers enjoyed it so I hope I will too. Ah, I feel like a lot of people found A Castle in the Clouds mediocre. 😦 I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it still, but I’m definitely going into it with low expectations.

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  2. The Wicker King! I’ve heard amazing things about this book and it’s on my TBR as well, I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. I read A Castle in the Clouds a little while ago and was a bit disappointed, but it’s still an entertaining read overall, so I hope you will like it πŸ™‚

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    1. Same! I feel like so many bloggers have read The Wicker King, I keep seeing it around! I hope both of us will enjoy it. πŸ˜€ Ah, I feel like most people have found A Castle in the Clouds mediocre / disappointing – I remember reading your thoughts on your blog too – so I’m going into it with low expectations.


  3. I really loved between Shades of Grey when I read it, I thought that it was a very captivating story.
    Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite books of all time, I hope you’ll enjoy it and the rest of these books!

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  4. I think I don’t have an exact 2022 TBR, but I suppose a lot of the books will be determined through me continuing with my reading experiments, where I read the favorite books of celebs. Which brings me to Sapiens, which came highly recommended by Chris Evans. I really enjoyed it! I’m not a huge non-fiction person, but it was very engaging, even if it lost some steam towards the end.
    I hope you’ll enjoy all your reading!!

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    1. Ooh, that sounds like such a fun experiment! I’m glad to hear that about Sapiens. I started it a few days ago, and I’m enjoying it (I’m at the very beginning), but I’m a bit scared it’ll be too dry. Glad to hear you didn’t think so! Thank you, Kat!! πŸ’•


  5. Good luck! I wish I was organised enough to create a TBR and one that I would stick to for the year. I remember enjoying From Lukov with Love, I’ve not reread it so I might give that another read at some point. After rereading some Zapata books last year I will say I noticed a few things which annoyed me with her writing, but she’s still written some of my favourite books even if they are flawed. I saw people talking about The Spanish love Deception last year. i even borrowed it when it was on KU but I just never got into the mood for reading no matter how many times I tried. I might try again this year if I can get back in the contemporary romance mood.

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    1. Thanks, Becky! πŸ’• I’m looking forward to trying Zapata’s books finally – she is so popular that I feel a bit weird for never having read her books even though I love romance. For some reason, I also haven’t been in the mood for The Spanish Love Deception, even though I’ve owned it for months. I think I’m afraid it’ll disappoint given how hyped it is. :/


  6. The Hungarian cover is so cute for A Castle in the Clouds! Unfortunately, the story was not that exciting, but I liked the winter vibe!
    Between Shades of Grey is really amazing, my mom and I both loved it.
    I also need to finish the Crazy Rich Asian trilogy! But I literally don’t remember anything that happened in the second book. πŸ˜‚

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