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Books I read in 2022

It's a new year, a new dawn a new day.. and I spent most of last year trying to read, so I thought I would share that with you.

  1. The Evenings - Gerard Reve ★☆☆☆☆ So, I don't believe in giving anything 0 stars, but this one was close. It's a fiction book about a young guy who lives in post war Amsterdam, who spends his time visiting his friends, and is honestly quite a dick. Although the book did have a few comedic points, I thought it was incredibly boring, with very little plot and no likeable characters.

  2. The Dogs I Have Kissed - Trista Mateer ★★★★☆ Trista Mateer is one of my favourite poets, and this short collection of poetry is no exception. She has a wonderful way of writing and her poems seem to have that ability where the more you look into it the more meaning you find behind it. I often find myself picking up her works when I need a little break.

  3. Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling ★★★★★ Politics aside, the Harry Potter books truly are amazing - and you will find them all on this list - except for the first one, as I read that one in 2021. Harry Potter has quickly become a comfort character, and the books are a lot better than the movies - I have nothing else to add.

  4. Egghead - Bo Burnham ★★★★★ Another poetry collection, but this time it's written by comedian Bo Burnham, who at the time was current with a new Netflix special. This is, in it's rawest form, a piece of satire on traditional poetry - and it's quite funny (I laughed out loud a couple of times), especially if you like me, enjoy poetry. However, it does also have some more serious pieces which makes you think - which therefore makes it a great book if you need a break from everything else.

  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas ★★★★☆ So, I picked up this book because of the booktok community, who wholeheartedly recommended this book - and I wasn't disappointed! It's a fantasy romance which features the main female character, a human, who live in a whole where the rich are rich, the poor are poor, and the other half of the world is ruled by dangerous fairies. She then somehow ends up in their world, and, well, you'll have to read it to find out the rest. It's a quick read and the characters are quite likeable, and the world that Sarah J. Maas has been able to build is quite incredible - the only reason this book does not get five starts is because I would have liked there to be a little more intimacy in the book, and because the ending was quite predictable.

  6. Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling ★★★★★ This is one of my favourite HP books (and movies) especially because of the scene in the Shrieking Shack. I love Sirius Black. Period. I have nothing else to say.

  7. Cosmic Power - Vanessa Montgomery ★★★☆☆ This is a book about cosmic power (duh), but also about astrology and how it all fits together. It's a quick read and is a good beginner guide for those wanting to get into astrology and reading the houses. It contains a little chapter on each zodiac sign that gives you some clarity about them. The reason for the lower score is that astrology is to some extent subjective, and the author did not seem to discuss this.

  8. A Ladder to the Sky - John Boyne ★★★★★ This was a book I picked up accidentally, which then turned into one of my favourites. It's lough out loud funny and the plot twists are amazing. It's about a young writer and his claim to fame, as well as his downfall. I can't really say much without spoiling it, but trust me, it's worth the read. It's also a quick read as a lot happens, and you really want to figure out what's happening on the next page before closing the book.

  9. The Better Half - Sharon Moalem ★★★★★ A book about the genetic superiority on women - do I need to say more? The author, a scientist in the field, write about how women are genetically more adapt than men - and he does it without making the reader feel stupid. His way of explaining the scientific research by using examples and stories from his own personal life makes the book easy to understand and to a certain extent also makes it quite relatable. Another one of the surprises that turned into a favourite.

  10. Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling ★★★★★ At this point I'm just going to not write anything here for the Harry Potter books, because honestly if you don't know you won't know - but they're great.

  11. The Sellout - Paul Beatty ★★★★★ This book was a random pick-up, which ended up being one of my new favourites. It's funny yet also makes you think about your view on the world - and that's one of my favourite types of books. It's a story about a man, who after his dad dies, tries to fulfil his dad's dreams. It's a quick read, and one I would recommend to anyone, regardless of their favourite genre.

  12. Witch - Lisa Lister ★★★★☆ A mixture of a witch encyclopaedia and women empowerment is how I would describe this book - which is exactly what I wanted. It had a great list of of things for the different 'witch' areas, and involved personal anecdotes from the author, which made the book feel more personal.

  13. We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves - Karen Jay Fowler ★★★★☆ This book was funny, weird, sad and everything in between. You follow the main character as she navigates her feelings about her childhood, while dealing with living in college. There's some 'monkey business' involved. I can't say more without ruining the whole plot - definitely worth a read.

  14. Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix - J.K. Rowling ★★★★★ At this point I'm just going to not write anything here for the Harry Potter books, because honestly if you don't know you won't know - but they're great.

  15. Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince ★★★★★ Read previous review.

  16. If Not, Winter: Fragments Of Sappho - Sappho ★★★★★ This is a collection of all of the fragments that have been found of Sappho's poetry - written during the time of the ancient greeks. It has a great forward as well as great thoughts and explanations for each fragment in the back of the book, which lets you get a little more insight into the works. If you like Ancient Greece and poetry this is a great find.

  17. A Touch Of Darkness - Scarlette St. Clair ★★★★☆ This was a book recommended to me, due to it being a modern re-telling of the greek myth about Hades and Persephone. Now, first of all, this book does contain smut - or, sexually explicit scenes. I really liked the book, the story was simple and easy to follow, and wasn't too mushy with the romance. I did find some of the alterations for it to fit into modern society kind of funny, but in a good way.

  18. Every Word You Cannot Say - Ian S. Thomas ★★★☆☆ This is a collection of poetry centred around one self - which was a nice change to the previous poetry I had read. The book is artistically done, with little sketches scattered across the book, and in interesting use of font, and how that can change perception. However, I did feel like a lot of the word was similar to each other, and almost felt repetitive - which might have been the point, just not my favourite.

  19. S. - J.J. Abrams ★★★★☆ One of the most interestingly weird books I have read in a while, this book is kind of two books in one. You have the book itself, and then in the margins you have two readers conversing via notes. The two readers are trying to figure out the mystery of the book, which in turn means you (the reader) are also trying to figure out the mystery, while also watching as the relationship between the two develops. There are little add-ins within the book, which have been left behind by the two readers. I would not recommend this book to someone who is just getting into reading, as it can be confusing at times to have to keep up with both the plot of the book and the plot of the two readers - but it's definitely worth a read for those who want to try something different.

  20. Leonard Cohen: Poems and Songs - Leonard Cohen ★★★☆☆ A short little pocket sized collection of some of Leonard Cohen's works, which discusses an array of themes from love, loneliness and anger - it also contains some of his most influential songs. If you like Leonard Cohen's work, this is definitely a great add to your collection - if not, I would honestly skip it

  21. This Is Not A Drill - Extinction Rebellion ★★★★★ This book was given to me by a friend, and going into it I honestly didn't have very high expectation - but Jesus am I glad I was wrong. This book is written by the Extinction Rebellion group, and is about the global climate change, and what we can do to help. It also contained essays from prominent figures in politics explaining what climate change means to them, and stories from real life. This book really changed my way of looking at things, and I strongly recommend it to everyone.

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