I can’t believe we’re five months into 2022 already! Time truly is flying. I’ve had my nose in some truly brilliant and extremely fun reads so far this year. I’ve also read some not-so-great novels, but you can’t win them all, right?
So far, I’ve read 35 books in 2022. According to Goodreads, this means I’m on track to complete my annual 100 book reading goal. Hurray! If you want to follow my progress and get reading updates in real-time, then please follow me on Goodreads, here.
Earlier in the year, I let you guys know my thoughts on the first thirteen books of 2022. These included some science fiction reads (Dune by Frank Herbert), the namesake of that Harry Styles song (In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan), and also a slice of Norse mythology (The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec). To catch up and find out what I read in January 2022, click here.
Without further ado, here’s everything I read in February, March, and April 2022.
February – 5 books read
Best read of February:
The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
If you’re interested in the greek and roman gods, love romance, and want your heart ripped out, then Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles is for you. Song of Achilles is a greek mythology inspired story that follows Patroclus and his partner, the famous Achilles, throughout childhood, life, and even death. It’s devastating, it’s saccharine, and it’s a Booktok favourite for a reason.
Worst read of February:
Dune Messiah – Frank Herbert
While I raved about Dune in my January book post, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed by Dune Messiah. Back to Arrakis, the second in the Dune books series, Dune Messiah, started strong but finished with an unsatisfying crescendo. With the second Dune movie coming out soon, I won’t spoil anything. However, I think I will be letting the dust settle for a while before reading Children of Dune.
Other reads in February:
March – 9 books read
Best read of March:
The Atlas Six – Olive Blake
The Atlas Six weaves fantasy with dark academia to create a moreish display of mischief, magic and murder. It puts you in the heads of numerous characters and has you second-guessing motives, alliances and integrity. It’s a wild ride. I don’t say this lightly, but The Atlas Six is one of the best books I’ve read to date. I couldn’t recommend this enough.
Worst read of March:
The New Me – Halle Bulter
While this book was snappy and short enough for me to engulf in one sitting, The New Me by Halle Butler ultimately left me in turmoil. If you’re into detestable narrators, the ‘sad girl in her 20s’ hype, and workplace drama, then maybe The New Me will be for you. For me, however, I’ll be steering clear.
Other reads in March
The Iron Widow – Xiran Jay Zhao
If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Advice For The Young – Kurt Vonnegut
The Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan
Quit Like a Woman – Holly Whitaker
A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
Anatomy – Dana Schwartz
The Once and Future Witches – Alix E. Harrow
April – 7 books read
Best read of April:
On the Way to the Wedding – Julia Quinn
One of these days, I am going to write a definitive Bridgerton book ranking guide. Until then, let’s talk about On the Way to the Wedding. The final book of the core Bridgerton siblings series follows the youngest son Gregory. There’s a heart-stopping ‘halt the wedding’ moment, a kidnap, and so much more that makes On the Way to the Wedding definitely the most exciting Bridgerton book I’ve read to date. Obsessed. Stay tuned for that Bridgerton book ranking guide.
Worst read of April:
The Collectors – Philip Pullman
To put it plainly, I would have been disappointed if I had purchased The Collectors. Like its sisters, Lyra’s Oxford and Serpentine, The Collectors acts as a window into the His Dark Materials universe. Except I didn’t think The Collectors’ story added any depth or value to the original trilogy, unlike its sister novellas. A fun yet disappointing tack on that left me thinking ‘what was the point?’ I love you Philip Pullman, but this one wasn’t it.