Does anyone else feel like the first book you read at the start of a new year sets the tone for the entire year? I certainly do, so I probably put too much weight on that first book. I know we are still a couple of weeks away from 2022, but I am currently staring at my shelves thinking about my 2022 reading and what book to start with. There are a few options, so I would love to hear your opinions on any or all of these books.
My best friend messaged me from the bookstore asking what book I wanted for Christmas and The Ballerinas was the first book that came to mind! I have been seeing the cover everywhere and I love any book that centers around ballet. So, he already told me he picked me up a copy, and I would love to read it at the beginning of the year, as it is a gift from him, which seems like a good vibe to start off the new year with! It is also a 300-page mystery, so I should be able to get through it rather quickly.
I recently attended the virtual HCC Frenzy event, which I look forward to every season! Anyone who attends receives two eARCS and one physical ARC. As soon as I saw that Extasia was on the list, I knew that it was going to be one of the books that I chose! I absolutely adored Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand and I am thrilled that we are getting another 500 page YA horror novel from her. It comes out in February, so it might be smart for me to start the year off with an ARC!
The book that I initially thought of when putting this list together was Firekeeper’s Daughter. I have spoken about this book so much lately, but it is the book that I am most upset at myself for not having read in 2021. It is also on the top of my 2022 TBR, so I would feel so accomplished to read this right away. However, it has the potential to be an all-time favourite, so what if my 2022 reading peaks with the first book?
A Certain Appeal just screams New Year’s to me, so I think it would be a fun one to read on New Year’s Day! I am also always up to try a Pride and Prejudice retelling, and this one is set at a burlesque club in Manhatten. I have been reading a lot of romance lately and am definitely open to continuing that trend into 2022.
There are a lot of Greek Myth retellings that I want to read in 2022, so I thought it might be smart to start the year with Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook. It is supposed to be a good introduction to the myths and the backstories of the popular gods and heroes. There are also stunning illustrations!
I could also start the year with an audiobook, and Noor is one I received from Libro.fm and have been wanting to read. It is also a shorter book and I have been wanting to read something by Nnedi Okorafor for years now.