Best Books of 2022
Day 4 of my year in review, and we have finally arrived at the best books I have read in 2022. In all honesty, my reading year hasn't been great as I seem to have a hard time finding books I absolutely love. Specifically books as well, since I have better odds with anything of a graphic medium.
I don't have much more to talk about, so let's just go straight into my top books of the year!
Before reading this, I had no idea what it was. I had never heard of it before, but it ended up being the book of the month for September for a book club I am a part of, and I thought I would give it a shot. My review on Goodreads was just the gif from Knives Out saying "It makes no damn sense...it compels me though." This book did indeed not make much sense, but I found myself really enjoying it nonetheless and partially because of the lack of sense as well.
One of the most popular titles in the isekai/reincarnation genre, I thought to give this a try after it had recently been completed. While it didn't tie together all the loose threads in the end, which warrant a read of the novel, I did really enjoy reading this. It didn't focus heavily on the magic, but I didn't mind reading about all the drama and politics which sometimes doesn't work for me.
After the disappointment that was Chainsaw Man, I wanted to read the last series in the 'dark trio' (having already read Demon Slayer). This was good, like really good. It didn't get as dark as I was expecting it to, but this was a fantastically well-rounded series. The art, plot, word-building, and character were all incredibly well-crafted, and I cannot wait until the anime comes out. I also just want this series to be recognized more because it is not nearly as popular as it should be.
In its most intense arc thus far, and possibly ever, the Shibuya Incident Arc in Jujutsu Kaisen was absolutely wild. This is even after me already spoiling literally everything about it because I guess I couldn't avoid the spoilers. This was edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting intense, so there is no doubt that it deserves a place on this list.
The second manhwa on this list, and it is probably the most popular of its genre as well. Solo Leveling was hyped up to the max, and it also finished this year so I wanted to finally read it. Again, like Who Made Me a Princess, a lot was left out compared to the webnovel (which I am going to have to read it in the upcoming year). It also had its flaws, but boy was this a damn good series. I knew I would like it simply because I love a good OP MC, and that is exactly what Sung Jin-woo is.
The first webtoon on the list, I cracked and ended up reading this even though it isn't finished. I couldn't help it though and clearly, it turned out well because I loved this series. The author balanced the soft, heartwarming moments very well with the more intense moments. You also follow a cast of characters you can't help but love which makes the reading experience all the better.