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My 5 Star Reads of 2022

It's that time of year when reading goals are met or abandoned, and we all spend the liminal week between Christmas and New Years curled up with a book trying to escape the cold. Or, at least, that's what I do. This weekend, I'll compile all my  reading stats into an annual reading report blog post, I figured that I'd start off by celebrating my favorite books of 2022. While I'll have to choose an ultimate favorite in a few days, all my 5 star reads deserve a little bit of love. I was surprised by how few 5 star reads I had this year (I'll have to check if it's lower than in year's past), and the categories reflected look very very different than any year before now. So without further ado, here's the YA, fiction, and nonfiction favorites that have stuck with me all year long.  YA Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie Why It's 5 Stars: Being many years removed from high school and honestly not ever having had much of a high school  experience , it t

Book Review: Severance by Ling Ma

Severance  by Ling Ma TW: Pandemic Buy Severance via Bookshop!   This is an affiliate link which means I may receive a small commission from your purchase at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting the blog! If you enjoyed this book or want something with a super similar feel in the YA world check out This Is Not a Test  by Courtney Summers. Overview: A pandemic has hit New York and the rest of the world. A fungal infection that leaves people stuck in a loop, repeating familiar daily tasks until they ultimately degenerate. It starts as a whisper of something like West Nile virus before it ravages entire continent with an uncontrollable spread–not that it seems like much of anyone tried to stop it. Candace is one of the last survivors in New York who hasn't become Fevered, and she runs a photo blog with dispatches about a crumbling New York. Eventually, even Candace has to leave, linking up with a rouge group of survivors who could mean salvation or devastation. The story of the En