My Favorite Summer Reads 2022

I am that person who, although I do really enjoy the fall, counts September as part of summer. I am still relishing as many pool days as possible and then being able to at least sit outside and read until it gets way too cold outside (I’ve been known to sit outside in December on sunny days).

However, today I’m going to be sharing my favorite books that I read this June, July, & August. And because this list is just as long as expected, I’ll be share my absolute FAVORITES at the end. 

June 2022

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

Rivals (American Royals #3)by Katharine McGee 

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

Fake by Erica Katz

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle & narrated by Lauren Graham (reread) 

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand 

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune 

July 2022

Flying Solo by Linda Holmes

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin 

Vacationland by Meg Mitchell Moore

The Counselors by Jessica Goodman

Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin 

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand 

The Beach Trap by Ali Brady

August 2022

See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy 

The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall

Just Another Love Song by Kerry Winfrey 

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand 

My Top Favorites 

What were your favorite books of the summer? Have you read any of the books that I mentioned? Share in the comments! 

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2022 Edition

I typically y share the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag in June, but decided to wait another week to be able to fully reflect on what I read during the first six months of the year (!!). If you want a taste of my reading (& how it’s changed) over my blogging years, check out my mid-year freak out tags for 2021, 2020, 2019, & 2017. And yes, get ready for me to have multiple answers to some of questions. 

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2022: Book Lovers by Emily Henry 

Honorable Favorites: Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon, One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle, & The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far: House of Sky & Breath (Crescent City #2) by Sarah J. Maas and Rivals (American Royals #3) by Katharine McGee

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January and February 2022 Anticipated Releases

It’s a week into the new year & I’m back with another round of anticipated releases! I shared my most anticipated books for contemporary romance & adult fiction and YA in December, but today I’m going to just be focusing on the books coming on in January and February. And yes, there are indeed books here that I didn’t share in those 2022 anticipated releases posts because I of course have added more books to my TBR since! I’m only going to be sharing details on the books I’ve added since my annual anticipated releases posts or books that I didn’t include in those round-ups. 

January 2022 Releases

When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord | Release Date: January 4

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon | RD: January 11

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2022 Most Anticipated Releases: YA Edition

As I’ve been writing & researching for my 2022 most anticipated releases, I have been really enjoying scouring Goodreads, Instagram, and book blogs to gain some insight on the Young Adult books coming out in 2022. Although contemporary romance has become my favorite genre over the years – I shared my most anticipated 2022 contemporary romance & adult fiction releases on Monday-, I am still often in the mood for a good YA contemporary (or royal-inspired read or historical fiction or fantasy). SO many of my favorite YA authors are coming out with new books in 2022! 

When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord | RD: January 4

I have basically been anticipating Emma Lord’s 2022 YA release, When You Get the Chance, since it was announced – I’m SO excited for this Mamma Mia meets Broadway inspired read!

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys | RD:February 1st

I am a huge fan of Ruta Sepetys’ YA historical fiction books, as they are always so well-written and extremely well-researched and often center around a neglected or forgotten about part of history. I Must Betray You is set in 1989 Romania, following a teen who is forced by the secret police to provide the dictatorship with information about everyone & everything he knows and loves.  

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2022 Most Anticipated Releases: Contemporary Romance & Adult Fiction Edition 

My annual anticipated release posts are some of my favorite blog posts to write & share each year. I use Goodreads and Instagram as my go-to new/upcoming book sources , as well as keeping an eye on my favorite authors and seeing/knowing that they have new books coming out in the year. 

I’ll continue to publish seasonal anticipated release posts throughout the year (I always, of course, end up having more books to share as more get announced), but today I’m sharing the contemporary romances and adult fiction releases I’m most looking forward to. I decided to combine these two genres because there is some crossover with some books & I didn’t want to make another post with just a handful of adult fiction titles. I’ll be sharing my most anticipated YA books in a separate post. The books below are ordered by release date.

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon | Release Date: January 11

Rachel Lynn Solomon is one of my favorite contemporary authors, both YA and contemporary romance. Like her contemporary romance debut, The Ex Talk, Weather Girl has a really unique workplace premise, following a TV meteorologist and sports reporter trying to reunite their divorced busses – it kind’ve reminds me of Always Be My Maybe on Netflix! 

The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka | RD: January 25

I have been anticipated Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s contemporary romance debut since it was announced, The Roughest Draft. I feel like this book is Emily and Austin’s writing partnership life meets Beach Read meets friend-to-lovers. 

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