My 22 Favorite Books of 2022 (that I still didn’t talk about).

I wrote four blog posts last year with my reviews of books by my favorite authors, Brandon Sanderson, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Silvia Moreno-Garcia and T. Kingfisher.

I won’t be talking about these books on this post to avoid repeating myself, but about the other books by other authors which were my favorites in 2022.

I also plan on writing a blog post about the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold soon, so I won’t be talking about the wonderful books I read from this series either.

All the books mentioned below were 4.5 to 5 stars for me, therefore I won’t be posting my Goodreads ratings here, but only the reviews.

Light Chaser by Peter F. Hamilton, Gareth L. Powell

Original and surprising, this Novella packs a punch in few words! I’ll be reading more by these brilliant authors soon.

The Mask Falling (The Bone Season #4) by Samantha Shannon.
A very good sequel, I could not put this book down. This is one of my favorite YA series because the writing is outstanding, the stakes are high and the story world and characters are deep and multi-layered. An above the average YA series, good enough for adults too.

On a Red Station, Drifting (Universe of Xuya) by Aliette de Bodard.
Beautifully written, with deep and important themes. This book makes me want to read everything in the Universe of Xuya.

The Citadel of Weeping Pearls (Universe of Xuya) by Aliette de Bodard.

I really like the writing style here and I want to read more books by Bodard.
It’s interesting how this author’s stories often addresses the ‘woman against woman’ competition, which happens extremely often in our society in different shades of indirect conflict, but in a not less fierce way than competition among men.
You had it as a central theme in The Citadel of Weeping Pearls with the empress mother versus her bright daughter and the relegated-to-second-place sister versus the bright sister.

This is an import theme that isn’t enough talked about in literature but Aliette de Bodard nails it.

Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles #4) by Ilona Andrews

I do prefer when the team of wife and husband Ilona Andrews chooses to write a more warrior-like heroine. Maud Demille is that with other original characteristics of her own since she’s a widow and her vampire in-laws have her sent to an hostile planet together with her young daughter due to to no fault of her own, but due to something her husband did. She fights and finds her way back into society and love, but this book shows how distrustful someone gets when they have been left outside in the cold by unreasonable and unfair people.
This was so entertaining, I really liked all the characters! I could not put this book down.

House of Salt and Sorrows (Sisters of the Salt #1) by Erin A. Craig

This is a quite Gothic, eerie, mysterious and dramatic retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses fairytale, but I really like this kind of story now and then and I could not put it down!

The Path of Thorns by A.G. Slatter, Angela Slatter.

A very atmospheric, beautifully written and interesting story with multi-layered characters. The audiobook was really nicely done. If you like this book I would recommend the Novella Of Sorrow and Such by this outstanding author!

Trigger Warning: Toxic relationships, but written in a deeply felt way! I never saw a book talk about this theme so well.

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint.

Great characters and storytelling, a really good new interpretation of Ariadne’s myth.

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey.

This was amazing, well written, with multi-layered characters and very profound themes. Not an easy read, it does contain scenes with domestic violence, but it’s a book out of the comfort zone and with food-for-thought of the utmost importance.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.

This was a really amazing, humorous and entertaining book that I could not put down.
I really love Weir’s characters because they always strike me as what the GenX generation strives to be. They act with courage, independence and never tiring resourcefulness. They never feel pity of themselves for too long, no matter how difficult the situation and odds are, but they venture, persevere and do their best. And this is an important lesson for all of us if we want to survive the changing world of the future.

A Half-Built Garden by Ruthanna Emrys.

I absolutely loved this book and I recommend it too. It has a lot about first contact politics, near-future ways to cope with climatic change, and mothers changing the world for the better while changing diapers and carrying their babies around in slings too.
The aliens are extremely well fleshed out and interesting. It was original and different. I like when the first contact situation with its politics and conflicts is so well fleshed out.
It’s so lovely!!! I need more books like this!

Braking Day by Adam Oyebanji.

Above the average, original and entertaining space opera, with awesome story world, plot and characters!
This is an author to watch out for!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

I could not put this amazing book down! Wonderful multi-layered characters. And an extremely original story world, with an earned and beautifully written character journey. This was the first book I read by this author, but I’ll be surely reading more in the future!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Maid by Nita Prose.

A lovely story with entertaining representative characters that I read in just one sitting.
Good thematic and representation of characters with disabilities and how society does an extremely poor job on protecting them against people who will commit violence or robbery or fraud on them.

Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder

As a mother of two boys I do have lots to laugh and relate about this character. 😉
Trigger: Violence against animals.
Awesome writing, I could not put it down. A book that talks about the role of women and mothers in society in a fair way.

The Pill by Meg Elison.

This short story packs a punch in few words. Food-for-thought, impressive, and amazing.
What means to be an individual, a person, and how much do we have to conform to what society expects from our bodies? Does society expects us to die to fit into those expectations?
I consider this theme extremely relevant due a number of people dying in operations done to improve their appearance nowadays. And this does not get enough focus and discussion as it should.
As a last consideration another question appears. What would happen to this people who were shown as fetiche objects when they would get older? Would they be still as valuable in that role? Such discussion would be interesting for a continuation of this story.

I found this amazing story here, go read it now!

The Dark Days Club , The Dark Days Pact and The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman. (Lady Helen #1-3)

The whole Lady Helen trilogy was really entertaining historical regency/paranormal fantasy. I want to read more books by this author for sure!

Mickey7 (Mickey7 #1) by Edward Ashton

This is written in an humorous way that may sound too silly to some people but I just liked the bubble-headed main character and his journey into betterment. I could not help but think: “Poor guy, he has really the worst job ever and he can’t quit!”
This was a very entertaining story that I could not put down. I will be continuing this series and reading more by this author for sure.

Lock In (Lock In #1) by John Scalzi.

I considered this book quite prophetic and it is a pity I didn’t read this before 2020. I would have been so much more prepared to deal with the reverberation of a pandemic in the world and everything else that this book foresaw if I had.
One metaphor I considered very interesting is that with Haden Syndrome people were paralysed, not leaving their bodies and houses and doing everything online and this had a similar feeling to what happened during Lockdown, people still could move their bodies but were less able to leave their houses and were meeting other people socially, or working, online, so this book was so spot on metaphorically to what 2020 and somehow 2021 felt like.

Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe

This is an ongoing webtoon series with important themes that you can read here

Only a forewarning though, this is highly addictive and you will be waiting with bated breath for each new episode, every Sunday, from now on. And you might forget about everything else while reading the episodes already available on Webtoon.

And these were my favorites from last year. Which were yours? Link your blog post, Youtube video or just write them in the comments.

2023’s Reading Books by My Favorite Authors Challenge

Since this challenge brought me so many five star outstanding reads last year I will continue it now in 2023.

In this challenge I am reading the backlist books and new releases of my favorite authors and this year I will concentrate on Brandon Sanderson, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Peter Newman and T. Kingfisher. I might find a second favorite female author still this year and concentrate on her backlist and new releases too.

Brandon Sanderson

The Rithmatist (Rithmatist #1)
The Alloy of Law (The Mistborn Saga #4)
Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania
Perhaps: Shadows of Self (The Mistborn Saga #5)
New Release 2023: Defiant (Skyward #4)
Perhaps: New Release: 2023: Stormlight 5

Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Expert System’s Champion (Expert System #2)
Dogs of War (Dogs of War #1)
Bear Head (Dogs of War #2)
Children of Ruin (Children of Time #2)
Children of Memory (Children of Time #3)
Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt #1)
The Doors of Eden
Precious Little Things
Made Things

Peter Newman

The Vagrant (The Vagrant #1)
The Hammer and the Goat (The Vagrant #1.5)
The Malice (The Vagrant #2)
The Vagrant and the City (The Vagrant #2.5)
The Seven (The Vagrant #3)

T. Kingfisher

Swordheart (The World of the White Rat)
Minor Mage
Bryony and Roses
The Raven and the Reindeer

And you, who are your favorite authors? Have you read all their books?

2000 -2023 Reading Challenge: My TBR

Another idea I have for a challenge this year is to read one book published in that year for each year, from 2000 to 2023.

To make things easier I’ll add the condition that it works if you find a book edition published in that year, it doesn’t have to be necessarily the first edition. If you choose to make this challenge harder tough you can also look for first editions.


A Goodreads friend, R. K. Stumblingbear, decided to participate in this challenge and made a very interesting video on Youtube with her TBR, go check her out.

My initial, not set in stone, TBR:

2000: Stardoc by S.L. Viehl.

2001: The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope.

2002: Tithe by Holly Black.

2003: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud.

2004: Survival by Julie E. Czerneda.

2005: And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander.

2006: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

2007: The Last Colony by John Scalzi.

2008: Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

2009: The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

2010: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.

2011: The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells.

2012: The Christmas Grandma Ran Away from Home by Nancy Warren.

2013: Lexicon by Max Barry.

2014: Jackaby by William Ritter.

2015: The Vagrant by Peter Newman.

2016: The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst.

2017: Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

2018: The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

2019: Enchantée by Gita Trelease

2020: The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

2021: The Expert System’s Champion by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

2022: Prison of Sleep by Tim Pratt.

I will soon post my favorite books from 2022, so subscribe if you like to hear more about fantasy and science fiction books.

And you, are you participating in any yearlong Reading Challenges this year?

2023 Reading Bingo Challenge: My TBR

I am planning to do this challenge’s hard mode next year. The picture above shows my choices for all rows except row four because I haven’t decided yet which books I’ll pick for its prompts.

My Bingo TBR at the moment (not set in stone):

1st Row

Mystery: Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
H) 1,2 in a series. – First AND second in a series- I must see, perhaps Survival and Migration by Julie E. Czerneda
H) 700+: I still have to choose this one because I read my previous choice, Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson already now in December.
Rainbow heart: LGBT+ or BIPOC- BIPOC: Fault Tolerance (Chilling Effect #3) by Valerie Valdes.
H) Novella by an author you haven’t read before released in 2022 or 2023.
Yellow Jessamine by Caitlin Starling.

2nd Row

H) 3,4 – Third AND Fourth book in a series – I must see about this prompt. One of the rules of my challenge is that you can change two squares of the hard challenge for any two others of the normal challenge if you can’t find a book for it, and I might change this square if I can’t find any third and fourth book from a series to read.
Red: Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, Vorkosigan Saga (Publication Order) #16 by Lois McMaster Bujold.
H) Not one but 3 Books on your physical bookshelf:
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope,
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud.
Word Three in title: Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone.
H) Science Fiction without spaceships or aliens – Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre.

3rd Row

Grey: The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French.
Audiotape: Audiobook – Made Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky.
H) A short story anthology – Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight by Aliette de Bodard.
H) Trilogy: The Vagrant trilogy by Peter Newman.
H) A Book out of your comfort zone written by a BIPOC author.: The Cabinet by Kim Un-su, Sean Lin Halbert (Translator).

4th Row

Rabbit: Bunny by Mona Awad.
Green: Spectred Isle by K.J. Charles.
Before you were born: The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov.
3 ARCs – I still have to see which ones I’ll pick.
Poetry, Nonfiction or Graphic Novel – I still have to see what I’ll pick here too.

5th Row

H) A books by an author you never read before released in 2022 or 2023. Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson
Twist: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
3 favorite author : Here I will probably read three books 3 by Adrian Tchaikovsky: Children of Ruin, Children of Memory, and Empire in Black and Gold.
3 standalones: The Doors of Eden and Spiderlight, both by Adrian Tchaikovsky + 1 more that I will still decide.

I am still planning to do two others yearlong reading challenges and I’ll post them here soon!

2023 Bingo Reading Challenge

I created a Bingo Reading Challenge for 2023 . It has a normal and a hard mode.

Bingo Challenge Normal Mode

First Row

Detective: Book with a mystery.

1,2 in a series. – First OR second book in a series

500+ Pages

Rainbow heart: LGBT+ or BIPOC

Novella

Second Row

3,4,5 in a series – third, OR fourth, OR fifth book in a series.

Red, Pink, Orange Cover or Spine

3 Books: On your physical bookshelf

Number in the Title

Ufo: Spaceship on the cover or with aliens.

Third Row

Black, Grey, White Cover or Spine

Audiotape: Audiobook or, if you don’t like audiobooks, a book in a genre you usually don’t read.

Free Space

Many Books: A book part of a series.

A Book out of your comfort zone.

Fourth Row

Rabbit: Animal or Rabbit on the cover

Green, Purple, Yellow Cover or Spine

Record: A book published before you were born

I didn’t buy this one – A book from the library or an ARC.

Poetry, Nonfiction or Graphic Novel

Fifth Row

A book by an author you never read before

Knot: Book with a twist.

Reread or favorite author.

Castle: Fantasy, Romance or Castle on the cover

One Book: A standalone

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Bingo Challenge Hard Mode

If you think this bingo challenge is too easy, I have ideas about how to make it harder,

Just use the H prompts then:

First Row

H) Detective: Mystery written by a woman.

H) 1,2 in a series. – First AND second in a series

H) 700+ Pages

Rainbow heart: LGBT+ or BIPOC

H) Novella by an author you haven’t read before, released in 2022 or 2023.

Second Row

H) 3,4 – Third AND Fourth book in a series.

H) Red, Pink, Orange on the title or series title

H) Not one but 3 Books on your physical bookshelf

H) Word “Three” for the Number “3” in the Title like in “The Three-Body Problem.”

H) Science Fiction without spaceships or aliens

Third Row

H) Black, Grey, White on the title or series title

Audiotape: Audiobook or, if you don’t like audiobooks, a book in a genre you don’t usually read.

H) A short story anthology or a magazine

H) A whole trilogy

H) A Book out of your comfort zone written by a BIPOC author.

Fourth Row

H) Rabbit: Rabbit on the cover

H) Green, Purple, Yellow on the title or series title

H) Record: A book published before you were born by an author that isn’t alive anymore or a classic book.

H) I didn’t buy this one – 3 books from the library or 3 ARCs.

Poetry, Nonfiction or Graphic Novel

Fifth Row

H) A book by an author you never read before released in 2022 or 2023.

Knot: Book with a twist.

H) 3 Rereads or 3 favorite authors.

H) Castle: A fantasy/romance or a sci-fi/mystery genre-bender

H) One Book: 3 standalones.

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Considerations

1) You don’t have to complete the entire board to be successful at the challenge. One row or one vertical is victory too.

2) You can change two squares of the hard challenge for any two others of the normal challenge if you can’t find a book for it or do it for any other reason.

In my case, I might exchange the third, fourth and fifth book in a series square for another one.

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You get a dragon emoticon for each row 🐉

In a hard mode row, you get 💥 🐉💥

You get a rocket emoticon for each vertical 🚀

In a hard mode vertical, you get 💥🚀💥

You get a 🏆 if you complete the bingo card!

In hard mode: 💥🏆💥

I will be doing this challenge hard mode in 2023 and I will be posting my TBR in the next post.

Reading 22 Books by My Favorite Authors in 2022 Wrap-Up. Part Four: Brandon Sanderson

These were the books I planned to read by this author for this challenge:

Secret History (Mistborn, #3.5)

Cytonic (Skyward #3)

Evershore (Skyward #3.1)

Legion (Legion #1)

Skin Deep (Legion #2)

Lies of the Beholder (Legion #3)

Dawnshard (The Stormlight Archive, #3.5)

Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive #4)

Firstborn.

I managed to read all books in this list with the exception of Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive #4) which I am currently reading. I will add my middle-of-the-way thoughts about it.

My overall experience with the Sanderson’s books in 2022 was more of ups-and -downs rather than of mainly five star books like in 2021, but I will continue to read this author, especially The Stormlight Archive series.

My reviews:

Secret History (Mistborn, #3.5)

3 Stars.

Sorry, but I’m not impressed. It’s nothing very new for someone who read Mistborn Era 1.

Cytonic (Skyward #3)

4 Stars.

I liked this book even if it was completely different from Starsight, which was my favorite in the series. This book had its flaws though, it was way too stretched and the cliché scene with Spensa in the end was quite silly and out of character, (I don’t want to add spoilers here but you will know what I mean if you read the book). Therefore, I can’t rate this book 5 stars.

Evershore (Skyward #3.1)

5 Stars!

Another great installment in this highly entertaining series with outstanding characters!

Legion (Legion #1), Skin Deep (Legion #2), Lies of the Beholder (Legion #3)

3 Stars, 2 Stars, 5 Stars. Average Rating: 3

First, I read the first two Novellas, then set the book aside since I didn’t care enough to read the third one. It was quite boring. I never thought I would say this about a Sanderson book. You had a lot of characters but none, not even the main character, had the exceptional characterization that makes his characters so compelling. My inner Sanderson fan was upset at me for not liking this at all.

After two days I decided to read the third Novella and it was definitely better fleshed out and had the main character arc missing in the first two previous Novellas. If I would rate the Novellas separately, I would rate the first Novella 3 stars, the second 2 stars, and the third 5 stars. Therefore, I’ll rate this collection 3 stars, since 3,33 isn’t possible on Goodreads. 🙂

Firstborn

3 Stars. This was an entertaining short story.

Dawnshard (The Stormlight Archive, #3.5)

4 Stars. I liked this book, but considered the ending scenes and its consequences very rushed up.

Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive #4)

I am right now at about 50% into this book and so far this just seems not to really go anywhere with its plot…

I often don’t like when you spend more time with the internal conflicts of the characters than with the external conflicts that move the plot forward and the first half of this book had a great deal of internal conflicts.

My favorites in the series are still the first and second books. I will continue this book even if this is the first book in the series that I have set aside already a couple of times. I wonder if it will pick up and still become a five or four-star read for me. I do hope so. I will post more thoughts on this book in my end-of-the-year wrap-up posts.

Final Note:

I hope I have not annoyed the more fervent Sanderson fans with this post. I am myself a fan of his books too, but as always I have to be 100% honest and not partial to my favorite authors in my reviews.

Reading 22 Books by My Favorite Authors in 2022 Wrap-Up Part Three: T. Kingfisher

I decided, as this year went by, to include T. Kingfisher as one of the authors in this reading challenge, since I wanted to read more of her backlist.

It all started when I read A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking and I enjoyed the story and the writing style so much I decided to read more books by the author. Without further planning, I ended up hearing six of her audiobooks.

I don’t usually have much to say about each book individually, only that I enjoyed hearing them a lot and will happily hear them a second time.

Her books were my comfort reads of 2022 together with the Vorkosigan Saga, which will soon get a blog post of its own as my favorite series for this year.

I also plan on continuing to read more by T. Kingfisher next year. I will though focus more on her fantasy books, since I am not a great romance or horror reader.

I heard the following audiobooks by T. Kingfisher:

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking

Paladin’s Grace (The Saint of Steel #1)

Nettle & Bone

Clockwork Boys (Clocktaur War #1)

The Wonder Engine (Clocktaur War #2)

The Seventh Bride

My reviews:

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking

5 Stars!

This was a really entertaining story. I’ll surely read more by this author.

Paladin’s Grace (The Saint of Steel #1)

3 Stars.

This was nice, but it had too much romance for my taste. I am still not sure if I will continue this series.

Nettle & Bone

5 Stars!

A delightful mix of strange and witty that I couldn’t put down.

Clockwork Boys (Clocktaur War #1)

4 Stars.

A cozy and a pleasant autumn read, I’ll be soon reading the sequel.

The Wonder Engine (Clocktaur War #2)

4 Stars.

A great sequel with extremely likable and relatable characters.

The Seventh Bride

5 Stars!

Exceptional characters, with a witty and clever plot, outstanding writing!

T.Kingfisher has become a new favorite author of mine now in 2022.

Reading 22 Books by My Favorite Authors in 2022 Wrap-Up Part Two: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

My initial plan was to read:

8-Velvet Was the Night
9-Signal to Noise
10-Love & Other Poisons

Silvia Moreno-Garcia had two new releases in 2022. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau and The Tiger Came to the Mountains (Trespass Collection #1).

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau

I hurried to ask for an ARC on NetGalley!
5 stars! A beautifully written retelling with deep and important themes, where all the characters are given a new layer of relatable humanity and the setting a new historical, geographical, and societal context. The audiobook version of this book was also really well made.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Tiger Came to the Mountains (Trespass Collection #1)

4 stars. Very interesting Mexican historical setting and fascinating characters. The writing of this author is also always outstanding and touching.

Velvet Was the Night

5 stars! I really liked the writing style, the multi-layered characters and the awesome plot based in real Mexican history. This is another great hidden gem like Untamed Shore, and has equally compelling characters and plot.

Signal to Noise

5 stars! This story, with its many layers of significance, deeply felt emotions, and real life characters felt so relatable to me that I felt spoken to in a soul level. One of my favorites by an author that writes profound books.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I plan to read Love & Other Poisons which was in the initial plan for this year in 2023.

Reading 22 Books by My Favorite Authors in 2022 Wrap-Up. Part One: Adrian Tchaikovsky

I focused on the backlist of four of my favorite authors in 2022 and tried to read 22 books by them.

I made good progress in reading the backlists of Adrian Tchaikovsky, Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Brandon Sanderson even if I didn’t read all the books I had iniatially planned.

What also happened is that I included T. Kingfisher as a second female author, so my authors list would be more male/female* balanced and left the third male author, Peter Newman, for 2023.

Therefore, I read books from the backlist of two men and two women in 2022. (*I apologize if I am using the words male and female in the wrong way here, I am still confused about the controversy around these adjectives. And I read books by queer authors too.)

My initial ambitious plan was to read the following books by Adrian Tchaikovsky:

1-The Doors of Eden

2-Dogs of War (Dogs of War #1)

3-Shards of Earth (The Final Architecture, #1)

4-The Tiger and the Wolf (Echoes of the Fall, #1)

5-Guns of the Dawn

6-The Expert System’s Brother (Expert System, #1)

7-Elder Race

I read five of these books while including a couple of others, but I concluded— after reading two or more books by him in sequence— that Tchaikovsky’s books need some time to be properly read, reflected upon and enjoyed as the extremely rich in nuances, characters and plot books that they are. I will continue to focus on his backlist and new releases as a favorite author next year.

These were the books I read by him in 2022:

Ogres

5 Stars! I’m still surprised about how original this is. There isn’t a word wasted in this sharp-as-a-dagger story. I read it in one sitting because I could not put it down. I read the ebook version but the audiobook narration by Emma Newman must be excellent and I’ll keep this in mind for my future ‘reread’ of this.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Shards of Earth (The Final Architecture, #1)

4 stars. I liked the story world and the characters, but somehow this felt longer than it needed to be. In this book, there are so many factions and characters that it’s very important to look at the glossary, especially if you are hearing the audiobook. The audiobook narration was very well done though and I’ll continued the series.

Eyes of the Void (The Final Architecture #2)

5 stars! Adrian Tchaikovsky’s writing is, as always, masterfully done. He is one of the best contemporary Science Fiction and Fantasy authors of this decade. The audiobook was also a lot of fun, though again I would recommend people to look in the glossary as not to lose track of all the characters and factions.

The Tiger and the Wolf (Echoes of the Fall, #1)

5 stars! This is A Game of Thrones with shapeshifters!

A fascinating story world with unforgettable characters. I’ll be continuing this series for sure.

The Bear and the Serpent(Echoes of the Fall #2)

4 stars. The author’s writing style is as always outstanding, but there are too many POVs with distinct story lines and that requires a concentration and patience I didn’t have in 2022. This richness of POVs again reminded me of A Game of Thrones series. I’ll continue this trilogy eventually, when I have the necessary focus, and if possible still in 2023.

The Expert System’s Brother (Expert System, #1)

5 stars! A fascinating story world with a very original story. I want to read its sequel next year too.

Elder Race

5 stars! “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” While reading this, I could only think about this quote by Arthur C. Clarke. A brilliant Novella by this outstanding author, the juxtaposition of science-fiction and fantasy makes this incredibly original.

Guns of the Dawn

5 stars! This book is a masterpiece. A modern classic that should be translated into all languages and read in all schools.

The audiobook narration by Emma Newman was excellent too.

I still plan to read all the books of my initial list that were not read this year in 2023.

I hope this blog post has motivated all my readers to pick books by this outstanding author!

Releaseathon 2022 TBR #NewReleaseathon2022

A friend of mine who has an awesome YouTube channel, Kristenelle – SFF Reader, announced a Readathon planned for August called Releaseathon where the main idea is to read new book releases.

She has a video with her own recommendations (go check that out after you read my post) and I will plan a TBR of my own too.

They have a very nice bingo board that I will be posting here below:

Releaseathon Bingo Card 2022

BINGO BOARD PROMPTS:

I will read books that will most of the time fulfill more than one prompt at the same time and I won’t mostly try the hard mode. For now, I am sure that I’ll try to read at least three new releases for this Readathon.

Book you have not heard about:

This is a very hard prompt for me since I am very much tuned to all new releases. I guess I’ll go with ARCs I saw on NetGalley and just decided to pick because they sounded good:

The Veiled Edge of Contact and In the Shadow of Lightning

New to you author:

Most books I’m planning to read fit this prompt.

Favorite author:

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia would be my option for this, but let’s see if I manage to read it in August. If not I will surely be reading it at Latinxathon.

Title without articles (a/an/the) (Hard mode: title is just one word):

Kaikeyi I took a look at the first chapters and liked them a lot, so I’m looking forward to this book. Kaikeyi is a character that appears on The Ramayana which I will also try to read in August to familiarize myself with the original story this Retelling is based on.

Debut:

Under Fortunate Stars This seems an interesting space opera debut.

LGBTQ+ rep (Hard mode: less-represented queer identities (not L or G)

Bluebird

Ciel Pierlot is described in her Goodreads profile as “a disaster bisexual from the San Francisco Bay Area” so this probably fits.

BIPOC author and host rec:

Here I would recommend Siren Queen that I read together with Kristenelle and that she also recommends in her video.

Genre bender:

One of the books I’m most thrilled to read in August: Mickey7, a science fiction thriller.

And those are my planned books, I’ll be happy if I manage most of them in August, but if not I will certainly keep them in my priority TBR list.