Looking back at 2022 – How did my most anticipated reads turn out?

Hello readers, after a long break, I have a Bookish Lists post today! Three times a year, I post a list of my ten most anticipated titles for the season. In this new yearly bookish lists post, I’m going to take a look at these books – whether I read them or not, and how they turned out to be if I did.

Image links lead to reviews where available.

Winter 2022

Best of Shelf: House of Sky and Breath, Aru Shah & Nectar of Immortality

Special Mention: These Deadly Games, I Must Betray You, Gallant

Pending: The Genesis Wars

My winter list generally turned out be a good set of reads, with several stand out titles. Of the 9 I read, everything ended up with a rating of 4 or higher, and several were the first instalments in very promising series, as the second books are proving this year. I’m having a little trouble starting The Genesis Wars and can’t seem to motivate myself to pick it up, but it’s on my priority backlist right now, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

Summer 2022

Best of Shelf: none

Special Mention: Blade Breaker, All of Our Demise

Pending: Daughters of the Dawn

Summer was a little disappointing in that I added no titles to my best of shelf, and the ratings were a bit more scattered. Ballad and Dagger ranked on the lower end of the scale for me with a 3.5 star rating as did Rivals and Rise of the Snake Goddess, but Blade Breaker completely lived up to the hype and I rated it 4.5 stars, my highest for this season, along with All of Our Demise. The Final Gambit and All of Our Demise were fantastic conclusions to their series. Daughters of the Dawn is still pending but is coming up on my TBR within the next two months and I’m excited to read it!

Fall 2022

Best of Shelf: none

Special Mention: The Ballad of Never After

Pending: Nona the Ninth, Stone Blind, Heart of the Sun Warrior, The Shattered City

Fall usually brings with it some pretty epic reads, and this year was no exception. The Ballad of Never After and The Golden Enclaves were my highest ranked with 4.5 stars (though the latter was a bit of a letdown in comparison to the previous books), and the remaining were all rated 4 stars. Children of Ragnarok was a promising start to a new series and Kingdom of the Feared was a excellent final instalment. Blood of Troy and The Ballad of Never After on the other hand, have set the scene for epic finales and I can’t wait to see what will happen. I have the largest backlog here with four unread titles, but three of them are on my blog schedule for February, so you should see reviews quite soon.

Were any of these books on your 2022 TBR? How did your most anticipated reads for the year turn out? Are there any others you enjoyed not on this list? Let me know in the comments below!


10 thoughts on “Looking back at 2022 – How did my most anticipated reads turn out?

  1. Stephanie | The Espresso Edition January 30, 2023 / 9:45 am

    I really like this idea! I’m tempted to do something similar this year, marking which books live up to the hype I’ve set for them each season. Very creative and fun to look back on!

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  2. 24hr.YABookBlog January 30, 2023 / 10:34 am

    I recently moved Garber’s new series onto my 2023 tbr after seeing a lot more buzz about it. I’m almost done with Broken Heart and I’m interested to see where book 2 goes. Such a creative way to see your thoughts on your anticipated reads! ❤

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  3. Jodie | That Happy Reader January 30, 2023 / 11:31 am

    I love how prepared you are with your book selections for the entire year! I’m always looking at what’s coming out in the months ahead as well. I hope you enjoy all these books!

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) January 31, 2023 / 8:07 pm

      Thanks! Yes I try to keep up with the lists of upcoming releases as much as I can, it makes it easy to plan out things ahead of time.


  4. Miriam Elen January 30, 2023 / 2:21 pm

    So cool seeing your list reviewed like this! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Miriam | A Hygge Escape

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  5. I'm All Booked Up YA January 30, 2023 / 5:54 pm

    We’re glad that winter and fall turned out to be great reading seasons for you. We had a pretty great 2022 when it came to books.

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