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I’m back with another post of the Top 5 Books I Read in 2022! I wrote previous Top 5 posts for the past few years (2021, 2020, and so on), and today I continue that tradition with listing the five books I enjoyed reading the most this year. This year’s top five books were harder to decide, since there weren’t very many books I rated as 5 stars (most ended up in the 3-4 star range). But, a few managed to make it to 4.5-5 out of 5 stars, and those are the ones listed here.
5. “Just Roll With It” by Veronica Agarwal and Lee Durfey-Lavoie
“Just Roll With It” was very sweet, but also helped show me, as a reader, what it’s like for our main heroine to live with ADHD and how it affected her daily life. I thought it was creative with how the artists drew out how her experiences felt like to her, compared to everyone else around her who are neurodivergent. It’s hard for me to explain what I really enjoyed most about it without giving away major spoilers, so feel free to check out my review of the book for further details!
4. “The Demon Girl Next Door, Vol. 3” by Izumo Ito
If you read my earlier book reviews this year, you already know that I started reading “The Demon Girl Next Door” series by Izumo Ito. It’s very fun to read. Quite a few of its manga volumes made its way into the Top 5 for me this year because they were that memorable and enjoyable. This third volume picked up where the first two volumes left off, but worked more on establishing character relationships between those already introduced earlier.
3. “The Demon Girl Next Door, Vol. 2” by Izumo Ito
I enjoyed reading the first volume in “The Demon Girl Next Door,” but the second volume went above and beyond with giving more details on the magical girls vs. demon girls situation. It also helped kick off the main story a bit more than the first volume did, on top of introducing magical girl Mikan.
2. “Once A Dreamer” by Candice Hern
This was probably one of the best romance books I read during the entire year, and so I had to give it a spot on this list. I rated it as 4.5 out of 5 stars mainly due to the pacing being a bit fast at the end, but I overall enjoyed the story. The romance was very sweet, the background worldbuilding made sense, and I also enjoyed the banter between the two leads as well.
1. “The Demon Girl Next Door, Vol. 5” by Izumo Ito
This was one of the strongest entries in the “The Demon Girl Next Door” series so far, and deserved the top spot in the Top 5 Books section this year! It did a lot to advance the main story without sacrificing character development or worldbuilding development. Since the sixth volume in the series was just released in October this year, I look forward to grabbing a copy, reading it, and reviewing it for 2023. (Also, as someone who enjoyed “Restaurant To Another World” light novel by Junpei Inuzuka, the sixth volume in the series also just released late this year and I plan to read and review it for 2023 as well!)
Those were the Top 5 books I read in 2022, but what about your own Top 5? Did any of these books end up on your list, or do you have others? Let me know in the comments!
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