Ranking My First 22 Reads Of 2022! // indecisiveness galore

Ranking in general gives me all the feels.

When I’m being ranked, there’s the nervous butterflies, the foot-tapping anticipation and an undignified urge to stick out a tongue at my fellow competitor. When I’m doing the ranking, there’s the undeniable need to do justice, the thrill of selecting the top three and the fear of retaliation from the bottom.

Soo. *claps hands in quick succession* Since I’m in the mood for the package of feelings that comes with ranking today, I’m going to rank… books! Let us ignore the fact that books are, in fact, the only thing I’m qualified enough to rank.

Ok here’s how this is going to work. I am going to be ranking the first 22 books (because it’s 2022, get it?) I’ve read this year based on my opinion on them. We’re going to start in reverse order and work our way all the way to the top, meaning the books are in the order of worst to best. To make things more organized, there are also six categories under which certain consecutive rankings fall under, to express my overall feelings for those books. Each book cover shall be linked to it’s goodreads page and beside it are highlights (from the pov of yours truly) from the story which could either make you want to devour the book whole or run far far away from it.

With all that out of the way, let’s get started!

— #22 Caraval by Stephanie Garber —

→ a magical, dark treasure hunt type competition
→ a weak willed, “i just want to save my sister” main character
→ too many reminders of how “dangerous” the “game” is
→ anticlimatic deaths that aren’t even real

— #21 Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz —



→ a dragon flying Quidditch style sport
→ 16-18 year olds behave like 10 year olds
→ weirdly written dialogue
→ so many characters, so little info

— #20 Jade City by Fonda Lee —



→ rival clans and family politics
→ probably the slowest book you’ll ever read
→ seriously, it’s sloowww
→ oh also lots of POVs

— #19 Dead Girls Can’t Tell Secrets by Chelsea Khaso —

→ pretty classic murder mystery
→”everyone is hiding something”
→ feels like a wild goose chase
→ school secrets

— #18 Ace Of Shades —

→ dark fantasy
→ gang lords and con men
→ morally grey love interest
→ a sadist game of execution

— #17 The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe —


→ heavy themes (pls check tws!)
→ more about the past than the present
→ the present being a bank hostage situation which could have been made highly interesting
→ focuses on one and one character only

— #16 Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle Quach —

→ themes of feminism
→ romance was sort of instalove-y, there was no chemistry
→ lots of important things happened quickly
→ the love interest had zero personality except being an ex jock

— #15 Portrait Of A Thief by Grace D. Li —

→ college students turned thieves
→ colonization of art
→ chinese american identity
→ monologues on imperialism and “the American dream”

— #14 Hani And Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar —

→ desi main characters
→ biphobic white friends
→ fake dating (duh)
→ parental (they’re asian soo) pressure

— #13 Down Comes The Night by Allison Saft —

→ sworn enemies to lovers
→ killer×healer pairing
→ wintry night vibes
→ changing sides! betrayal! redemption! more betrayal!

— #12 Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley —

→ sapphic witches
→ sunshine×grumpy
→ magic gone wrong
→ a long journey (more like a quest actually)

— #11 Hidden In Plain Sight by Jeffrey Archer —

→ a witty detective story
→ smart and well thought out plot
→ taking down a drug squad
→ new additions to the team

— #10 So This Is Ever After by FT Lukens—


→ weird in the best way
→ friends to lovers awkwardness
→ set in a castle
→ takes place after your usual YA quest

— #9 In Deeper Waters by FT Lukens —

→ pirates and princes
→ and handsome mermen too
→ supportive elder siblings
→ kidnapping and rescues galore

— #8 If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich —

→ boy bands, fame and cancel culture
→ the best mother group
→ gay adorableness
→ openly gay vs closeted

— #7 You Have A Match by Emma Lord —

→ full summer-y vibes
→ best friends to lovers
→ secret sisters who couldn’t be more unlike each other
→ all sibling and platonic relationships were *chef’s kiss*

— #6 Geekerella by Ashley Poston —

→ modern day Cinderella retelling (minus the cheesy parts)
→ a delightful fandom… and a con!
→ anonymous texting
→ nerd supremacy

— #5 Namesake by Adrienne Young—

→ pirate-y adventure
→ treasure hunting for a mythical gem
→ torn familial relationships
→ morally grey cast

— #4 Tweet Cute by Emma Lord —

→ twitter wars!
→ ridiculously delicious desserts
→ rivals to friends to lovers
→ anonymous texting

— #3 Fable by Adrienne Young —

→ dangerous mc with traumatic past
→ found family
→ a not-so-merry journey through the seas
→ shocking reveals at every page

— #2 When You Get The Chance by Emma Lord —

→ a cheerful, goofy mc who is my new favourite person
→ reverse mamma mia!
→ the best platonic relationships
→ witty, immersive writing

— #1 Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong —

→ romeo juliet retelling
→ emotional rollercoaster
→ enemies to lovers PERFECTION and so. much. angst.
→ rival gangs, blood feuds, stabby women and soft men

Have you read any of these?? Bonus points if you’ve read them this year too! THOUGHTS ON THEM? Which are YOUR favourite reads so far this year?? (do not be fooled by the size of my tbr, i’m ALWAYS looking for yet more recommendations)

~ Rachel

29 thoughts on “Ranking My First 22 Reads Of 2022! // indecisiveness galore

  1. RACHEL I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH!!! you make such great points for every book!! i adore fable and when you get the chance but i’m so terrified to read our violent ends🥲 also the CARAVAL SLANDER??? HOW DARE YOU BE SO RIGHT like lol i love that book but it’s just not great😭

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    1. ahh THANK YOU KAYA!! omg you have great taste what can i say.
      oh yes you should be terrified, very terrified indeed.
      ohno i take back what i said about amazing taste bc you actually liked CARAVAL?? jk jk glad i could turn you hehe

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  2. Hmmm – I don’t think I can judge your rating skills quite yet, since the only one of these I’ve read is Tweet Cute 🤔😁 But you certainly know how to make people intrigued because I feel a very compelling urge to read the entire second half of your list now!! Like, OMG, those Down Comes the Night buzzwords!! 🤩
    I think I’ll steer clear of Caraval, though… Everyone whose reading tastes I trust (yes, you may feel flattered to be included in that group) seems to have hated it, so I think I’ll just stick to The Night Circus if I want magical performance vibes 😁🥰

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    1. *looks around nervously* look you cannot go around spreading doubts on my rating like that so the ONLY solution i see is READ THAT SECOND HALF! (i mean, you could read the bottom few too but highly NOT recommend)
      omg yes i truly AM flattered lol. nothing like people trusting my expert judgement on books. (also yes this is a pointed dig to your earlier statement ;))

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  3. the fact that i haven’t read ANY of these books but almost all of them are on my tbr is making me doubt my existence😭😭
    I’m so sad that caraval and jade city didn’t hit the mark for you- I’m gonna give up on caraval but i think i’ll still give jade city a try because the hype!! is too much!! And akdlfksjkl all the contemporaries and gay books in this post is just making me cry because they’re just way too ADORABLE but how am i supposed to read all of them help.😭😭 I’m so scared for OVE though it’s a romeo-juliet retelling how will i have my happy ending ahhh i’m dying i don’t wanna read it 😭 And i’m gonna consider this another sign to read Down comes the night because wow- that description toally makes me wanna jump on it lol.
    this post was absolutely FANTASTIC and your descriptions were perfect!! loved reading it and crying over my tbr hehe. and here’s to hoping for even great books in the future <33

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    1. hah existential crises over unread books >>>
      yeeah i think thats a very wise decision to give caraval a pass.
      yep fluffy gay romances are my coping mechanisms (and what if i told you i have been reading LOTS more of them since this list was completed)
      thank you janhavi!!

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  4. RACHEL RACHEL RACHEL GUESS WHAT I READ THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS!! I HOPE YOU ARE PROUD OF ME!! IT WAS PHENOMENAL BY THE WAY I AM IN LOVE WITH IT AHHH!! I NEED TO READ OUR VIOLENT ENDS NOW I’ve heard it even more heartbreaking than the first one sooo plus it’s your favourite read of 2022 so far SO IT HAS TO BE AMAZING
    also I’m glad to see our geekerella fan club is still going strong and YES NERD SUPREMACY PLEASE
    omg i need to read if this gets out!! I read perfect on paper recently and adored it so can’t wait for this one!
    Loved this post :)) 💖💖

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    1. YES VERY PROUD!! i feel like this is a i told you so moment soo. I TOLD YOU SO!!
      yess geekerella is def going to make it to my top books of the year as well!!
      ahhh perfect on paper was SO good omg, hopefully you’ll love if this gets out as well!

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  5. RACHEL I FEEL SLIGHTLY BETRAYED RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I WAS SO SURE THE #1 BOOK ON YOUR LIST WOULD BE WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE??? AND IT… WASN’T?? I even bet money on it ok?? And I’m broke now, SO I EXPECT COMPENSATION. Also how do you mention DRAGONS and all the other amazing points for blazewrath games AND STILL NOT EXPECT ME TO BE INTRIGUED BY IT?? Oh and did I mention it makes me a little happy to read all the points you wrote for Caraval, BECAUSE I AM OVERJOYED TO FINALLY HAVE FOUND A FELLOW CARAVAL-DISLIKER. ALSO GEEKERELLA!!! AND NERD SUPREMACY (YES!!) I am so glad TO SEE IT. GEEKERELLA IS AMAZING AND I AM SO HAPPY (also proud of me) YOU LOVED IT!! Bye now I need to look up all the other amazing books you mentioned and possibly create plans of immortality. (I STILL REMEMBER THE COMPENSATION YOU OWE ME.)

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    1. mwahaha i never fail to surprise BUT WAIT does that mean? YOU HAVEN’T READ THE THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS DUOLOGY YET?? they might be my favourite books ever after six of crows AND I WON’T COMPENSATE YOU UNLESS YOU EXPERIENCE THE DUOLOGY YOURSELF.
      welll id say read blazewrath games at your own risk.
      YAY LETS BAD MOUTH CARAVAL TOGETHER!!
      (remember no tvd=no compensation)

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  6. I’m just going to ignore the fact that Caraval is your worst of all 22 books for the sake of my sanity 😂😂

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Tweet Cute ahh!! I’m very hyped to get to If This Gets Out & Down Comes the Night because of your high rating now !

    and YES our violent ends !! IT IS BRILLIANT AND NOW WE NEED TO SHRIEK INCOHERENTLY OVER THAT ENDING!!!
    also stabby women and soft men is the best description of the book 🙌

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    1. hmm what if i told you it might be the worst book this entire year, you wont be able to ignore THAT (yes i’m known to pick fights)
      YESS OUR VIOLENT ENDS WAS DEFINITELY MY VIOLENT END BECAUSE THAT ENDING!!

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