Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2022

Happy Tuesday, book friends! I’m back with another Top 5 Tuesday, and I’m pretty excited about this week’s topic–books we planned to read this year but haven’t gotten to yet. I have quite a number of boIoks I’m genuinely excited about, but haven’t gotten to.

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Bionic Bookworm, now hosted by Meeghan Reads. If you’re interested in participating, check out their blog to get the details and the prompts for each week.

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Like many a person, I adored The Love Hypothesis and was super excited for Love on the Brain. But for some reason, I keep putting off picking it up. I think it’s a combination of anticipation and the fact that Hazelwood’s Steminist novellas fell a bit short for me.

I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home by Jami Attenberg

Since I first read All Grown Up , I’ve been a fan of Attenberg’s and hearing that she had a memoir coming out got me all kinds of excited. The book has been sitting on my TBR cart ever since release, waiting for me to decide that it’s time.

The Heartbreak Bakery by A.R. Capetta

I love the premise of this book, wherein a magically gifted chef accidentally bakes breakup brownies that cause couples to separate if they eat them. It was on my failed Witchtober TBR and I haven’t gotten to go back to it yet.

Lease on Love by Fallon Ballard

Remember when people were talking about how great this book is? I sure do. This book is described in marketing copy as “Beach Read meets The Flatshare” and how can I say no to that? Though apparently I can say “not now” to that.

Matrix by Lauren Groff

This is one of those books I always knew it’d take me a while to get to because it’s a bit outside my normal reading habits. Jeff and Rebecca of the Book Riot podcast raved about this one enough that I decided I had to read it. I’m just waiting to be in the mood for a thinky book.


Could I go above and beyond five books for this list? Yes, definitely. But there are the five that I’m most surprised I haven’t actually gotten to yet, so on the list they go. Do you have any books that you wanted to get to this year, but haven’t?

A Very Merry December TBR 

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It’s December, the final reading month of the year! I love the cozy reading vibes of this month, combined with the glow of lights and candles. And I also enjoy leaning in to reads that are set during the festive season to round out the year. 

My last themed TBR for October (Witchtober) didn’t go too well. I only got to two of the books on my list, and I finished one of them a few days into November. Still, I like to set an ambitious goal and stretch for it, even if I know I’m unlikely to meet it. So, in the spirit of shooting for the stars, here’s my December TBR. 

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Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun

A sapphic holiday rom com with featuring a marriage of convenience plot with a twist. 

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer 

This story about a Jewish romance novelist with a Christmasy secret was on my list last year and I never got to it. So, I’m hoping to make it happen in 2022.

A Cat Cafe Christmas by Cody Gary 

Cats. Cafes. Christmas. Enough said. This one is currently backordered on Bookshop.org so it seems like a popular choice this year. 

All I Want for Christmas by Maggie Knox

I read their previous holiday rom-com last year, so I figured I’d make a tradition of it. Hoping to enjoy this one a bit more than The Holiday Swap. 

The Holiday Trap* by Roan Parrish 

I love a good “let’s swap homes” story, particularly with a holiday twist, so I couldn’t resist this one. 


I read five books last month, and there’s even more vacation days in December, so this list of five doesn’t feel too far-fetched for the holiday season. 

What’s on your reading list for the last month of the year, book friends? Do we have any reading goals in common? 


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