Jamie K.'s Jam-Packed Reads 2022
I have been searching for a fun read. Something chaotic, something that feels like a 90s teen movie or the beach episode of your favorite anime. Thieves hits that niche so well, and I adore it.
Just an all-around heartwarming book about connections and the surprising places we find them. We also get cat POVs, which are both hilarious and adorable.
The amazing conclusion to my favorite middle grade trilogy. Adventurous, unnerving, and just so so good. I know I will be revisiting the world of Eden Eld many more times in the future.
I know you’ve heard it from everyone at this point, but this book is worth the read. Also great as an audiobook - hearing McCurdy narrate her story is haunting.
Ghosts haunt the residents of Dellawisp just as strongly as their pasts do. My favorite thing about this book was all of the POV switches—they made the story feel disjointed but also strangely connected. The first read through is completely different than the next, and once you get the final context, it all clicks together so beautifully.
This graphic novel combines Milledge’s gorgeous art style with a story that shocks and delights. Though it may be classified as “for kids," it can be enjoyed by those of any age.
If you enjoy watching YouTube deep dives or Discovery documentaries, then I would recommend this book 100%! Emerson does a great job of revealing information at a pace that keeps you wanting to read more.
One of my favorite books I’ve found this year for learning Japanese basics at my own pace! The Little Library of Languages series is a great introduction for anyone looking to learn another language (French, Japanese, and Mandarin are out now!).
This book was a ride. I felt constantly on edge as I viewed the world from Sally’s perspective. She is mean, cynical, and spiteful, but also human. Sometimes I put down the book just to walk away to breathe, but I always came back to finish it. I had to know what would happen to the people in Sally’s life—not finishing wasn’t an option.
I love essay collections, and the more obscure the topic, the better. In this case, It Came from the Closet takes discussions and ideas in the horror genre that have previously felt taboo to the LGBTQIA+ community and puts them out there for fellow queer readers to interpret and relate to.