Most-Read Authors of 2022

It’s time for one of my favorite stats to track–my most-read authors of the year. I started tracking this a few years ago, and continue to find it interesting.

Ali Hazelwood – I actually predicted my first-place author, with 4 books read, last year. I was, however, disappointed with the 3 novellas that put her into the #1 spot; they were too repetitive for me, and not nearly as strong as her longer works. Luckily, Love on the Brain redeemed Ali Hazelwood for me with a solid 4.5 star rating.

Under One Roof by Ali HazelwoodStuck with You by Ali HazelwoodBelow Zero by Ali HazelwoodLove on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Anita Kelly – In second place are 5 authors that I read 3 books each from. Anita Kelly is an author new to me, so I love that they were able to make it so high in the rankings and that I’ve discovered an author that writes excellent LGBTQIA+ romance. They have a new 2023 release coming out, but not a deep backlist, so probably won’t be making my list next year.

Love & Other Disasters by Anita KellySing Anyway by Anita KellyOur Favorite Songs by Anita Kelly

Katee Robert – 2 novels and 1 novella from her Dark Olympus series got Katee Robert into a solid spot on this list.

Electric Idol by Katee RobertStone Heart by Katee RobertWicked Beauty by Katee Robert

Juliette Cross – I loved that Cross had 2 new great installments in the Stay a Spell series come out this year; I liked her backlist PNR, Forged in Fire, much less.

Forged in Fire by Juliette CrossAlways Practice Safe Hex by Juliette CrossResting Witch Face by Juliette Cross

Skye Kilaen – a new-to-me author writing LGBTQIA+ contemporary romance novellas; I kept gravitating towards these feel-good reads throughout 2022.

Get It Right by Skye KilaenShake Things Up by Skye KilaenCheck Your Work by Skye Kilaen

Alexis Hall – Although the 2 new releases I read of his didn’t work for me as much as his older titles, he still makes this list with a re-read.

Boyfriend Material by Alexis HallHusband Material by Alexis HallParis Daillencourt Is About to Crumble by Alexis Hall

Elena Armas – I really enjoyed The Spanish Love Deception, enough to pick up her 2022 release The American Roommate Experiement, although both titles were slow to start for me.

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena ArmasThe American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas

Catherynne M. Valente – a past favorite author, I picked up 1 novella and 1 novelette in 2022.

The Past Is Red by Catherynne M. ValenteL'Esprit de L'Escalier by Catherynne M. Valente

Ilona Andrews – They’ve been a favorite of mine for many years, and I’m sad to see Catalina’s great trilogy end this year.

Fated Blades by Ilona AndrewsRuby Fever by Ilona Andrews

T. Kingfisher – I loved both books from this new-to-me SFF author, and am excited to discover more from her in the future.

Nettle & Bone by T. KingfisherThe Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

Tessa Bailey – I actually haven’t had the best history with Tessa Bailey, or at least a shaky one, but Window Shopping was a surprise hit for me at the very end of 2022.

Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa BaileyWindow Shopping by Tessa Bailey

Julie Tieu – I ended up picking up 2 books from this new-to-me author after they were send to me by the publisher for review, and enjoyed both.

The Donut Trap by Julie TieuCircling Back To You by Julie Tieu

Timothy Janovsky – I rated both of these audiobooks 3 stars; both were somewhat entertaining but ultimately disappointing. I may still give him one more chance, though, because his 2023 release sounds interesting.

Never Been Kissed by Timothy JanovskyYou're a Mean One, Matthew Prince by Timothy Janovsky

 

Predictions for Most-Read Author(s) of 2023 – Last year was easier to predict, since my most-read authors tend to be romance writers with either multiple new releases or a deep backlist. 2023 is more difficult, since only one of my favorite romance authors (Katee Robert) has multiple releases scheduled, and I’ve exhausted the backlists of a lot of the others. So this year’s most-read authors field is very much open–maybe it’ll be someone entirely new to me, or maybe I’ll make more progress on certain series than expected (I have a lot of books on my TBR that are next in series, but I suppose it’s possible that I’ll pick up more than one book in a series within a year).

Olivie Blake – I’ve only read one book from Blake previously, which ended up on my favorites list for 2021 (The Atlas Six), but now I have two of her 2022 releases already on my shelf and a 2023 release scheduled. She writes fantasy and has a very particular writing style, which I absolutely love but am not sure how much I can read of in a single year, but because she has 3 available books for me to pick up, she’s first up on my predictions list.

The Atlas Paradox (The Atlas, #2)Alone With You in the EtherOne for My Enemy

Rachel Harrison – I read and loved Cackle in 2022, and luckily this new-to-me (and local!) author has a new 2022 release and a backlist thriller for me to check out. I also enjoyed Cackle on audio, and found both of these available through my library’s Libby app, which makes reading them seem like an easy decision in 2023.

Such Sharp TeethThe Return

Katee Robert – As I mentioned, this is my only past favorite romance writer with more than one new release expected in 2023. Katee Robert is putting out 2 new installments in her Dark Olympus series, which I love and tend to devour as soon as the preorders hit my Kindle.

Radiant Sin (Dark Olympus, #4)Cruel Seduction (Dark Olympus, #5)

Jayci Lee – This one is a little out of left field, since I’ve never actually read any of Jayci Lee’s books. However, they all have premises that appeal to me, and I do love finding new-to-me romance authors with significant backlists. Is it possible that I dislike her writing and none of these will be finished in 2023? Sure, but I have a good feeling about her.

Booked on a Feeling (A Sweet Mess, #3)A Sweet Mess (A Sweet Mess, #1)

Tessa Dare – Yes, I barely read any historical romance in 2022 (4 in total). And yes, none of these were Tessa Dare books. But I still really like her, and since I’m a mood reader, you never know when I’ll be up for delving back into a past favorite, even if she’s been on the shelf for awhile (that was a historical romance pun).

A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2)Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4)Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1)

 

 

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