You know that feeling you get when you walk into a seemingly dark, deserted room and everybody and their dog jumps out and hollers, “SURPRISE!!”? It’s so unexpected and sudden. You may feel astonished. Happy. Giddy. In shock. Or the surprise may give you a heart attack.
Well. We came across some reads this year that surprised us. (The good kind of surprise, not the heart attack kind.) The books below are all by authors that are new to us. That we never heard of before grabbing their book and deciding to take “a shot in the dark.” All feature:
- Excellent writing that’s briskly paced
- Strong, sturdy characterizations
- A solid plot that’s unusually clever, creative, fresh, and/or informative
- A transcendent theme or message
- Are page turners worth re-reading
These titles include indie and/or first-time authors. Several are either self-published or published by small imprints. And they’re all surprisingly good. Engaging. Interesting. Quick as Kimber after a bowl of kibble. Or extra crispy bacon.
Most have had little to no exposure. And that’s too bad. Because these are all worthwhile reads. Think “breath of fresh bookish air.” Yeah, baby!
So… drum roll please for the 7 Most Surprising Reads of 2022 (in no particular order):
1. The Silver Gate
By Kristin Bailey
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books, 2017
Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Fantasy/Fairy Tale
Read our full review: Children’s Fantasy With Something Extra.
2. The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica:
Here, There Be Dragons
Written and illustrated by James A. Owen
Simon & Schuster, 2006
Genre: Fiction: Fantasy/Young Adult
Here’s our review: “Here, There Be Dragons” Ignites Imagination.
3. The Lawyer’s Angel
By Scott Allen Benkie
Genre: Fiction/Legal Thriller
Move over, John Grisham. There’s a new talent in town. He proves it in this gripping and absorbing legal thriller. It’s one heckuva ride! here’s our full review.
4. The Legend of Lilia
A novel based on a true story
By Christopher P. Redwine, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction
Click here for our full review: Female Fighter Ace Flies High in ‘Legend of Lilia.’
5. Exploring the Neighborhood Pronghorn Community (Second Edition)
By James Szczur
This nimble read is a skillful, engaging blend of science, adventure, and inspiration. Fascinating, informative, and compelling! Here’s our full review.
6. When the Day Comes
By Gabrielle Meyer
Publisher: Bethany House, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction/Christian Fiction/Romance
Via: Author Request
Read our review at: ‘When the Day Comes’: Better Than Bacon?
7. Echoes in the Stars
By Gordon Frisbie
A warm and wonderful memoir-ish tribute to the author’s dogs, most notably a remarkable “lethal white” Australian shepherd named Boo.
See our full review at: ‘Echoes in the Stars’ Shines Bright.
There are more. But one of us says it’s Nap Time. So TTFN! And Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy New Year full of blessings, books, and doggie treats! (You know who you are! Arf! Arf!)
Did you come across a “surprising” read this year? Tell us what and why in the Comments!
December 30, 2022 at 12:16 pm
I love it when a book surprises me. These all sound wonderful, I’ll keep this as a reference! Thanks!
December 31, 2022 at 3:56 am
I love that too! It’s always fun to open a good “surprise.”