Books of the year and other literary moments

Books of the year 2022 that have been my most outstanding readings.

2022 is over and it's time to review books of the year and highlight those that have given me the best readings. They have been books of very various genres and national and international authors. I want to highlight that I have discovered several writers and I have also met a few others in various events such as presentations or the Madrid Book Fair.

I also review some of the most important literary moments for me, such as visits from Jo Nesbø o James Ellroy. And I regret the sad and unexpected goodbyes to authors who have left us. I hope that 2023 continues to be prodigal in good stories.

books of the year

The girls of the 305 — Ana Alcolea

Read in a weekend, this novel by Ana Alcolea, a writer of both youth and children's literature as well as for adults, has been one of my fastest reads of the year. Due to its plot, characters and way of telling this story of a group of students of a female institution in the 60s is quite a portrait of the time. An evocation of a not so distant past through the eyes of some young women who were beginning to experience a different world and reality.

a clean job —Xus González

It is certainly the homeland black novel title that stood out this year above the others. A story with a hectic pace, which immerses you in a plot where there is no shortage of twists, action, intrigue and climactic moments. All also thanks to some characters with a lot of punch. Xus González knows the cloth of what he tells well and of course he tells it very well.

the jealous man - Jo Nesbø

For several years in a row, the Norwegian writer has published a book and he has presented a set of reports, in some cases almost short novels, of various black themes, of course, which have once again delighted their readers that we count in the millions. This was the review. And next year he publishes the new novel starring his star character, the commissioner Harry hole. It will be the 13th in the series and is titled Luna de sangre.

Burning city - Don Winslow

Winslow once again demonstrates why there are very few black novel authors who are up to his standards. And if it is about giving it a twist, or more doing a tributeIn the Iliad with this history of irish and italian mobsters it has no equal. A Troy that will have its continuation soon. For fans of the New York author of the trilogy of The power of the dog o Police corruption.

Surviving — Arantza Portabales

Another great story of Arantxa Portabales who leaves her police couple Abad and Barroso aside to enter the world of realities television shows through a very special protagonist. A game between reality and fiction where the line that separates them is very fine.

The light of hope —Alan Hlad

For those of us who are lovers of stories that star or have animals, the books of this author are to enjoy them. In this he takes us to the First World War, to the real event on which it is based, which was the creation of the first guide dog school in Germany who helped wounded veterans of the conflict. With good characters and the harsh background of the conflict in its version of chemical warfare, this love story between an aspiring guide dog instructor and a blind Jewish soldier through a German shepherd dog is full of emotion.

literary moments

Visits from Jo Nesbø and James Ellroy

April brought us these two huge names in crime novels who paid a visit to Madrid to present their new books. In the case of Jo Nesbø, was at an event organized by Fundación Telefónica, speaking with the journalist and writer Marina Sanmartín. He also signed books for all the readers who were lucky enough to be able to stop by.

And a few days later the Los Angeles writer came James Ellroy with a new story under his arm titled Panic. in an act of company of books at Fnac, the author was conversing with a good many admirers with his usual histrionics.

Madrid Book Fair

Recovered after these two years of pandemic, the Book Fair de Madrid was held in June with its usual rhythm and a large influx of public.


sad moments lived this year with the losses, very unexpected in some cases, of writers who have left us a great void in their readers. The most recent has been that of the French author Dominique Lapierre. Before that, in a very fateful month of May, two great names in Spanish crime novels also left, such as Jose Javier Abasolo y Sunday Villar. And in September he did Javier Marías.

I hope that 2023 also brings us good readings. Happy New Year.

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