2022 in Books

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I feel a bit late to the party of 2022 recaps, but I didn’t want to do it until it was truly over. 2022 has been a busy year for me, as you can read in my personal note from last month, but in the middle of all that, it’s the year I read the most in probably ever. (maybe I read more in highschool? but who knows. I didn’t count it then. And even so, I don’t think so).

In spite of reading very little in October and December, I read 150 books overall! I think this is best represented by my reading bookshelf :

Hand-drawn books over 2 pages of a notebook, forming a large bookshelf. The books are coloured in, in many colours, numbering 150 books. There are decorative stickers of plants, teapots and books.

When I started off the year, my goal was to do better than the year before (126 books read in 2021) but I also decided to start low pressure, with 100 books as my goal. And 20,000 or 25,000 reading pages. I’m not quite sure for this one because Storygraph added an hours tracker mid-year, and I changed my goals accordingly.

I’ve made some progress in reading my Own Books, a whole 48 of them, or about a third of my total reading. That’s with half my overall reading being audiobooks (so, books I don’t own) and me still borrowing loads from the library. I didn’t reach my goal of reading 30 ebooks (24 is what I reached) but between reading some of them in audio instead and still getting them off my list, and the fact that it’s a lot more than I thought I’d managed, I’m quite happy with that.

Infographic titled "my 2022 Reading Goals" The image is a drawn girl with glasses, sitting down and reading a book.
The bubbles read:
150 out of 100 books read.
650 out of 600 audio reading hours.
24 out of 30 ebooks read.
14 nonfiction books.
Info bubbles that read:
3 reading challenges
5 out of 12 discworld books read.
7 out of 16 October Daye books reread.
Best month : 22 books read.

Favourite Books of 2022

Coming up with my favourites was really hard, as I enjoyed most of the books I read, and learned to DNF early when I didn’t.

Under the label nonfiction, the book covers of:
Scattered Minds by Gabor Maté.
Refusing Compulsory Sexuality, by Sherronda J. Brown.
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore,
All that Remains, by Sue Black.
All the Living and the Dead, by Hayley Campbell,
and My Remarkable Journey, by Katherine Johnson.

Under the label "fiction", the book covers of:
Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
Far Out, an anthology of recent queer SciFi and Fantasy.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club, by Malinda Lo.
Moon of the Crusted Snow, by Waubgeshig Rice.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia.
A Pale Light in the Black, by K. B. Wagers.
Food of the Gods, by Cassandra Khaw.
The Duke Who Didn't, by Courtney Milan.
Wild and Wicked Things, by Francesca May.
The Red Scholar's Wake, by Aliette de Bodard.
Good Neighbours, by Stephanie Burgis.
and A Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan.
I did not include rereads and kept to one book per author. Even so, it was hard to choose!

2023 Goals

If 2022 taught me anything, it’s that things never really go as you expect. So I’ve once again chosen a goal of 100 books, and I’ll see how things go from there. I’m also starting with 500 audio hours and 15000 pages, since I can see I’m leaning more and more towards audio.

I also want to keep reading nonfiction, and 10% of total seems a good measure, considering last year’s stats.

I need to do a full recount of what books I own to read, both paper and ebook, since I moved and donated a lot. I’ll still try to take from that pile, and I think it’ll be easier since I’m no longer in a country with a great english language library, alas.

I’ve already drawn a new little bookshelf in my notebook, and I also plan to carry on last year’s challenges:

  • Finish rereading October Daye
  • Finish reading all the Discworld books

Above all I don’t want much pressure on my reading, and I just want to read what strikes my fancy at a given time, when I have time.

How about you, how do you feel about 2022? And what are your plans for this new year?

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