Alright, another year in the books! (Badum-tss.)
Sure, I could just link or rewrite my Year in Books (Goodreads) and 2022 Reading Wrap-Up (StoryGraph) and be done with it. But what’s the fun in that? (Especially when I made a spreadsheet and I have graphs in said spreadsheet!)
- 143 books read
- 52 books DNF’d
- 173 books acquired (bought, borrowed, gifted, ARCs, freebies, etc.)
- 14 still to-read
Average Rating: 3.41
Reading by month
- 2022 Reading Challenge: 143 / 100
- Cross-Country Reading Challenge: 52 / 51
- Books and Tea Challenge: 25 / 24
Listed from highest to lowest, omitting rereads.
- unlock your storybook heart by Amanda Lovelace (5 stars)
- The Winners by Fredrik Backman (5 stars)
- Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods by Catherynne M. Valente (5 stars)
- Bravely by Maggie Stiefvater (5 stars)
- Babel, Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R.F. Kuang (4.5 stars)
- A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers (4.5 stars)
The books I’m still thinking about regardless of rating or objective merit, omitting top-rated (above) and rereads, listed in chronological read order.
- I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
- Greywaren by Maggie Stiefvater
- I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
- Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
Compared to the previous year (2021), I read about half as many books but also DNF’d about half as many books, and my average rating was a little bit higher. I acquired far fewer ARCs (only 11 total!) and read them all — but while I borrowed/bought fewer books, I did not do nearly as well finishing them off.
I’m still reading more fantasy than anything else (21%  vs. 24% ), though I’m DNF’ing a significant and greater proportion of them (32% vs. 16%). Contemporary (18% vs. 13%) surpassed nonfiction (10% vs. 16%), putting them in second and third place, respectively. I read more [Adult] Romance (9% vs. 2%) and Classics (9% vs. 5%). Genre-wise, everything else looks roughly the same.
My main theory is that this was largely due to the reading challenges I was doing, which led me to add a bunch of books to my TBR and also brought my average rating down from what it would be if I wasn’t trying to finish books just to finish prompts.
I think I’m at a stage where I’m much less likely to be pleasantly surprised by a book that I discover through a reading challenge; while I’m theoretically still open to picking up random books that catch my interest, but mostly I plan to work through my existing TBR in the coming year.
But who knows, really?
- How was your 2022 in books?
- What were your best/worst reads of 2022?
- What are you looking forward to reading in 2023?