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2022 Reading in Review

I really enjoy doing this blog post each year even though as I begin it I am overwhelmed. 2022 was a good reading year; I read fewer books than last year, but enjoyed the books that I read for the most part.

Here's a wrap up of my reading in 2022:

This survey is put out by Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner (I am not sure if she is doing it this year). I've done my best to answer her questions, but I skipped some and have also added in a few of my own.

Goodreads reading challenge

Number of re-reads: 0

Non-fiction: 19 (16%) and Fiction: 99 (84%)--talk about an imbalance! 

Adult books: 93 (79%) and YA/children's books: 25 (21%)--this is such a reversal from when I was a high school librarian and it's even more adult-heavy than last year.

Shortest and longest books

Most and least popular on Goodreads 

Countries visited through reading: 46 You can see where I read at my 2022 Google Map.

Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Iran, Irelend, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Nepal, New Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Outerspace, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sierre Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania (Zanzibar), Tibet, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.

US states visited through reading: 39. I did much better than I did last year with an additional 13 states. You can see where I read at my 2022 Google Map.
Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah,  Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming, and Washington, DC.
Best book of 2022?
I have never been good at picking one favorite book so I have listed my YA and adult favorites. But really, this year, I could easily have listed an additional 5 or 6 more adult books that I loved almost as much. It was a good reading year. 

Book you were excited about but didn't love as much as you expected?
I was really looking forward to reading You're Invited by Amanda Jayatissa, but it just didn't do it for me. I liked her previous book better.

Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2022?
I have three in this category this year: Project Hail Mary (science fiction, not usually my thing) and Pet and Bitter because they are not what I would normally read since they contain magical realism, but for some reason, they really worked for me.

Book you pushed most people to read in 2022?
I find I am still pushing Being Mortal, which I read years ago (I think it's that my friends have aging parents). But from this year, the two books I have pushed most people to read are probably Remarkably Bright Creatures and Project Hail Mary.

Favorite new author you discovered in 2022?
I don't really have a favorite new author from 2022, but I will put both Taylor Jenkins Reid and  in this category since I really enjoyed her books Malibu Rising and Carrie Soto is Back. I need to read Daisy Jones and the Six.

Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2022?
Hmmm. This is a tough one because I read a number of books that I wanted to keep reading into the night. Instead of choosing just one, I am choosing a few:

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2022?
I am all about covers and am definitely a visual person when it comes to choosing books. The covers I liked the most this year were ones whose colors appealed to me, they were evocative of a place, or they just made me smile.

Most thought provoking or life-changing book of 2022?
I didn't really have any life changing or most thought-provoking books in 2022. But I will say that Take My Hand gave me lots to think about regarding the history of our country and its treatment of black women, much in the same way I felt about Henrietta Lacks when I read it years ago.

Book that put a smile on your face?
The book that put a smile on my face this year was Killers of a Certain Age. Yes, it's a murder mystery, but the characters solving the mystery are so much fun! I am looking forward to reading the second installment in 2022.

Book that made you cry in 2022?
It is not difficult to get me to cry while reading a book. And I usually cry about the good stuff, the touching stuff. But this year, I don't remember crying while reading any of my books. Odd.

Best bookish photo you took in 2022?
My favorite bookish photo that I took this year is one I took just last month in Ithaca, NY. We were walking to the Farmer's Market when I saw this historical sign, stopped to read it, and discovered that Alex Haley was born in a house near my daughter's new apartment. A little delight.

Best event you participated in?
As always, I will choose participating as a round 2 judge for the CYBILS Awards. I am really looking forward to doing this again next month in the graphic novels category.

Reading challenges completed in 2022? Here's a link to my challenges page and while I didn't necessarily complete them all, I did pretty well.

Books you are most anticipating in 2023?
I don't have a most anticipated, but I am looking forward to reading these two. I think I'll do one of them for my first book.

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