Thoughts on books, family, and life in one impressive package.

I might not have written many real reviews, i.e., longer than a paragraph, and I certainly wasn’t present online outside of Instagram for the year. However, from a reading perspective, 2022 was a great year! Let’s review, shall we?

I finished 153 books and 56,981 pages, the most I’ve read in years. I believe it has a lot to do with the fact that I mostly stuck with books I knew I would enjoy, keeping fantasy and romance at the top of the list and gravitating toward the darker stories.

Genres Read in 2022

Personal Reading Experience 2022

Components of Highest-Rated Reads 2022

My favorite reads by month are the following:

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco


The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis


The Blood Trials by N. E. Davenport


Nightwork by Nora Roberts


Kindred by Octavia E. Butler


The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi


For the Throne by Hannah Whitten


Babel by R. F. Kuang


The Epic Story of Every Living Thing by Deb Caletti


Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young


The Luminaries by Susan Dennard


My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell


Of these twelve, Babel by R. F. Kuang is by far my favorite book of the year, although I think it is interesting that only eight of my top picks were 2022 releases. Granted, I had several more five-star-rated books (33 in all), but I chose to stick to selecting one book per month.

I don’t participate in reading challenges like they were, but I did choose to participate in the ones listed in my reading journal from Little Inklings Design. Of the six listed, I completed five, only losing out to the Genre challenge because I don’t read poetry.

Overall, I’m pleased. I read what I wanted, finished all my review copies, and even read several books I already owned. I made a massive dent in my audiobook list and never fell into a reading slump. It was a much more relaxed approach to reading this year, and I say it worked. (I also think it helped that I didn’t review anything but spent all that extra time reading!)


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