My 2022 Reading Year in Review

 

The 2023 Reading Year has commenced! However, today I wanted to go back in time to evaluate my reading statistics. When I joined Goodreads in 2020, I set my Reading Challenge to 50 books. By reading 73 books, I dominated my challenge. In 2021, I put my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 100 books concurring the challenge by reading 122 books. For my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2022, I wanted to offer myself a bit of a challenge, yet I didn’t want to feel rushed or pressured to read more books, which led me to set my goal of 50 books. Yet again, I accomplished my Goodreads Reading Challenge, reading 32,726 pages and 102 books.

Pace and Genre

 

According to my account statistics on The Story Graph, I read 102 Books, 21% of which were Fast Paced, 18% were Slow Paced, and 61% were Medium Paced. My most-read genre was Contemporary, followed by Literary, LGBTQ+, Classics, and even Romance. There was a month when I went crazy reading all the romance novels.

 

Top Five Books of 2022

Albatross by Terry Fallis 

Adventurous. Hilarious. Heartwarming and, dare I say, wacky, deciding to begin the new year by reading Albatross was a phenomenal decision. Albatross is a coming-of-age story introducing the reader to Adam Coryell, an average high school student who is also an aspiring writer.

In all honesty, I wasn’t sure that I would like this novel because it is for a Young Adult audience; however, it didn’t take long to realize that this is a universal story, nor did it take long for me to fall in love with the characters. I had dreams of being friends with the main characters in the story. I woke up each morning eager to find out what would happen next. Not only did this novel get added to my favorites shelf, but it also got added to the coveted reread pile.

Read all my thoughts on Albatross by clicking here.

Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune has been intimidating me for years now. However, this edition caught my eye with its blue sprayed edges, and I wanted it immediately. Yet it took me over a year to muster up the courage to buy it. I held myself accountable for reading this book in January to justify this purchase.

Now I want to clarify that the page count was not the reason for my trepidation. Every hesitation I had regarding this novel was due to it being a science fiction fantasy. I feared not understanding the world that these characters lived in. I feared not understanding the characters themselves. What I discovered, while justifiable, is that Frank Herbert had a gift for world-building and storytelling. Once I began reading, all the fear went away. Granted, I did pair this novel with the audiobook, which was also phenomenal. There is also an appendix at the back of the book, which provides definitions and explanations of things happening within this world.

That said, I felt that the third book felt rushed. It almost felt like I was running to catch up, but again, overall, this was an epic read, and I look forward to incorporating more of the Dune series into my library soon.

Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos De Laclos

My well-loved copy of Dangerous Liaisons, an epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, was first published in 1782 as Les Liaisons dangereuses. This novel has been intimidating for a couple of years; however, it has been on my radar since childhood. I loved Cruel Intentions growing up, and this book is what the film is inspired by. These characters are morally bankrupt, and despite knowing this, I was still very unprepared. This novel challenged me in many ways and made me work for the payoff.

I wrote more about the reading experience in a previous blog, which you can access by clicking here.

Lapvona

There seems to be a constant when looking up Otessa Moshfegh’s Lapvona, “It’s her biggest departure….” I would love to agree with this; however, after only reading Eileen and My Year of Rest and Relaxation, I don’t feel like I’m qualified to make that statement. Instead, I am qualified to say that this novel is a masterpiece in all its pluralities. Moshfegh’s writing is superb, introducing us to a world of morally bankrupt and revolting characters living in medieval times. There are multiple tragedies, a manufactured plague, and gruesome moments that I don’t know will ever leave my being. I do need to warn you; however, this novel is not for everyone, and if you’re interested in doing so, look up the trigger warnings first.

Babel

Written by R.F. Kuang

Published August 23, 2022

There has been a constant pattern with the books I call my favorite reads. That being I’m hesitant to begin reading them. When I heard about Babel in August, I noticed it was categorized as fantasy, which immediately turned me off because I don’t care to read that particular genre. But then I started seeing its comparison to The Secret History by Donna Tartt and had to rethink writing it off.

Set in the 1800s, Babel introduces the reader to Robin Swift, a young Cantonese boy whose mother has died from cholera. He is soon taken in by a mysterious Oxford professor named Lovell and is groomed to become a translator in Babel, a college at Oxford. Add elements of dark academia, a secret society, a half-brother, and translation magic, and you have a complete masterpiece!

This novel holds its own in the dark academia genre. What I found fascinating and stood out was that it twists the narrative and gives the reader a cast of diverse characters. Dark academic books are typically full of white characters; however, this was not the case.

Reading Goals for 2023

I have many personal goals for my 2023 Reading Year. Among those goals that I want to share with you all.

+ Read all my Book of the Month books.

+ Catalog my book collection.

+ Finish reading Sherlock Holmes. ( it is time, Watson )

And the Conclusion

While reviewing my reading statistics today, I realized that I read NOT ONE Stephen King. How is this even possible? I have more Stephen King than any author! But I digress. However, I managed to read all of the Anne of Green Gables series. I reread Sally Rooney’s novels and the world of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Evelyn Hugo stories. I even conquered Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos De Laclos, which has been sitting on my shelf since 2020, when I began this adventure. My 2022 Read Year was an absolute success. How about yours?

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