2022 End of Year Book Survey

2022 was a great reading year for me. I read a total of 104 books, single-issue comics, graphic novels, and manga. 104!? I can’t believe I hit the triple digits. Since I started tracking my reading on Goodreads, I have gotten into a good rhythm in making time to read along with figuring out the types of books and genres that interest me the most. Every year, I participate in Perpetual Page Turner‘s End of Year Book Survey. It’s one of the most detailed book surveys that I have found. I always look forward to writing each post as it helps me review the books I read and pick the books that stood out to me the most.

**2022 Reading Stats**

Number of Books Read: 104

Number of Re-Reads: 2. I re-read Columbine by Dave Cullen and Dracula by Bram Stoker. I read both of these books in high school, so it was time for a re-read. I typically re-read books when either it’s been at least five years since I originally read the book or if I pick up the book from my shelf and I don’t fully remember the plot of the book.

Genre You Read the Most From: Doing a quick scan through my Goodreads, I felt that I read more Fantasy and Non-Fiction this year.

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1. Best Book in 2022

[Book Cover. At the top it says "New York Times Best Seller" After that, it says "Lucy Foley The Guest List" There's a small quote underneath that says "You'd Kill To Be On It' The picture shows a dark and stormy island with a tower on the top of the island]

I read a lot of good books this year. As I scanned through my list, I had at least five books that I rated five stars throughout the year. I had to ponder on this one for a while, but in the end, I chose The Guest List by Lucy Foley. The Guest List is a wedding thriller where the guests travel to an island off the coast of Ireland. The groom is found murdered and secrets are revealed leading up to his demise. I liked the build-up, the setting, and reading how everything was so interconnected. The Guest List kept me invested throughout and reminded me why mysteries and thrillers are one of my favorite genres to read.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

[Book Cover. The Book is titled 'One to Watch" It shows a woman from her back as she's holding a ring behind her."

One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London had such a good premise. It was a romance centered on Bea, a plus-size woman going on a Bachelorette show to find love. I didn’t buy into the end romance and there was a cheating side plot which I wasn’t a big fan of. There was also a side plot where one of the producers slept with a contestant on the show which I found completely unprofessional. I wanted to like this, but I felt the book went in a completely different direction than what I was looking for.

3. Favorite New Author You Discovered in 2022?

[Book Cover. It says "In My Dreams I Hold A Knife and below it says Ashley Winstead" It shows gold ribbon with a scissors cutting through the lower part of the ribbon]

Ashley Winstead who wrote In My Dreams I Hold A Knife is an author on my radar. This book was so good. In My Dreams, I Hold A Knife centered on a group of college friends who met up at a college reunion. They are confronted with their past as one of their friends was murdered during their tenure at their university. Ashley Winstead did write a book this year titled The Last Housewife which is centered around a cult. I didn’t read it this year because I didn’t see a paperback copy and I’m not a fan of hardcover. I could see myself picking up The Last Housewife sometime next year.

4. Favorite Cover Of A Book You Read in 2022?

[Image is a book cover titled "The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner" The text is in a perfume bottle of sorts. The perfume bottle is outlined in gold. Beautiful flowers surround the corner of the cover]

The Lost Apothecary was a book I purchased late last year solely on the cover alone. Out of all the books, I read this year, this cover is gorgeous.

5. Most Thought-Provoking Book / Life-Changing Book of 2022

[Book Cover. At the top it says "#1 New York Times Best Seller. A little bit lower it says "I'm Glad My Mom Died Jennette McCurdy" It shows a woman holding a pink urn with streamers poking out of it]

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy was a heartbreaking book to read. I grew up with the Nickelodeon shows and I remember watching iCarly when it aired. It came as a shock to me to read this book and hear what Jennette endured from her mom. I couldn’t imagine my mom forcing me into acting at a young age. There were a lot of graphic descriptions in this coming from Jennette especially when she detailed her eating disorder. Child actors have to endure so much at a young age and I think this helped add on to the need to protect child actors and change the industry altogether.

6. OTP (One True Pairing) Of The Year

[Image shows a full moon with two people on a witch's broom. The cover appears to be dark at night. The title says "The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling"]

Vivienne and Rhys in The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling are my OTP. They belonged together.

7. Newest Fictional Crush From A Book You Read in 2022?

[Book Cover. Title of the book is called "Well Met Jen DeLuca. It shows two people standing near each other]

The first person I thought of was Simon from Well Met by Jen DeLuca. Simon’s family runs this Renaissance Faire every year and is running around the Faire in costume. Simon seems so sweet, and a little nerdy which makes him easy to have a crush on.

8. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read?

[Book Cover. It's a book with black, white, and red. The title of the book is "The Killing Code by Ellie Marney"

The Killing Code by Ellie Marney was another great book that I read this year. It was fun to read about the code breakers and learn more about this particular time in history. I’m not usually a big historical fiction type of reader, but this was an exception.

9. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

[Book Cover. It says "Razorblade Tears A Novel S.A. Cosby"]

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby is the book that sat with me long after I finished reading it. The book centers on two dads who find out that their sons were murdered. Their sons had been in a relationship together which neither of them supported because of their beliefs on homosexuality. The dads team up to find out who killed their sons and get revenge. I think what hurt the most for me was these dads couldn’t accept their sons when they were alive and ended up completely changing their views by the end of the book. It sucks that it happened after their sons died. This book reminded me that this type of environment and hatred is still alive in certain parts of the US.

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1. Favorite Post You Wrote in 2022?

My favorite book-related post was Writing Tropes That Aren’t For Me. I wrote this post in July as I was contemplating different books I read and why I liked or disliked reading them. It helped me recognize some tropes that I see pop up in books and my feelings towards those tropes when I came across them.

2. Best Moment of Bookish/Blogging Life in 2022?

I think the moments that I keep coming back to are all the books I picked up while traveling. I stopped in several bookstores and museum gift shops. I have several non-fiction books on my TBR that I hope to read in 2023. I love purchasing books as souvenirs. It helps me learn about other areas outside of where I live along with parts of history that I haven’t read about in a while.

3. Did You Complete Any Reading Challenges Or Goals That You Had Set For Yourself At The Beginning Of The Year?

I don’t necessarily set reading goals, however, I’m still in awe that I made it past 100 books. This is the most I have ever read and I’m so proud of myself for making the time to read.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2022 But Will Be Your Number #1 Priority In 2023?

Honestly, I ended up reading everything that I wanted to this year. My in-laws bought me a few books for Christmas that I plan on reading in January which will be a good way to start off the year. I may write a post about my post-Christmas TBR, so I can share all the books I received on Christmas.

2. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish In Your Reading / Blogging Life in 2023?

The only goal that I would have is to read 100 books in 2023. I’m impressed that I was able to get there this year, so I want to see if I can do it again next year.

Happy Reading! Let me know in the comments what your favorite book was that you read this year.

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