Near the end of 2020, I told myself I would slow down my reading in 2021. That didn’t happen. So, at the end of 2021, I said I’d try again this year. Gues what? It didn’t happen. In recent days, I’ve found myself saying to myself, “You’re going to do it in 2023. You’re going to read just 20 or 30 books, deeply and slowly.” Anyone want to take bets? Ha!
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Lit Fic)
Attack of the Black Rectangles by A.S. King (Kid’s Fic)
Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong (Poetry)
Playing in the Dark by Toni Morrison (Non-Fiction)
A Book You Enjoyed from an Indie Press:
Vindicated: A Novel of Mary Shelley by Kathleen Williams Renk
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More?
The Philosopher’s Handbook by Stanley Rosen
Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage (didn’t expect it to be that good!)
Book You “Pushed” The Most People to Read (And They Did)?
Circe by Madeline Miller
Best series you started? Best Sequel of 2022? Best Series Ender of 2022?
New Series: Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao
Sequel: The Titan’s Bride, vol. 2 by ITKZ
Series Ender: N/A
Favorite new author you discovered?
Jesmyn Ward (Sing, Unburied, Sing is stunning!)
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read?
The Titan’s Bride (manga/erotica)
Most action-packed/thrilling/un-put-down-able book of the year?
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Book You Are Most Likely to Re-Read?
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2022?
Most memorable character of 2022?
Janet from O Caledonia by Elspeth Barker
Most beautifully written book read in 2022?
The Dove in the Belly by Jim Grimsley
Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2022?
How to Read Now by Elaine Castillo
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2022 to finally read?
Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
Favorite Passage/Quote from a Book You Read in 2022?
“The thought manifests as the word; / The word manifests as the deed; / The deed develops into habit; / And habit hardens into character. / So, watch the thought and its ways with care, / And let it spring from love / Born out of concern for all beings.” –The Buddha (Dhammapada)
Shortest & Longest Book You Read in 2022?
Shortest: Mirror Factory by Carolyn Oliver (27 pages)
Longest: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (830 pages)
Book that Shocked You the Most?
Inside the Storm I Want to Touch the Tremble by Carolyn Oliver (so good!)
Favorite Book You Read in 2022 from an Author You’ve Read Previously?
The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama
Best book you read in 2022 based solely on someone else’s recommendation?
The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer (5 stars!!)
Best 2022 debut you read?
Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White
Best World-building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Book that put a Smile on Your Face/Was the most FUN to Read?
And They Lived by Steven Salvatore
Book That Made You Cry or Nearly Cry in 2022?
The Dove in the Belly by Jim Grimsley
Hidden Gem of the Year?
Ready When You Are by Gary Lonesborough
Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Call Me By My True Names by Thich Nhat Hanh
Most Unique Book You Read in 2022?
Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
Book That Made You the Maddest (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Reclaiming Two-Spirits by Gregory D. Smithers (read it!)
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