2022 Reading Wrap Up

Hello everyone! So two weeks ago I promised a 2022 wrap up, and I am finally here to actually deliver on that. I will go a little bit into the statistics of what I read, although if we are being honest I don’t keep detailed enough information to make it very precise. I will talk a little bit about what books won me over this year, although I again won’t go into too much detail because I already made a post on my favorite 2022 releases. Finally, I will round off with a wrap up of my blogging this year.

My Reading Statistics

Let’s start out with the numbers. I read 111 books total in 2022. That is a smaller number than what I read in 2021, but still something I am proud of. School, work, and, y’know, life sometimes meant I read less this year, but I am most definitely okay with that.

The longest book I read this year was The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, clocking in a total of 662 pages. Despite my aversion to long books, I actually read a few of them this year, with the most notable being Babel by R. F. Kuang.

I read 10 advanced reader copies this year, listened to 30 audiobooks, and had 14 rereads. I only read 11 nonfiction books, but given that averages out to about one nonfiction book a month, that actually isn’t too bad. One of my goals for this year was to branch out genre-wise, which I definitely did! I did not read as many nonfiction or classic books as I would have liked, but I significantly increased the amount of literary fiction and general adult fiction I read this year.

37% of the books I read this year were written by authors of color. This is close but slightly under the 40% goal I set for myself at the beginning of the year, so I am just striving to be more conscious of that in the next year. Only 32% of the books I read I consider to be queer books, which is honestly a lower number than I expected. I think it just falls under the category that even though there are many diverse books that I genuinely am very excited for and want to read, the publishing industry makes you seek those out more, while easily serving you less diverse books.

Favorite Books

Coming in at my most-read book of the year is a tie between Emily Henry’s Book Lovers and Beach Read. In case you didn’t already know, I love Emily Henry books. I read these books 3 times each this year. Yes, I know that is a lot. But consider the fact that it’s so hard to find a good romance book, so when I want to read a good romance it is so much easier to re-read one I already enjoy.

My second most-read book of the year (by which I mean read twice) is another tie, this time between I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston and We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry.

I made a whole post about my favorite 2022 releases, but of course there are lots of other books I loved that were older books. Some special mentions include In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado, Pizza Girl by Jean Kyong Park, Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron, Cultish by Amanda Montell, and Anxious People by Frederick Backman.

On the Blog

I will say, it was really fun for me to use this post as a chance to look back and reflect on the blog content I have made this year. Without really meaning to, I ended up focusing much more on book reviews this year, and less on listicles and discussion posts. Regardless, I wrote a lot of content I am really proud of.

My most popular post from this year is definitely my review of Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. It just did really well with the SEOs. I did really like that review, because I tried taking a more analytical route rather than just talking about what I liked and didn’t like. A personal favorite review I wrote this year is definitely my I Kissed Shara Wheeler review.

I also wrote some non-review posts I am pretty proud of. Most notably, my post on unconventional places to get books, and my post on sustainable reading habits. These are posts that I feel like are very me, so I really enjoyed getting to write them.

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Thank you so much for reading! If you feel so inclined, I would love to hear about your reading year down in the comments. What was your favorite book you read this year? Was anyone else as crazy as me and read the same book 3 times? What are your reading goals for 2023?

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