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2022: And That’s A Wrap!



At the risk of sounding clichéd, this year taught me to live in the moment. Taking my time to savor a good book took priority over the rush to finish reading challenges and “prove” myself to be a voracious reader; anxiety over the potential of failing was replaced with satisfaction over adequately balancing university life and leisure time.

With the above pretty excuse for my actions aside, I now present to you—amongst other things—all the reading challenges I set myself this year that I failed miserably!

Reading Challenges

My official goal every year is set to 10 more books than whatever I targeted the previous year, which means 2022’s was 70 books. My unofficial, very secret goal was to read 100 books, because I ended up reading 94 last year and felt confident I could surpass that. I may have smashed through the first goal by 22 books, but my confidence in the second was unquestionably misplaced. (Maybe I should start adding webtoons to my challenges?)

Number of books and pages — Courtesy of The StoryGraph

The StoryGraph has a number of other challenges one can join and attempt to keep up with, like their Onboarding Reading Challenge and The StoryGraph Reads the World. I signed up for both of these… but completed neither.

The StoryGraph‘s Onboarding Reading Challenge 2022
The StoryGraph Reads the World 2022

There’s a “12 books recommended by 12 friends” template that makes its rounds on Twitter every year when December begins. I asked my friends and followers to help me fill mine out with their best reads, then promptly forgot about the challenge; if I read any of the books on that list, it was entirely accidental. But my failures don’t end here: I also set myself a very small TBR in my 2021 year in review blog post. Only five books, with expected publications in 2022, ones which I anticipated reading and thought would be right up my alley. I couldn’t even finish those five. I did read three of them (and I was mostly right, since I rated them all 3.5 stars or above), and I started a fourth, but I didn’t so much as touch the non-fiction I had added “to diversify my reading even further, if possible.” It was not possible.

Most Read Genres

Finally, a year where my most-read genre isn’t fantasy! It was a close call, though: classics won only by a few books, and the credit for that win goes to my studies.

Most Read Genres — Courtesy of The StoryGraph

Moods and Pace

Statistics tell me that this year had me gravitating towards books which are categorized as adventurous, reflective, and/or emotional; medium-paced in nature; and under 300 pages in length. The longest book I read this year is Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, coming in at a whopping 1,006 pages; the shortest was a collection of poetry by Jayant Kashyap titled Water.

Moods — Courtesy of The StoryGraph

Average Rating

Last year it was 4.01. This year it dropped to 3.89. Honestly not bad overall, although I did read far more average and below-average books than I expected.

Star Ratings — Courtesy of The StoryGraph

Top Books Read This Year

Excluding manga, I only read seven five-star novels this year, so I put them all on a thread on Twitter! I did, however, reread a couple particularly good books which deserve their own special mention. Those are:

  • Dark Apprentice by Val Neil: I read this for the first time in February, and ended up rereading it come August. Adult fantasy with an edge of humor that I couldn’t help but love.
  • The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang: I read this book in 2020. Then another time in 2021. Twice more in 2022. No book is perfect—and this one’s no exception—but The Sword of Kaigen’s always, always fun to reread.

Top 5 Blog Posts Published This Year

I did not blog much. Still, I did post enough to be able to create a top 5, so here’s the final list:

Most Read Authors of 2022

In a turn of events that comes as a shock to nobody ever, my most-read author is (still) Shakespeare, (still) thanks to the module dedicated to him in my degree. He did tie with Tatsuya Endo, though, because Spy x Family is an incredible manga and everyone should read it.

Most Read Authors — Courtesy of The StoryGraph

Most Anticipated 2023 Releases

My track record with challenges is making me hesitate, but I still insist on listing at least a few as-yet-unpublished books that caught my eye, ones which look promising:

I’ll wrap up here. I may have botched a number of my goals this year, but I did find several excellent books which I will be recommending to everyone given a single chance. Outside of reading, I studied hard, wasted time on YouTube and Twitch harder, and generally found myself in enough good moments with family and friends to balance out any bad ones.

Here’s to hoping 2023 brings with it plenty of happiness, love, and success for all!


3 responses to “2022: And That’s A Wrap!”

  1. Anoushka Avatar

    MESAL I LOVE THIS SO SO MUCH?? the stats are FABULOUS THINGS and am maybe possibly slightly obsessed?? ALSO CONGRATULATIONS ON 92 BOOKS THATS HUGE?? also 40+ 4 star books I AM POSSIBLY VERY JEALOUS?? hjfhjfghfgdh dark apprentice sounds SO SO GOOD “adult fantasy with an edge of humor” I NEED PLEASE?? also have had sword of kaigen on my tbr since a year i cant wait to read it!!! look so i may not have read any of your top 5 blog posts BUT THE NAMES?? THEYRE GENIUS?? excuse me while i go rush through them all right after this

    i’m so glad 2022 was such a great year for you!!! and here’s to hoping 2023 is even more phenomenal HAPPY NEW YEAR ❤🎉

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    1. earthlyabode Avatar

      tysm!!! you can get your own stats if you sign up to The StoryGraph and import your Goodreads library. if you do get around to reading those books pleeeeease let me know bc i am very obsessed with them and i love hearing other people’s opinions ❤ and if you read my posts i hope you like them too!


  2. May @ Forever and Everly Avatar

    i’m glad that you had such a good reading year!! what you wrote about tsok makes me even more excited to read it. and i just went and read your babel review and it was so good! definitely relate to it feeling redundant but being fun in a nerdy way anyways haha. hope you have a great 2023! ❤

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