2022 End of Year Book Survey

I do this tag every year, so here I go again with it, looking back on all the books I read last year. It was created by Jamie, the Perpetual Page-Turner.


2022 READING STATS

Number of books read: 35

Physical: 25
E-books: 10
Audio: 0

Number of books reread: 2
(Which, wow! That’s super low for me since I OFTEN reread.)

Number of books I Did Not Finish: 4

Genre I read the most: Fantasy


Best book I read in 2022

Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Elder Race is easily the best thing I read last year. It’s a sci-fi novella about a lonely scientist at a secluded outpost on a planet, where he’s supposed to only study the inhabitants and not interact much with them. And it’s also about a princess seeking help from a sorcerer to defeat a demon terrorizing her people. We read from both characters’ perspectives, one which seems to be telling a sci-fi story and another which seems firmly set in fantasy. I loved the structure of this story and the emotional depths it explores.

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Characters of the Year Book Tag | 2022

Hey, it’s Book Tag Thursday and this time I’m doing the Characters of the Year Book Tag, which I think was created by Amanda at A Brighter Shade of Hope, whose blog seems to no longer be around.


Favorite male character of the year

Sand Dan Glokta from the First Law trilogy
Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

I don’t think there was a male character who stood out to me last year, except maybe Glokta, who I also chose as my favorite male character of 2021.

Glokta is a war hero and was once a master swordsman, but his experiences during a war with the Gurkish left him crippled and in constant pain. He’s a bitter man who works for the Inquisition, interrogating people via torture, but I like him for his sarcasm. I enjoyed reading from his perspective the most.

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Twelve Days of Bookmas Tag

In honor of the Christmas season, I’m publishing a post everyday leading up to Christmas, most of which will be book tags. And for today’s post, I’m doing the Twelve Days of Bookmas Tag, which was created by Milliebot Reads.


A Partridge in a Pear Tree: A book whose plot and genre seem like an unlikely pairing

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

It’s a contemporary novel about a young Black woman working at a popular publishing company to whom weird things start happening once another Black girl is hired. I chose it for this category because it’s supposed to be a thriller, but it didn’t deliver on that.

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Classic Christmas Cinema Book Tag

It’s a busy time. It’s a festive time, and I want to indulge in the Christmas cheer on my blog, so here’s another Christmas-themed book tag (which I actually began last year but didn’t finish, lol. I’ll just pick up from where I left off, which means I’ll repeat some answers from the most-recent tag I did).

I found the Classic Christmas Cinema Book Tag over on Embuhleeliest, my buddy-reader in all things Hobb and Abercrombie and whatever else we decide to read, lol! The tag was created by booktuber TwoBookTeens.


Elf: Choose a book that puts you in the Christmas mood.

Klaus: How Santa Claus Began by Grant Morrison, illus. by Dan Mora

Okay, so I’ve only read this once and it actually doesn’t put me in the Christmas mood, but I wanted to feature it anyway because I’ve mentioned the Harry Potter books too many times already (they’re my Christmas books).

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Die Hard Book Tag

Just a few more days to go before Christmas gets here! 😀 It’s my favorite holiday, and since I don’t want to think too much over these few days leading up to it, I’ll instead do a couple Christmas-themed book tags. Hopefully they’ll fill you with Christmas cheer. 😀

I’ll begin ringing in the Christmas cheer with Peat Long’s Die Hard Book Tag. I’ve heard many peeps talk of Die Hard as a Christmas movie. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen any of the movies.


John McClain: A book in which someone has a really bad time

Soldier Son trilogy by Robin Hobb

I was going to choose Fitz from Hobb’s Farseer trilogy, but I think Nevare from her Soldier Son trilogy has a worse time. At least there were moments of happiness and ease and companionship in Fitz’s story. In Nevare’s things start going downhill for him midway through the first book, Shaman’s Crossing, and don’t stop until a few pages from the end of the last book.

The Soldier Son trilogy is a fantasy series about a young man who gets on the bad side of some nature magic.

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Reindeer Book Tag

It’s December, so let the Christmas book tags begin! 😀

For this iteration of Book Tag Thursday, I’m doing the Reindeer Book Recommendations Tag (or the Reindeer Book Tag), which was created by booktuber Hailey in Bookland.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: An underdog or an inspiring book/character

Behind the Canvas by Alexander Vance

It’s a middle-grade fantasy novel about a girl whose able to explore the world behind painted canvases. Basically, she’s able to enter paintings to explore the world there, which I think is a superb idea. Just imagine being able to enter the scenes depicted in paintings to explore them! Well, I chose this book for this category because the protagonist didn’t seem amazed by this awesome ability. She expressed no wonder at the odd things happening, so they didn’t seem wondrous to me either. I was so bored by the book that I almost DNF’d it.

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End of Year Book Tag | 2022

Here’s a tag that I should probably do around this time every year. It’s the End of Year Book Tag that was created by booktuber Ariel Bissett.


ARE THERE ANY BOOKS YOU STARTED THIS YEAR THAT YOU NEED TO FINISH?

As was the case with everything that was not my job this year, I’ve been horrendous at keeping track of my reading. I usually use Goodreads to track what I’m reading and have read, but I sometimes forgot to log what I started and when. However, I’m sure I have these to wrap up:

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1984 Book Tag

In case you were wondering, there is a book tag based on George Orwell’s classic 1984. It’s a book I was supposed to read in high school for homework, but I remember being a bit bored by it and I can only recall half the story, so I’m pretty sure I only read half of it.

Anyway, this tag was created by Anne from Anne With a Book, who now runs a booktube channel of the same name.

Big Brother: Name a book featuring a powerful cult, dictator, etc.

There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

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Cat Markings Book Tag

It’s time for Book Tag Thursday!!

This time, I’m doing the Cat Markings Book Tag, which was created by Laura at Corner of Laura, who loves cats. I wouldn’t say I love cats, but since the Jinster joined my family, I’ve grown fond of them and even toy with the idea of getting a cat of my own… and then I start thinking it’s a lot of responsibility and then change my mind, lol.

Anyway… the tag.

The graphics below were created by Laura.


Black Cats: Pick a book that doesn’t get the love it deserves.

Middle Passage by Charles Johnson

It’s historical fiction but also a high-seas adventure with a touch of fantasy. It’s about a freed slave who stows away on a slave ship that’s bound for Africa to pick up the mysterious Allmuseri people. It’s an entertaining read but not many people seem to have read it.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Book Tag

It’s October, which means it’s cozy, spooky season. So for this month, my Book Tag Thursday posts will be dedicated to fall-inspired or Halloween-themed book tags, starting with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Book Tag, which I found over on Way Too Fantasy.

It was created by Tea With Roses Tomes, who enjoyed the TV show.


Buffy Summers: The Chosen One
Choose a fictional character who carries the weight of the world on their shoulders.

Fitz

Defintely Fitzchivalry from Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy. That dude carries the weight of the entire Six Duchies kingdom on his shoulders throughout all the books. The Farseer trilogy is the first set of books in an expansive fantasy series and focuses on the bastard son of a prince, Fitz, who becomes an assassin’s apprentice.

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