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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2023 Reading Plans

It’s a brand-new year and guess who’s feeling happy about it and refreshed and not slumpy at all (although, let me stop mentioning slumpiness so I don’t jinx myself).

Well, in addition to making “best of” lists and such, I enjoy making reading plans for the year, which is what this post is about. From my 2022 reading wrap up, I learned that making my reading goals manageable and not too ambitious is best. So I intend to repeat the goals I had last year, with a few tweaks thrown in.

Overall Reading Goals

Spend less.
Read more of my own books.

My plan is to read at least 10 of my own books before purchasing a new one (exceptions for series I’m reading and buddy-reads).

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Reflecting on 2022: Reading

2022 was quite a year. I suffered through several bouts of reading and blogging slumps that greatly affected my reading, resulting in me reading less books than I’d intended — even though my goal was to read 30 books (my intention is always to read much more than my intended my goal).

Having read a combination of 35 books, comics, and picture books in a year isn’t bad, but (ugh!) in some ways I feel a little dejected, especially since most of the things read were short, quick reads. I just want to one year read a whole bunch and have most of what I read be novels, preferably from my own shelves. Who knows, maybe 2023 will be that year.

Well, one of the great things about 2022 is that my reading slump lifted by the end of the year, so now I am in prime reading mode and have already completed a book! 😊 So since the reading excitement is still coursing through me, let’s quickly (sike, it won’t be quick) look back on my reading in the past year.

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ZeZee’s Favorite Reads of 2022
ZeZee’s Most Memorable Reads of 2022
ZeZee’s Most Disappointing Reads of 2022

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ZeZee’s Disappointing Reads of 2022

In case you were wondering, the answer is yes, I’m making a list for everything, lol. J/k. But since my favorite and most memorable reads are out the way, it makes sense to share what disappointed me too.

I always feel like I have to include a disclaimer of some sort when posting lists like this about books I gave a low rating or that disappointed me since doing so is such a contentious issue these days. But as a reader, lists like this are helpful to me too, and I sometimes get recommendations from them as well. Plus I’m here to share my love of books and reading, which includes talking about what didn’t work.

I only have a few here because a) I didn’t read many books in 2022, and b) I enjoyed most of what I read.


Wytches, Vol. 0: Bad Egg Halloween Special by Scott Snyder, illus. by Jock ★★☆☆☆

This prequel to the Wytches horror comic book is probably the most disappointing thing I read in 2022. I enjoyed Wytches, which is about a girl seeing odd things in the woods after her family moves to a new town (and much more), and wanted more after completing it. When I learned of this prequel, I jumped at the chance to read it. It’s about a boy learning to hunt Wytches and how that affects his friendship with another boy. The story was a bore for me. I didn’t like the characters, especially the protagonist’s mom, and wasn’t feeling the dialogue either. I still liked the art, though. Jock’s style certainly works for this story. Despite my feelings here, I’m still looking forward to another volume of Wytches.

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ZeZee’s Most Memorable Reads of 2022

I can’t help it, y’all: I love doing these end-of-year lists and chatting about what I read and reading about what others read too. It’s such fun for me, which is why the book nerd in me is always excited around the end of December and beginning of January.

I already chatted about my favorites of last year, so now I’ll chat about books that didn’t make that list but that I can’t shake from my mind either. These are the books that stuck with me throughout the year, popping up from my memory in the oddest moments to remind me of a bit of the story or of a character or of a piece of exceptional writing or how much I admired an illustration. These are the most memorable books I read in 2022.


The Shadow Saint by Gareth Hanrahan (Black Iron Legacy, book 2) ★★★☆☆

I was so ambivalent about this series after completing the first book that I’m surprised it has made this list. This is all thanks to Aquavenatus, who convinced me to continue with the series. The Shadow Saint is the second novel in the Black Iron Legacy fantasy trilogy (which might become a longer series), which began with The Gutter Prayer. The first book focuses on a city called Guerdon where a girl is oddly connected to the city’s bells and has visions whenever they ring. In this fantasy world, the gods are said to be mad and are at war. All other countries are caught up in the war, except Guerdon, which is trying to stay out but profit by selling weapons. But in The Shadow Saint, which picks up some time after the first book, the godswar seems to be heading to Guerdon. We learn more about the gods in this and about other countries, which I was glad for. As with the first book, since reading Shadow Saint, I’ll randomly reflect on the story, remembering how much fun I had reading and how fascinated I was by the mad gods and wondering what caused the madness. I look forward to reading the third book in 2023.

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ZeZee’s Favorite Reads of 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for blogging, because this is the time of year when everyone puts out “best of” lists and share their reading stats. I’m always eager to read such posts to see what worked or didn’t work for folks and to see what book recommendations I can get or reading event to partake in.

Of course, I like to create such posts as well, so the majority of these early days in January will be filled with reflecting on my reading and blogging progress in the past year, starting with my favorite reads of 2022.

(Also see my most memorable reads of 2022 and my disappointing reads.)

These are the books I loved the most — not necessarily the best written or crafted works I read in the year, although writing and composition of the book do play a part in my consideration of these as favorites. They are not listed in order, but the first is my most favorite book of the year.


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2022 Reading Wrap-Up: Fourth Quarter

It seems that my reading and blogging slumps have passed, and I’m glad. It really isn’t a good feeling to lose interest in my hobbies, or to feel as if I’ve lost interest in them when what I am is just busy.

My interest in reading returned with a vigor in the fourth quarter of 2022, and I managed to read 5 novels and a novella! I’m so proud of myself. It helped that I was really interested in the majority of what I read.

BOOKS | AUDIO | COMICS | PICTURE BOOKS

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Top Ten Tuesday #56: Series Catch Up

I often see people create lists like this and have often toyed with doing the same. But it wasn’t until now, when it’s a topic for a Top Ten Tuesday, that I finally sat down to throw one together. Due to my nature of hardly ever finishing series — I either get distracted by a new book or enjoy a story so much that I procrastinate on reading its end — this list is quite long. I could have stuck to the top 10, but I wondered, why limit myself? Why not list ALL the series I’d like to complete/catch up on so that I can refer to this list whenever I have a need? So I went overboard and listed over 60 series to finish: 😆😨😱

My list is divided by genre; however, I’ve relegated comics to its own section since I have so many to catch up on. I’ll mention the most recent book in the series I’ve read, the next one I need to read, and a tidbit about the series, in case anyone’s interested in what they’re about. The book pics are of the most recent series installment I read. I’ll also include a honorable mentions section as well for series I’ve completed but the story/characters continue/appear in another series I’d like to try.

I’ll kick things off with…

Romance (3 series)

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2022 Reading Wrap-Up: Third Quarter

Another quarter of the year has ended. I was hoping to read much more books this past quarter than I actually managed to complete, but such was not the case. My slumps have passed but finding time to read has been difficult — or rather, finding the motivation to read has been difficult. It’s interesting because the lack of motivation isn’t due to being in a slump, it’s due to lack of adequate down time where I feel relaxed enough to want to read. Instead, I find myself leaning more toward silly games on my phone. 😩 I intend to make some changes this coming quarter, so we’ll see if they’ll help me find time to read.

Having read just 4 books should mean I don’t have to do this whole wrap-up thing, but I’ll go through with it anyway because it comes in handy at the end of the year.

BOOKS | AUDIO | COMICS | PICTURE BOOKS

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10 Years, 10 Favorite Books

I saw this post on Imyril and Aquavenatus’s blogs and couldn’t help joining in too, especially since it’s like a book tag (btw, for a similar book tag, there’s the 10-Year Challenge Book Tag). But apparently this is a meme that began on BookTok and was carried over here by Caitlin at Realms of My Mind. Basically, you list your favorite books of the past 10 years. So, here are mine:


2021

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce

I learned of this one from Mogsy and Tammy and was happy for it because despite how gruesome and uncomfortable it sometimes got, it was a great read that had me hooked the entire time. It’s a historical thriller based on the life of a real person — a female serial killer in the late 1800s. The story is slow-paced, character-focused, and told from the perspective of the serial killer, but is very gripping and intriguing. I highly recommend it.

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