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

BOOKS BY MONTH
July

Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie (First Law, book 3) ★★★☆☆ ½

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus, book 1) ★★★★★ [reread]

August

Emma by Jane Austen ★★★☆☆

Beard Science by Penny Reid (Winston Brothers, book 3) ★★★★☆ ½

September
AUDIOBOOKS BY MONTH
JULY
AUGUST
SEPTEMBER
PICTURE BOOKS BY MONTH
July
August
September
COMIC BOOKS BY MONTH
July
August
September

**Rereads aren’t considered for most categories below.**

FAVORITE(S) OF THE BUNCH*

Beard Science

LEAST LIKED*

Emma

DID NOT FINISH

The Yellow Room: Alice Darvell’s Subjection, A Tale of the Birch by Anonymous

BEST STORIES*

Beard Science

BEST WRITING*

none

BEST NARRATION (AUDIOBOOKS)

n/a

BEST ILLUSTRATIONS (ILLUSTRATED BOOKS & COMICS/MANGAS)

Emma

OUTSTANDING CHARACTER(S)/PEOPLE

Emma — from Emma
Crummock-i-Phail — from Last Argument of Kings 

GREAT WORLD-BUILDING

none

MOST FITTING TITLE(S)

none

MOST UNIQUE/IMPACTFUL STORY

Emma [impactful — because it’s a Jane Austen book and I liked it.]

COVER LOVE


READING CHALLENGES HITS ‘N’ MISSES
GOODREADS CHALLENGE

books read = 29/30

READ SOME COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS

comics read = 0 | total so far = 12/5 — COMPLETE!

READ SOME PICTURE BOOKS

books read = 0 | total so far = 4/4 — COMPLETE!

PICK UP A CLASSIC

books read = 1 | total so far = 2/2 — COMPLETE!

Emma

THREE TERRIFYING READS

books read = 0 | total so far = 7/3 — COMPLETE!

WHERE ARE THE MIDDLE GRADE ONES?

books read = 1 | total so far = 2/2 — COMPLETE!

The Lost Hero

TRAVEL THROUGH THE DISCWORLD

books read = 0 | total so far = 1/2

READ MY OWN STUFF

books read = 1 | total so far = 17/15 — COMPLETE!

BOOKFORAGER’S PICTURE PROMPT BOOK BINGO

books read = 2 | total so far = 10/16


READING STATS
TOTAL READ

4 books

LONGEST BOOK

Last Argument of Kings = 603 pages

SHORTEST BOOK

Emma = 447 pages

FORMAT

Physical = 2
E-book = 2
Audio = 0

GENRE

Fantasy = 2
Romance = 2

AGE GROUP

Adult = 3
YA = 0
MG = 1
Kids = 0

PROTAGONIST GENDER

Female = 1
Male = 0
Ensemble = 3
N/A = 0
Unknown = 0

AUTHOR GENDER

Female = 2
Male = 2
Nonbinary = 0

OWNERSHIP

Mine (bought before January 1, 2022) = 1
New (bought on/after January 1, 2022) = 1
Library = 2
ARC = 0
Free = 0
Other loan = 0


CURRENTLY READING

Best Books So Far in 2022

The fact that I only have six books to show reflects how my reading has been going so far this year: not good. I’m reading slower and reading less, mostly because finding the time or interest to read has been scarce.

I’ve managed to complete 26 books, comics, and picture books so far. Of that bunch, these are the ones I gave high ratings because I greatly enjoyed them.

Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
★★★
☆ ½

SUMMARY

It’s the third novel in a fantasy trilogy about a god-touched courtesan who’s trained as a spy and uses her skills to save her country and the people she loves many times.

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2022 Reading Wrap-Up: Second Quarter

The second quarter of 2022 has come to a close, and although my reading and blogging aren’t back to the levels they were at before, I’m happy I’m still going at it. As usual, I’m busy, but now I’m adjusting to a new schedule, which has thrown off my already lacking and inconsistent reading and blogging.

I didn’t read as much in the second quarter despite taking part in two reading events — the Magical Readathon and Wyrd & Wonder. I completed the Magical Readathon by focusing on short, quick reads, but I didn’t do as well on Wyrd & Wonder as I’d have liked. However, I wasn’t too worried about my performance on these events since they were both “at your pace” type of events.

Well then, here’s how I did during the second quarter

BOOKS | AUDIO | COMICS | PICTURE BOOKS

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2022 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

The first quarter of this year began on a shaky start. The end of 2021 was a rough one for me and that permeated the first months of 2022. My reading and blogging were poor as I tried to juggle many things at once and overcome the worst reading slump I’ve ever experienced.

As my blogging slowly picked up, so did my reading. And since I completed only one book in January and none in February, I’m surprised I managed to read as much as I did in the first quarter of 2022. The prep for the Magical Readathon certainly helped.

BOOKS | AUDIO | COMICS | PICTURE BOOKS

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2022 Reading Plans

Typically, I’d post this as soon as the new year starts, but I haven’t been in the mood to read or blog, so I delayed it until I was.

Considering how low my interest in reading and blogging was in December and the beginning of this year, I’d like to take things super easy this year regarding my reading. Most of my goals will be the same as previous years, but I intend to scale back on the amount I intend to read. I’ll also pass on continuing with certain goals, like the list of 8 books I really want to read but never get to every year. (Maybe I’ll get to them this year when I don’t have them listed as a goal.)

OVERALL READING GOALS

spend less
read more of my own books
take it easy

I’d like to try harder to spend less on books, so fingers crossed that I manage to do so this year (although I’ve already bought a couple books since the year started. Whoops!). Of course, I’d also like to read more of my own stuff in an attempt to weed out books I hate from my shelves. And, as I mentioned above, I’d like to take it easy this year with the goals.

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Weekend Reads #121: I Love to Reread

Weekend Reads is a post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I’m currently reading. (I haven’t done it in a while but… anyway.)

For this week, I’m participating in the Let’s Talk Bookish meme hosted by Eternity Books and the Literary Lion. A discussion topic is given each week for participants to post about. This week’s topic is…

Rereading Books

How many times is enough? Why re-read at all? Is re-reading just a comforting pastime? Or is there excitement to be relived? What kind of books do you re-read? Do you ever re-read books you don’t like in hopes that it will be better the second time? Were there any books you didn’t like as a child but liked as an adult, or vice versa?

I think anyone who knows me as a reader is aware that I love to reread books. Actually, I tend to reread so often that for a while in college, I spent my time mostly rereading books rather than discovering new authors and stories. There are many reasons why I reread, but the top ones are:

To see if I have changed

I love revisiting things I’ve consumed before to see if my opinion about them have changed. I think this is an interesting way to assess how much you have grown or in what ways your opinions and perspective of the world have developed over time. Of course, this works best if you can recall something of your reading experience and thoughts about the work when you first experienced it so you can compare the experiences after you reread.

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Reflecting on 2021: Reading

Although 2020 was a great reading year for me, I was hoping 2021 would be an even better one. But it wasn’t. Sure, I managed to pass my Goodreads reading goal of 50 books, but I only did so by reading 16 books over my goal. I was secretly hoping for much more than that.

It’s not that I was pressuring myself to read much more than 50 books. I try not to pressure myself about reading because otherwise the hobby won’t be fun anymore. It’s just that I was expecting (hoping) for a reading year that was similar to 2020, when I read 90+ things. But while I used reading to cope with 2020’s reality, I guess the stress and worries of 2021 were too much (especially when added to those carried over from 2020); so instead of reading helping me to cope, I slowly began to lose interest in the activity as a reading slump took over. The more stressful things became for me, the less I read until I wasn’t reading much at all in December. I’m just now turning back to books.

So 2021 wasn’t at all the reading year I was hoping for, but I’m still curious to see what my reading stats were for it. If you are interested in such stuff too, read on.

ALSO SEE

ZeZee’s Favorite Reads of 2021
ZeZee’s Most Memorable Reads of 2021
ZeZee’s Most Disappointing Reads of 2021

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2021 End of Year Book Survey

I always enjoy doing this year-end survey that Jamie, the Perpetual Page-Turner, created. It’s a fun way to reflect on things I read in the past year. It’s also very long, so this time I’ll only do the first part, which focuses on books read.


2021 Reading Stats

Number of books read: 66

Physical: 41
Audio: 14
E-books: 11

Number of books reread: 10

Number of books I Did Not Finish: 7

Genre I read the most: Fantasy


BEST BOOK I READ IN 2021

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce

It’s probably my favorite book of the year. And it’s one I couldn’t stop talking about. I recommended it to everybody, although it’s not one that will appeal to everyone. It’s a historical thriller about a female serial killer and is based on a real person. I think Bruce did a fantastic job with it. It’s my first time trying one of her books and I look forward to reading more.

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ZeZee’s Disappointing Reads of 2021

With my favorites and most memorable books of 2021 out of the way, it’s now time to focus on the disappointing ones, because they need some attention too.

I know many people shy away from making lists of books that disappoint them, but I don’t. This is a blog about what I read and what I like and dislike. It’s a blog for readers. Plus, I often get recommendations from lists like these. After all, just because someone disliked a book doesn’t mean I will too.

My ratings for these books are middling and aren’t exactly low. I mostly rate based on my enjoyment of what I read, because I read to be entertained, but I also consider how well-crafted the book, comic, or picture book is. 

These are listed in the order that I read them.


The Conductors by Nicole Glover ★★☆☆☆ ½

Aww man, I really thought this would be one I’d like. It’s a debut historical fantasy that mostly takes place in Philadelphia shortly after the Civil War. The story focuses on Hetty and Benjy, a married couple who used to work as conductors on the Underground Railroad but now help Black people in their community to resolve dire situations — like finding someone who’s gone missing. I think the story has a lot of potential, but it fell flat for me. I think the world building, magic system, and characters needed more development and the plot needed to be ironed out a bit more to make it flow more smoothly. However, there’s enough potential here to make me curious about the second book, so I might give it a try.

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Zezee’s Most Memorable Reads of 2021

I get a kick out of doing these end-of-year lists, so of course I found an excuse to do another one after posting my favorites list a few days ago.

The following are the most memorable books I read last year that didn’t make my favorites list. These are stories that lingered with me long after I completed them either because of their great storytelling, strong characters, impressive worldbuilding, beautiful prose, or a combination of those qualities. These are stories I couldn’t help thinking about at odd times or considered returning to in the new year.

They are listed in the order I read them.


The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw ★★★★☆

This one was a surprise because I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. (Actually, the same is true for many of the books on this list.) Philyaw’s Secret Lives of Church Ladies is a book of nine short stories exploring the lives of Black women. I enjoyed several of the stories for how they are written, the snarky tone used in a few, and the variety of topics covered, such as grief, sexuality, and mother-daughter relationships. If I should reread it, I intend to do so by audiobook. I initially began the book on audio but loved the prose so much that I had to read the physical book. The narrator’s (Janina Edwards) voice is so soothing and mellow that I’d like to listen to it again, so I have to find something else she narrates, whether it’s this or another book, to listen to.

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