Although there are still a few days left in 2022, it's time to look back at what I've read this year. I set a fairly modest (for me) reading goal: 150 books. As of Monday, 12/26/22 (which is when I'm writing this post), I've read 187 books. (The link is to my Goodreads challenge.) I'll probably add another book or two before midnight on New Year's Eve. That's well over 45,000 pages. How do I read so much? I read a lot on my phone using my Kindle and Hoopla apps, I multitask and read (within limits), and I try to prioritize reading over games, TV, or other entertainment. I'm also a quick reader; I can easily finish a cozy mystery in a day or two. When I discover a series I really like, I chain-read it as fast as I can download the books.
Below is my breakdown by genre:
Science Fiction: 7
Mystery: 108 (many of the cozy mysteries I read have fantasy elements, but I count them as mysteries)
Other Fiction: 8
Here are some of my recommended books for the year:
Asian American Histories of the United States
A Sorrow Named Joy
The Library: A Fragile History
A Spindle Splintered
Plagues Upon the Earth
The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity
Meet Me in Another Life
For series, I particularly enjoyed Maria Grace's Jane Austen's Dragons and Gloria Oliver's Daiyu Wu Mysteries.
For 2023, I'll probably set a reading goal of 175 books. I'll continue to challenge myself to read at least one Diversity Book (written by someone of a different race, religion, or sexual orientation from me) each month. I recently joined a local book club, which is already challenging me to read books outside my usual genres. Hopefully I can also knock a few more books off my to-read lists.
What books did you read in 2022 that you would recommend? Feel free to list them in the comments.