What a year 2022 was! My reading and blogging both took big hits because of stuff going on in my offline life. If it were not for all the Manga my family talked me into trying, my total of books read would have been much lower. Thank you to all of you for your visits and comments this past year. It means so much to me. I am so glad to be a part of this community and to be able to connect with all of you--whether through my own blog or yours. I have enjoyed visiting with you and look forward to seeing what this year will bring us, both in books and in life.
Some Fun Meaningless 2022 Reading Statistics:
Number Of Books Read: 80
(Some of what I read falls under more than one genre. Here, I count them under the genre I most identified with the book. Also of note, my categorization of each book by sub-genre using broad definitions).
Fantasy - 23
Manga - 20
Romance - 2Fantasy - 10Crime Fiction - 8
Crime Fiction/Mysteries - 14
Cozies (contemporary setting) - 9 (7 paranormal/fantasy)
Historical - 2 (1 paranormal)Thriller/Gothic - 1Fantasy - 2 (1 historical)
Fiction - 9
Humor - 3Literary/General Fiction - 3Romance - 1Historical - 1Classic - 1
Romance - 6
Fantasy/Paranormal - 2Contemporary - 2Historical - 1Classic - 1
Nonfiction - 3
Memoir - 1History - 1Children's Health - 1
Graphic Novels - 3 (all Fantasy)
Science Fiction - 1
Horror - 1
Of the books I read, 2 were audiobook, 47 were e-books, and 31 were in print (hardcover or trade).
The longest book I read was The Count of Monte Cristo (1276 pages) and the shortest was Uncle From Another World, Vol. 1. (160 pgs)
I will be sharing my all around top ten favorite books read list tomorrow for Top Ten Tuesday, and hope you will stop in and see what they are!
How did your reading 2022 year in reading shape up?
I did not set a lot of goals for 2022. I took a break from formal reading challenges, but let's take a look at how I did on the goals I did set for myself:
1. Read The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas over the course of the year ~ This was a hard book to stretch out for an entire year. I finished it quite early. I can see why The Count of Monte Cristo is so popular. I thoroughly enjoyed this grand adventurous tale.
2. Catch up on my series reading ~ (inspired by Katherine of I Wish I Lived in a Library) From the outset, this has been a perpetual goal, one that I will continue to work on in years to come. I am happy to say I feel like I did make progress, even if not as much as I might have liked.
3. Read more from my existing TBR ~ Another perpetual challenge as I work my way through my TBR collection. I don't think there will ever be an end to this one. But I am not complaining.
4. Catch up with my review writing and stay on top of it ~ Nope. I failed utterly at this one. I have notes on all I have read and still plan to put together reviews for them, but events this year got the better of me and I was unable to keep up.
Did you set any goals for this past year? How did you do?
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My participation in reading challenges tends to be all over the place. Some years I go all out, other years I only take part in one or two or even none at all (like this past year). This seems to be the year I am drawn to participate in many. I blame it on those of you who posted the challenges you will be taking on! There is also the added bonus of supporting some of my fellow bloggers who are hosting these challenges. While I would love to participate in everyone's challenges, I know that isn't a realistic goal. And, truth be told, my reading plans already lean in the direction for many of these, so why not join in the challenge fun?
It has been years since I took on a TBR or Backlist Challenge. Considering how huge my TBR collection is, these two challenges will help motivate me to read more of the books I already own.
Mount TBR Reading Challenge, hosted by My Reader's Block ~ Goal: Pike's Peak (read 12 books I already own - prior to 2022)
The Backlist Reader Challenge, hosted by The Bookwyrm's Hoard ~ Goal: Read 10 books from my wish list or TBR pile that have been there since 2021. [Note: I consider TBR books to be books I actually own, hence the use of "wish list" above which are books I would like to read but do not own.]
I seem to read more nonfiction when I take part in Shelleyrae's Nonfiction Reading Challenge. And I really do enjoy nonfiction when I read it; not to mention I have two or three shelves of unread nonfiction I can choose from!
Nonfiction Reading Challenge, hosted by Book'd Out ~ Goal: Nonfiction Nipper (at least 3 books)
I did not read nearly as many historical novels as I normally do this past year and I want to get back to reading them more this year. I love that this particular challenge is fairly broad in scope--any genre works as long as it qualifies as historical.
Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, hosted by The Intrepid Reader ~ Goal: Victorian Level (at least 5 books)
How can I resist a challenge involving reading books in which one of the main themes is books? I like that the rules for this challenge are laidback and loose because I tend to be a mood reader and flexibility is a must.
Bookish Books Reading Challenge, hosted by Bloggin' 'bout Books ~ Goal: Toe in the Door (read between 1-10 books with a bookish theme).
I cannot seem to get enough of cozy mysteries these days, and so I thought it would be fun to take part in Yvonne's cozy mystery reading challenge this year.
Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge, hosted by Socrates' Book Reviews ~ Goal: Snoop (10 Cozies of my choice - committing to so many books in one subgenre makes me nervous, but I'll do my best!)
One of my personal goals this year is to read more poetry than I managed to this past year. I am looking forward to taking part in Serena's poetry challenge this year.
Poetry Reading Challenges, hosted by Savvy Verse & Wit ~ Goal: Read 3 poetry collections and a poem a day from A Nature Poem for Every Night of the Year by Jane McMorland Hunter (which I'll have to start later this month--I'm waiting on my copy to arrive in the mail)