We are entering into a third year of our Buddy reading challenge my friend Vivone and I started at the beginning of 2021. We started by choosing 10 books we would both read trough the year. You can check out my initial post on it and the 2021-2022 overview HERE.
We started with ten books and since some of them were part of the series we liked, we decided to keep some extra. And in the second year our reading challenge grew to thirteen books – 10 new chosen titles and 3 books we decided to continue reading in series!
Here are the 2022 books we have chosen and my rating for them:
Buddy Reading list 2022
Holes (Holes #1) by Louis Sachar ★★★★★
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo ★★★★
The October Country by Ray Bradbury ★★★
Kraljica crne obale: i druge priče o legendarnom barbaru by Robert E. Howard ★★★★
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig ★★★★
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner #1) by Philip K. Dick ★
The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl ★★★
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain ★★
Ima jedna priča… (2nd ed) by Mauro Lacovich ★★★★
This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay ★★★★
Sequels from 2021. list:
House of Many Ways (Howl’s Moving Castle #3) by Diana Wynne Jones ★★★
Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove #2) by Shelby Mahurin ★★★
Sword of Destiny (The Witcher #0.7) by Andrzej Sapkowski ★★★★
I managed to read all the books we chosen even though my 2022. reading kinda sucked and I squeezed three last books in December. I was surprised at some of the books in a good way and some were not so great. My worst read book out of all of them was definitely Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner #1) by Philip K. Dick. and the best one for me was Holes (Holes #1) by Louis Sachar. I am glad we finished both Howl’s Moving Castle trilogy and Serpent & Dove trilogy. I actually pushed myself to finish the Serpent & Dove trilogy and the third book of it on my one in order to get them out of my collection since I did not enjoyed them as much as I had hoped I would. We are still going with The Witcher series as you will see in the list for 2023.
The total of the pages we read was around 4192 depending on the editions we had at hand. Genres varied and this time we even had some horror which neither of us is a fan of. As opposed to the last time we had much more contemporary themed books and just like last time our love of fantastic literature can be seen in our choices. I had to point out that we went down with science fiction having only Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner #1) by Philip K. Dick to represent the genre and we both agreed we were not too thrilled with it. In 2022 our reading did not diversify much if we looked at the author origins and most of our chosen books were from English speaking authors with notable exemptions of one Croatian author and the Witcher series which is originally published in Polish but we read it in English anyway…
For our 2023 picks we did broaden our language of origin scope by adding some Japanese authors to the mix of still mostly English original works. Again most of the copies we tend to read are in English anyway with some books that have Croatian translation mixed in.
Here are our 2023 picks:
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
Gallant by V. E. Schwab
The Word for World Is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin
Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay, #1) by Chris Wooding
The City & the City by China Miéville
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
The Cat who saved Books by Sōsuke Natsukawa
Series that we decided to continue
Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries, #6) by Martha Wells
A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2) by Becky Chambers
Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski
Hours Of The Dragon (The Weird Works Of Robert E. Howard, #8) by Robert E. Howard
Since we ended one books series with Howl’s Moving Castle trilogy there were two book series we decided to continue: The Witcher and Conan’s Adventures in the works of Robert E. Howard. Murderbot Diaries got thrown into the mix because we both read the series before and wanted to catch up on the series together.
Our expectations on the list for 2023. are different for each. By Vivone’s choice we have decided to go low with books that are part of a possible new series and that is the reason most of the books we have are standalone books. From all the standalone books almost all the authors are new and first time reading for both of us. The only two exceptions are Ursula K. Le Guin for Vivone since she read some other books by that author and Philip K. Dick which is in hindsight a strange choice for both of us since the least liked book from 2022. was his Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner #1) by Philip K. Dick.
The only book on the list I was very happy to read and will be my first book of the reading challenge to get my hands on is Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries, #6) by Martha Wells. The rest of them I don’t have very high expectations. I hope I get trough the books we picked earlier in the year and not leave as many as three for the last month of the year like I did in 2022!