Underwhelming reading in 2022

I was absent on making posts in 2022. for most of the year. My reading was down and without it there was no inspiration for posting at all. There was this heavy cloud of guilt weighing over my had all the time and constantly coming up with same excuses just seemed wrong. I actually know people who always explain their lack of reading this way for years now. And it used to annoy me but now it only makes me sad. For clarification, I’m talking about people who buy more books than can fit into their living spaces, go to book clubs and do bookish events and like to talk about books – BUT when it comes to actually reading books, there is always the same excuse.

I did not want to be like that so I just stopped my posting until I could get my stuff together, manage my schedule and plan my time better to read and enjoy my bookish hobby properly. I’m not saying I have it all figured out now. It is a work in progress and I am glad to report on the progress. Like that saying goes – life is what happens while you are busy making plans…

Enough with the sus intro, here is what I actually read last year:

January

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay ★★★★

Vampire Stories by Richard Dalby ★★★

February

Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5) by Martha Wells ★★★★★

Born in Fire (Fire and Ice Trilogy, #1) by K.F. Breene ★★★★

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★

March

Neustrašive: žene koje žive po svom by Pénélope Bagieu ★★★★★

Holes (Holes #1) by Louis Sachar ★★★★★

Dragi autore ili kako odbiti remek-djelo by Riccardo Bozzi ★★★★★

Take It As A Compliment by Maria Stoian ★★★★

April

Wild Sign (Alpha & Omega, #6) by Patricia Briggs ★★★★★

Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove #2) by Shelby Mahurin ★★★

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner #1) by Philip K. Dick ★

May

The Poison Diaries (The Poison Diaries, #1)  by Maryrose Wood ★★★

June

The First Wives Club by Olivia Goldsmith DNF

Ima jedna priča… (2nd ed) by Mauro Lacovich ★★★★

Doručak by Dinko Mihovilović ★★

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain ★★

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi ★★★

July

Book of Night (Book of Night, #1) by Holly Black ★★★★★

The October Country by Ray Bradbury ★★★★

The Martian by Andy Weir ★★★★

Gods & Monsters (Serpent & Dove #3) by Shelby Mahurin ★★★

August

The Pool Boy (Nashville Neighborhood, #2) by Nikki Sloane ★★★★

Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe  DNF

Book Love by Debbie Tung ★★★★

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig ★★★★

Shattered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #7) by Kevin Hearne ★★★★

Mythos: mitovi (Stephen Fry’s Great Mythology, #1) by Stephen Fry ★★★

September

The Diary of a Bookseller (The Diary of a Bookseller, #1) by Shaun Bythell ★★★

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black ★★★★

October

Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond (The Hollows, #10.1) by Kim Harrison ★★★

Devil in Winter (Wallflowers, #3) by Lisa Kleypas ★★★★★

November

The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl ★★★

Kraljica crne obale: i druge priče o legendarnom barbaru by Robert E. Howard ★★★

December

Donjodravska obala by Drago Hedl ★★★

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan ★★★★

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo ★★★★

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood ★★★★★

Sword of Destiny (The Witcher, #0.7) by Andrzej Sapkowski ★★★★

House of Many Ways (Howl’s Moving Castle, #3) by Diana Wynne Jones ★★★

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ★★★★★

Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ★★★★

Shift (Shifters, #5) by Rachel Vincent ★★★★

My reading 2022. was slouchy at best. As expected, my most active months were August and December which corresponds to work breaks over the year and other life things I was not prepared to confront in 2022. I did some reading challeges and managed to make baby steps toward some personal reading goals. I have cut down on the number of books I read in any given moments and have only one book I am hauling over while I’m trying to finish it – it is none other than my nemesis

The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas

I am happy to report that in the first half of January I have made some progress on The Count! That is how I am going to refer to this book until I finish reading it! Instead of referring to some sexy vampire I have a 1000+ pages poop colored book to haunt me this way.

As for some numbers here is how GR summed it up for me in 2022: I read 42 books total (2 of those are DNF) and a total of 13 631pages (approximately depending on the editions). Biggest book I read was Gods & Monsters (Serpent & Dove #3) by Shelby Mahurin with 612 pages. Average page count on the books I’ve read in 202 was just over 300 (324) pages. This makes me wonder about all those big books I have on my shelf and how to plan for them better. I have some books I have been looking forward to that are well over 500 pages long and I don’t want them to end up like The Count.

Most popular book I’ve read in 2022 according to GR is The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I still have some reservations about jumping in on the most popular and hyped books but I am slowly considering to read some hits that have been everyone’s favorites for the last few years now – I’m talking about hopping on the late hype train for Sarah J. Mass book series and I know once I start I am probably gonna end up treating them like Pokemon and collect them all!

While the total number of books I have read in 2022 is barely the half of what I hoped to read, the average rating for the books I did read is a good 3,7 out of 5 stars rating. I’m going to think on it as a positive sign for my reading and the books I ended up reading.

Out of the 42 books read 27 were from my own collection which is a pretty good number. I am especially intrigued with the number of books from the library. It just shows that, unlike some years before, I am using the library for more than just few times a year and because of my book club books.

As life goes on, the reading follows and 2023. is already looking better.

Many great reading moments to any who read these random posts of mine and all the best in 2023!

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