Screenshot: Text: 2022 My Year in Books. 15,609 pages read; 44 books read.

2022: My Year in Reading

As of December 1, 2022, I am no longer using Twitter. Instead, I’ll be promoting blog posts—other bloggers’ and my own—on Mastodon. You can find me there under this name:

@[email protected]

You cannot search for people by their real names on Mastodon. To find someone, you must go to Mastodon and search for the user name. I think you have to have your own account with Mastodon to do this.

Thanks to Goodreads, here are my reading statistics for 2022:

Screenshot. 2 book covers. Left: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes; shortest book, 163 pages. Right: To Paradise by Hanya Yanaghiara, longest book, 720 pages.
Screenshot. Text block: Average book length in 2022, 354 pages.
Screenshot. Text block: My average rating for 2022: 4.0 stars.

I’m gratified to see that, despite treating 2022 as a year of unplanned reading, these statistics are nearly the same as those for the previous 10 years.

In that January post I also listed some general goals for 2022:

  1. to read more nonfiction
  2. to read more historical fiction
  3. to participate in the 2022 Discussion Challenge
  4. to catch up on reviewing some of the books I read in both 2021 and 2020
  5. to review new books as I read them

Did I meet those goals?

1. to read more nonfiction

No, I didn’t. I did participate in Nonfiction November, but until that point I had read zero nonfiction books.

2. to read more historical fiction

I don’t think so. A quick look at my list of books read in 2022 reveals only a couple of titles of historical fiction.

3. to participate in the 2022 Discussion Challenge

I managed nine posts in this category, but their frequency declined in the final quarter of the year. My original aim had been to publish at least one discussion post each month.

4. to catch up on reviewing some of the books I read in both 2021 and 2020

Again, I failed miserably here. I can’t remember doing even one of these reviews.

5. to review new books as I read them

I did better on this objective than I usually do, but I’m still behind. 

In addition to these stated goals, I managed to post pretty regularly on two other repeating challenges:

Big Books I Read This Year

One of the reasons I didn’t participate in the Goodreads annual challenge to read a set a number of books is that I wanted to be able to tackle Big Books (500 or more pages) without worrying about meeting my quota. I did well in that regard, having read four:

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, 530 pages
  • To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihars, 704 pages
  • Billy Summers by Stephen King, 514 pages
  • Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark, 592 pages

Books I Read from the TBR Shelves

I had also hoped to clear some space on my TBR shelves, but in this area I wasn’t so successful, as I only knocked off three:

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Projects

In my January post I wrote, “For 2022 I’m ditching productivity to concentrate on projects.”

I set out a number of projects but didn’t pursue any of them systematically. Most of my work did pertain to one project or another (sometimes more than one), but I didn’t follow any of them through to the completion I had intended.

But, as the saying goes, next year we get to try again.

© 2022 by Mary Daniels Brown

I'd love to hear from you!

Scroll to Top
%d bloggers like this: