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My Year in Books

Here’s a look back at my 2022 reading challenge and my reading goals for 2023.

my year in books 2022

This year I set an easy Goodreads reading challenge of 36 books, which I was able to beat with 44 books read. That’s a pretty big decrease from past years so I’m glad I didn’t set it too high. I still read a lot of good stuff so here’s a little breakdown.

  • Fiction: 20 / Non-Fiction: 17 / Comics: 7
  • 5 stars: 8 / 4 stars: 29 / 3 stars: 4 / Unrated: 3
  • Ebooks: 34 / real books: 10 / of those, borrowed: 5
  • You can read about them all on my Books, Comics & Zines I Read in 2022 page, now fully updated.
  • I am too lazy to figure out diversity splits until someone makes a Goodreads plugin or something.
5 star books i read in 2022

And here’s my elite group of 5 star books. Yes I did read Dracula twice (as Dracula Daily and a manga) and it was amazing both times. I could probably have been a bit more generous with my 5 star ratings as many of the 4 star books were really really good.

As for my other reading goals, I did read 1 of the books I got for Christmas (though the other was a Japan travel guide that I was never going to read like a book so I don’t know why I included that!) and sorted out my bookshelves, thanks to my new shelving unit. My Unread folders are still ridiculous – I had 58 books last year and I think these folders now mostly don’t overlap so it’s nearer 66, oh dear.

Kindle folders

2023 Challenge

I realised my reading numbers have dropped because of the lack of train journeys but I have some travel planned for this year, and started to get back into the habit of lunchtime reading, so I’m optimistically setting my reading challenge back to 52 books. If you’re doing a Goodreads reading challenge this year, feel free to friend me.

My other reading goals are to read Dracula in the format it was actually intended to be read (sorry Bram), keep up with Whale Weekly (reading Moby Dick in real time for TWO YEARS – I am way behind already!), borrow more books from the library (already renewed my card) and try not to buy ebooks over 99p (unless I really want them).


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