Friday, December 30, 2022

2022 Reading: The Breakdown

Total # of Books Read in 2022: 71

 Fiction: 29

Nonfiction: 42

Audiobooks: 16

Graphic Novels: 1

Male Authors: 25

Female Authors: 46

19th Century Books: 1

20th Century Books: 8

21st Century Books: 62

Who Was...? Books: 17

Authors From Other Countries:

 10 (Canada, Spain, England, Germany, Australia, and South Africa)

Longest Book:

  Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark 1,118 pages

Shortest Book: 

Who Was Chloe Kim? by Stefanie Loh  49 pages

You Go Back, Jack, Do It Again (Rereads): 

 The Thorn Birds, The Book Thief, Daisy Jones and The Six, The Good Earth, and My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Library Books: 52

Bybeeary Books: 14

Borrowed: 5


Midnight on the Orient Express, Resistance Women, and  Demon Copperhead

DNF & Good Riddance: 

Kings Row by Henry Bellamann. Rusty prose. Labored psychological stylings. I fled.

Give Me Back My Time: 

Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama by Bob Odenkirk and Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple


Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Utterly Delicious: 

Taste by Stanley Tucci, Home Baked by Alia Volz and Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Pop Culture Thrills Galore:

  Everybody Thought We Were Crazy by Mark Rozzo

Jaw Hit The Floor Repeatedly:

  I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy 

Better Late Than Never: 

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt  But really, I ask you: who but who sleeps on a book for almost THREE g0##@%& decades???

Yes, I Cried Buckets:

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner, Half Empty by David Rakoff and Red Comet by Heather Clark

Yes, I Was Pissed Off Enough To Jump Into The Book:

French Braid by Anne Tyler, Never Let Her Go by Ann Rule, True Biz by Sara Novic, and Red Comet by Heather Clark

Road Trip Yes Please:

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt (Savannah, Georgia)

Reading Hangover: 

Red Comet by Heather Clark and Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Claustrophobic Flare-up: 

The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff 

Upraised Middle Finger: 

Who Was Ponce de Leon?  All those conquistadors, yuck.

Seriously Good Seriously Serious Fiction: 

The Leavers by Lisa Ko ,The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and True Biz by Sara Novic

I Was Meta Cool When Meta Wasn't Cool: 

A View From The Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor

Favorite True Crime Reads:

The Murder Book by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell and The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale


Constance Kopp from The Kopp Sisters series, Meridy Volz from Home Baked, and Marie de France (?)  from The Matrix

Favorite Pet:

 Desmond the cat from French Braid

Strangest Narrator:

 Death from The Book Thief

Bridge Books (started in 2022 but won't finish until 2023):

Poison by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, Sons by Pearl S. Buck, The Man Who Invented Christmas by Les Standiford, and Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography by Gail Levin

I'm starting to see splinters, so I think I've broken down 2022's reading about as far as it will go. Now, it's time to make some book resolutions for 2023.

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