Happy New Year, readers!
In January of 2013, I began blogging once a year about everything I’d read that previous year. This tradition began when my dad asked me how many books I’ve read in my entire lifetime.
I couldn’t begin to give him an answer to that question, but it did make me decide to start keeping track from that moment forward. The previous posts in this series are as follows: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013.
2022 was a year of me glancing at old reading habits and thinking about if I’m ready for them again. In 2020 and 2021, my interest in topics like horror, medicine, and anything too dark or serious crashed. I craved light, fluffy stories where everyone lived happily ever after. While I still have a strong preference for those sorts of reads, my brain seems better equipped now to handle a little more scary stuff, too, even while I’m still doing a lot of rereads and hanging out in the young adult genre.
Here are the books I’ve read (or reread) over the past year.
Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs
“The Child Who Never Grew” by Pearl S. Buck
“Vintage Christmas: Holiday Stories from Rural PEI” by Marlene Campbell
“To Walk About in Freedom: The Long Emancipation of Priscilla Joyner” by Carole Emberton
“This Boy We Made: A Memoir of Motherhood, Genetics, and Facing the Unknown” by Taylor Harris
“The Girls in the Wild Fig Tree” by Nice Leng’ete
“A Short History of the World According to Sheep” by Sally Coulthard
“The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe vs. Wade” by Ann Fessler
Psychology and Sociology
“You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate Our Power of Persuasion and Why It Matters” by Vanessa Bohns
Science Fiction and Fantasy
“World War Z” by Max Brooks
“Ghost Stories for Christmas” by Shane Brown (My Review)
“Semiosis” by Sue Burke
“A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk & Robot Series Book 2)” by Becky Chambers (My Review)
“Brave New World” by Aldoux Huxley
“The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James
“Veiled Threats” by Melissa Erin Jackson
”The Cybernetic Tea Shop” by Meredith Katz (Review coming February 9)
“Nettle & Bone” by T. Kingfisher (My Review)
“In a Glass Darkly” by Sheridan Le Fanu (Review coming January 12)
“Animal Farm” by George Orwell
“On Sundays She Picked Flowers” by Yah Yah Scholfield (My Review)
“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Annihilation” by Jeff VanderMeer
“The World More Full of Weeping” by Robert J. Weirseam
“The Future Is Female” edited by Lisa Yaszek (Review coming January 19)
Science and Medicine
“The Last Days of the Dinosaurs: An Asteroid, Extinction, and the Beginning of Our World” by Riley Black
“Tiny Humans, Big Lessons: How the NICU Taught Me to Live With Energy, Intention, and Purpose” by Sue Ludwig
“Vaccinated: From Cowpox to mRNA, the Remarkable Story of Vaccines” by Paul A. Offit, M.D.
“The Heart of Caring: A Life in Pediatrics” by Mark Vonnegut
“Empty Smiles (Small Spaces #4)” by Katherine Arden
“Beezus and Ramona” by Beverly Cleary
“Ramona the Pest” by Beverly Cleary
“Ramona the Brave” by Beverly Cleary
“Ramona and Her Father” by Beverly Cleary
“Ramona and Her Mother” by Beverly Cleary
“Ramona Quimby, Age 8” by Beverly Cleary
“Ramona Forever” by Beverly Cleary
“Ramona’s World” by Beverly Cleary
“Secrets of the Under Market” by Kristen Harlow
“The Lost Girls” by Sonia Hartl
“The Giver” by Lois Lowry
“A Chair for My Mother” by Vera B. Williams
Have we read any of the same books? How was your reading year in 2022?