I can hardly believe I’ve been keeping a list of what I read for 15 years now. This year I only read 51 books, which is my lowest count since 2016. I felt like I had a hard time getting excited about most of the books I read this year (with some notable exceptions). Maybe I read less because I wasn’t picking the right books. Or maybe I was just tired. It doesn’t actually matter how much I read, but there are so many good books out there that I feel a sense of urgency about it. Here’s to more reading in 2023.
Here are this year’s stats.
- Page count: 18,118 pages
- Library use: 22 books from the library and 29 of my own books
- Digital and analog: 30 ebooks and 18 paper books
- Fiction and non-fiction: 38 fiction and 11 non-fiction books. This year seems particularly light on non-fiction for me.
- A Marvelous Light and A Restless Truth by Freya Maske were my top books of the year. Edwardian era, magic, gay, and very spicy.
- Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly. I actually just read this one last week and am currently in the middle of the series’ second book. It’s so good but also so sorrowful to me. Sometimes the imaginary fascism feels a little too close to our real-life fascism.
- Gideon the Ninth, Harrow the Ninth, and Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. Nona was this year’s new edition to the Locked Tomb series, so I re-read the first two books to fully appreciate the new one. There’s so much crazy shit going on in these books, you could read them twenty times and still discover new things.
- The Museum of Whales You Will Never See: And Other Excursions to Iceland’s Most Unusual Museums by A. Kendra Greene. I read this book on my way home from Iceland, perhaps in honor of all the museums I didn’t see, and it felt perfect.
If you want to see what I read in previous years, you can click the books of the year tag to see all my past annual book posts.
And now: the list of books I read in 2022.
|1/1||The Phoenix Empress||K. Aresenault Rivera|
|1/4||The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War||Craig Whitlock|
|1/17||The Warrior Moon||K. Aresenault Rivera|
|1/22||Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home||Charlie Warzel, Anne Helen Petersen|
|1/25||Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity||James O’Donnell|
|1/25||Payback’s a Witch||Lana Harper|
|2/6||She Who Became the Sun||Shelley Parker-Chan|
|2/13||Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored in an Economy Built for Men||Katrine Marçal|
|2/16||You Sexy Thing||Cat Rambo|
|3/17||Deep Space Nine: Hollow Men||Una McCormack|
|3/30||A Passage of Stars||Kate Elliott|
|4/8||A Marvelous Light||Freyja Marske|
|4/18||Revolution’s Shore||Kate Elliott|
|4/22||The Price of Ransom||Kate Elliott|
|5/6||Azura Ghost||Essa Hansen|
|5/10||Servant Mage||Kate Elliott|
|5/17||Skyward Inn||Aliya Whiteley|
|5/29||Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality||Lily Geismer|
|6/5||Ballet in the Cold War: A Soviet-American Exchange||Ann Searcy|
|6/6||Fevered Star||Rebecca Roanhorse|
|6/10||When Women Were Dragons||Kelly Barnhill|
|6/14||I Hate Men||Pauline Harmange|
|6/21||No One Is Talking About This||Patricia Lockwood|
|6/30||Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right||Anne Nelson|
|7/10||The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic||Emily Croy Barker|
|7/16||How to Talk to a Goddess and Other Lessons in Real Magic||Emily Croy Barker|
|7/18||The Nowhere Office: Reinventing Work and the Workplace of the Future||Julie Hobsbawn|
|7/22||The Future Is Blue||Catherynne Valente|
|7/27||The Cartographers||Peng Shepherd|
|8/3||A Prayer for the Crown Shy||Becky Chambers|
|8/6||The Past Is Red||Catherynne Valente|
|8/10||Bodies on the Line: At the Front Lines of the Fight to Protect Abortion in America||Lauren Rankin|
|8/13||The Daughter of Doctor Moreau||Silvia Moreno-Garcia|
|8/15||A Mirror Mended||Alix E. Harrow|
|8/23||The Travelers||Regina Porter|
|9/2||The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep||H. G. Parry|
|9/8||Gideon the Ninth||Tamsyn Muir|
|9/17||Harrow the Ninth||Tamsyn Muir|
|9/25||Nona the Ninth||Tamsyn Muir|
|10/7||Woman at 1,000 Degrees||Hallgrímur Helgason|
|10/7||The Museum of Whales You Will Never See||A. Kendra Greene|
|10/15||You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty||Akwaeke Emezi|
|11/7||The Goldfinch||Donna Tartt|
|11/9||The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches||Sangu Mandanna|
|11/25||A Restless Truth||Freyja Marske|
|12/2||The Spare Man||Mary Robinette Kowal|
|12/9||Ocean’s Echo||Everina Maxwell|
|12/10||Smoke and Mirrors||Mary Dublin, Anne Kendsley|
|12/12||The Heart between Kingdoms||Mary Dublin, Anne Kendsley|
|12/23||Even though I Knew the End||C. L. Polk|
|12/27||Amberlough||Lara Elena Donnelly|