2022: The 15th Annual Year in Books

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.
  • Favorites
    • 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.

If you would like to be book friends all year, you can join me on StoryGraph! My username is linzomatic.

And now: the list of books I read in 2022.

Date FinishedTitleAuthor
1/1The Phoenix EmpressK. Aresenault Rivera
1/4The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the WarCraig Whitlock
1/17The Warrior MoonK. Aresenault Rivera
1/22Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from HomeCharlie Warzel, Anne Helen Petersen
1/25Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of ChristianityJames O’Donnell
1/25Payback’s a WitchLana Harper
2/6She Who Became the SunShelley Parker-Chan
2/13Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored in an Economy Built for MenKatrine Marçal
2/16You Sexy ThingCat Rambo
3/17Deep Space Nine: Hollow MenUna McCormack
3/30A Passage of StarsKate Elliott
4/8A Marvelous LightFreyja Marske
4/18Revolution’s ShoreKate Elliott
4/22The Price of RansomKate Elliott
5/6Azura GhostEssa Hansen
5/10Servant MageKate Elliott
5/17Skyward InnAliya Whiteley
5/29Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt to Solve InequalityLily Geismer
6/5Ballet in the Cold War: A Soviet-American ExchangeAnn Searcy
6/6Fevered StarRebecca Roanhorse
6/10When Women Were DragonsKelly Barnhill
6/14I Hate MenPauline Harmange
6/21No One Is Talking About ThisPatricia Lockwood
6/30Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical RightAnne Nelson
7/10The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real MagicEmily Croy Barker
7/16How to Talk to a Goddess and Other Lessons in Real MagicEmily Croy Barker
7/18The Nowhere Office: Reinventing Work and the Workplace of the FutureJulie Hobsbawn
7/22The Future Is BlueCatherynne Valente
7/27The CartographersPeng Shepherd
8/3A Prayer for the Crown ShyBecky Chambers
8/6The Past Is RedCatherynne Valente
8/10Bodies on the Line: At the Front Lines of the Fight to Protect Abortion in AmericaLauren Rankin
8/13The Daughter of Doctor MoreauSilvia Moreno-Garcia
8/15A Mirror MendedAlix E. Harrow
8/23The TravelersRegina Porter
9/2The Unlikely Escape of Uriah HeepH. G. Parry
9/8Gideon the NinthTamsyn Muir
9/17Harrow the NinthTamsyn Muir
9/25Nona the NinthTamsyn Muir
10/7Woman at 1,000 DegreesHallgrímur Helgason
10/7The Museum of Whales You Will Never SeeA. Kendra Greene
10/15You Made a Fool of Death with Your BeautyAkwaeke Emezi
11/7The GoldfinchDonna Tartt
11/9The Very Secret Society of Irregular WitchesSangu Mandanna
11/25A Restless TruthFreyja Marske
12/2The Spare ManMary Robinette Kowal
12/9Ocean’s EchoEverina Maxwell
12/10Smoke and MirrorsMary Dublin, Anne Kendsley
12/12The Heart between KingdomsMary Dublin, Anne Kendsley
12/23Even though I Knew the EndC. L. Polk
12/27AmberloughLara Elena Donnelly