Monday, January 2, 2023

2022 Reading Goals Review + Yearly Reading Stats

Reading Goals Review

My first goal was to read 100 books. I managed to read 152 books this year!! 

View my Goodreads Year in Books here to see all the specific titles I read in 2022!

My second goal was to read my TBR pileI had 476 books on my physical TBR list on January 1, 2022. I wanted to reduce that number as much as possible and also read any new hardcover books within one month of purchase. The ultimate goal was to read more from my TBR than I added to it. Unfortunately, I did not accomplish this goal as my TBR at the end of the year was at 532. 

My third goal was to complete the Buzzword Readathon created by Kayla from Books and Lala, which I did. The prompts and books I read for each one are listed below. I also gave myself the added challenge of only choosing books from my physical TBR list, which I successfully did for every month. 

January: She Who Rides the Storm by Caitlin Sangster 

February: And I Darken by Kiersten White

March: The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor

April: Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

May: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

June: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

July: Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians by Janci Patterson & Brandon Sanderson 

August: Poster Girl by Veronica Roth

September: The Whispering Dark by Kelly Andrew 

October: Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

November: Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

December: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Yearly Statistics

Number of books I read in 2022: 152
Number of those books that I listened to on audio: 78
Number of books I read from my TBR: 73
Number of frontlist titles I read (published in 2022 or 2023): 
Number of ARCs I read before the publication date: 29
Number of series I started: 28
Number of series I completed: 17
Number of books I DNFed: 8
Number of books I reread: 4
Number of books I acquired this year: 187
Amount of money spent on books this year: $1,481.82
Number of books I unhauled this year: 49
Number of books on my TBR at the beginning of 2022: 476
Number of books on my TBR at the end of 2022: 532

Books I read that were . . .
Middle Grade: 10
Young Adult: 37
Adult: 83
Manga: 21

*Note that I categorize anything not specifically labeled as middle grade or young adult as an adult title, such as nonfiction, humor, graphic novels, or religious books that could be enjoyed by any age group. 
**Also note that I added manga as its own category this year since I read an abnormal amount of manga and it could arguably fit into any age group and I didn't want to skew the numbers. 

Graphic Novels: 10
Short Stories or Novellas: 18
Nonfiction Titles: 9

Star Ratings:
1 star: 15 books
2 stars: 20 books
3 stars: 34 books
4 stars: 53 books 
5 stars: 30 books 

Reading Survey

Favorite book of the year: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Least favorite book of the year: Nothing but Blackened Teeth 
Most surprising book of the year: Carrie Soto Is Back 
Most disappointing book of the year: The Blood Trials 
Longest book of the year: Oathbringer (1,233 pages) 
Shortest book of the year: No Intention of Dying (15 pages) 
Book that was on my TBR the longest that I read: Memoirs of a Geisha (10+ years)
Biggest accomplishment: A Day of Fallen Night 
Most read genre: Fantasy (54%) 

Reading Reflections
I had a great reading year this year! I managed to read a ton of ARCs, I think more than any other year, and that kept me from buying quite so many books if I read an ARC but then didn't love it enough to purchase a copy. I did buy a ton of books this year, but I believe I am honing my reading tastes and I am confident I will enjoy the majority of those books, whereas in previous years I would buy books if they were on sale or if I had heard good things about them without taking my own feelings into account. I'm proud of my reading this year and managing to finish so many books from my TBR and so many ARCs before release day as well. Let's hope next year is as prosperous. 

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