2022 Book Blog Review

As always happens, another year came and went. This means it’s time for a 2022 book blog statistics post! This was my first full year as a hobbyist book blogger. And it was the first year I felt like I found my groove in this community. I found a core group of book bloggers with whom I enjoy interacting and that made a world of difference. I don’t want to risk forgetting someone, but you know who you are.

With respect to my personal, non-bookish life, 2022 was a pretty good year. COVID-19 is still here and I finally caught it after holding out all this time. I also had a couple other frustrating but temporary and minor health setbacks. But that aside, we traveled internationally for the first time since February 2020. We typically use our vacation time each year to travel abroad, so it was nice to be able to do that again. We were fortunate to visit family and continued to improve our new home. I had a record year for home-grown jalapenos. I tandem cycled across New York with my husband. I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but those are the highlights!

Now, back to bookish content. I made a list of bookish goals for 2022, so I’ll start by recapping those to see how I did. Then I’ll jump into various types of blog and reading statistics. Onward to the 2022 book blog statistics!

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2022 Top 10 Favorite Books

It’s that time of year in the book blogging world where many of us list our favorite books from the whole year. This is my second round up of this kind and it always serves as a nice way to look back at what I read. This year I read over 60 books, so I have a lot more from which to choose some favorites. I can’t rank them since I loved them each for different reasons. (Don’t make me, it’s too hard to choose!) So here’s a list of my top 10 favorite books of 2022 in no particular order. Actually, I lied. I listed them in ascending reading order (January to December).

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Books I DNF in 2022

I first wrote about books I DNF last year, given that my blog has only been around through one year’s end. To reiterate what I said then, I usually DNF (do/did not finish) a book because I couldn’t get into it. This doesn’t necessarily mean that I felt it was badly written. For the most part, I seemed to pick well for myself, which is not a surprise because I know me. As a result, I didn’t DNF a lot of books this year. Note that everyone’s reading preferences are subjective. So, what didn’t work for me might totally work for you.

As an aside, I noticed that people compiled lists of the “worst” books they read this year. Personally, I don’t feel the need to do this because I think my “negative” reviews speak for themselves. However, I have nothing against these types of lists as long as their compilation is tactful. (And for goodness sake, don’t tag the author!) Why? Because I believe reviews and opinions are mainly for fellow readers, not for authors. Once a book hits the market, it’s out of the author’s hands and people have the right to their opinions. If someone truly wants to read a book, they will. A “negative” review or list won’t stop them. And, frankly, let’s be realistic. Life has positives and negatives and I think to just ignore that some people feel “negatively” about a book is toxic positivity. There, I said it.

Anyway, thoughts and feelings aside, here is a list of books I DNF in 2022. It’s a short list, so you can hold your breath. The book cover images link to their official synopses.

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Monthly Book Blog Wrap-Up: December 2022

December is basically over, which brings me to another monthly book blog wrap-up post! Since I plan on spending time putting together some 2022-related posts, I’ll keep this one rather brief. Part of me wants to apologize for a light and heavier month of book reviews and memes, respectively. But I won’t. I needed to take some time for myself. And the days around Christmas ended up busier than expected. Which brings me to the topic at hand: my December wrap-up. Let’s go!

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First Lines Fridays: December 23, 2022

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! I’m back with another First Lines Fridays, which is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  The rules are as follows:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

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