It’s probably a bit too late to be doing my year in books, but I’d already drawn a graphic for this post and I didn’t want to waste it considering it can only be used once a year. I’ve actually never done this type of post before, other than the Goodreads challenge wrap-up I did last year. This, however, is not just my Goodreads challenge, I am also including Storygraph as let’s be honest it has better stats.
My year in books
2022 has been my best reading year ever, I honestly cannot believe I read over 100 books. My previous record is 74 so I really went above and beyond last year. Now, I’m going to be completely upfront and admit that a lot of these books were graphic novels or short audio novellas but hey, a book’s a book right?
The number of pages I read isn’t something I ever keep track of, but seeing the stat for last year has made me pay more attention. So much so that I’ve set a page goal for this year.
It’s quite obvious from the graph that I read a lot of short books, but I still read almost 30,000 pages last year. Is that good? I have no idea. Currently, I’ve set myself a page goal of 25,000 as I don’t know how this reading year will pan out and I don’t want to stress too much about reaching goals. I am however, excited to watch the number grow with each book I add.
Moods and genres
This is an area of Storygrpah that I absolutely love. My most-read genres come as no surprise as they are pretty much always the same. The most interesting part is the moods, it’s so cool to see what type of moods the books I’m reading have. I don’t think about this very often when I’m actually reading but I love checking them out once I’m done.
I was quite surprised that adventurous was my most read mood of the year, but then I remember how many volumes of Attack on Titan I read and then it makes sense.
Honestly, if you aren’t using Storygraph yet you should definitely check it out. It’s a little confusing at first, but super fun once you get going. Feel free to add me as a friend or follow me, my username is melycp.
Now, this number surprised me. I had a ton of five star reads, but they don’t seem to have had much of an effect.
During 2022 I did become a lot more critical of what I was reading, and I never used to rate everything I was reading. Last year I decided to start posting reviews of almost everything I read, which meant I was actually analysing everything I was reading. Usually, I would only rate ARCs, but now I’m a savage about everything.
In the grand scheme of things, I suppose 3.49 is actually not a low number. Especially considering some of the awful books I read last year.
Everything I read in 2022
Firstly, it’s very annoying that those screenshots don’t fit together neatly, I know. Secondly, they are not in order, which is also annoying. Oh well.
Looking at my 2022 reads sitting together like this is insane. I still cannot believe just how many books I got through. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my best year quality-wise, but all of the terrible audiobooks gave me some great content.
I’m entirely not sure why I stopped reading Attack on Titan, part of it was because it felt like I was padding out my challenge with it and it seemed like cheating at the time. Now, I don’t really care if people think it’s cheating, it’s my challenge I’ll complete it how I want.
I keep saying I had a poor year quality-wise, but in reality, I actually read some of my favourite books of all time during 2022. Daisy Jones & The Six, The Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Better Than the Movies and Red, White and Royal Blue really had an effect on me. I’m not one for re-reads, but I’d consider it with those.
This brings me to my only re-reads of the year, Heartstopper. I cannot even begin to tell you just how in love I am with this series. It has my entire heart and I will continuously re-read the whole series forevermore. They have become my comfort reads and I wouldn’t be surprised if I feel like picking them up again soon. Maybe for my new ‘re-read review’ series, I have planned?
All in all, 2022 was a great year stat-wise. I broadened my horizons by giving audiobooks a fair chance and I even tried new genres. Here’s to a (hopefully) great 2023!
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