End of Year Book Survey 2022: Adapted Edition

Hello! It is nearly the end of 2022 and although I’m not book blogging regularly anymore, I thought I would try to get out the usual End of Year Book Survey that makes the rounds. It is a nice little catch up and worth the time it takes to write up and edit as they’re always nice and fun to read. I’m using the questions originally created by The Perpetual Page Turner, but I will be adapting it a lot by leaving out the questions that I can’t answer and don’t apply to my reading.

With that out of the way, let’s dive right in.

2022 Reading Stats

Number of books read: As of writing this I have 38 books read. I’ve not picked up a book since early December so I doubt that will change.

Number of re-reads: 6, and they’re the books I will usually re-read year after year.

Genre you read the most from: Fantasy, but only just.

Best In Books

Best book you read in 2022:

Yikes, I can’t choose one book so I have three – Her Dark Wings by Melinda Salisbury, Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber, and Daughter of Darkness by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr.

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more, but didn’t:

City of Brass by S.A.Chakraborty. Everybody raves about this book and series, but I was kinda bored by it until the last 150 or so pages when it finally ramped up and I couldn’t stop reading. I think I expected it to be more a magical than political fantasy, which is why it fell a little flat.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read:

Summer at Hope Meadows by Lucy Daniels, and actually the sequels too. It was the perfect cosy read for what I needed in early January, but I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did considering it’s an adult follow-up of characters and books I loved as a child.

Best series you started this year? Best sequel? Best series ender?

I’m going to combine best sequel and best series ender and say Crown of Talons by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr.

Favourite new author you discovered this year?

M.A.Kuzniar, with Midnight in Everwood. That book was beautiful, enchanting and I cannot wait to see what other adult or YA books the author comes out with.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I struggle sometimes with literary fiction and also short stories as there are always some that fall flat, however my last read book was not that at all – The Haunting Season by a mix of authors including Imogen Hermes Gowar, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Bridget Collins. I really enjoyed reading this book and I’m glad I finally read it.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Lie to Me by Tess Gerritsen, book 13 in the Rizzoli and Isles series. These books are always one-sitting reads for me, and this one was no exception.

Book you read this year that you would be MOST likely to re-read next year?

Erm, any of the books I re-read on a yearly basis, aka All Creatures Great and Small and the Dales series by Gervase Phinn. I will never not re-read these books.

Favourite cover of a book you read this year.

There are a few but Midnight in Everwood is GORGEOUS!

Most beautifully written book read this year.

Maybe Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. I’m not exactly sure.

Shortest and Longest book you read this year.

Shortest book was Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill at 53 pages, and the longest book was City of Brass at 544 pages.

Favourite book you read this year from an author you’ve previously read.

So I’m not repeating myself, I am going to say Gallant by VE Schwab. I really did love this book and I appreciated seeing Sign Language (specifically ASL) included in a book without a lot of fuss.

Best book you read this year that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure/bookstagram etc.

My Brain is Different: Stories of ADHD and other Developmental Disorders. I saw a post somewhere (could have been Instagram) from one of my closest friends (@planet_beth91) who’d gone to YALC and found this book, and she could not stop raving about it for its representation and portrayal of neurodiversity. I was working on a college course at the same time about Specific Learning Difficulties, which included ADHD and Autism, so I picked up a copy too and I don’t think I would have done if it hadn’t been for Beth’s recommendation.

Best world building/most vivid setting you read this year?

Ooh, definitely Midnight in Everwood!

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read.

For me, that would have to be The Tea Dragon Festival/Society graphic novels by Katie O’Neill. They were so cute and fun, and I loved them.

Hidden Gem of the year?

I think that would have to be Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink. I hadn’t heard of this book but my library had it front and centre on one of their displays, and it gave me the same vibes of Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan so I couldn’t resist picking it up. It was definitely a book I read at the right time, deep in a reading slump, and not feeling great at all, and I’m grateful for the slowness and reminder of the beauty of books and how they make us feel less alone.

Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)

Perhaps Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver. The main character’s father really made me mad because he would do anything to make sure he stayed the hero, and he was anything but.

Bookish Life

Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc)?

There is only one for me and that is the Northern YA Literature Festival, which was held in May this year, rather than March. I didn’t get to go to YALC this year because of COVID (I caught it the week of YALC, which was a HUGE kick in the teeth), and the Northern YA Lit Festival is still the only time I’ve been able to be around friends and the bookish community since. I’m hugely grateful for everything it gave me at that time and that I do have one good thing that’s come out of 2022, because this year has not been great.

Most challenging thing about your blogging or reading life this year:

The actual act of reading and blogging, and that comes from a lot of things, most of which are family and mental health struggles. Rather than escaping into books and blogging, I’ve been glued to my Switch, playing Animal Crossing, and re-watching all the crime/mystery shows I can find on streaming services as writing or concentrating on words isn’t easy for me when I’m in the dark depths of it all. I do want to read, blog, and I want to love all the books I still have unread on my shelves but the full motivation and desire to pick them up isn’t there, and it makes me feel worse sometimes. It shouldn’t but it does.

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes, I set a reading challenge of 25 books, which I did complete and surpass with 38 books in total. That’s half the amount of books I would have read a few years ago (I used to reach the 70-80 mark) but with everything that’s been going on, I am glad there have been times when I’ve managed to read.

Looking Ahead

One book you didn’t get to this year but will be your number 1 priority in 2023?

Amongst many others, Babel by R.F.Kuang. I did actually start reading it as soon as I got it, but put it down because I wasn’t really in the right place to read it. However, I know I will love this book so I need to pick it up again in the coming year.

Book you are most anticipating for 2023.

It’s actually the only book I’m highly anticipating and that is A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon. I really enjoyed Priory of the Orange Tree and I can’t wait. I know I will probably put it off a little bit as it’s a rather large tome, but I want to dive back into this world again and see how Samantha Shannon has expanded it.

Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2023?

Oh, I realise I’ve just fibbed about A Day of Fallen Night being the only book I’m anticipating. There’s also The Sinister Booksellers of Bath by Garth Nix, which is the sequel/companion novel to The Left-handed Booksellers of London, and there’s Cursed Crowns by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber, the sequel to Twin Crowns!

The ONE thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2023?

Get the TBR down!! Mine currently sits at around 90 (solely books I own, that are on my shelves), and I need to make a huge dent in that by reading off my shelves more and buying fewer books. As much as I love being surrounded by a lot of books, I need to read more and acquire less, and this is the only way to do it. I’m putting myself back on my “only allowed to get books on birthdays/Christmas/YALC/NYALF” rule, which will hopefully help as well.

And there we have it.

What does your reading round up look like this year? Are you planning on setting yourself any goals and challenges for 2023?

Hope everyone is having some well-deserved rest and chill time over this holiday period.

Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!

Published by Emma @ Turn Another Page

Hello, I’m Emma aka pageturner92, and welcome to my little corner of the online book world. When I don’t have my head in a book, I’m either working on an endless pile of crochet or knitting projects, playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, listening to Disney music, or watching my favourite shows on repeat.

3 thoughts on “End of Year Book Survey 2022: Adapted Edition

  1. Great yearly wrap-up! I totally agree with you about City of Brass! I ended up enjoying it but it was very different from what I expected and was very slow going until the last 1/3 (at least, for me), but then I couldn’t put it down and wanted to immediately pick up the next book. There were also several times this year when gaming pulled me away from reading but I think perhaps it was necessary. I hope you have a wonderful reading year in 2023!

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