My 2022 List of Books 📚

Hello friends of my blog:

It's been two or more months since my last post! Well, well, well. So much for the weekly Wednesday postings. I sure tried to continue it for quite a long time!

Anyway, here's my list of books read in 2022. If you're new here, we do one every year. Each year, the aim is 100 books.

I fell short this year and closed with 96/100 books.

I did contemplate trying to rush 4 books on the last two days of the year, but it just felt very unnatural so I decided against it. I'm not particularly disappointed that I did not hit my goal - I mean, I have been doing this challenge every year since 2011.

However, I had a lot of trouble trying to find books that I enjoy this year. I did not finish almost 10 books! Perhaps it is because I now almost exclusively read e-books on Libby. I need to visit a library...

Once again, just a disclaimer that these are my preferences~

My top 5 favourites

1. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth series) - N.K. Jemisin
I believe I posted about this series before!

2.Piranesi - Susanna Clarke
I still find myself thinking about this book. I just really enjoyed the strange world though there wasn't too much of a story.

3.Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) - Marissa Meyer
Usually I feel utterly bored by stories based on fairytales, but the imaginative retelling of it, without too many on the nose references, was creative and absolute fun. 

4.Sorcery of Thorns - Margaret Rogerson

5.Scythe (Arc of a Scythe series) - Neal Shusterman

Conclusion: Looks like I just really enjoy fantasy fiction. After all these years, why I am still surprised? 😑

A soul crushing book
Read if you like feeling hopeless and depressed

The Gods Will Hear Us Eventually -Jinny Koh

Disappointing 😓
When the hype doesn't translate into real admiration

The Last Graduate - Naomi Novik
This is the second book and I really have to say it lost the magic of the first.

The Honey Farm - Harriet Alida Lye
What kind of ending is this? I was so drawn till the end. I feel absolutely let down.

The Magus - John Fowles
The mysterious vibe of the book reminds me of some other books, but the story was... not as palatable or memorable to me. 

Iron Widow - Xiran Jay Zhao
There is so much hype about this. I was initially intrigued by the Asian elements, but in the end did not enjoy the writing as much as I hoped to.

Dragon Pearl - Yoon Ha Lee
I think I might just give up on these Asian themed books...???

Update: just added a few more into the Want to read list. My gut tells me I will probably be better of just reading actual Chinese classics or wuxia though. Some things just get lost in translation.

Update 2: I should probably give up. Read yet another book with an Asian Empress and let's just say I was not charmed. 

Notable ideas and premises

The Book Eaters - Sunyi Dean
Where characters actually eat books...

Harris Bin Potter And The Stoned Philosopher-Suffian Hakim
I found this silly book pretty amusing.

Non-fiction love 
aka geeky books that taught me a lot

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World- Mark Miodownik

Books that left me with the feeling: ?????? What was this all about? 😪
aka books that were definitely not for me.

Mouth to Mouth - Antoine Wilson
The Empathy Diaries - Sherry Turkle
Second Place- Rachel Cusk

...and more. I feel resigned at this point. Perhaps feeling jaded comes with age too.

Please, I hope 2023 will be a much better reading year! 💛

Read more:

Last year's book list

My list in 2023 so far