Here were my 2022 Reading Goals:
Read 80 books
Review 70 of those books.
Read 10 translated works.
Read 20 books that I already own.
Read 20 books that have been on my TBR since before 2020.
Read the entire Bible, following a daily devotional called One Year Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids by Nancy Guthrie.
For 2022 I set what I saw as reasonable, reachable goals. So I’m pleased to announce that I did indeed reach just about everyone of my reading goals!
I read 97 books.
I reviewed 66 of them. Not exactly the percentage I had hoped for but overall pretty good.
I read 11 books translated from other languages into English. 3 were translated from German, 1 from Polish, 1 from Arabic, 1 from Italian, 2 from Japanese, 1 from Spanish, and 2 from French.
I read 17 books that I already owned. Not quite 20 but I’m glad to make a dent on my own shelves.
I read 22 books that had been on my TBR since before 2020. This one felt really good! I started my current TBR in 2013 so some of these books have been hanging around for a long time. The book that had been on there the longest was The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches.
At the beginning of 2022 my TBR was at 231 books. As of December 31, 2022, it is at 215.
Now for a look at my overall reading stats for the year:
I read 97 books.
83 of those books were fiction. 12 were non-fiction. 1 was a book of poetry. 1 was an anthology.
70 of my books were written by women. 23 were written by men. That doesn’t add up to 97 so I think the reminder I either forgot to note down or gender was unclear.
43 of the books I read were written by Americans. 21 were written by Canadians. The third largest representation came from England with 13 writers. Then Ireland with 5. Germany, South Africa, Italy, Japan, and Australia each had 2 authors represented. Then the Philippines, Poland, Oman, China, Egypt, Nigeria, Georgia, and Mexico each had one author. Some authors seemed to identify with more than one country and so were noted under two places while others didn’t have any country that I could easily associate them with.
Largely, I read my books in physical format. I read 20 as e-books and 6 were audio books. As I only introduced audio books into my life in the last quarter of 2022, I expect this to be a growing category next year.
I read 11 short story collections, 2 kids books (I don’t include the books I read with my kids but we read about 20 novels with Pearl and Rose as bedtime stories this year), and 1 graphic novel.
Where did my books come from?
7 were purchased new, by me. Not necessarily this year but at some point.
9 were thrifted or purchased secondhand.
43 were from the library. Yay libraries! All of my audio books and a good portion of my e-books came from the library. I also started using the inter-library loan system again for the first time since covid started and this was very helpful in crossing off some of my older TBR titles.
31 of my books were ARCs from various publishers.
5 were borrowed from others and 2 were gifts.