My 2022 Reading Wrapped

If you miss Spotify Wrapped day (yes, As It Was was everyone’s top song this year), then I have a treat for you: my 2022 Reading Wrapped! Because I love a spreadsheet, I spent a day over the holidays inputting data about my reading this year into Google Sheets and pulled up a bunch of stats and graphs. Please enjoy it so I don’t feel like I wasted my time!

To begin, I read 100 books in 2022, the most books I’ve ever read in a single year, aside from maybe the year 2005 when I was on a mission to win a Walkman during the MS Readathon. It’s definitely the most I’ve read since 2018 when I started tracking my reading seriously. That year, I read 45 books. In 2019, I read 50 books; in 2020 it was 54 books, and in 2021 I read 57 books

DNFed (Did Not Finish) 12 books this year. Because I’m a lovely person, I won’t be sharing the names of them (though one does begin with The Invisible Life and ends with of Addie LaRue). 

Of the ones I did finish, 92 books were fiction and 8 were non-fiction, primarily essay collections and memoirs. I’d like to read more non-fiction in 2023 so if you have any recommendations please let me know!

At 992 pagesKingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas was the longest book I read this year. The Sixth Wedding by Elin Hilderbrand, a novella sequel to 28 Summers, was the shortest book at just 76 pages.

Speaking of Sarah J. Maas, she was my most-read author of 2022 with a total of 15 books. Elin Hilderbrand was a close-ish second with 10 books, while Alice Oseman came in third with 6 books. I also read 2 books by Sarah Hogle, Stephenie Meyer, Emily St. John Mandel, Hank Green, and Charlotte McConaghy.

Here’s a breakdown of my reading by format. I got a Kobo for my birthday in March and became a total convert so it’s no surprise e-books made up the majority of my reading for 2022. 

Genres are so hard to define and it’s almost impossible to categorize books by just one (Is my beloved Twilight a fantasy? A romance?) but I did my best to assign each book I read this year with a single genre tag (including ones you won’t find in a bookstore, like “holiday”) and Google Sheets gave me this graph:

With all the Sarah J. Maas I read this year, it makes sense that fantasy was my most-read genre of 2022. I haven’t been much of a fantasy reader since I devoured The Mortal Instruments series in 2013 (Does anyone else remember the Lily Collins/Jamie Campbell Bower movie adaptation? Their on-off relationship after he broke off his engagement with Bonnie Wright from Harry Potter?) But I can safely say Sarah and her faeries hooked me this year. 

Note: If the term “contemporary” sounds a little vague to you, that’s because it is. I used it as a catch-all for fun and modern books that are centered on self-discovery, career, and platonic relationships rather than romance. 

Before I share the full list of books I read in 2022, allow me a moment to reflect on my year of reading in less quantitative terms. In short, I was truly head over heels for reading this year, and I’m extremely proud of inhaling 100 books in 365 days. In long, I was truly head over heels for reading this year, and I’m extremely proud of inhaling 100 books in 365 days BUT I don’t feel the need to do the same next year. In part, this is because I want to make more time for other hobbies in, like crocheting a temperature blanket and playing my Gameboy Advance I got for Christmas in 2004. But in 2023, I also want to spend more time with less books. Of the 100 books I read in 2022, I’d estimate that I actively disliked more than 20 of them, and found another 30 or so just fine. I don’t regret pushing through these books at all (they helped me hone my taste!) but in 2023, I plan to be a lot more selective so I can really savor the ones I adore.

And so, without further ado, here’s a list of every single book I read this year sorted alphabetically by the author’s first name because that’s what Google Sheets did when I clicked ‘sort’!

  1. The Murder of Rodger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  2. The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
  3. Rock, Paper, Scissors by Alice Feeney
  4. This Winter by Alice Oseman
  5. Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman 
  6. Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman
  7. Heartstopper Volume 3 by Alice Oseman
  8. Heartstopper Volume 4 by Alice Oseman
  9. Loveless by Alice Oseman 
  10. Aesthetica by Allie Rowbottom 
  11. Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper
  12. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  13. The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
  14. The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
  15. Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
  16. I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
  17. Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
  18. Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
  19. Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
  20. The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren 
  21. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
  22. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  23. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  24. The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
  25. 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand 
  26. The Sixth Wedding by Elin Hilderbrand
  27. The Beach Club by Elin Hilderbrand
  28. The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand
  29. Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand
  30. Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
  31. Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand
  32. Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand
  33. Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand
  34. Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand
  35. Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman
  36. The Club by Ellery Lloyd
  37. Book Lovers by Emily Henry
  38. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
  39. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  40. Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie 
  41. Into Every Generation a Slayer is Born by Evan Ross Katz
  42. Lease on Love by Falon Ballard
  43. If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
  44. Live, Laugh, Kidnap by Gabby Noone
  45. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
  46. Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li
  47. The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
  48. A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green
  49. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
  50. A Hundred Other Girls by Imran Hariri-Ka
  51. Drunk in Love by Jasmine Guillory
  52. The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
  53. Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier
  54. The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith
  55. Little Weirds by Jenny Slate
  56. Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto
  57. Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q Sutanto
  58. Open Book by Jessica Simpson 
  59. The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet by John Green
  60. Vladimir by Julia May Jonas
  61. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  62. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  63. Reputation by Lex Croucher
  64. Balanced on the Blade’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker
  65. Severance by Ling Ma
  66. Activities of Daily Living by Lisa Hsiao Chen 
  67. Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  68. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  69. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
  70. Arsenic & Adobo by Mia P Manansala
  71. The Paper Palace by Miranda Crowley Heller
  72. Hey Natalie Jean by Natalie Holbrook
  73. Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon
  74. Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder
  75. The Idea of You by Robin Lee
  76. Aisling and the City by Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght
  77. Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle
  78. Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle
  79. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  80. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  81. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  82. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  83. A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
  84. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
  85. House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas
  86. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  87. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  88. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  89. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  90. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  91. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  92. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
  93. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  94. Year Book by Seth Rogen
  95. Filter This by Sophie White
  96. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  97. The Short Second Life of Stephenie Meyer
  98. The Guncle by Steven Rowley
  99. Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  100. The Arc by Tory Henwood Hoen

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