2022 Reading Reflection
Last Quarter of 2022
I read many genres, but SFF is my home genre, as seen by my top read genres this year. It makes sense that my long drought for reading was broken by reading books in my favored genre. I also read several novellas or shorter books, which helped.
I also listened to a large portion of books I read this year. I’m finding the time to read on my commute, which has always been a good reading time for me, and I can listen at work and while I do household chores.
Favorite Reads of 2022
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir is a science fiction-fantasy novel about necromancers in space. I listened to the audiobook, read by Moira Quirk. She narrates excellently. Definitely part of the fun.
I’ll be honest, it took until the sunglasses for me to get into it. But I appreciated so much in the craft of this story (and in Harrow the Ninth) along with the humor. The worldbuilding is fantastic.
Gideon is right up there with Joscelin Verreuil as a bodyguard. (I read Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey back in April 2004, and Joscelin has been a favorite character of mine since.)
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao, narrated by Rong Fu is a YA science fiction-fantasy novel weaving Chinese history into a world with mechas.
There is so much to love about this book! The characters are well-done, the pacing is fast, there are several twists, the craft is spot on!
I thought this would be my top read of 2022. I loved it so much and I cannot wait until Heavenly Tyrant comes out.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo read by the author is a YA novel-in-verse about a Dominican-American high school girl navigating first love and family.
There is a power and vulnerability when an author reads their own work. With the Fire on High is a runner-up on this list of best books I read in 2022.
I had to pause this book while at work (and not in my office) to cry. I don’t often cry reading anymore.
When I finished it, I drove directly to my local bookseller to get a physical print copy. Because I needed to see her words.
This is my top read for 2022.