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2022 Literary Escapes Challenge

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- Wisconsin (1)
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- Washington, D.C.* (1)

International:

Antarctica (1)
Australia (2)
Egypt (2)
England (11)
Italy (1)
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Romania (1)
Scotland (3)
Sweden (1)

My Progress:


27 / 51 states. 53% done!

2022 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

My Progress:


18 / 50 books. 36% done!

2022 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

My Progress:


19 / 25 books. 76% done!

2022 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge

My Progress:


40 / 53 books. 75% done!

Booklist Queen's 2022 Reading Challenge

My Progress:


38 / 52 books. 73% done!

Aussie Author Reading Challenge 2022


1 / 24 books. 4% done!

2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge


3 / 20 books. 15% done!

2022 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

My Progress:


29 / 50 books. 58% done!

The 52 Book Club's Reading Challenge 2022

The 52 Book Club's Reading Challenge 2022

My Progress:


37 / 52 books. 71% done!

2022 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

My Progress:


32 / 50 books. 64% done!

2022 Support Book Bloggers Challenge

2022 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

Friday, December 31, 2021

Goodbye, 2021. Hello, 2022!


Happy New Year! I usually do this annual wrap-up/stats on January 1, but I want to have the blog all turned over and ready to go for 2022 before tomorrow, so...here we go. I had an excellent reading year, at least as far as numbers go. Let's see how it all broke down:

Total Books Read:  203—for the first time ever, I reached my goal of reading 200 books in a year. Yay! Last year, I read 191, so a definite improvement.

Number of fiction books read:  193 (95%)—I made a tiny bit more of an effort to read more non-fiction this year...

Number of non-fiction books read:  10 (5%)—I read two more non-fiction books than I did last year. Go, me!

Number of adult books read:  121 (60%)—As much as I love children's literature, the bulk of my reading is always in the adult category. This has remained very consistent over the years.

Number of YA books read:  21 (10%)—I'm reading fewer and fewer teen books every year, it seems. 

Number of MG books read:  61 (30%)—Thanks to the Cybils Awards and another book award program I help judge most years, I read a lot of middle-grade novels. 

Number of books by female authors:  177 (87%)—Another thing I remain very consistent on is reading mostly female authors. I guess it's mostly women writing in the genres I like?

Number of books by male authors:  26 (13%)—My percentage rate on this one is actually a teensy bit higher this year than last.

Number of books by male/female combo:  1 (.005%)

Number of books read, personal collection:  25 (12%)—Oops! I did not do a very good job in this category.

Number of books read, review copies:  52 (26%)—This percentage is down from last year. 

Number of books read, borrowed from library:  126 (62%)—I love the library! Last year, 53% of my reads were from the library. I'm glad to see that this number has gone up.

Number of books read, paper:  141 (69%)—I'll always be a fan of "real" books!

Number of books read, electronic:  44 (22%)

Number of books read, audio:  18 (9%)—I only listened to 6 audiobooks last year. This year, I had one going all the time, hence the elevated number.

Number of reading challenges joined:  9

Number of reading challenges completed:  5

For my own records, I like to record the titles of the books I read every year. Here are my books for 2021 (asterisks denote favorites):

  • 1. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Jan)
  • 2. When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain (Jan)
  • 3. Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell (Jan)
  • 4. The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell (Jan)
  • 5. The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman* (Jan)
  • 6. Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien (Jan)
  • 7. Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia (Jan)
  • 8. The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill* (Jan)
  • 9. The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Jan)
  • 10. Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower (Jan)
  • 11. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling [audio] (Jan)
  • 12. Dark August by Katie Tallo* (Jan)
  • 13. The Stills by Jess Montgomery (Jan)
  • 14. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan [audio] (Jan)
  • 15. The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner* (Jan)
  • 16. To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid (Jan)
  • 17. The Stranger Behind You by Carol Goodman (Jan)
  • 18. A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins (Jan)
  • 19. Alone by Megan E. Freeman (Jan)
  • 20. Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda (Jan)
  • 21. Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert (Jan)
  • 22. Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green (Jan)
  • 23. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager (Feb)
  • 24. Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green (Feb)
  • 25. The Family Ship by Sonja Yoerg (Feb)
  • 26. Beginners Welcome by Cindy Baldwin (Feb)
  • 27. In the Deep by Loreth Anne White (Feb)
  • 28. On These Magic Shores by Yamile Saied Méndez (Feb)
  • 29. The Family by Louise Jensen (Feb)
  • 30. 96 Miles by J.L. Esplin* (Feb)
  • 31. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson (Feb)
  • 32. The Missing One by Lucy Atkins (Feb)
  • 33. The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel (Feb)
  • 34. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott* [audio] [re-read] (Feb)
  • 35. The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths (Feb)
  • 36. The Bone Code by Kathy Reichs* (Feb)
  • 37. The Survivors by Jane Harper (Feb)
  • 38. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (Mar)
  • 39. The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor (Mar)
  • 40. The Lost Family by Libby Copeland (Mar)
  • 41. The Dead Season by Tessa Wegert (Mar)
  • 42. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen [re-read] (Mar)
  • 43. The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Mar)
  • 44. A Trail of Lies by Kylie Logan (Mar)
  • 45. After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore (Mar)
  • 46. The Elephant's Girl by Celesta Rimington (Mar)
  • 47. The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse (Mar)
  • 48. A Distant Grave by Sarah Stewart Taylor (Mar)
  • 49. Willa and the Whale by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown (Mar)
  • 50. The Answer Is... by Alex Trebek* [audio] (Mar)
  • 51. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Mar)
  • 52. The Captive Kingdom by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Mar)
  • 53. Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson (Mar)
  • 54. Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien (Mar)
  • 55. The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Mar)
  • 56. Any Sign of Life by Rae Carson (Apr)
  • 57. The Fire Thief by Debra Bokur (Apr)
  • 58. Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce* [audio] (Apr)
  • 59. Bluebird by Sharon Cameron* (Apr)
  • 60. The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (Apr)
  • 61. Until I Find You by Rea Frey (Apr)
  • 62. The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben (Apr)
  • 63. The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore (Apr)
  • 64. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein [audio] (Apr)
  • 65. The Cold Vanish by Jon Billman* (Apr)
  • 66. All the Children Are Home by Patry Francis (Apr)
  • 67. The Glass House by Eve Chase (Apr)
  • 68. We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin (Apr)
  • 69. Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (May)
  • 70. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery* [audio] [re-read] (May)
  • 71. The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake (May)
  • 72. The Wrong Family by Terryn Fisher (May)
  • 73. Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee (May)
  • 74. American Baby by Gabrielle Glaser* (May)
  • 75. Go to My Grave by Catriona McPherson (May)
  • 76. Flower Net by Lisa See (May)
  • 77. Starfish by Lisa Fipps (May)
  • 78. Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky (May)
  • 79. Atomic Habits by James Clear* (May)
  • 80. Hems & Homicide by Elizabeth Penney (May)
  • 81. Shiver by Allie Reynolds (May)
  • 82. Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood (May)
  • 83. She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge (May)
  • 84. A Deadly Fortune by Stacie Murphy (May)
  • 85. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery [audio] (May)
  • 86. Margot by Jillian Cantor (May)
  • 87. The Wilding Sisters by Eve Chase (May)
  • 88. Along a Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart (May)
  • 89. The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes (Jun)
  • 90. The Light of Luna Park by Addie Armstrong (Jun)
  • 91. You Belong Here Now by Diana Rostad (Jun)
  • 92. An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn (Jun)
  • 93. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery [audio] (Jun)
  • 94. The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny* (Jun)
  • 95. A Solitude of Wolverines by Alice Henderson (Jun)
  • 96. Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Jun)
  • 97. The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustain (Jun)
  • 98. The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman (Jun)
  • 99. The Next Ship Home by Heather Webb (Jun)
  • 100. A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott* (Jul)
  • 101. Dear America: Behind the Masks by Susan Patron (Jul)
  • 102. Nothing Short of Wondrous by Regina Scott (Jul)
  • 103. The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm* (Jul)
  • 104. The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne (Jul)
  • 105. The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton (Jul)
  • 106. Open for Murder by Mary Angela (Jul)
  • 107. A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary (Jul)
  • 108. The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson (Jul)
  • 109. Boston Jane by Jennifer L. Holm* (Jul)
  • 110. Boston Jane: Wilderness Days by Jennifer L. Holm (Jul)
  • 111. Boston Jane: The Claim by Jennifer L. Holm (Jul)
  • 112. Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan (Jul)
  • 113. The House By the Sea by Louise Douglas (Jul)
  • 114. Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton (Jul)
  • 115. In the Same Boat by Holly Green (Jul)
  • 116. Murder Most Sweet by Laura Jensen Walker (Jul)
  • 117. After Anna by Lisa Scottoline (Jul)
  • 118. Deep Water by Watt Key (Jul)
  • 119. Dear America: All the Stars in the Sky by Megan McDonald (Jul)
  • 120. No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert (Aug)
  • 121. The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan (Aug)
  • 122. We Are Not Free by Traci Chee (Aug)
  • 123. Dead Wake by Erik Larsen [audio] (Aug)
  • 124. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty* (Aug)
  • 125. The Distant Dead by Heather Young (Aug)
  • 126. Westering Women by Sandra Dallas (Aug)
  • 127. Shiner by Amy Jo Burns (Aug)
  • 128. A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley (Aug)
  • 129. Ophie's Ghosts by Justina Ireland (Aug)
  • 130. Missing Okalee by Laura Ojeda Melchor (Aug)
  • 131. The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent (Aug)
  • 132. The Third Pole by Mark Synnott (Aug)
  • 133. True Grit by Charles Portis* [audio] (Aug)
  • 134. Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos (Aug)
  • 135. If It Rains by Jennifer L. Wright* (Aug)
  • 136. The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown (Sep)
  • 137. A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks (Sep)
  • 138. Need by Joelle Charbonneau (Sep)
  • 139. Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flowers (Sep)
  • 140. Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara (Sep)
  • 141. I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel (Sep)
  • 142. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave (Sep)
  • 143. All Systems Red by Martha Wells (Sep)
  • 144. Kiss Me Now by Melanie Jacobson (Sep)
  • 145. A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny* (Sep)
  • 146. Unquiet Ghosts by Glenn Meade (Sep)
  • 147. What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson (Sep)
  • 148. Willodeen by Katherine Applegate (Sep)
  • 149. Survive the Night by Riley Sager* (Sep)
  • 150. Bottomland by Michelle Hoover (Sep)
  • 151. Glass Houses by Louise Penny* [audio] (Sep)
  • 152. Still Life in Blood by Crystal Heidel (Sep)
  • 153. The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James (Sep)
  • 154. Across the Desert by Dusti Bowling (Oct)
  • 155. The Hidden by Melanie Golding (Oct)
  • 156. Beyond the Mapped Stars by Rosalyn Eves (Oct)
  • 157. In a Flash by Donna Jo Napoli (Oct)
  • 158. To Tell You the Truth by Beth Vrabel (Oct)
  • 159. An Occasionally Happy Family by Cliff Burke (Oct)
  • 160. The Last Bear by Hannah Gold (Oct)
  • 161. All You Knead is Love by Tanya Guerrero (Oct)
  • 162. Death at Greenway by Lori Rader-Day (Oct)
  • 163. Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh (Oct)
  • 164. A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins (Oct)
  • 165. A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus* (Oct)
  • 166. Breathing Underwater by Sarah Allen (Oct)
  • 167. When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Peach Pie by Erin Soderberg Downing (Nov)
  • 168. Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan (Nov)
  • 169. The Losers at the Center of the Galaxy by Mary Winn Heider (Nov)
  • 170. Dead and Breakfast by Kate Kingsbury (Nov)
  • 171. Linked by Gordon Korman (Nov)
  • 172. The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Nov)
  • 173. War and Millie McGonigle by Karen Cushman (Nov)
  • 174. The Silver Blonde by Elizabeth Ross (Nov)
  • 175. Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles (Nov)
  • 176. Taylor Before and After by Jennie Englund (Nov)
  • 177. How to Get Away With Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce* [audio] (Nov)
  • 178. What the Dead Leave Behind by Rosemary Simpson (Nov)
  • 179. Clues to the Universe by Christina Li (Nov)
  • 180. Houdini and Me by Dan Gutman (Nov)
  • 181. Cuba in My Pocket by Adrianna Cuevas (Nov)
  • 182. As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson (Nov)
  • 183. Cold-Blooded Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce* [audio] (Nov)
  • 184. Violets Are Blue by Barbara Dee (Nov)
  • 185. The Lines Between Us by Amy Lynn Green* (Dec)
  • 186. Flight of the Puffin by Ann Braden (Dec)
  • 187. A Quiet Life in the Country by T.E. Kinsey* (Dec)
  • 188. My Name is Layla by Reyna Marder Gentin (Dec)
  • 189. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens* [audio] (Dec)
  • 190. Favorite Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow* (Dec)
  • 191. The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan (Dec)
  • 192. Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva (Dec)
  • 193. Many Points of Me by Caroline Gertler (Dec)
  • 194. Into the Wind by William Loizeaux (Dec)
  • 195. Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo* (Dec)
  • 196. Sorry For Your Loss by Joanne Levy (Dec)
  • 197. The Disinvited Guest by Carol Goodman (Dec)
  • 198. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson* [re-read] (Dec)
  • 199. The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley [audio] (Dec)
  • 200. Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero by Saadia Faruqi (Dec)
  • 201. The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan (Dec)
  • 202. A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw (Dec)
  • 203. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson (Dec)
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