Let me start off by saying this: I’m really glad 2022 is done. Sure, great things happened, but most of all it felt really draining. One thing that didn’t change is the fact that there are books to keep the mood up.
2022 was the first year I didn’t set a specific book count reading goal, and it was really liberating. Did I still check out the total amount of books read again and again? Sure. But I didn’t feel pressured to finish each book just so it can count towards the yearly goal. I know it’s stupid to feel pressured in this way, but my inner overachiever works that way. So, 2023 does not get a reading goal either.
To look back on last year’s books, here are some categories:
- Best surprise: Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree, I’ll probably gush about it for another year
- Late to the party: the first Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. The year of Sanderson started yesterday, so it was about damn time to tackle some of his books on my TBR
- Best audio: The Kaiju Preservetion Society by John Scalzi,you can’t go wrong with an audiobook read by Wil Wheaton
- All the feels: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
- The mountains are out to kill you: The Beckoning Silence by Joe Simpson
- WTF, IS THIS A JOKE: Blind / Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. Maybe it was due to the German translation, but this one disappointed me so much that I’m still angry
As for 2023, I only planned buddyreads so far. TheLadyDuckOfDoom mentioned some of them here. The whole Sceptre triad will also read the Year of Sanderson books, and we have our eyes on The Witch King by Martha Wells.
Now I’m off checking reading challenge prompts I’ll never fulfill, because it doesn’t hurt to dream.