THURSTAG: My 2022 in books

Hola amigos!

It is time for my 2022 in books round up. Get yourself a cup of tea and get comfy! I might be here a while, ha!

**2022 READING STATS**

NUMBER OF BOOKS YOU READ: 140 (I THINK!)
NUMBER OF RE-READS: 0
GENRE YOU READ THE MOST FROM: FANTASY

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1. BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?

How am I meant to choose just one?

2. BOOK YOU WERE EXCITED ABOUT & THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO LOVE MORE BUT DIDN’T?

Hmmmm… that’s hard! I don’t think I read any total flops. The Wings of Fire graphic novels didn’t blow my mind in the way I wanted them to (I think my expectations were just WAY TOO HIGH), but my class absolutely love them!

3. MOST SURPRISING (IN A GOOD WAY OR BAD WAY) BOOK YOU READ? 

I’m gonna say the Ross Montgomery Shakespeare retellings surprised me in the very best way – a series that I absolutely adore and didn’t even know they were going to be a thing!

4. BOOK YOU “PUSHED” THE MOST PEOPLE TO READ (AND THEY DID)?

Graphic novels… as ever!

5. BEST SERIES YOU STARTED? BEST SEQUEL? BEST SERIES ENDER?

I’m gonna say that Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder series is one of the best series I’ve ever read.

6. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR YOU DISCOVERED IN 2022?

Oh gosh, I don’t want to say this again, but Holly Jackson. I have her brand new book to read in 2023 and I can’t wait.

7. BEST BOOK FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T TYPICALLY READ/WAS OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE?

Looking at the books I read in last year, I don’t think I read anything that was out of my comfort zone massively!

8. MOST ACTION-PACKED/THRILLING/UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR?

Gosh, so many. However, if you’re in the marker for amazing YA, look no further than Her Dark Wings, This Book Kills or Society for Soulless Girls.

Now here we go again… everyone say it with me. I’m not much of a rereader.

10. FAVORITE COVER OF A BOOK YOU READ IN 2022?

I refuse to answer this one too, ha.

11. MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTER OF 2022?

Probably Amari. She’s just amazing,.

12. MOST BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BOOK READ IN 2022?

Oh gosh. What even is this question? Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe maybe though…

13. MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING/ LIFE-CHANGING BOOK OF 2022?

I love a book that makes me think. Sade and the Shadow Beasts was exceptional.

14. BOOK YOU CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WAITED UNTIL 2022 TO FINALLY READ? 

Most of the books I should’ve read before 2022 ha

15. FAVORITE PASSAGE/QUOTE FROM A BOOK YOU READ IN 2022?

GOD KNOWS. Like genuinely. I need to be better at remembering quotes ha.

16. SHORTEST & LONGEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2022?

Shortest – The Big Book of Pride Flags (48 pages)
Longest – As Good as Dead by Holly Jackson (459 pages)

17. BOOK THAT SHOCKED YOU THE MOST?

Not to be repetitive but This Book Kills. Blew me away.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (YOU WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP!)?

Oh man. How am I meant to answer that?

19. FAVORITE NON-ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP OF THE YEAR?

Honestly any time there’s a good friendship, especialluy a female friendship.

20. FAVORITE BOOK YOU READ IN 2022 FROM AN AUTHOR YOU’VE READ PREVIOUSLY?

Let’s be realistic. I love them all.

21. BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2022 THAT YOU READ BASED SOLELY ON A RECOMMENDATION FROM SOMEBODY ELSE/PEER PRESSURE/BOOKSTAGRAM, ETC.:

Most graphic novels I’ve read come courtesy of my friend Richard haha.

22. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH FROM A BOOK YOU READ IN 2022?

Oh golly. I can’t think of one to be honest.

23. BEST 2022 DEBUT YOU READ?

Honestly, looking at my list I couldn’t tell you which were debuts haha.

24. BEST WORLDBUILDING/MOST VIVID SETTING YOU READ THIS YEAR?

Oh gosh. I read a tonne of fantasy, so this is always hard. However, reading the underworld in Her Dark Wings by my queen Melinda Salisbury was an absolute joy.

25. BOOK THAT PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE/WAS THE MOST FUN TO READ?

Bumble and Snug series by Mark Bradley brought smiles to my face!

26. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY OR NEARLY CRY IN 2021?

Hello. Have you met me? Do you know who I am?

27. HIDDEN GEM OF THE YEAR?

The Team Pom graphic novels by Isabel Roxas. Or The Spell Tailors by James Nicol.

28. BOOK THAT CRUSHED YOUR SOUL?

All of them?

29. MOST UNIQUE BOOK YOU READ IN 2019?

Hmmmm…. I do not know!

30. BOOK THAT MADE YOU THE MOST MAD (DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN YOU DIDN’T LIKE IT)?

Hmm, that’s tough!

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1. NEW FAVORITE BOOK BLOG/BOOKSTAGRAM/YOUTUBE CHANNEL YOU DISCOVERED IN 2022?

I don’t watch a lot of booktube to be honest, so I will tell everyone who is still reading to go and subscribe to my boy George Lester.

2. FAVORITE POST YOU WROTE IN 2022?

Writing film reviews made me so happy, just because films became a massive part of my life in 2022.

I don’t take great photos haha! So I’m not sure!

4. BEST BOOKISH EVENT THAT YOU PARTICIPATED IN (AUTHOR SIGNINGS, FESTIVALS, VIRTUAL EVENTS, ETC.)?

I didn’t get to go to many bookish events this year, but I did manage to tottle up to Edinburgh for some of the Book Festival events and it was so lush!

5. BEST MOMENT OF BOOKISH/BLOGGING LIFE IN 2022?

Just keeping going.

6. MOST CHALLENGING THING ABOUT BLOGGING OR YOUR READING LIFE THIS YEAR?

Life getting in the way and running out of mojo at times!

7. MOST POPULAR POST THIS YEAR ON YOUR BLOG (WHETHER IT BE BY COMMENTS OR VIEWS)?

I do not know! I would imagine it’s a teaching one though haha.

8. POST YOU WISHED GOT A LITTLE MORE LOVE?

Meh. I’m indifferent to this question. I don’t write things for people to like? I write things I want to write!

Just more books, ha.

10.  DID YOU COMPLETE ANY READING CHALLENGES OR GOALS THAT YOU HAD SET FOR YOURSELF AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR?

I always set myself a Goodreads target and of course I smashed it!

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1. ONE BOOK YOU DIDN’T GET TO IN 2022 BUT WILL BE YOUR NUMBER 1 PRIORITY IN 2023?

Lol. So many.

2. BOOK YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING FOR 2023 (NON-DEBUT)?

JAMIE. JAMIE BY LD LAPINSKI.

3. 2023 DEBUT YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING?

Ooooh quite a few!

4. SERIES ENDING/A SEQUEL YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING IN 2022?

OH GOD I DON’T KNOW ALL OF THEM.

5. ONE THING YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH OR DO IN YOUR READING/BLOGGING LIFE IN 2022?

Just keep enjoying it. That’s all I ever want. As soon as I’m not enjoying it, that’s when I’ll stop blogging.

6. A 2023 RELEASE YOU’VE ALREADY READ & RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE (IF APPLICABLE):

This Book Kills. I’ve already recommended it 5 times or something on this very post, so please go get it read when it comes out (very soon!).

TA DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. You made it! Congratulations if you made it this far, ha!

S x

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