BOOK REVIEW ROUND UP 2022 // END OF YEAR UPDATE

My year of reading in 2022!

General stats

Fiction: 79
Nonfiction: 24

Audiobooks: 58
Physical books: 45

Borrowed books: 63
→ Library savings $1,283.43
Personal collection: 40

2022 TBR: 30
2022 Release: 27
Book of the Month: 17
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 38
Debut Work: 28

5 stars: 21
4 stars: 35
3 stars: 22
2 stars: 2
Not rated: 23

General Goals

☒ 70 books → 103 books
☒ 25,000 pages → 30,176 pages

☒ 5 books about race/antiracism
What White People Can Do Next by Emma Dabiri
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrations)
The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper
Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter by Shani King, Bobby C. Martin (Illustrations)
☒ 4 classics
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Passing by Nella Larson
1984 by George Orwell
Of Mice and Men by John Steinback
☒ 3 translated works
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch (Translator)
The Girl Who Died by by Ragnar Jónasson, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
Lemon by Kwon Yeo-Sun, Janet Hong (Translator)
☒ 2 comedy/humor
Eating Salad Drunk: Haikus for the Burnout Age by Comedy Greats by Gabe Henry
The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht
The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of the Whole Stupid World by Matt Kracht
☒ 1 poetry collection
Counting Descent by Clint Smith
Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
And We Rise by Erica Martin

Author Goals

☒ S.A. Cosby
☒ Joan Didion
☒ Alice Feeney
☐ Roxane Gay
☐ Elizabeth Gilbert
☒ Kristin Hannah
☐ Grady Hendrix
☒ Lisa Jewell
☐ Lars Kepler
☐ Audre Lorde
☐ Jennifer McMahon
☒ Liane Moriarty
☐ Toni Morrison
☐ Jo Nesbø
☐ Jodi Picoult
☐ Peter Swanson
☒ Colson Whitehead
☒ Ashley Winstead

Book Review Round Up // 2022 Q3 Updated linked here
Book Review Round Up // 2022 Q2 Update linked here
Book Review Round Up // 2022 Q1 Update linked here

Until next time, Meryn


BOOK REVIEW ROUND UP // 2022 Q3 UPDATE

Three quarters down, one to go!

General stats

Fiction: 58
Nonfiction: 19

Audiobooks: 40
Physical books: 37

Borrowed books: 45
→ Library savings $925.61
Personal collection: 32

2022 TBR: 22
2022 Release: 23
Book of the Month: 16
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 25
Debut Work: 23

5 stars: 17
4 stars: 28
3 stars: 18
2 stars: 1
Not rated: 13

General Goals

☒ 70 books → 77 books
☐ 25,000 pages → 22,437 pages

Genre Goals

☐ 5 books about race/antiracism
What White People Can Do Next by Emma Dabiri
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrations)
☐ 4 classics
☒ 3 translated works
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch (Translator)
The Girl Who Died by by Ragnar Jónasson, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
Lemon by Kwon Yeo-Sun, Janet Hong (Translator)
☒ 2 comedy/humor
Eating Salad Drunk: Haikus for the Burnout Age by Comedy Greats by Gabe Henry
The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht
The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of the Whole Stupid World by Matt Kracht
☒ 1 poetry collection
Counting Descent by Clint Smith
Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
And We Rise by Erica Martin

Author Goals

☒ S.A. Cosby
☐ Joan Didion
☒ Alice Feeney
☐ Roxane Gay
☐ Elizabeth Gilbert
☐ Kristin Hannah
☐ Grady Hendrix
☐ Lisa Jewell
☐ Lars Kepler
☐ Audre Lorde
☐ Jennifer McMahon
☒ Liane Moriarty
☐ Toni Morrison
☐ Jo Nesbø
☐ Jodi Picoult
☐ Peter Swanson
☒ Colson Whitehead
☒ Ashley Winstead

Book Review Round Up // 2022 Q2 Update linked here
Book Review Round Up // 2022 Q1 Update linked here

Until next time, Meryn


AUGUST 2022 READING WRAP UP

It’s giving chaotic reader and genre diversity. It’s historical fiction, Greek retellings, campus thriller, book in translation, contemporary fiction, and humor nonfiction about what else but birds. Stand out favorite from the month was The It Girl by Ruth Ware followed by Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin.

GENERAL STATS

Total: 10 books
Pages: 2,784

Fiction: 9
Nonfiction: 1

Audiobooks: 5
Physical books: 5

Borrowed books: 7
→ Library savings $146.91
Personal collection: 3

2022 TBR: 3
2022 Release: 2
Book of the Month: 1
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 5
Debut Work: 2

STORYGRAPH STATS
AUGUST READS
SEPTEMBER TBR

In September, my top priority is Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney – really hoping it’s just as amazing as Rock Paper Scissors! For the #buzzwordreadathon prompt of objects, I hope to also read Things We Do In the Dark, Dark Places, and possibly a reread of Home Before Dark. Lastly, hoping to get to Fates and Furies because I said I’d read it in August and that was a bust

Until next time, Meryn


JULY 2022 READING WRAP UP

The variety of my reading within a single month is astounding, and impressive, if I do say so myself: a couple romances, a couple of thrillers, a YA non-fiction about racism, my first ever graphic novel, a book of haiku, and even a humous field guide about birds. Top tier, 5 star favorite is Rock Paper Scissors, my first, and certainly not my last, by Alice Feeney – that reveal had me GASPING. Definitely worth mentioning is The Flatshare, the only romance I’ve rated 5 stars that wasn’t written by Emily Henry. Couple other books I loved were Upgrade and The Paper Palace. Pleasantly surprised by Eating Salad Drunk and The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America, the two wild cards for the month

GENERAL STATS

Total: 11 books
Pages: 2,863

Fiction: 9
Nonfiction: 2

Audiobooks: 5
Physical books: 6

Borrowed books: 8
→ Library savings $148.90
Personal collection: 3

2022 TBR: 1
2022 Release: 3
Book of the Month: 2
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 2
Debut Work: 5

STORYGRAPH STATS
JULY READS
AUGUST TBR

In August I plan to read The It Girl by Ruth Ware because it’s one of my most anticipated releases of the year, fingers crossed it’s a 5 star knock out! For the #buzzwordreadathon prompt of objects, I hope to read In My Dreams I Hold a Knife, The Nickel Boys, and Velvet was the Night. Lastly, hoping to throw in squeeze in The Song of Achilles and Fates and Furies because I said I’d read them in July and that obviously didn’t happen

Until next time, Meryn


BOOK REVIEW ROUND UP // 2022 Q2 UPDATE

Two quarters down, two to go!

General stats

Fiction: 36
Nonfiction: 16

Audiobooks: 27
Physical books: 25

Borrowed books: 29
→ Library savings $612.81
Personal collection: 23

2022 TBR: 16
2022 Release: 16
Book of the Month: 11
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 15
Debut Work: 16

5 stars: 14
4 stars: 17
3 stars: 9
Not rated: 12

General Goals

☐ 70 books → 52 books
☐ 25,000 pages → 15,356 pages

Genre Goals

☐ 5 books about race/antiracism
What White People Can Do Next by Emma Dabiri
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
☐ 4 classics
☐ 3 translated works
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch (Translator)
The Girl Who Died by by Ragnar Jónasson, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
☐ 2 comedy/humor
☒ 1 poetry collection
Counting Descent by Clint Smith
Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

Author Goals

☒ S.A. Cosby
☐ Joan Didion
☒ Alice Feeney
☐ Roxane Gay
☐ Elizabeth Gilbert
☐ Kristin Hannah
☐ Grady Hendrix
☐ Lisa Jewell
☐ Lars Kepler
☐ Audre Lorde
☐ Jennifer McMahon
☒ Liane Moriarty
☐ Toni Morrison
☐ Jo Nesbø
☐ Jodi Picoult
☐ Peter Swanson
☐ Colson Whitehead
☐ Ashley Winstead

Book Review Round Up // 2022 Q1 Update linked here

Until next time, Meryn


JUNE 2022 READING WRAP UP

Another month and another couple memoirs, thrillers, a romance, a contemporary, and a poetry collection. The stand out favorite, without a doubt and as expected, is Riley Sager’s The House Across the Lake, which was a solid 4 star mystery-thriller. Pleasantly surprised by It Ends With Us, much better than the last few Colleen Hoover’s I’ve read, and by All Adults Here by Emma Straub. It goes without saying that Know My Name was exceptional, my heart still hurts, Chanel is a force

GENERAL STATS

Total: 7 books
Pages: 2,320

Fiction: 4
Nonfiction: 3

Audiobooks: 3
Physical books: 4

Borrowed books: 3
→ Library savings $64.98
Personal collection: 4

2022 TBR: 2
2022 Release: 3
Book of the Month: 2
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 1
Debut Work: 2

STORYGRAPH STATS
JUNE READS
JULY TBR

In July I hope to read The Layover, which looks and sounds like the perfect summer romance. The state of the world is crap, so maybe it’s time I read The Handmaid’s Tale because I’m seeing a lot of refences to it lately. For the #buzzwordreadathon prompt of bookish and book related words, I want to pick up Rock Paper Scissors and The Paper Palace. Lastly, hoping to throw in squeeze in The Song of Achilles and Fates and Furies from by 2022 TBR

Until next time, Meryn


MAY 2022 READING WRAP UP

Definitely a variety this month: two thrillers, one fantasy, one romance, three memoirs (technically), and one nonfiction. The stand out favorite of the month was Behind Her Eyes, a super hyped thriller by Sarah Pinborough, followed by Book Lovers, The Cartographers, and Local Woman Missing

GENERAL STATS

Total: 8 books
Pages: 2,546

Fiction: 4
Nonfiction: 4

Audiobooks: 6
Physical books: 2

Borrowed books: 3
→ Library savings $69.99
Personal collection: 5

2022 TBR: 2
2022 Release: 3
Book of the Month: 1
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 3
Debut Work: 2

STORYGRAPH STATS

MAY READS
JUNE TBR

In June I hope to read recently released Yerba Buena as I have an ARC copy I won in a Goodreads giveaway and in celebration of Pride month. For the #buzzwordreadathon prompt of “All” I want to pick up All Adults Here and All the Light We Cannot See, and maybe, just maybe, I can squeeze in The Song of Achilles, Fates and Furies, and Know My Name from by 2022 TBR before the end of Q2

Until next time, Meryn


APRIL 2022 READING WRAP UP

Three romances in one month, who is she?? Unfortunately, I didn’t really like any of them – but thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin and Goodreads for my ARC copy of A Brush With Love I won in a Goodreads giveaway! I passed it along to a friend who I think will enjoy it more than I did

The stand out favorite of the month was Memphis, a stunning debut by Tara M. Stringfellow, followed by A Little Hope and The Golden Couple with honorable mention for Big Little Lies

GENERAL STATS

Total: 7 books
Pages: 2,353

Fiction: 7
Nonfiction: 0

Audiobooks: 5
Physical books: 2

Borrowed books: 3
→ Library savings $27.00
Personal collection: 4

2022 TBR: 1
2022 Release: 3
Book of the Month: 2
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 2
Debut Work: 4

STORYGRAPH STATS
APRIL READS
MAY TBR

In May I hope to finish A Million Little Pieces I started in April, hope to read 2 books for the #buzzwordreadathon prompt of directions including Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison and Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, and in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I plan to read The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd and Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Until next time, Meryn


BOOK REVIEW ROUND UP // 2022 Q1 UPDATE

First quarter down, three to go!

General stats

Fiction: 21
Nonfiction: 9

Audiobooks: 13
Physical books: 17

Borrowed books: 20
→ Library savings $450.84
Personal collection: 10

2022 TBR: 11
2022 Release: 7
Book of the Month: 6
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 9
Debut Work: 8

5 stars: 10
4 stars: 9
3 stars: 5
Not rated: 6

General Goals

☐ 70 books → 30 books
☐ 25,000 pages → 8,137 pages

Genre Goals

☐ 5 books about race/antiracism
What White People Can Do Next by Emma Dabiri
☐ 4 classics
☐ 3 translated works
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch (Translator)
The Girl Who Died by by Ragnar Jónasson, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
☐ 2 comedy/humor
☒ 1 poetry collection
Counting Descent by Clint Smith
Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

Author Goals

☒ S.A. Cosby
☐ Joan Didion
☐ Alice Feeney
☐ Roxane Gay
☐ Elizabeth Gilbert
☐ Kristin Hannah
☐ Grady Hendrix
☐ Lisa Jewell
☐ Lars Kepler
☐ Audre Lorde
☐ Jennifer McMahon
☒ Liane Moriarty
☐ Toni Morrison
☐ Jo Nesbø
☐ Jodi Picoult
☐ Peter Swanson
☐ Colson Whitehead
☐ Ashley Winstead

Until next time, Meryn


MARCH 2022 READING WRAP UP

General stats

Total: 9 books
Pages: 3,079

Fiction: 7
Nonfiction: 2

Audiobooks: 4
Physical books: 5

Borrowed books: 6
→ Library savings $155.89
Personal collection: 3

2022 TBR: 5
2022 Release: 4
Book of the Month: 2
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 4
Debut Work: 3

Storygraph Stats
MARCH READS
APRIL TBR

Until next time, Meryn