BUZZWORD READATHON + READING CHALLENGE 2022 – THIRD QUARTER UPDATE

Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

AUGUST – a book with an item/object in the title

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
This is a Book by Demetri Martin
Lemon by Kwon Yeo-Sun
Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

SEPTEMBER – a book with LIGHT or DARK in the title

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
Things We Do In the Dark by Jennifer Hillier


OCTOBER – a book with an animal or creature in the title

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

NOVEMBER – a book with “ING” in the title

The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott
Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

DECEMBER – a book with a number in the title

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
1984 by George Orwell
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (BOTM)

2022 SECOND QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2022 FIRST QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2022 Introduction linked here
Goodreads group linked here

Until next time, Meryn


2022 TBR // THIRD QUARTER UPDATE

One quarter left of the year and I only have 8 books left in my 2022 TBR!

One quarter left in the year 2022 and I’ve read 22 of the books on my 2022 TBR, making my completion percentage 78.57%. I’m still on track to finish by the end of the year, yay! Of the 6 I read this quarter, there was one 5 star, three 4 stars, and two 3 stars.

My predictions for what I’ll have finished by end of each month as we wrap up the year:

10 | OCTOBER

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
The Secret History by Donna Tartt

11 | NOVEMBER

Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson
The Push by Ashley Audrain
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

12 | DECEMBER

56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard
Let’s Get Physical by Danielle Friedman
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

What book should I pick up next?

Until next time, Meryn


2022 TBR – SECOND QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2022 TBR – FIRST QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2022 TBR – INTRODUCTION linked here
Goodreads 2022 Bookshelf linked here
2021 FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE + CONCLUSION linked here
READING GOALS + TBR LIST // 2021 linked here
Goodreads 2021 Bookshelf linked here

BUZZWORD READATHON + READING CHALLENGE 2022 – SECOND QUARTER UPDATE

APRIL – a book with LITTLE or BIG in the title

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
A Little Hope by Ethan Joella
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 

MAY – a book with a direction in the title

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

JUNE – a book with ALL in the title

All Adults Here by Emma Straub


Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrations)

AUGUST – a book with an item/object in the title

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

SEPTEMBER – a book with LIGHT or DARK in the title

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

2022 FIRST QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2022 Introduction linked here
Goodreads group linked here

Until next time, Meryn


2022 TBR // SECOND QUARTER UPDATE

Half way into the year and I’ve read over half of my 2022 TBR!

Officially half way through 2022 and I’ve read 16 of the books of my 2022 TBR, making my completion percentage 53.33%. In my first quarter update, I predicted my completion percentage would be between 60-70% at this point, yeah no. But I’m on track to finish by the end of the year, so it’s all good. Of the 5 I read this quarter, there was one 5 star, two 4 stars, one 3 star, and one non-fiction I will not give a star rating.

My predictions for what I’ll have finished by end of Q3:

1 | The It Girl by Ruth Ware

2 | Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

3 | Upgrade by Blake Crouch

4 | In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

5 | Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

6 | The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

7 | Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

What book should I pick up next?

Until next time, Meryn


2022 TBR – FIRST QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2022 TBR – INTRODUCTION linked here
Goodreads 2022 Bookshelf linked here
2021 FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE + CONCLUSION linked here
READING GOALS + TBR LIST // 2021 linked here
Goodreads 2021 Bookshelf linked here

2022 TBR // FIRST QUARTER UPDATE

A quarter into the year and I’ve read over a third of my 2022 TBR!

Only three months into the year and I’ve read 11 of the books on my 2022 TBR, making my completion percentage 36.67%, not bad if I do say so myself! And even better yet, 7 of those books I rated 5 stars!

If I’m being honest, I don’t think it’s going to take the entire year for me to read all 30 of these books. My guess is by the end of June, my completion percentage will be between 60-70%. I love this TBR project and feel so inspired and excited to read every book on this list!

My predictions for what I’ll have finished by end of Q2:

1 | A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

2 | The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

3 | Book Lovers by Emily Henry

4 | Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

5 | In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

6 | 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard 

7 | Know My Name by Chanel Miller

What book should I pick up next?

Until next time, Meryn


2022 TBR – INTRODUCTION linked here
Goodreads 2022 Bookshelf linked here
2021 FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE + CONCLUSION linked here
READING GOALS + TBR LIST // 2021 linked here
Goodreads 2021 Bookshelf linked here

BUZZWORD READATHON + READING CHALLENGE 2022 – FIRST QUARTER UPDATE

JANUARY – who, what, where, when, why, how

How Lucky by Will Leitch
The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jónasson
What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition by Emma Dabiri

FEBRUARY – pronouns or possessions

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

MARCH – a book with a location in the title

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Olympus Texas by Stacey Swann
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella

APRIL – a book with LITTLE or BIG in the title

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
A Little Hope by Ethan Joella
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 

MAY – a book with a direction in the title

Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

JUNE – a book with ALL in the title

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

2022 Introduction linked here
Goodreads group linked here

Until next time, Meryn


MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022

With a new year comes publication of thousands of new books. Here are a few titles at the top of my list!

Mostly mysteries and thrillers, from both familiar and new-to-me authors, but also a smattering of contemporary fiction, historical fiction, romance, science fiction, and short story collections.

My most anticipated releases of the year, and are thus five star predictions, are The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley, The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager, and The It Girl by Ruth Ware.

January

Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho – January 4
Let’s Get Physical by Danielle Friedman – January 4
Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins – January 4
The Maid by Nita Prose – January 4
A Flicker in the Dark by Stacey Willingham – January 11
Devil House by John Darnielle – January 25
Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner – January 25

February

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson – February 1
The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale by Haley McGee – February 1
Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow – February 8
Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors – February 8
The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman – February 8
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – February 22

March

The Night Shift by Alex Finlay – March 1
The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan – March 3
Nine Lives by Peter Swanson – March 15
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James – March 15
The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd – March 15
When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo – March 15

April

Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow – April 5
Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li – April 5

May

Book Lovers by Emily Henry – May 3
My Summer Darlings by May Cobb – May 17
The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain – May 24

June

A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari – June 7

July

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager – July 7
The It Girl by Ruth Ware – July 12
Upgrade by Blake Crouch – July 19
The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda – July 26

August

Dirt Creek by Hayley Scrivenor – August 2
The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead – August 16
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney – August 30


Book Bub article – The Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2022
Goodreads article – Goodreads Members’ Most Anticipated Books of 2022
Goodreads article – Hot and Fresh: 60 Highly Anticipated Debut Novels
Goodreads article – Readers’ Most Anticipated Mysteries of 2022
Oprah Daily article – The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2022
Parade article – Ready for the New Year? 30 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2022
Penguin Random House article – Our Most Anticipated Books of 2022
Penguin Random House article – Our Most Anticipated Fiction of 2022
TIME article – The 21 Most Anticipated Books of 2022

Until next time, Meryn


2022 TBR – INTRODUCTION

The 30 books, new and backlist titles, I hope to read throughout 2022

I can’t be sure what possessed me to make a 30 book TBR at the end of 2020 to guide my reading in 2021, but I’m so glad I did! Of the 30 books selected for 2021, I read 25 of them and four became 5 star favorites (2021 TBR recap linked here)

When it came time to start brainstorming for my 30 book, 2022 TBR, I knew I wanted more structure when it came to my selection process and created 5 themes with 6 titles in each category. This list is definitely heavy on new and recently released books, with 75% or more having been released in the past 3 years. While there is an obvious emphasis on thrillers and mysteries, there is also science fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction, a critically acclaimed memoir, a work place romance, and a short story collection

2022 Thrillers

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

The It Girl by Ruth Ware

2022 Releases

Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho

Let’s Get Physical by Danielle Friedman

A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

2021 Releases

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson

Olympus Texas by Stacey Swann

Razorblade Tears by S. A. Crosby

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read That Yet

The Secret History by Donna Tart

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Crosby

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Personal Recommendations + Creator Favorites

Know My Name by Chanel Miller
(recommended by Kaitlin)

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
(favorite of Kayla of BooksandLala)

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
(recommended by Kylie)

The Push by Ashley Audrain
(favorite of Gabby of gabbyreads)

Fate and Furies by Lauren Groff
(recommended by Leeann)

56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard
(favorite of Abby of Crime By The Book)

Until tomorrow, Meryn


READING GOALS + TBR LIST // 2021 linked here
2021 FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE + CONCLUSION linked here
Goodreads 2021 Bookshelf linked here
Goodreads 2022 Bookshelf linked here

BUZZWORD READATHON + READING CHALLENGE 2022 – INTRODUCTION

A look ahead to what I hope to be reading in 2022

I’m so excited to start planning and reading for the buzzword readathon, created and hosted by Kayla of Books and Lala on booktube! In her words, “The Buzzword Readathon (#buzzwordathon) is a monthly readathon, running the first week of each month (1st through 7th). Each month has a designated word/word theme and you have a week to read as many books as you like with that word in the title. Alternatively you can complete this as a year-long reading challenge, and read just ONE book each month featuring the monthly buzzword until you complete the whole challenge!”

This is my second year participating in her reading challenge and I couldn’t’ be more excited to start this new year with all new prompts. This time around I had 550+ titles on my Goodreads TBR list when selecting my top choice and my back up options

In 2021, I read 25 books throughout the year, six of which I rated 5 stars. Here’s hoping to that some of these titles become new all time favorite books

JANUARY – who, what, where, when, why, how

Top choice:
How Lucky by Will Leitch (BOTM)

From my TBR:
How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang 
The Girl Who Died by by Ragnar Jónasson, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition by Emma Dabiri
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

FEBRUARY – pronouns or possessions

Top choice:
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (BOTM)

From my TBR:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
His & Hers by Alice Feeney
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian
Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover (2022 release)
The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture by Grace Perry
The Groom Will Keep His Name: And Other Vows I’ve Made About Race, Resistance, and Romance by Matt Ortile
The Lies We Told by Camilla Way
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
They Never Learn by Layne Fargo

MARCH – a book with a location in the title

Top choice:
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (2022 release)

From my TBR:
Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella
Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner (2022 release)
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles 

APRIL – a book with LITTLE or BIG (or similar word) in the title

Top choice:
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

From my TBR:
A Little Hope by Ethan Joella (BOTM)
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Land of Big Numbers: Stories by Te-Ping Chen
Little Gods by Meng Jin
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier  

MAY – a book with a direction in the title

Top choice:
Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison

From my TBR:
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power 
Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body by Savala Nolan
My Left Foot by Christy Brown
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

JUNE – a book with ALL in the title

Top choice:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 

From my TBR:
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
Astroball: The New Way to Win It All by Ben Reiter
Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie (2022 release)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Top choice:
Book Lovers by Emily Henry (2022 release)

From my TBR:
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James (2022 release)
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrations)
What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong, Jason Pargin

AUGUST – a book with an item/object in the title

Top choice:
Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

From my TBR:
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé 
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Geoffrey Trousselot (Translator)
Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

SEPTEMBER – a book with LIGHT or DARK in the title

Top choice:
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

From my TBR:
A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske 
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney (2022 release)
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall (2022 release)

OCTOBER – a book with an animal or creature in the title

Top choice:
Animal Farm by George Orwell

From my TBR:
Bunny by Mona Awad
Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
I Hold a Wolf by the Ears by Laura van den Berg 
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

NOVEMBER – a book with “ING” in the title

Top choice:
The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott

From my TBR:
Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson
Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Passing by Nella Larsen
Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance by Mia Bay
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
The Hunting Wives by May Cobb (BOTM)
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
The Resting Place by Camilla Sten (2022 release)
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune  
Watching You by Lisa Jewell

DECEMBER – a book with a number in the title

Top choice:
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

From my TBR:
1984 by George Orwell
49 Uses For A Walking Stick by Frank Hopkinson
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
One by One by Ruth Ware
One of Us Is Dead by Jeneva Rose
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (BOTM)
The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories by Kevin Brockmeier


2021 BUZZWORD READATHON + READING CHALLENGE

2021 INTRODUCTION linked here
2021 FIRST QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2021 SECOND QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2021 THIRD QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2021 FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE + CONCLUSION linked here

Goodreads group linked here

Until tomorrow, Meryn