A year ago, I posted my 2022 reading and writing resolutions. Now it's time to check in and see how I did.
Goal: Read 45 books
Achieved! I read 45 books exactly and reviewed 23 of them (see links below)
Goal: 8 of those books would be indies
Achieved! I read 8 indies exactly and reviewed 3 of them (see links below)
Goal: Greater than 50% of the books would be written by female authors
Achieved! 66.66% were written either exclusively by women or at least one woman, where multiple authors contributed
Goal: At least 50% of the books would be written by authors who have a marginalized identity.
Achieved! 55.55% were written either exclusively by or including at least one author with at least one marginalized identity
I read a ton of great books this year. It was a good mix of new, old, big hits, and quieter releases. SciFi and Fantasy tied as my most common genres, which is no surprise as those are always my favorites.
Here's my reading list from 2022:
Goal: Have my WIP query ready by February
Achieved! I sent my first round of queries for this project in February 2022.
Goal: Send at least 5 queries per month
11/12 on this one, can't win them all, though some months I sent more than 5.
Goal: Complete the first draft of my next WIP by August 2022
Nope! This one is still under construction.
Goal: Continue attending writing groups whenever possible
Goal: Keep up with this website
Achieved! A couple months were slimmer on content than others, but that's the way it goes sometimes.
I'm still deciding on my 2023 resolutions/goals. Did you achieve your 2022 goals? Did we read any of the same books? Let's discuss in the comments!
As the year draws to a close, I thought I’d go back through my e-reader and see how much I’ve read. I know my reading took off in July with the start of my new commute (all public transit, reading was safe). This doesn’t count the five unpublished novels I beta read and the countless sections of bigger works I read for my writing groups.
For the Podcast:
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Historical Fiction
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal Science Fiction (Alt-History)
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Morena Garcia Horror (Gothic/Historical)
Outlawed by Anna North Western (Alt-History)
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult Contemporary (Legal Procedural)
Writing Craft Related:
Take of Your Pants by Libbie Hawker
Deep POV by Marcy Kennedy (My Review)
The Anatomy of Story by John Truby (My Review)
The Rural Setting Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi (My review)
The Emotional Wound Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
The Occupation Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi (My review)
For Fun: (age category is adult unless otherwise stated)
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare YA Fantasy (Historical)
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare YA Fantasy (Historical)
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown Non-Fiction (Historical)
The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal Science Fiction (Alt-History)
The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal Science Fiction (Alt-History) (my review of the series)
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir Science Fiction (Near-Future/Space) (my review)
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood Contemporary Rom-Com (my review)
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin Secondary-World Fantasy
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin Secondary-World Fantasy
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin Secondary-World Fantasy (my review of the series)
The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron Contemporary/Historical Fiction (my review)
Speak the Ocean by Rebecca Enzor Contemporary Fantasy (my review)
The Traitor’s Kingdom by Erin Beaty Secondary-World Fantasy (my review of the series)
The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Lee Secondary-World Fantasy (IP) (my review)
The Shadow of Kyoshi by F.C. Lee Secondary World Fantasy (IP)
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno Garcia Historical Fantasy (Mythology)
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab Contemporary/Historical Fantasy
The Impossible Contract by K.A. Doore Secondary-World Fantasy
Domesticating Dragons by Dan Kobolt Science Fiction (Near-Future/Biopunk)
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Historical Fiction
Dismal Dreams by Red Lagoe Horror Anthology
I have one more I'm hoping to read over the holidays:
Runaway by Emmett J Hall Historical Fiction
Anything I read sound interesting to you? Check them out at your local library, indie bookstore, or wherever you get your books. I have reviews up for many, but not all, so this post helped me realize I have a ton more books I can talk about!
What did you read this year that you loved? Let's discuss in the comments!