2022 End of Year Reading Survey + Reading Stats

I’m a little late, but here is my 2022 End of Year Survey and Reading Stats! A big thanks (again) to Jamie at Perpetual Page Tuner for creating it this wonderful End of Year Reading Survey. I didn’t see that she posted it again for 2022, but I imagine the prompts are the same as the link above. It’s always interesting to see what my reading was like over the year. I’ll be doing a year wrap on my goals and resolutions as well as how I did with my reading challenges in different posts.

Like last year, I’ll have some additional insights from The Storygraph along with graphs of what I recorded in my own Google Sheets.

Number Of Books Read: 135 (over my small goal of 75)

Pages read:  47,376 pages

Number of DNFs: 3

Number of 2022 Releases:  67, which amounts to 49.6%. I didn’t think I read that many 2022 releases.

Shortest and Longest Book Read:

Genre I Read The Most From: I am definitely not surprised that romance is my most read at 76 books which made up 56.3% of my books. I am kind of surprised that fantasy came in second with 20 books, making up 14.8% of books. All other genres were each less than 10% of books read.

Moods I Read the Most Of: Considering I read a lot of romance, it makes sense that lighthearted, emotional, and funny are my top three moods. I think I’m surprised that adventurous is up there and that I didn’t read many challenging books.

Mood Map: This feature on StoryGraph, which I think is new, is really cool. It shows me where in the year I read lighter and darker books. Looks like almost the whole first half of the year was probably where I read most of my books that there not romances.

Fiction vs Nonfiction: I don’t think there will ever be a year where the number of nonfiction books I read will make up half of all books read. This year I read 8 nonfiction books.

Most Read Format: I don’t think I’m very surprised that ebooks were my most read format, mostly because I mainly read romances as ebooks .. I find it’s easier/faster to get a copy of the book from the library when I’m borrowing an ebook (there’s probably no difference, but it felt faster sometimes).

Number of New Authors Read: 55 new authors with made up 40.7% of all books read!

Male vs Female Authors:  I read mostly female authors at a whopping 89.6%, which is not a surprise considering how much romance I read. All in all I read 14 male authors and 121 female authors.

Author Diversity: I only read 20 authors that were BIPOC, which only made up 14.8%. I think I read about the same last year but is still lower than I was hoping for.

Library vs Own: I borrowed 108 library books this year and finally read 3 of my ARCs. Unfortunately, that means I only read 24 of my own unread books. Granted, that number is high considering I started the year with over 30 unread books on my shelf. However, I did buy nearly 10 books last summer, which has me with 23 unread books on my shelf. Plus some of the books I read in 2022 that I own were ebooks.

Other Stats: Similar to last year I mostly read medium paced books and mostly books in the 300-499 page range.

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? I was stuck between two though I am ultimately going to go with Wench by Maxine Kaplan. There was just something really missing with this book that made it a miss for me.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? There a couple that come to mind, but I think I was most surprised by how much I enjoyed The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. on the other end of the spectrum, I was very surprised by how obnoxious The Atlas Paradox was and how I missed that in the first book.

Best series you started in 2021? Best Sequel of 2021? Best Series Ender of 20201

  • Best series would definitely be The Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty
  • Best sequel would be The Cure for What Ales You (Sloane Krause #5) by Ellie Alexander
  • Best series ender is tied between Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel #3) by Brent Weeks and Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S.A. Chakraborty

Favorite new author you discovered in 2022? I really want to say Neil Gaiman, but he’s not new to me; I just feel like I really discovered him in 2022. So I’m going to have to go with S.A. Chakraborty. I’m excited to see what else she’ll write.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? I don’t normally read historical fiction or more horror books. Out of these two books, I would say best book is tied between The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner and Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? There were quite a few that could answer this question, but I think I’m going to go with Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

Favorite cover of a book you read? There are quite a few covers that I really like though I’m going to go with the cover for Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia because it just evokes coolness and mystery.

Most memorable character? I think it would have to be Alex Stern from Ninth House.

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2021? I’m not sure why, but The No-Show by Beth O’Leary really sticks out to me. I think it has to do with the idea of healing from trauma and also remembering to put the focus on yourself but maybe not so much to where you miss possible, important opportunities coming into your life.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2022 to finally read? Definitely Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I also want to give a shout out to the Sandman graphic novels even though I haven’t finished the series yet.

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read?

Book That Shocked You The Most? Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey definitely shocked me with where the story went and finding out what was actually going on.

Favorite Book You Read in 2022 From An Author You’ve Read Previously. I had to narrow down from six for this question. Ultimately, I’m going to go with Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman #1) by Neil Gaiman. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this. I think I was hesitant because it was a graphic novel and I’ve heard that there are a lot in this series plus some random related graphic novels. So glad I did! I would say that The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern comes in close second.

Best Book You Read In 2022 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.: This was is also The Sandman graphic novels. I was told by a close friend a few years ago to try the series out. I just didn’t take the plunge until 2022.

Best 2022 debut you read? I weirdly did not read any debuts.

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? While I visited a lot of unique and wonderful worlds through my 2022 reading, I think the one that stuck the most with me is the one from The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? I absolutely adored The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna and had so much fun reading it!

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry? Out of all the books, I think the ending of Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty is the closest I got to tearing up.

Hidden Gem Of The Year? I would have to say that A Dreadful Splendor by B.R. Myers was my hidden gem of 2022.

Most Unique Book You Read? The first to come to mind is A Death in Door County (Monster Hunter Mystery #1) by Annelise Ryan. I found the premise to be very unique.

Most and Least Popular (based off Goodreads ratings): Most popular with an average of 4.5 stars is Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty while the least popular with an average of 3.03 stars is Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island #0.5) by Meg Cabot.

Favorite post you wrote? I think I had the most fun writing my Tension Fails post.

Best moment of bookish/blogging life? Hitting 6 years of blogging .. hardly seems it’s been that long.

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Definitely a mix of burnout and finding the time to actually come up with a post and write it.

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? My most popular post by views was Books I Don’t How to Review.

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? I think any of my recommendation posts like my Be Still My Heart: Romance Recommendations | Vol. 1.

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2021 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2022? Oh so many. I think at the top though is definitely The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. I’m quite behind on her books.

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2022 (non-debut)? While there are quite a few romances that I’m looking forward to, I want to highlight What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall and The London Seance Society by Sarah Penner.

2022 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? While there are a couple, I think at the top is The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell.

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2022? I can’t wait for Hell Bent (Alex Stern #2) by Leigh Bardugo, which I know is probably on a lot of other lists.

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2022? I would like to find a way to be more consistent with my blogging. I also really want to make a dent in my owned unread books while avoiding buying anymore.

What was your 2022 reading year like? Excited about books to come in 2023?

7 thoughts on “2022 End of Year Reading Survey + Reading Stats

  1. […] Looking at the stats, I didn’t do all that well with my goals and resolutions, particularly my non-bookish ones. However, I’m not going to worry about it. I think it just shows me that I want more simplicity and to not put things on my plate that I’m not 100% sure about. No one needs that kind of pressure in their life. You can find some in depth stats on my reading for 2022 with my End of year Survey post. […]


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