Reading and Blog Goals for 2022

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! What are your plans? Are you going to curl up with a good book, like me? Or are you going to party hard, in your living room, with a good book, also like me? Yup. the Hubs and I are living it up. Partying hard, as it were.

Since it is New years, it’s the time for New Years Resolutions. I don’t typically make them since I break them so easily. I seriously cannot hold a resolution to save my life.

But why am I putting myself through this again when it didn’t work in 2021?

I have no idea. Glutton for punishment maybe?

Read More Non-Fiction! I think this will forever be on my list. Reading more non-fiction is never a bad thing. And, technically, this is a resolution I did keep by reading 6 non-fiction books in 2021 as opposed to 2020s 2. So improvements are still happening!

Buy Fewer Books! That’s right, I’m going on a buying ban…sort of. I’ll still have to buy books for book clubs and of course when the sale is just too good for words. And this probably won’t last all year, but for now, I must restrain myself!

Read My TBR Shelf! This one is going to be hard. I know I’ll want to quit at some point because a lot of the excitement comes from reading the newest thing, but I’m not going to have a newest thing because I’m not going to be buying as many books (see above). So yeah, read my way through my TBR stack, shelf, cart, etc.

Write More Reviews! So I’ve been doing pretty good with reviews, but I need to write more. My problem is that I look at reading as a fun experience, and don’t always think about reviewing the book until a week has passed and I think to myself “self, that would have been a good book to review”. So yeah, review more books.

So yeah, there you have it, my very short list of Goals for reading and blogging this year. I’m keeping it short because short is doable. Long is intimidating and will make you quit before you’ve even thought about it!

What are your goals? Do you even have goals? Do you think I’m crazy?

Spoiler alert, I’m probably crazy.

End of the Year Stats

Well hello, friends! Another day, another late post. I have a good excuse though. I bought a new car yesterday! This major financial commitment has been in the works for a while, so it wasn’t a big surprise to us. But what was a surprise was the car arrived a few days early!

My new car is a very sensible Subaru Forester. The Hubs readily approved of my choice and was thrilled when we didn’t pick another grey car. We have always picked grey cars. I picked green this time.

None of that has anything to do with books, except the fact that my Android Auto can play audiobooks from both Audible, Libby, and Scribd! I’m so excited to be able to use that feature on my road trips.

Anywho, you’re not here for my car excitement, you are here for my yearly stats to see how I did with my reading. Did I meet my goal? Did I read nothing but fantasy books? Let’s go find out!

Reading Goal

Huzzah! I met my reading goal! Go me! Even if we take out my DNF’s, I still met my goal. I’m so thrilled. And 23,415 pages! That’s a lot of pages.


I read 49 adventurous books this past year, with emotional and mysterious tying for second at 22 books each. Dark took third with 19 books. Somehow I thought I read fewer dark books. Oh well, the stats don’t lie!


So it would seem that I read 30 medium-paced books this year, with fast coming in behind it at 24 books, followed up by slow books at 17 tomes.

Page Number

My page number breakdown doesn’t really come as a surprise to me. With 42 books between 300-499 pages, 23 books under 300 pages, and 6 books 500 pages and up, well, I read a lot of pages. 23,415 pages to be exact.

Fiction vs Nonfiction

Well, I thought I read more nonfiction than I did. Apparently, I only read 6 nonfiction books this year. Well, that’s one every other month. And I can always do better in 2022!


The genre breakdown is among my favorite of the stats. I just love the proof that I read more than just fantasy books. Not much more, mind you, but more. But yes, I did read 43 fantasy books this year. I also read 13 queer rep books, 13 sci-fi, and, in a surprising twist, 10 romance books! How did that last one happen?

Most Read Authors

This is a new stat this year, and I kind of like it. With 8 books read, Patricia Briggs is my most read author this year. I’m not surprised with the way I have been reading the Mercy Thompson series.

Number of Books and Pages

This stat is kind of fun! I love that you can see where you read the most pages. My most pages read was in September with 3548 pages that month. My most books read was October, with 11.

Star Ratings

It would seem I gave no books 2 star ratings last year. How did that happen? Oh yeah, if I was struggling, I just quit and gave it 1 star. But apparently, I really liked giving out those 5 stars, with 26 books getting top marks. That’s okay. Books can be fantastic!

Head on over to The Storygraph and give it a whirl if you want to know what your stats look like. It’s definitely worth your time to export all that data!

But those are my stats for the year! I’m still surprised at that nonfiction stat. I shouldn’t be, but I am.

Worst Books I Read In 2021

Well Hello, Beautiful People! And how are we doing today? Me, I’m doing fairly well. I just spent two weeks with my family celebrating the Holiday Season. It’s not typically what we do, but there were some things my mom wanted to do with me this year and I couldn’t say no. So yeah, I was gone for two weeks. All of that is to say that this blog post is going up later in the day than I usually do it. Good times.

If you haven’t guessed it from the title, today’s post is all about the worst books I read in 2021. I’m going to try and keep it to the top ten worst books, so lets go.

Crave by Tracy Wolff

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.
Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

This book was the only book to get zero stars from me on The Storygraph this year. It brought back terrible memories of why I gave up on YA books in the first place. I have since decided to give YA a second try, but this book almost made me quit again. Zero out of zero, would not reccomend.

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road…

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy’s help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.

I read about 150 pages of this book before I gave up on it. It just didn’t appeal to me. And I really wanted to like it. I like the Cemetery Boys alot, and maybe that was the problem. This book didn’t live up to the potential of that first book.

Low Vol 1: The Delirium of Hope by Rick Remender, Art by Greg Tocchini

Millennia ago, mankind fled the earth’s surface into the bottomless depths of the darkest oceans. Shielded from a merciless sun’s scorching radiation, the human race tried to stave off certain extinction by sending robotic probes far into the galaxy, to search for a new home among the stars. Generations later, one family is about to be torn apart, in a conflict that will usher in the final race to save humanity from a world beyond hope. 

The story was good, but the art style of this story drove me away from it. I couldn’t finish it.

The Hike by Drew Magary

When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects. 

On a quest of epic, life-or-death proportions, Ben finds help comes in some of the most unexpected forms, including a profane crustacean and a variety of magical objects, tools, and potions. Desperate to return to his family, Ben is determined to track down the “Producer,” the creator of the world in which he is being held hostage and the only one who can free him from the path. 

This was an online book club pick, and I loved that, as I already owned it, but I had to quit reading it for my mental health. This book got a 50/50 reaction from the folks in my book club, so I can see it having an audience. I was not that audience.

Bestiary by K-Ming Chang

One evening, Mother tells Daughter a story about a tiger spirit who lived in a woman’s body. She was called Hu Gu Po, and she hungered to eat children, especially their toes. Soon afterward, Daughter awakes with a tiger tail. And more mysterious events follow: Holes in the backyard spit up letters penned by her grandmother; a visiting aunt arrives with snakes in her belly; a brother tests the possibility of flight. All the while, Daughter is falling for Ben, a neighborhood girl with strange powers of her own. As the two young lovers translate the grandmother’s letters, Daughter begins to understand that each woman in her family embodies a myth – and that she will have to bring her family’s secrets to light in order to change their destiny.

I had problems with the writing style in this book. Which is a shame, because I really wanted to like it. It was high up there on my want to read list for the year, and it just didn’t live up to the potential of the synopsis.

Outlawed by Anna North

In the year of our Lord 1894, I became an outlaw. 

The day of her wedding, 17-year-old Ada’s life looks good; she loves her husband, and she loves working as an apprentice to her mother, a respected midwife. But after a year of marriage and no pregnancy, in a town where barren women are routinely hanged as witches, her survival depends on leaving behind everything she knows.  

She joins up with the notorious Hole in the Wall Gang, a band of outlaws led by a preacher-turned-robber known to all as the Kid. Charismatic, grandiose and mercurial, the Kid is determined to create a safe haven for outcast women. But to make this dream a reality, the Gang hatches a treacherous plan that may get them all killed. And Ada must decide whether she’s willing to risk her life for the possibility of a new kind of future for them all.

I do not like westerns, apparently. I will watch them, but not read them. This stinks, because this is a genre I really want to like, because nostalgia. That being said, I think there is an audience for this book that will absolutely love it, it just wasn’t me.

Child of Light by Terry Brooks

At 19, Auris Afton Grieg has led an…unusual life. Since the age of 15, she has been trapped in a sinister prison. Why? She does not know. She has no memories of her past beyond the vaguest of impressions. All she knows is that she is about to age out of the children’s prison, and rumors say that the adult version is far, far worse. So she and some friends stage a desperate escape into the surrounding wastelands. And it is here that Auris’ journey of discovery begins, for she is rescued by an unusual stranger who claims to be Fae – a member of a magical race that Auris had thought to be no more than legend. Odder still, he seems to think that she is one as well, although the two look nothing alike. But strangest of all, when he brings her to his wondrous homeland, she begins to suspect that he is right. Yet how could a woman who looks entirely human be a magical being herself? 

This book was not it, to say the least. The writing style was disjointed, the dialogue was messy, and the way Auris reacted to her rescuer is ridiculous. I expected better from an author as prolific as Terry Brooks.

You Feel it Just Below the Ribs by Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson

Born at the end of the old world, Miriam grows up during The Great Reckoning, a sprawling, decades-long war that nearly decimates humanity and strips her of friends and family. Devastated by grief and loneliness, she emotionally exiles herself, avoiding relationships or allegiances, and throws herself into her work – disengagement that serves her when the war finally ends, and The New Society arises.

To ensure a lasting peace, The New Society forbids anything that may cause tribal loyalties, including traditional families. Suddenly, everyone must live as Miriam has chosen to – disconnected and unattached. A researcher at heart, Miriam becomes involved in implementing this detachment process. She does not know it is the beginning of a darkly sinister program that will transform this new world and the lives of everyone in it. Eventually, the harmful effects of her research become too much for Miriam, and she devises a secret plan to destroy the system from within, endangering her own life.

But is her “confession” honest – or is it a fabrication riddled with lies meant to conceal the truth?

So this is the book that made me realize that I don’t like dystopians. That was fun. This book had everything going for it. I just couldn’t overlook the whole dystopian thing. Sigh.

Bow Legged Buccaneers From Outer Space by David Owain Hughes

The year is 2082 – the not-so-distant future – and Chinatown is a prison. One hundred years ago, between 1980 and 1990, hardcore arcade gamers, cinemagoers, TV freaks, and comic book nerds took over the large oriental area and turned it into a no-go zone. The streets became violent, corrupt, and the powers that be lost control. A large wall and river were constructed around the city; the waters were filled with sharks and patrolled by the government’s secret police, who had more artillery than Rambo. 

Paul “Frank Castle” Hoskins is one of the good guys, doing his best to keep the streets clean and the innocent people safe. When Chinatown comes under attack from space pirates, will Frank have finally met his match? Will he be able to protect the woman he loves and save his beloved home? Bullets will fly, blood will be spilt, and vengeance will be sought. 

This book has the most chaotic writing style. And the premise was equally as chaotic. I thought, space pirates, that sounds like fun. I was wrong.

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.

But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.

Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.

I really wanted to like this book, but just about every page made me cringe, and not in the fun way. I had to put it down. Luckily, my book club didn’t like this book either, so I don’t feel to bad about not finishing it.

And there we go. The top ten books that I didn’t like this year. I didn’t have as many books on my DNF list as I thought, so picking my top ten of them was a lot harder than originally planned, but I was able to do it! Huzzah! What books are on your worst read list?

TTT-Best Books I Read In 2021

Well Hello! It’s funny, I was going to do this post anyway. So, when I saw the Top Ten Tuesday topic for the day, I was all “Hey, this is fortuitous”. Cause it is. Two birds, one stone. But not really. I’d say save the birds, but all the birds were replaced by robots in the 80s.

Thanks for that TikTok. And no, I don’t actually believe that. It is funny though.

But anyway, it’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week it’s all about the top ten books of the year! Huzzah!

So here are my Top Ten Books of the Year, in no particular order.

A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers

It’s been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.

One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of “what do people need?” is answered.

But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how.

They’re going to need to ask it a lot.

This short novella asks some big questions, which I have noticed that Becky Chambers is very good at. But this book is gentle in asking and doesn’t expect you to have the answers right away. Its whole purpose is to make you question what it means to be human, and it does it very well. And, bonus, there is a sequel coming out next year. I may have already pre-ordered it.

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

I couldn’t put this book down and read through the first three books in a few days. I still need to finish this series. That would be a good idea. But still, I can recommend the first three books. Also, they are a little spicy. So be prepared for that. If you want to see my more in-depth thoughts, click here.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

This book tells the story of Nora, and there is a trigger warning here, she tries to take her own life. What follows is a crazy look into all the what might have beens of her life. And it was great. I really enjoyed the different lives Nora gets to live. I wrote a review on it, and you can read that here.

Broken (in the best possible way) By Jenny Lawson

As Jenny Lawson’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, Jenny brings readers along on her mental and physical health journey, offering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way.

With people experiencing anxiety and depression now more than ever, Jenny humanizes what we all face in an all-too-real way, reassuring us that we’re not alone and making us laugh while doing it. From the business ideas that she wants to pitch to Shark Tank to the reason why Jenny can never go back to the post office, Broken leaves nothing to the imagination in the most satisfying way. And of course, Jenny’s long-suffering husband Victor—the Ricky to Jenny’s Lucille Ball—is present throughout.

I will never stop raving about the wonderousness that is Jenny Lawson. This book made me laugh so very hard. If you want to read my full review, you can click the link!

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone.

Or does he?

Um. Yes. This whole book. It made me laugh. It made me angry. It made me cringe. It made me write a review on it. I swear this whole post is just ending up with me plugging my reviews.

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Welcome to Charon’s Crossing.
The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through.

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead.

And when Hugo, the owner of a peculiar tea shop, promises to help him cross over, Wallace decides he’s definitely dead.

But even in death he’s not ready to abandon the life he barely lived, so when Wallace is given one week to cross over, he sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

So this book made me cry, but in the best possible way. It was my favorite book this year, and I read House in the Cerulean Sea by the same author. I might have had a problem choosing between the two. But yeah. This was better. And yes, I also wrote a review on this one!

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

A young royal from the far north, is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Her brothers are dead, her armies and their war mammoths long defeated and caged behind their borders. Alone and sometimes reviled, she must choose her allies carefully.

Rabbit, a handmaiden, sold by her parents to the palace for the lack of five baskets of dye, befriends the emperor’s lonely new wife and gets more than she bargained for.

At once feminist high fantasy and an indictment of monarchy, this evocative debut follows the rise of the empress In-yo, who has few resources and fewer friends. She’s a northern daughter in a mage-made summer exile, but she will bend history to her will and bring down her enemies, piece by piece.

This short novella had an excellent story to tell, and it told it well. The characters were engaging and the plot was captivating. I recently picked up the sequel and I know I’m going to enjoy that one too. No expectations, at all. Also, this book is available on Kindle unlimited at the moment, so go check it out.

This Place: 150 Years Retold forward by Alicia Elliott

Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

This graphic novel made me cry ugly tears! These stories are all about the Canadian Indigenous experience, but a lot of the same things happened to Indigenous persons here in the States. There were heartbreaking stories and hopefully stories. And in between each was facts about the Indigenous laws and experience, including things that still happen to this day. Read this!

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

So I rated this entire series 5 stars. And it was a re-read for me. I love the story, the writing, the pacing, the world, and the characters. And yes, I wrote a review. But warning, the review is for the whole series…because reasons.

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifter, and while she was raised by werewolves, she can never be one of them, especially after the pack ran her off for having a forbidden love affair. So she’s turned her talent for fixing cars into a business and now runs a one-woman mechanic shop in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State.

But Mercy’s two worlds are colliding. A half-starved teenage boy arrives at her shop looking for work, only to reveal that he’s a newly changed werewolf—on the run and desperately trying to control his animal instincts. Mercy asks her neighbor Adam Hauptman, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, for assistance. 

But Mercy’s act of kindness has unexpected consequences that leave her no choice but to seek help from those she once considered family—the werewolves who abandoned her…

If you’ve been hanging around here recently, you’d know I was doing a re-read of this series. I particularly love this first book in the series. It makes me happy. Which is pretty much why it gets five stars from me. Is it a book that is going to change the world? No. But is it hella entertaining? Absolutely.

2020 Reading Stats

2020 was a good reading year for me. It was bolstered by the fact that I read 31 books in August.

Why was it so good? Well my Goodreads goal for the year was 30 books, and I read 82 books this year.

I have accomplished a thing! Huzzah!

This is actually pretty great for me, given that I usually set the goal pretty high for a casual reader and then I fail. Horribly.

So without further ado, I present to you my stats for 2020!

As you can see, the majority of my books are fantasy reads (64 of them). This should surprise absolutely no one. That I read so many young adult books surprised me, since I really just started to get into that genre in the later part of this year. I mean really, 20 YA books? And that sci-fi is next with 10 books really isn’t a shock to me. Fantasy and sci-fi are my jams. What this does tell me is that I need to read more sci-fi though. Good thing to work on for 2021.

With the amount of fantasy and sci-fi I read, that I read 78 adventurous books doesn’t come to much of a surprise to me. Mysterious, however, does. I didn’t think that I read a lot of mysterious books this year, but apparently I read 19 of them, so that is interesting.

29,391 pages read. That’s a lot of pages. Thankfully, I avoided papercuts this year. Goodreads says that my average book length was 366 pages, and that sound about right.

Again, I’m not very surprised by these stats. 95% of the books I read this August fell around 350 pages long, which is why I picked those books to read.

Look at those pace stats. I am surprised by those. I was convinced I didn’t like slow books, but apparently I read 28 slow paced books this year. Huh.

My average rating was 4.06? I thought that number would be lower. I didn’t know I had so many 5 star reads. I do know some of those were re-reads. So they had already been ranked before. But still, 30 5 stars seems a little high.

I only read 2 non fiction books last year. That is too low a number. Must read more informative books!

And there you have it, my end of the year stats. What do yours look like? Have you tried Storygraph?