I’m a sucker for any occasion to reflect and mid-year is an excellent time to check-in on progress and reassess goals. July 2 was the official midpoint of the year, which means that it is the perfect time for the 2022 Mid-Year Reading Check in and tag!
Reading Statistics for January – June 2022
It wouldn’t be a reflection post on Reader Voracious without some charts and data! Lucky for us all I am here to deliver the goods compliments of my 2022 Reader / Book Blogger Spreadsheet Template.
Compared to roughly the same time last year, I’ve read about ten less books in 2022 — which kind of makes sense. I returned to work last fall and it’s been an exercise in learning my new spoon levels taking returning to the world into consideration. I’m not overly upset about it, which is progress!
One of the biggest surprises — an exciting one, at that — is the balance between ARC and backlist reads. I’ve truly been leaning into mood reading since 2020 and I’ve made an effort not beat myself up about missing ARC publication dates. Reading a book when I am in the right mood for it is the best way to ensure the best reading experience for me, anyways!
If only Kal from 2018 could see this pie chart, she’d lose her mind! Yes, sci-fi and fantasy combined still make up more than 50% of my reading, but look at the romance slice. For the rest of the year I want to balance my reading more as I find that too much sff in a row leads to my slumps.
2022 Mid-Year Reading Check In Tag
1. The best book you’ve read so far this year?
2. The best sequel you’ve read this year?
Words cannot express how much I love the Goddess in the Machine duology. It’s got it all: intricate and complete world-building, gripping storytelling, and complex characters you can’t help but adore. The sequel Devil in the Device (review to come) brought the whole story full circle and had me on the edge of my seat.
I know the linguistics of the book with the future English isn’t for everyone, but I loved it and appreciated the author thought through how the language would change slightly over centuries. This series is ripe for a movie adaptation. I need it.
3. New releases you haven’t read yet but want to.
Since I have a book buying problem, I’m limiting the scope of this question to books released January – June that I purchased but haven’t yet read. For the Throne by Hannah Whitten (currently reading as of publication), Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li, and Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado.
4. Most anticipated releases for the second half of the year.
So many books and not enough time! I am most excited for Kate Alice Marshall’s next book, These Fleeting Shadows (Reviews: Rules for Vanishing, Our Last Echoes, I Am Still Alive), House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson, and The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas (Reviews: Cemetery Boys, Lost in the Never Woods).
5. Biggest disappointment.
Have you ever read a book that feels like a personal attack? That the author wrote it with all your pet peeves in mind? Because that was how I felt reading A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olson. I really wish I loved this one more than I did, but sadly the writing style and narrative flow just weren’t for me. Everything felt too obvious and “on the nose”, the first-person narrative exacerbated that with the main character talking in circles about the obvious Red Flags, and then deciding to do it anyways. The sibling relationship, though, is a treat.
6. Biggest Surprise.
I don’t know how I came to own a paperback copy of Beach Read by Emily Henry, but I am forever thankful that it showed up.
I’ve since read People We Meet on Vacation and Book Lovers, solidifying my love of romantic comedies and making me hungry for more. Please recommend more romcoms to me, especially if they feature LGBTQIAP+ romance and/or characters of color.
7. Favorite new to you, or debut, author.
An interesting thing about my reading habits this year: I’m reading a lot of the same authors and have largely prioritized reading sequels. That said, I’ve definitely encountered new favorites when picking up backlist books: Caitlin Starling (The Luminous Dead – review to come), Lauren Blackwood (Within These Wicked Walls), and Emily Henry (People We Meet on Vacation).
8. Newest fictional crush.
I don’t really have fictional crushes as I primarily read young adult these days.
9. Newest favorite character.
Gáspar from The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid lives rent-free in my brain.
10. Book that made you cry?
11. Book that made you happy?
Happiness? What’s that? Haha just kidding. Other than the Emily Henry Trifecta, I also need to mention Tokyo Dreaming by Emiko Jean!
12. Favorite book to film adaption?
I haven’t watched any (that I’m aware of).
13. Favorite post you have done this year?
- Winners of the 2021 Bookish Jazz Awards 2021 awards season closes with the announcement of the reader nominated & voted best books of the year!
- Top 20 Edgar Allan Poe Poems is my personal definitive list of the best Poe Poetry and my love letter to Poe on our shared birthday: January 19.
- How to Use Post Tags Correctly is the latest in my SEO Basics series and one that I’m especially proud of since it dives into something not many others do.
Okay listen: I know the prompt says favorite post. Singular. But I have a lot of posts that I’m extremely proud of from this year that I haven’t properly promoted due to bouts of dropping off the face of the internet for weeks.
14. Most beautiful book you have bought this year?
You know what? I haven’t bought that many books this year! Combination of inflation eating up my disposable income and all my preorders being for books in the latter half of year.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Um, a lot. Right now I have 8 ARCs for books being published in the second half of the year (& 7 past due from 2022) that I hope to get to, and also hope to work on my owned TBR/backlist.
✨ Well, that’s it for my 2022 mid-year reading check-in!
Have you read any of the books that I highlighted?
What are some of your favorites?
Do you have happy book recommendations for me?