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December 30, 2022

Susan's 2022 Reading Wrap Up

by Susan Roberts

2022 is the year when we finally got our lives back and didn't have to be as worried about Covid.  From a personal standpoint, it was a tough year due to some family tragedy.  However, no matter how bad things got in my life, I was saved by my books. 

My 2022 Results

  • I read 190 books which was 40 less than last year.  What I lost in quantity, I definitely made up in quality because I read some fantastic books this year and had a tough time narrowing down my favorites list.
  • Of the books that I read, less than 4% of them were by male authors.
  • Women's fiction comprised over 50% of my genres read with historical fiction at 28% and romance at 18%.
  • According to Goodreads, I read over 48,000 pages, my average book length was 279 pages and my average rating was 4.5.

Before I share my favorites list, here are my 2023 goals:

  • Read more non-fiction books
  • Try at least one new genre 
  • Try to read books about areas other than the US and Europe.

Here are my top books of 2022 in alphabetic order by author 

The War Girls by V.S Alexander - See review here.

Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr - See review here.

The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water by Erin Bartels - See review here

The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian - See review here.

The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain - See review here.

The Saints of Swallow Hill by Donna Everhart - See review here.
The Wedding Veil by Kristy Woodson Harvey - See review here.

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver - See review here.

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan - See review here.

The Color of Ice by Barbara Linn Probst - See review here.

The Edge of Summer by Viola Shipman - See review here.

Geographies of the Heart by Caitlin Hamilton Summie - See review here.

Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.  

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  1. I enjoy seeing people's best of and wrap up posts. I think reading fewer, but better books is way more fun than just more books.