I’ve been a little tardy in posting this before now but since I mainly do it for my own records of books I’ve read in any given year, I shall be forgiving.
So these are the physical books that I read in 2022. As in previous years, I thought my reading rate had slowed but in actual fact, seeing everything in one place for the first time, it’s about the same as the last two years. (I haven’t counted because I’m not that bothered about keeping score; I’m just judging from the height of the stack in the photos). At a guess, I probably read the same number again in ebook formats – if you include Asimov’s, Analog and Fantasy & Science Fiction every two months, plus a bunch of others on a less regular schedule, in addition to ‘normal’ ebooks. And roughly 12 audio books a year, since I have a monthly Audible subscription. It’s w-a-y fewer than many folk, but that’s fine. I have a limited amount of time for reading while trying to fit everything else in, though I’m always looking for ways to find more.
My favourites amongst this stack? I absolutely loved Emily St John Mandel’s “The Glass Hotel” which I then followed up with the audiobook of “Sea of Tranquility” which was also just perfect. Although it wasn’t essential to the story, I loved the echoes of the earlier book which appeared throughout. Plotting, characters, setting – everything just fell into place. If you enjoyed her “Station Eleven” I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with these two.
I also lapped up Lucy Worsley’s biography of Agatha Christie. I was given this as a Christmas present so had the luxury (for me) of reading it relatively quickly over the holiday period. I’m itching to go back and re-read some Agatha Christie again now.
The biography of Terry Pratchett was equally engrossing although inevitably left me feeling sad at the great loss of Terry’s passing. Rob Wilkins has done a superb job on this and it feels a fitting memorial to Terry’s work and life.
Finally, I found time to return to a familiar comfort read – the Hyperion saga. Of all the fiction I reread (which is generally very little because there are so many new books demanding my attention) the Hyperion saga is the one I must have read the most. For me, it embodies everything I want out of a science fiction novel and the books still feel fresh every time I read them.