I read fewer books and fewer pages this year than last year. That’s ok– 2022 saw the conclusion of the Scholomance Trilogy and The Founders Trilogy, both of which ended in deeply emotionally satisfying ways. It also so the continuation of the Checquy novels, Dan Moren’s Galactic Cold War, the Nisibidi Scripts, and more, which all had strong entries.

I enjoyed everything I read this year, but I’m not sure that anything was truly a standout. Robert Jackson Bennett has now had two trilogies in a row that I adore and felt stuck the landing. Naomi Novik was already a favorite with both Uprooted and Spinning Silver, but the Scholomance books have cemented her alongside Robert Jackson Bennett, NK Jemisin, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Becky Chambers as “writers I will buy sight unseen until they prove otherwise.”

I still have a lot of sequels to catch up on, including by some authors in my “must read” list, so I expect 2023 to be off to a quick start. I’ll stick with my goal of 40 books, because that seems to be about right in terms of level of “challenge”, though I still wish I could ramp up to 52 a year.

I listened to a few audiobooks this year (non-fiction) that I continue not to track (and a couple of non-fiction books). I really miss iTunes University lectures, so I think I’m going to try and find more lectures to listen to in place of podcasts next year.

This Year in Reading

Binti (Binti, 1) by Nnedi Okorafor
Binti (Binti, 1) by Nnedi Okorafor
Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
Akata Woman (The Nsibidi Scripts) by Nnedi Okorafor
Akata Woman (The Nsibidi Scripts) by Nnedi Okorafor
Hunter's Trail (Scarlett Bernard) by Melissa F. Olson
Hunter's Trail (Scarlett Bernard) by Melissa F. Olson
Trail of Dead (Scarlett Bernard) by Melissa F. Olson
Trail of Dead (Scarlett Bernard) by Melissa F. Olson
Dead Spots (Scarlett Bernard) by Melissa F. Olson
Dead Spots (Scarlett Bernard) by Melissa F. Olson
Blitz: A Novel (The Rook Files, 3) by Daniel O'Malley
Blitz: A Novel (The Rook Files, 3) by Daniel O'Malley
Gallant by Victoria Schwab
Gallant by Victoria Schwab
Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty
Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty
The City of Dusk by Tara Sim
The City of Dusk by Tara Sim
The Golden Enclaves: A Novel (The Scholomance) by Naomi Novik
The Golden Enclaves: A Novel (The Scholomance) by Naomi Novik
Upgrade: A Novel by Blake Crouch
Upgrade: A Novel by Blake Crouch
City of Bones by Martha Wells
City of Bones by Martha Wells
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk & Robot, 2) by Becky Chambers
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk & Robot, 2) by Becky Chambers
Plague Birds by Jason Sanford
Plague Birds by Jason Sanford
The Nova Incident: The Galactic Cold War Book III by Dan Moren
The Nova Incident: The Galactic Cold War Book III by Dan Moren
Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
The Immortal King Rao: A Novel by Vauhini Vara
The Immortal King Rao: A Novel by Vauhini Vara
Locklands: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy) by Robert Jackson Bennett
Locklands: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy) by Robert Jackson Bennett
Machinehood by S.B. Divya
Machinehood by S.B. Divya
Amongst Our Weapons by Ben Aaronovitch
Amongst Our Weapons by Ben Aaronovitch
False Value (Rivers of London) by Ben Aaronovitch
False Value (Rivers of London) by Ben Aaronovitch
Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch
Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch
Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse
Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse
Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang
Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
The Language of Power (Steerswoman Series) (Volume 4) by Rosemary Kirstein
The Language of Power (Steerswoman Series) (Volume 4) by Rosemary Kirstein
The Untold Story (The Invisible Library Novel) by Genevieve Cogman
The Untold Story (The Invisible Library Novel) by Genevieve Cogman
Two Serpents Rise (Craft Sequence, 2) by Max Gladstone
Two Serpents Rise (Craft Sequence, 2) by Max Gladstone
Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky