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My favorite reads of 2022 (now with charts and graphs!)

2022 was an atypical year for reading for me largely because it turned out that 67% of the 103¹ books I’ve read this year were research for the novel, which, among other things, meant that my numbers got skewed in interesting ways, like the fact that only 29.5% of the books were fiction (compared to  38.9–60.8% in the years that I’ve been tracking). Even with that, I did meet my goal of half of my books by women (50.2% in fact) although I fell short of my goal of 20% non-white authors with only 19% PoC authors. There will be graphs after my list of favorite books which starts below in no particular order. Not too surprisingly, it’s a bit heavy on books I read as novel research.

And now, time for charts and graphs:

Not that interesting chart of the number of books read per year

Percentage of books by women, after the first year, it’s hung out by 50%

Percent of books by genre. Fiction has been generally declining, poetry, fluctuates, but generally stays in the single digits

New Authors generally hovers around 70% ± 10%, while re-reads and authors I’ve met is in the single digits

Percentages of authors by race, even with my targeting 20% PoC authors, I still end up reading plenty of dead white men

Translations and books in Spanish. I’ve been slacking a bit on my Spanish reading, but I’ve had a big uptick in translations thanks to novel research

Two random percentages: How often I skipped the book at the top of the stack for the sake of my numbers + non-US authors


  1. I’m jumping the gun a little with this post as I’ve not quite finished books 102 and 103, but I will have them done by Saturday night so what the heck.
  2. Although truth be told, I’ve never read her in translation, but I have a hard time believing that some of her linguistic choices would translate well.
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Writerly resolutions: February status

Even though there was one less day and I Progress on the novel in February. An almost straight diagonal line upmissed a day of writing, I managed to get more words rewritten for the novel this month than last. I’ve also been in a bit of a research binge of late with even more books added to my list and more books read. Israel Joseph Singer’s¹ novel The Brothers Ashkenazi was a wonderful read.

On the revision front, I finished revising one story and got it into submissions. Another story is in progress and being a bit shorter and perhaps in somewhat better shape, should be quicker to get kicked out the door

On the new story front, I ended up, in procrastination over this story, writing a whole other piece which got workshopped in February. The procrastination may have worked a little because I think I‘m a bit unblocked on the new story. There’s a lot that will need to be cut as I figure out what the story is about.


  1. Yes, this is the older brother of the better-known Isaac Bashevis Singer. And perhaps a more rewarding author to read as well.
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