December 31, 2022

My Year in Books

2022 Goodreads Challenge: Read 107 of 100 books (107% to goal)

2022 Page Count Challenge: Read 30,518 of 22,000 pages (139% to goal)

2022 Average Book Length: 285 pages (shortest book 19 pages ~ largest book 576 pages)

2022 Average Book Rating: 3.5 out of 5 

Amount Saved Since Using Public #Lieberry: $5,515.25

Perpetual Jack Reacher Challenge: Read 2 in series ~ #27 and Rules 

Perpetual Kinsey Millhone Challenge: Finished last 2 in series ~ X #24 and Y #25  

Keeping Up with Patterson Challenge: Read 1 in each series ~ Alex Cross #30Women's Murder Club #22 and Michael Bennett #14 

Lit Tidbits: Click here for all Pithy Picks in 2022.

First Lines Friday: Click here for all FLF posts in 2022.

Short Story Sunday: Click here for all SSS posts in 2022.

Series Sunday: Click here for all SS posts in 2022.

So Many Books, So Made More Time❣️

December 27, 2022

Top 10 Fiction of 2022

2. Recitatif by Toni Morrison

3. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

4. The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci

5. All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle

6. If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

7. Never Meant to Meet You by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans

8. What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez by Claire Jimenez

9. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

10. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover  

December 25, 2022

Top 5 Series of 2022

1. Things We Never Got Over (Knockemout #1) by Lucy Score

2. Family of Liars (We Were Liars #2) by E. Lockhart

3. Triple Cross (Alex Cross #30) by James Patterson 

4. By the Book (Meant to Be #2) by Jasmine Guillory 

5. To Catch a Raven (Women Who Dare #3) by Beverly Jenkins

December 24, 2022

DNF & NRN of 2022

Bookhearts, you are familiar with my 50-Page RuleThe purpose of this annual DNF (did not finish) and NRN (not right now) post is to share my reason(s) in an effort to help books find its intended audience. May these books find a new home where they will be finished and enjoyed.
  1. An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher ~ Please not another Then & Now when unnecessary.
  2. Chevy in the Hole by Kelsey Ronan ~ Love Detroit mentions but not enough to finish; disjointed.
  3. Embers on the Wind by Lisa Williamson Rosenberg ~ I was here for Underground Railroad but not séances, spirits, "high yellow" girls, "midnight black" ancestors and the Obelisk. 
  4. Finding Me by Viola Davis ~ Unpopular opinion that it's disjointed. Will try again someday.
  5. Fly Away by Kristin Hannah ~ Skimmed because in a coma the whole book?!
  6. Half-Blown Rose by Leesa Cross-Smith ~ Beautiful prose but story falls flat and slow-paced.
  7. Happy is on Hiatus by A.C. Arthur ~ Snoozer.
  8. Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese ~ To be a retelling of Scarlet Letter, the focus is on everything and everybody but Nathaniel Hawthorne.
  9. Hide by Tracy Clark ~ Slow motion for meh.
  10. How to Be a Boss B*tch by Christine Quinn ~ The bitch is bitchier in book form.
  11. Jackal by Erin E. Adams ~ Missing Black girls is important but this long roundabout is too slow.
  12. Maame by Jessica George ~ Teetering on woe-is-me thin line. Unexpected content.
  13. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult ~ Fittylem characters.
  14. On Rotation ~ Turned off from language ("ass" overused, "dark-skinned nappy-headed ho"). 
  15. Restore Me by J.L. Seegars ~ Not sure what it is but this ain't it.
  16. The Accidental Pinup by Danielle Jackson ~ Great body positivity message but forced romance.
  17. The Bluebonnet Battle by Carolyn Brown ~ Southern charm is there but overdoing funeral talk.
  18. The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews ~ Serious yawning.
  19. The Three of Us by Ore Agbaje-Williams ~ Where is the punctuation? Impossible to read.
  20. The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth ~ Too slow of a slow burn.
  21. This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel ~ Alternating from past to present with no chapter heading.
  22. Upgrade by Blake Crouch ~ Jargon took me out. (Diffusely metastatic, pyknodyostosis, Paget's...)
  23. Violeta by Isabel Allende ~ History Lesson vs. Historical Fiction; pandemic all over again.
  24. Wahala by Nikki May ~ I've met them all now and nope.
  25. Where Wild Peaches Grow by Cade Bentley ~ Slow as thick syrup.
  26. Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? ~ Will try again when I have the patience to read heavy dialect.
  27. You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi ~ Struggled to get far as 11%.