2022 GoodReads Around the Year in 52 Books

As usual, the GoodReads challenge is a bit easier than PopSugar and BookRiot, even though it has more prompts. The prompts are more generic and easier for me to fit my regular reads into them.

1. A book with a main character whose name starts with A, T, or Y: The Sari Shop Widow
2. A book connected to a book you read in 2021: LaRose
3. A book with 22 or more letters in the title: The Ones We’re Meant to Find
4. A book that fits your favorite prompt that did not make the list – A book related to a rabbit: The Empress of Salt and Fortune
5. A book by an author with two sets of double letters in their name: The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard by Eddie Campbell

6. A book with an image of a source of light on the cover: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
7. A book related to psychology, neuroscience or the mind: Wide Awake and Dreaming
8. 3 books set on three different continents – Book 1: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Europe)
9. 3 books set on three different continents – Book 2: Walkabout (Australia)

10. 3 books set on three different continents – Book 3: The Secret Piano (Asia)
11. A book from historical fiction genre: The Seer of Shadows
12. A book related to glass: Summer at Tiffany
13. A book about a woman in STEM: The Girl in His Shadow

14. A book with fewer than 5000 ratings on Goodreads: A Tuscan Childhood
15. A book without a person on the cover: Cobwebs and Cream Teas
16. A book related to Earth Day: Ada’s Violin
17. A book from NPR’s Book Concierge: Pax

18. A book by an Asian or Pacific Islander author: Convenience Store Woman
19. A book that involves alternate reality, alternate worlds, or alternate history: Just Like Beauty
20. A fiction or nonfiction book that is set during 1900 -1951: Viral Modernism
21. A book with one of the Monopoly tokens on the cover: My Lead Dog Was a Lesbian
22. A book with a Jewish character or author: The Dollmaker of Krakow

23. A book that features loving LGBTQIA+ relationship: The Island of Missing Trees
24. A book related to inclement weather: The Ones We’re Meant to Find
25. A book less than 220 pages OR more than 440 pages: The Thief and the Dogs
26. 2 books with the same word in the title – Book 1: Neither Wolf Nor Dog

27. 2 books with the same word in the title – Book 2: Lone Wolf
28. A book that won an award from Powell’s list of book awards: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
29. A book set on or near a body of water: The Voyage of the Frog
30. A book related to mythology: Gods Behaving Badly

31. A book published at least 10 years ago: The Real Food Revival
32. A book where the main character is a female detective/private eye/police officer: The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
33. The next book in a series: Eat Prey Love
34. A book with an academic setting or with a teacher that plays an important role: Mister Pip
35. 2 books related to flora and fauna – Book 1: Baree

36. 2 books related to flora and fauna – Book 2: To See Every Bird on Earth
37. A book that uses all five vowels in the title and/or author’s name: The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
38. A book by a Latin American author: City of the Beasts
39. A book from the TIME list of 100 Best YA Books of All Time: Darius the Great Is Not Okay

40. A book related to one of the 22 Tarot Major Arcana cards: The Third Angel
41. A book with a theme of food or drink: From Hardtack to Home Fries
42. A book with a language or nationality in the title: How to Love a Jamaican
43. A book set in a small town or rural area: Cobwebs and Cream Teas
44. A book with gothic elements: Voices of Dracula

45. A book related to a game: The Stuff of Legend
46. A book with a non-human as one of the main characters: My Dog Skip
47. A book with handwriting on the cover: Mockingbird
48. A book posted in one of the ATY Best Book of the Month threads in 2021 or 2022: One of Us is Lying

49. A book connected to the phrase “Here (There) Be Dragons”: Ember and the Ice Dragons
50. A book that involves aging, or a character in their golden years: Mrs. Perivale and the Blue Fire Crystal
51. A book published in 2022: Beyond the Next Village
52. A book with a time-related word in the title: The Year of the Hare

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2022 Popsugar Reading Challenge

My fifth year of the Popsugar Challenge. This one is always quite a challenge with 40 prompts. As usual, I learn a few new words.

2022 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

  • A book published in 2022: Counterfeit
  • A book set on a plane, train, or cruise ship: The Train in the Meadow
  • A book about or set in a nonpatriarchal society: Monstress
  • A book with a tiger on the cover or “tiger” in the title: The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen
  • A sapphic book: Cinderella Is Dead
  • A book by a Latinx author: City of the Beasts
  • A book with an onomatopoeia in its title: Five Go Bump in the Night
  • A book with a protagonist who uses a mobility aid: Pax
  • A book about a “found family”: A Man Called Ove
  • An Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner: The Dew Breaker
  • A #BookTok recommendation: One of Us is Lying 
  • A book about the afterlife: The Seer of Shadows
  • A book set in the 1980s: Sisters
  • A book with cutlery on the cover or in the title: The Duchess Who Wouldn’t Sit Down
  • A book by a Pacific Islander author: Kapaemahu
  • A book about witches: The Last Fallen Star
  • A book becoming a TV series or movie in 2022: Around the World in Eighty Days
  • A romance novel by a BIPOC author: The Sari Shop Widow
  • A book that takes place during your favorite season: Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding
  • A book whose title begins with the last letter of your previous read: The Dutch, I Presume?
  • A book about a band or musical group: Yonen Buzz vol 1
  • A book with a character on the ace spectrum: Gods Behaving Badly
  • A book with a recipe in it: The Real Food Revival
  • A book you can read in one sitting: Address unknown
  • A book about a secret: The Bicycle Spy
  • A book with a misleading title: Remote Control
  • A Hugo Award winner: The Empress of Salt and Fortune
  • A book set during a holiday: Odin’s Child
  • A different book by an author you read in 2021: LaRose
  • A book with the name of a board game in the title: Five Go Bump in the Night
  • A book featuring a man-made disaster: The Ones We’re Meant to Find
  • A book with a quote from your favorite author on the cover or Amazon page: A Dog’s Purpose
  • A social-horror book: The House of Dies Drear
  • A book set in Victorian times: Voices of Dracula
  • A book with a constellation on the cover or in the title: Navigating The Golden Compass
  • A book you know nothing about: The Third Angel
  • A book about gender identity: The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist
  • A book featuring a party: Wide Awake and Dreaming
  • An #OwnVoices SFF (science fiction and fantasy) book: The Ones We’re Meant to Find
  • A book that fulfills your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge – A book you think your best friend would like: Without Reservations


  • A book with a reflected image on the cover or “mirror” in the title
  • A book that features two languages
  • A book with a palindromic title
  • A duology (1)
  • A duology (2)
  • A book about someone leading a double life
  • A book featuring a parallel reality
  • A book with two POVs
  • Two books set in twin towns, aka “sister cities” (1)
  • Two books set in twin towns, aka “sister cities” (2)
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2022 Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

I looked it up and I have been doing this challenge since 2015. Book Riot says that it’s their eighth year, so that would mean I have been doing it since their first one! Look forward to another year of interesting and unusual reads, though… must I read political thrillers and horrors? X (

So… I didn’t finish this year’s challenge. I only managed 1/3 way through The Best American Food Writing 2021. I thought I’d have plenty of time to finish reading it, considering we have 5 hours to drive to our friend’s place for NYE celebration. Unfortunately I was so overworked I fell asleep part of the time, not to mention that my eyes are getting old, and reading on my phone in a moving car in the dark was too tiring for my eyes. I did enjoy reading the essays in the book and will try to finish it in 2023.

  1. Read a biography of an author you admire: In the Weeds
  2. Read a book set in a bookstore: Prose and Cons
  3. Read any book from the Women’s Prize shortlist/longlist/winner list: The Island of Missing Trees 
  4. Read a book in any genre by a POC that’s about joy and not trauma: The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down
  5. Read an anthology featuring diverse voices: Paris In Mind
  6. Read a nonfiction YA comic: Sisters
  7. Read a romance where at least one of the protagonists is over 40: The Sari Shop Widow
  8. Read a classic written by a POC: A Bond Undone
  9. Read the book that’s been on your TBR the longest: How To Solve a Murder (12 years!!!)
  10. Read a political thriller by a marginalized author (BIPOC, or LGBTQIA+): While Justice Sleeps
  11. Read a book with an asexual and/or aromantic main character: Gods Behaving Badly
  12. Read an entire poetry collection: The Lost Words
  13. Read an adventure story by a BIPOC author: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  14. Read a book whose movie or TV adaptation you’ve seen (but haven’t read the book): Rascal
  15. Read a new-to-you literary magazine (print or digital): 3cents
  16. Read a book recommended by a friend with different reading tastes: Odin’s Child
  17. Read a memoir written by someone who is trans or nonbinary: The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist
  18. Read a “Best _ Writing of the year” book for a topic and year of your choice.
  19. Read a horror novel by a BIPOC author: Meddling Kids
  20. Read an award-winning book from the year you were born: The Egypt Game
  21. Read a queer retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, folklore, or myth: Cinderella is Dead
  22. Read a history about a period you know little about: Midnight in Peking
  23. Read a book by a disabled author: The Reason I Jump
  24. Pick a challenge from any of the previous years’ challenges to repeat! – Read a historical fiction with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonist: The Book Of Negroes
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