Happy New Year!
I’ve been keeping track of the books I’ve read ever since my local library started giving raffle entries for each list of fifty read books per year. One of these years, I hope to enter twice. But it’s more important to me to enjoy and absorb the material than it is to read fast, so often I’ll pick up books off and on in order to absorb the contents. Other times I may start a book and decide not to finish it. I’ll never live long enough to read every book I want to read, so why waste time on books I don’t enjoy? I’d rather use my limited lifespan to read the books I get the most from, whether it’s knowledge, pleasure, or emotional release. That’s also why–though it seems counterintuitive–I reread my favorites.
I hope that by sharing the books I’ve enjoyed–and a few I didn’t–you might find your next great read! I consume books in multiple genres and formats, so I’ll indicate which ones as well as link to where you can find them: Amazon, Audible, local sources, or free/low cost downloads from other places. Since my appetite for books exceeds my ability to buy all the ones I’d like, many on my list are library holds, while others were purchased from local authors or indie presses; I try to spend my dollars where they’ll have the most impact to support content creators. Enjoy!
2022 BOOKS READ
12 Before the Next Ice Age (poetry collection) by Lisa J. Cihlar
17 Dark Guitar (poetry collection) by R. Nikolas Macioci (Trade paperback)
18 Semidomesticated (poetry collection) by Jonie McIntire
20 Arroyo Chamisa: poems rescued from a blog by Alex Gildzen (paperback)
23 The Poets’ Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family by John Lithgow (audiobook via Overdrive)
25 Feck Perfuction: Dangerous Ideas on the Business of Life by James Victore (audiobook via Overdrive)
26 47 Poems by Victor Clevenger (paperback poetry collection)
27 5 Days to a Clutter-Free House: Quick Easy Ways to Clear Up Your Space by Sandra Felton & Marsha Sims (audiobook via Overdrive)
29 Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K. White (ebook via Overdrive)
30 In the Dead of Night: James Bryant’s Dark Haiku Vol. 1 by James Bryant (ebook via Kindle app)
31 Organizing for the Rest of Us: 100 Realistic Strategies to Keep Any House Under Control be Dana K. White (ebook via Overdrive)
32 Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow (ebook)
33 The Third of Five by Dan Provost (poetry)
39 Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin (audiobook via Overdrive)
43 How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing With Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets by Dana K. White (ebook via Overdrive)
44 Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan (ebook via Overdrive)
47 The Poetry Deal by Diane di Prima (paperback)
49 Fucking Apostrophes by Simon Griffin (small hardback)
53 Life from the Perspective of Math by Halle Preneta (chapbook bought at Loganberry Books’ Author Alley)
66 Discrimination and Disparities by Thomas Sowell (audiobook via Overdrive)
67 Dogging Catastrophe by John Burroughs (poetry chapbook)
*White Knight (Dresden Files #9) by Jim Butcher (ebook via Overdrive)–this was my second reading of this book (in the same format) this year, so I didn’t count it twice.
70 Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Omnibus Volume One (graphic novel via Hoopla)
71 Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Omnibus Volume Two (graphic novel via Hoopla)
74 Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Fool Moon Volume One (graphic novel via Hoopla)
75 Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Fool Moon Volume Two (graphic novel via Hoopla)
77 A Maze of Death by Philip K Dick (ebook via Hoopla)
78 Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (ebook via Hoopla)
79 Poetry of the Gods by H.P. Lovecraft (ebook via Hoopla)
I’ve been consuming poetry books. Due to mental fog this past year, I’ve had some trouble focusing on poems, so I’m reading these treasures more slowly than normal in order to get their full value. I absolutely adore poetry. Now that the fog seems to be clearing, I’m catching up. It was worth the wait.
Next Friday, I’ll also post a companion piece on my Patreon, listing some reads from the past year I didn’t list here because they were not read from start to finish. If you’re interested, you can subscribe to my Patreon and support my work for just $1 a month! Until next time, stay safe and well, and read often!