Ginny’s Best of 2022 and 2023 goals

A few notes for my Top 10 books of 2022. I’m not going to include any rereads, because at the point where I’m rereading something, it’s already one of my favorites.

  • Lost in the Moment and Found by Seanan McGuire: Okay, so I got this as an ARC (it comes out on January 10th so get it!). But this is the 8th book in the Wayward Children series and I think it’s my favorite. Antoinette aka Antsy ends up in a liminal space that accesses a ton of fantasy worlds. The life in the store is so unique and god, I love the way the tension in this book gets set up and the foreshadowing. And ugh. This continues to be my favorite book series.
  • Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao: YES! Give me a woman’s rage felt so strongly that she’s allowed to be feral, give me a poly relationship instead of a tired love triangle, give me soft cinnamon bun boys. This book was a delight!
  • The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi: The best way to describe this book is joyous. It’s clear how much fun Scalzi is having from the very beginning and being in grad school while also still being worried about covid, it was so nice to have a book that felt like being a kid in a bouncy house.
  • Starless by Jacqueline Carey: God, I still think about some of the imagery in this book. On top of the A+ representation of marginalized groups, this book has some wonderful relationships and the world building still blows my mind.
  • A Billion Years: My Escape From a Life in the Highest Ranks of Scientology by Mike Rinder: Okay, I don’t normally have non-fiction books in my top lists from the previous years but this is a book that I’ve ended up telling people about nonstop. First, it’s a fascinating look into a group that’s so insular that it’s hard for people to know whether to classify them as a religion or a cult (it’s a cult). But it’s also a great look at how organizations can brainwash people and use the lack of wide knowledge to keep up exterior support. Ugh. So good.
  • Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah: This is one of those books where the emotions I felt sat with me. The ending wasn’t as strong as I had hoped it would be, but I loved the story of this feral child being looked after and cared for by someone who was grieving themselves.
  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus: The main character in this book was fascinating. A woman who was crazy independent back in the 50’s (? I’m don’t remember the actual year this was set). Elizabeth Zott, our scientist, had the most ballsy up-front attitude to sexism and I adored learning more about her. Plus this book has such a cathartic ending that I happily recommend it to a lot of my friends.
  • Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree: This book is fucking cozy. I have nothing else to say except that this book is like wrapping yourself in a blanket in front of a crackling fire while drinking a hot drink of your choice (or insert your favorite cold day snack). I loved Viv and her determination and occasional obliviousness.
  • Life’s That Way by Jim Beaver: This is a crying book. Just so you know. Jim Beaver sent out emails almost daily starting when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. I’m gonna tell you, it doesn’t go well. But Jim Beaver’s vulnerability in this book is beautiful and hard to witness. Honestly, the reason this book made the list is that there are these moments of beauty and kindness that break through all the horrible things that were happening and they took my breath away.
  • Hunger Pangs: True Love Bites by Joy Demorra: This was another book that was so much fun to read. A werewolf injured in the war ends up as captain of the guard to what I’m going to call Vampire Island. The son of the vampire duke ends up being his love interest. And an eldritch being who is attempting to save magic ends up being their love interest too! The book does a great job of balancing the wider world with the places our characters are and god I want a sequel.

Goals for 2023

  • Read 104 books – That’s 2 books a week. I read a total of 135 in 2022, but given the weird way the world works, I wanted to give myself something very achievable.
  • Give a rating to every book – This is something that is so easy to overlook, but I want to try to rank each book and then write a note or two… Reading over 100 books in a year mean a lot of details get dropped from my memory.
  • Yoga – I want to get back in the habit of doing yoga at least 2x per week.
  • I’m putting it out into the universe so I can’t back out, but this is the year I get a new car. I’ve been driving the same car since 2012 and I’m planning on getting a hybrid car so I don’t feel quite as guilty driving up the mountains.

With that, Happy New Year everyone! Let’s made 2023 better than 2022

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