Read in 2022

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Books Read in 2022

See my top 20 reads. See stats in my year-end reading review.

This year’s reading priority was self-published sci-fi romance.
* indicates re-reads. πŸ‘ = enjoyed a lot πŸ‘πŸ‘ = loved
Presented in reverse order. Links go to my review / notes.


Read in December


Sailor’s Delight

by Rose Lerner
(romance, historical)
gay + Jewish rep, novella
2022-12-27

For the Wolf

by Hannah Whitten
(romance, fantasy)
2022-12-26

The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy
πŸ‘
by Megan Bannen
(romance, fantasy)
2022-12-22

Come As You Are
πŸ‘
by Emily Nagoski
(non-fiction, sexuality)
2022-12-21

The 12 Week Year for Writers
πŸ‘
by Trevor Thrall
(non-fiction, writing)
2022-12-19

Contagion*
by Amanda Milo
(romance, sci-fi)
novella, self-pub
2022-12-18

Alien Mercenary’s Heart
by Mina Carter
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub
2022-12-17

Rest is Resistance

by Tricia Hersey
(non-fiction, memoir)
Black, queer author
2022-12-15

Choosing Theo*
by Victoria Aveline
(romance, sci-fi)
2022-12-15

Alpha Night* πŸ‘
by Nalini Singh
(romance, paranormal)
Asian-Kiwi author
2022-12-14

Ocean’s Echo
πŸ‘πŸ‘
by Everina Maxwell
(sci-fi, space opera)
queer rep, queer author
2022-12-11

Ducks
πŸ‘πŸ‘
by Kate Beaton
(graphic memoir)
2022-12-10

Heated Rivalry
by Rachel Reid
(romance, contemporary)
gay + bi rep, Asian rep
2022-12-06

The Long Game

by Rachel Reid
(romance, contemporary)
gay + bi rep, Asian rep
2022-12-05

Jungalow

by Justina Blakeney
(home decor)
Black Jewish author
2022-12-02

Read in November


His at Night*
by Sherry Thomas
(romance, historical)
Asian-Am author
2022-11-28

Shards of Honor*
by Lois McMaster Bujold
(sci-fi, space opera)
2022-11-22

Briarley*
by Aster Glenn Gray
(romance, fantasy)
gay + bi rep, novella
2022-11-20

Unlocked* πŸ‘
by Courtney Milan
(romance, historical)
novella, Chinese-Am author
2022-11-18

The Segonian
*
by Dianne Duvall
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub
2022-11-14

The Backup Boyfriend
*
by River Jaymes
(romance, contemporary)
gay + bi rep, self-pub
2022-11-13

A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy

by Sarah Lazarovic
(non-fiction, visual essay)
2022-11-10

Krash

by Cara Bristol
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub, novella
2022-11-08

Alien Lord’s Captive
by Mina Carter
(romance, sci-fi)
2022-11-08

Her Rogue Mates
by Grace Goodwin
(romance, sci-fi)
2022-11-07

Do You Want to Start a Scandal*
by Tessa Dare
(romance, historical)
2022-11-07

Beyond the Next Star*
by Melody Johnson
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Modern Americana

by Max Humphrey
(interior design)
2022-11-02

Read in October


Structuring Your Novel Workbook
by K.M. Weiland
(writing)
2022-10-30

Japanese Modern

by James Fraser + Steven Heller + Seymour Chwast
(non-fiction, design)
2022-10-24

The Rebel and The Rogue

by Grace Goodwin
(romance, sci-fi)
2022-10-22

Last Guard*
by Nalini Singh
(romance, paranormal)
Indian + neurodivergent + disability rep, Kiwi-Asian author
2022-10-21

Unbuttoning the CEO
by Mia Sosa
(romance, contemporary)
Hispanic rep
2022-10-17

Deal with the Devil

by Kit Rocha
(romance, dystopia)
2022-10-17

A Lot Like Adios
* πŸ‘
by Alexis Daria
(romance, contemporary)
Latinx author, Latinx + bi rep
2022-10-14

About Last Night
*
by Ruthie Knox
(romance, contemporary)
2022-10-08

Coming In from the Cold

by Sarina Bowen
(romance, contemporary)
2022-10-08

The Soulmate Equation
*
by Christina Lauren
Hispanic rep
2022-10-07

The Story Grid

by Shawn Coyne
(non-fiction, writing)
2022-10-07

Absolutely Beautiful Things

by Anna Spiro
(home decor)
2022-10-07

The Tea Dragon Festival

by Kay O’Neill
(graphic novel)
queer + disability rep
2022-10-03

A Duke for Diana

by Sabrina Jeffries
(romance, historical)
2022-10-03

Read in September


A Mirror Mended

by Alix E. Harrow
(fantasy, romance)
queer rep, novella
2022-09-30

The Monster of
Montvale Hall

by Nadine Maxwell
(romance, historical)
self-pub
2022-09-27

Bet on Love

by Ariella Zoelle
(romance, contemporary)
queer rep, novella, self-pub
2022-09-21

Origin

by AJ Sherwood +
Jocelynn Drake
(romance, fantasy)
Queer + Korean-American + disability rep, self-pub
2022-09-21

East

by Meera Sodha
(cookbook)
Indian-British author
2022-09-21

A Dance in Moonlight* πŸ‘
by Sherry Thomas
(romance, historical)
novella
2022-09-20

Never a Duke

by Grace Burrowes
(romance, historical)
2022-09-19

2k to 10k* πŸ‘
by Rachel Aaron
(non-fiction, writing)
self-pub
2022-09-18

Operation Fury

by Susan Hayes
(romance, sci-fi)
2022-09-17

How to Keep House While Drowning πŸ‘πŸ‘
by K.C. Davis
(non-fiction, organization)
neurodivergent author
2022-09-11

Notes on a Nervous Planet
πŸ‘
by Matt Haig
(self-help)
2022-09-09

The Home Edit Life

by Clea Shearer +
Joanna Teplin
(home organization)
2022-09-08

Unmasking Autism
by Devon Price
(non-fiction, neurodiversity)
2022-09-07

Eileen Gray

by Charlotte Malterre-Barthes + Zosia DzierΕΌawska
(graphic non-fiction)
queer subject
2022-09-06

The Last Draft

by Sandra Scofield
(non-fiction, writing)
2022-09-05

All the Duke I Need

by Caroline Linden
(romance, historical)
Indian-English character
2022-09-03

Storm Echo

by Nalini Singh
(romance, paranormal)
Asian-Kiwi author
2022-09-02

The Segonian
πŸ‘
by Dianne Duvall
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub
2022-09-01

Read in August


The Emotional Craft of Fiction
πŸ‘
by Donald Maas
(non-fiction, writing)
2022-08-31

The Lasaran

by Dianne Duvall
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub
2022-08-31

Wicked Beauty

by Katee Robert
(romance, paranormal)
polyamory + bisexuality rep
2022-08-26

Camouflage

by Sarah Bargiela +
Sophie Standing
(graphic non-fiction)
2022-08-24

In Praise of Shadows

by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
(essay, aesthetics)
Japanese author
2022-08-24

Snacking Cakes
πŸ‘πŸ‘
by Yossy Arefi
(cookbook, baking)
2022-08-22

Wilder’s Mate

by Moira Rogers
(romance, steampunk)
self-pub
2022-08-22

The Style of Loish
πŸ‘
by Lois van Baarle
(art book)
2022-08-19

Eclipse the Moon

by Jessie Mihalik
(romance, sci-fi)
2022-08-19

One Dance with a Duke*
by Tessa Dare
(romance, historical)
2022-08-15

New World
πŸ‘
by David Jesus Vignolli
(comic, fantasy)
Brazilian author, characters of color
2022-08-12

Blown Away

by Cara Bristol
(romance, sci-fi)
2022-08-11

The Forest Feast Mediterranean

by Erin Gleeson
(cookbook)
2022-08-11

Silver Silence
* πŸ‘πŸ‘
by Nalini Singh
(romance, paranormal)
Asian-Kiwi author
2022-08-09

Sorry I’m Late,
I Didn’t Want to Come

by Jessica Pan
(non-fiction, memoir)
Chinese-American author
2022-08-05

Read in July


Kash

by Susan Hayes
(romance, sci-fi)
novella
2022-07-31

Joran

by Susan Hayes
(romance, sci-fi)
novella
2022-07-31

Electric Idol
*
by Katee Robert
(romance, urban fantasy)
fat rep, bi rep
2022-07-30

The Bodyguard’s Deception

by Annabelle Rex
(romance, sci-fi)
novella, self-pub
2022-07-28

Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage

by Fabien Grolleau +
Jeremie Royer
(graphic novel, biographical)
2022-07-28

Hilda and the Mountain King

by Luke Pearson
(comic, kidlit)
2022-07-25

Refuse to Be Done

by Matt Bell
(non-fiction, writing)
2022-07-25

So Many Books
πŸ‘
by Gabriel Zaid
(non-fiction, essays)
Mexican author
2022-07-21

Living with Pattern

by Rebecca Atwood
(non-fiction, home decor)
2022-07-20

The Widow of Rose House
πŸ‘
by Diana Biller
(romance, historical)
2022-07-19

Wolf’s Lady

by Jessica Marting
(romance, steampunk)
self-pub, novella
2022-07-15

Designing Your Work Life

by Bill Burnett + Dave Evans
(non-fiction, career)
2022-07-14

A Lady for a Duke

by Alexis Hall
(romance, historical)
trans rep, queer author
2022-07-10

Iron Widow πŸ‘
by Xiran Jay Zhao
(fantasy)
bi + disability rep, Asian-Canadian enby author
2022-07-10

Found by the Alien Lord
by Ella Blake
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub, novella
2022-07-10

The Black Tides of Heaven

by Neon Yang
(fantasy)
nonbinary + gay rep, nonbinary queer Singaporean author, novella
2022-07-07

Bella and Her Beast

by ML Preston
(romance, paranormal)
Hispanic rep, author of color, novella, self-pub
2022-07-07

Finish
by John Acuff
(non-fiction, productivity)
2022-07-06

The Arrangement
by Felice Stevens
(romance, contemporary)
gay rep, self-pub, novella
2022-07-05

The Truth About Dukes
by Grace Burrowes
(romance, historical)
2022-07-05

Veiled Heat
by Leigh Wyndfield
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub, novella
2022-07-05

Read in June 🌈


Shadow Life

by Hiromi Goto + Ann Xu
(comic, fantasy)
bi + Asian rep, Asian-Canadian author

Broken Chains

by Demelza Carlton
(romance, paranormal)
self-pub, novella

Stolen

by Presley Hall
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Claimed

by Presley Hall
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Lost to the Alien Lord

by Ella Blake
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub, novella

Steal the Wind

by Jocelynn Drake
(romance, fantasy)
gay+bi rep, self-pub

A Husband for Hartwell

by J.A. Rock + Lisa Henry
(romance, historical)
gay rep, self-pub, novella

Story Fix
by Larry Brooks
(non-fiction, writing)

In the Middle of Somewhere

by Roan Parrish
(romance, contemporary)
gay rep, self-pub

Bonded

by Elin Wyn
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Waiting for a Scot Like You

by Eva Leigh
(romance, historical)

A Duke by Any Other Name
πŸ‘πŸ‘
by Grace Burrowes
(romance, historical)
disability rep

Something to Talk About

by Meryl Wilsner
(romance, contemporary)
lesbian + bi rep, Chinese + Jewish rep, queer author

The Duke Makes Me Feel…

by Adriana Herrera
(romance, historical)
Black + bi rep, Caribbean author, novella, self-pub

On Tyranny: Graphic Edition
πŸ‘πŸ‘
by Timothy Snyder
+ Nora Krug
(non-fiction, history)

Witchy Vol. 2

by Ariel Ries
(graphic novel, fantasy)
enby author, queer rep

Havesskadi

by Ava Kelly
(fantasy, romance)
ace rep, enby ace author

Status Update

by Annabeth Albert
(romance, contemporary)
gay rep

The Sumage Solution

by G.L. Carriger
(romance, paranormal)
gay rep, Asian rep, self-pub

A Delicate Deception*
by Cat Sebastian
(romance, historical)
bi + gay + ace rep

Band Sinister*
by KJ Charles
(romance, historical)
gay rep, atheist rep, self-pub

Read in May


It Takes Two to Tumble*
by Cat Sebastian
(romance, historical)
gay rep

The Heiress Effect* πŸ‘
by Courtney Milan
(romance, historical)
self-pub, Asian-Am author

Nettle & Bone
by T. Kingfisher
(fantasy)

Seducing Mr. Knightly
by Maya Rodale
(romance, historical)

Stay*
by Sarina Bowen
& Elle Kennedy
(romance, contemporary)
self-pub

Good Boy*
by Sarina Bowen
& Elle Kennedy
(romance, contemporary)
self-pub

Us*
by Sarina Bowen
& Elle Kennedy
(romance, contemporary)
self-pub, gay+bi rep

Him*
by Sarina Bowen
& Elle Kennedy
(romance, contemporary)
self-pub, gay+bi rep

Dark Matters
by Michelle Diener
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Spanning Worlds
by J.M. Link
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Chasing Earth
by J.M. Link
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Saving Askara
by J.M. Link
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Fast Connection*
by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
(romance, contemporary)
bisexual rep

Forged in Shadow
by Anna Carven
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Eighty Days πŸ‘
by A.C. Esguerra
(graphic novel, alt-history)
queer + Filipino author, queer rep

Games of Command* πŸ‘
by Linnea Sinclair
(romance, sci-fi)

Hard Drive
by January Bell
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Dearest Rogue*
by Elizabeth Hoyt
(romance, historical)
disability rep

The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes
by Eva Leigh
(romance, historical)

Drive Me Wild
by Melanie Harlow
(romance, contemporary)
self-pub

How to Be a Wallflower
by Eloisa James
(romance, historical)

Duke of Midnight* πŸ‘
by Elizabeth Hoyt
(romance, historical)

The Duchess Deal* πŸ‘
by Tessa Dare
(romance, historical)

Dark Minds
by Michelle Diener
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Dark Deeds πŸ‘
by Michelle Diener
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Read in April


Hunt the Stars
by Jessie Mihalik
(romance, sci-fi)

Visions of Heat*
by Nalini Singh
(romance, paranormal)
Asian-Kiwi author

Chasing Cassandra*
by Lisa Kleypas
(romance, historical)

Season for Surrender*
by Theresa Romain
(romance, historical)

It Takes a Scandal* πŸ‘
by Caroline Linden
(romance, historical)
disability rep

A Kiss for Midwinter* πŸ‘
by Courtney Milan
(romance, historical)
novella, self-pub, Asian-Am author

A Duke to Remember* πŸ‘
by Kelly Bowen
(romance, historical)

Every Day is Saturday
by Sarah Copeland
(non-fiction, cookbook)

Something Fabulous
by Alexis Hall
(romance, historical)
gay + demisexual rep, queer author

Absynthe
by Brendan Bellecourt
(fantasy, alternate history)

Captive Desire*
by Robin Lovett
(romance, sci-fi)

The Great North Wood
by Tim Bird
(graphic novel)

Bachelor Beast
by Grace Goodwin
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Surprise Mates
by Grace Goodwin
(romance, sci-fi)
novella, self-pub

The Larks Still Bravely Singing
by Aster Glenn Gray
(romance, historical)
gay + bi rep, self-pub

Read in March


Antidote
by R.A. Steffan
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Why Fonts Matter
by Sarah Hyndman
(non-fiction, design)

Crown of Stars
by K.A. Knight
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

The Best Men
by Sarina Bowen + Lauren Blakely
(romance, contemporary)
gay + bi rep, self-pub

I Give You My Body
by Diana Gabaldon
(writing)

A Marvellous Light πŸ‘
by Freya Marske
(romance, fantasy)
gay rep

Claimed by the Stryxian
by Ella Blake
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Red Dirt Heart 2*
by N.R. Walker
(romance, contemporary)
gay rep, self-pub

Red Dirt Heart*
by N.R. Walker
(romance, contemporary)
gay rep, self-pub

Saved by the Styrxian
by Ella Blake
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Bonded to the Stryxian
by Ella Blake
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Dragon Bound*
by Thea Harrison
(romance, paranormal)

The Love Hypothesis

by Ali Hazelwood
(romance, contemporary)

Odd Apples πŸ‘
by William Mullan
(art book, photography)

Heartstopper Vol. 4

by Alice Oseman
(graphic novel, YA)
gay + bi rep

tat*
by Andy Altmann
(non-fiction, design)

Good Trouble
πŸ‘
by Christopher Noxon
(graphic novel, non-fiction)

Read in February


Radiance
*
by Grace Draven
(romance, fantasy)
self-pub

Beyond the Next Star πŸ‘
by Melody Johnson
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Stolen by an Alien
by Amanda Milo
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Trial and Temptation

by Ruby Lionsdrake
(romance, sci-fi)
autistic rep, self-pub

Writing the Other

by Nisi Shawl + Cynthia Ward
(non-fiction, writing)
Black, queer, atheist authors

Bonds of Denial* πŸ‘
by Lynda Aicher
(romance, contemporary)
gay rep

Lore Olympus Vol. 1
πŸ‘
by Rachel Smythe
(graphic novel, fantasy)

The Organized Home πŸ‘
by Julie Carlson + Margot Guralnick
(non-fiction, home decor)

Secrets at Midnight* πŸ‘
by Nalini Singh
(romance, paranormal)
novella, Asian-Kiwi author

Better Off Wed πŸ‘
by Susanna Craig
(romance, historical)

We Should Get Together
πŸ‘πŸ‘
by Kat Vellos
(non-fiction, friendship)
Black author

Ocean Light*
by Nalini Singh
(romance, paranormal)
Asian-Kiwi author

The Princess Trap
by Talia Hibbert
(romance, contemporary)
Black author + rep, fat rep, bi rep

Electric Idol

by Katee Robert
(romance, urban fantasy)
fat rep, bi rep

Using Fejo
by Victoria Aveline
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Read in January


Freeing Luka*
by Victoria Aveline
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

A Lady by Midnight*
by Tessa Dare
(romance, historical)

Her Wicked Marquess
by Stacy Reid
(romance, historical)
Black author

A Hope Divided* πŸ‘πŸ‘
by Alyssa Cole
(romance, historical)
Black + neurodiverse rep, Black author

Seek You πŸ‘πŸ‘
by Kristen Radtke
(graphic novel, non-fiction)

Hades
by Alessa Thorn
(romance, mythology)
self-pub, novella

A Spindle Splintered πŸ‘
by Alix E. Harrow
(fairy tale retelling)
novella

The Missing Page πŸ‘πŸ‘
by Cat Sebastian
(romance, historical)
self-pub, queer rep

Indistractable
by Nir Eyal
(non-fiction, self-improvement)

Barbarian Mine
by Ruby Dixon
(romance, sci-fi)
novella, self-pub

Barbarian Lover
by Ruby Dixon
(romance, sci-fi)
novella, self-pub

Barbarian Alien
by Ruby Dixon
(romance, sci-fi)
self-pub

Ice Planet Barbarians
by Ruby Dixon
(romance, sci-fi)
novella, self-pub

Love in the Light*
by Laura Kaye
(romance, contemporary)
novella, self-pub

Knot My Type
by Evie Mitchell
(romance, contemporary)
disability rep, self-pub

Colonist’s Wife
by Kylie Scott
(romance, sci-fi)
novella

Witchy
by Ariel Ries
(graphic novel, fantasy)
trans rep, enby author

The Dare and the Doctor
by Kate Noble
(romance, historical)

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Did Not Finish

  • Book Boyfriend
    by Kris Ripper
    (romance, contemporary)
    Super voicey, MC annoyed me
  • The Worst Best Man
    by Mia Sosa
    (romance, contemporary)
    Didn’t like the heroine’s attitude
  • Letters to a Young Poet
    by Rainer Maria Rilke
    (epistolary, art)
    Wasn’t getting much out of it, bailed at 50%
  • Proper Scoundrels
    by Allie Therin
    (romance, paranormal)
    Didn’t like the prologue
  • Gale Force
    by Cara Bristol
    (romance, sci-fi)
    Not a big fan of second chance romance
  • Her Alien Spymaster
    by Susan Hayes
    (romance, sci-fi)
    Didn’t like the main conflict
  • Metal Heart
    by Michelle Frost
    (romance, paranormal)
    Dramatic start then pretty slow and low conflict
  • You Were Made to Be Mine
    by Julie Anne Long
    (romance, historical)
    The secondary characters were annoying me
  • No One Returns from the Enchanted Forest
    by Robin Robinson
    (graphic novel, fantasy)
    Wasn’t feeeling it
  • Husband Material
    by Alexis Hall
    (romance, contemporary)
    Didn’t like the multiple wedding framework of the book, felt too old to relate — apparently it’s based on Four Weddings and a Funeral which I never saw — DNF at 56%
  • A Caribbean Heiress in Paris
    by Adriana Herrera
    (romance, historical)
    Slow start, quit at 14% when they decided to go watch a live sex show
  • Semicolon
    by Cecelia Watson
    (non-fiction, writing)
    More literary than expected
  • Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s
    by Tiffany Midge
    (non-fiction, memoir)
    Not my sense of humor
  • The Body Keeps the Score
    by Bessel van der Kolk
    (non-fiction, psychology)
    Actually, I don’t want to read about atrocities committed by traumatized people thx; also much more academic than expected
  • Sad Janet
    by Lucie Britsch
    (fiction, literary)
    Meh; strong focus on Christmas?
  • Full House
    by Susan Hayes
    (romance, sci-fi)
    Not feeling it, heroine acts pretty dumb
  • Barista and the Bear
    by Rebel Carter
    (romance, paranormal)
    Writing seemed rushed, needed more revision
  • Making Our Way Home
    by Blair Imani
    (non-fiction, historical)
    Survey level info, a lot of which I don’t know well — read two-thirds and needed to give back to the library
  • The Once and Future Witches
    by Alix E. Harrow
    (fantasy, alternate history)
    Read the first ten percent and wasn’t hooked by the big “happening”
  • Natural Enemies
    by Roan Parrish
    (romance, contemporary)
    Concept sounded great but in practice couldn’t see why the nice guy would be attracted to the mean one
  • Work for It
    by Talia Hibbert
    (romance, contemporary)
    Not up for reading about someone super depressed right now
  • Lord of Night
    by Erica Ridley
    (romance, historical)
    Not digging the writing, quit after a couple chapters, I’m probably being ungenerous
  • The Word for World is Forest
    by Ursula Le Guin
    (sci-fi)
    Surprisingly on the nose? Not feeling the unsympathetic POV character
  • Everything’s Trash, But It’s OK
    by Phoebe Robinson
    (essays, humor)
    Not my sense of humor slash too close to home slash already outdated somehow
  • Homebound
    by Lydia Hope
    (romance, sci-fi)
    Heroine acts as a jailer (even though she’s nice), don’t love it
  • Antibody
    by R.A. Steffan
    (romance, sci-fi)
    Couldn’t get into it, DNF 11%
  • Warleader
    by Susan Grant
    (romance, sci-fi)
    Both leads put me off and a weird start for a romance
  • Acquired Tastes
    ed. by Cohen, Kideckel & Zeide
    (non-fiction, history)
    Every essay I read was interesting and I learned a bunch! But I had it out from the library for three months so it seemed only fair to return it.
  • Chi’s Sweet Home
    by Kanata Konami
    (manga, fiction)
    It’s written for kids and just too young and slow for me
  • I Didn’t Do the Thing Today
    by Madeleine Dore
    (non-fiction, anti-productivity)
    This felt like a newsletter that just kept going
  • Gentrifier
    by Anne Elizabeth Moore
    (memoir)
    The way she talked about her Bengali neighbors was uncomfortable and othering
  • Diablo Lake: Awakened
    by Lauren Dane
    (romance, paranormal)
    Not enough tension, conflict or story
  • Matrix
    by Lauren Groff
    (fiction)
    Liked it fine but decided life’s too short to slog plus it got weird
  • Where the Drowned Girls Go
    by Seanan McGuire
    (fantasy, portal)
    Wasn’t feeling it
  • The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday
    by Saad Hossain
    (fantasy)
    I like the writing but wasn’t into the story
  • Heart of the Fae
    by Emma Hamm
    (romance, fantasy)
    Wasn’t digging the first chapter
  • Upstream
    by Mary Oliver
    (essays)
    I had read some quotes from this online and I think those were the only good part, I kinda hated the four essays I tried to read
  • Playing with Fire
    by Scott Riekens
    (personal finance)
    I got a vibe from the first chapter, and the reviews confirmed my suspicions so I’m bailing
  • Hearth and Home
    by Rebel Carter
    (romance, historical)
    First third was great, then got boring, dnf at 75%
  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built
    by Becky Chambers
    (sci-fi)
    Quiet and slow – not in the mood
  • This Poison Heart
    by Kalynn Bayron
    (fantasy, paranormal)
    I think this would be a good book that I’d enjoy, except I’m too squeamish to read about poisonous plants that much
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
    by Lori Gottlieb
    (non-fiction, memoir)
    Petered out after checking it out from the library twice. The author does not paint herself in a sympathetic light
  • Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon
    by Matt Fraction and David Aja
    (comic, superheroes)
    Read the first two chapters — some interesting storytelling approach and skilled comics writing — but I really just don’t care about superhero stories
  • Breaking Things at Work
    by Gavin Mueller
    (non-fiction, social theory)
    Got bogged down in explanations of Marxism, giving up after having it from the library for 3 months