2022: My Year in Reading

For a list of my favorite books I read this year, go here >

I read 54 books in 2022. It felt like a pretty normal year in reading, for the first time in a while. I read when I wanted to, didn’t when I didn’t, and didn’t overthink it either way, other than to reaffirm my intense dislike of Jack McDevitt. I didn’t watch much TV—my desire for visual storytelling has been subsumed by YouTube, where I follow many channels. I finally went back to a movie theater for the first time since the pandemic started. I missed seeing things on the big screen! I saw Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (so good, but it should have been so much better!)

I also purged half of my personal book collection this year, which still sometimes feels a bit like sacrilege, but I remain confident it was the right thing to do and I haven’t regretted it yet.

You’ll notice there’s no link to my annual #LibFaves list at the top of this post. I bit the bullet this past fall and finally quit Twitter. I’d been wrestling with the desire to leave that site for a couple years, for the same reasons I quit Facebook, but it had functioned as my primary connection to the library profession since grad school. I followed many librarians from across the country and it was my main source of library news. It amused me how often I’d hear coworkers bring up some controversy affecting the profession, and I’d already known about it for weeks because it had been all over Twitter. I was always ahead of the curve. This professional network was the main reason I’d stayed on the platform.

I hit my limit this year. The doomscrolling became legitimately unhealthy. Elon’s takeover was the final straw.

I haven’t figured out other options for maintaining the same type of professional network. I’m working on curating new sources of news, but I feel like I’m falling behind in my awareness of what’s going on in the wider library world. Twitter was also the last place I still had connections to some of my old friends, after dumping Facebook. It was definitely a hard price to pay, but I feel much healthier without the constant barrage of tweets demanding my attention every day, so it’s worth it.

This means I’ve deleted my accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, and Tumblr, all in the past couple years. Not to mention several other social media / community-based websites over the past couple decades which went defunct. [Insert fond memories of LiveJournal, Friendster, and MySpace here.] Now I’m left with my LibraryThing account, my various email addresses, and this blog. This is most off-line I’ve been since the ’90s.

I’m becoming a luddite in my old age.

Books Read in 2022

Asterisks (*) indicate titles I reviewed for Booklist.

Title Author
1 The Observer Effect * Nick Jones
2 The Shadows of London Nick Jones
3 Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick Maya Dusenberry
4 Spite: The Upside of Your Dark Side Simon McCarthy-Jones
5 Never Panic Early: An Apollo 13 Astronaut’s Journey * Fred Haise with Bill Moore
6 We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans in Comedy Kliph Nesteroff
7 The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe Matthew Gabriele and David M. Perry
8 Memory’s Legion: The Complete Expanse Story Collection * James S. A. Corey
9 The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease Daniel E. Lieberman
10 Horizons: The Global Origins of Modern Science * James Poskett
11 Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto Vine Deloria, Jr.
12 Afterglow * Tim Jordan
13 The Rage of Achilles Terence Hawkins
14 How to They/Them: A Visual Guide to Nonbinary Pronouns and the World of Gender Fluidity Stuart Getty; Brooke Thyng (ill.)
15 Mercury Rising * R. W. W. Greene
16 The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World Sarah Stewart Johnson
17 Invisible Things * Mat Johnson
18 Sick in the Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy Judd Apatow
19 The Red Planet: A Natural History of Mars * Simon Morden
20 Escaping Gravity: My Quest to Transform NASA and Launch a New Space Age * Lori Garver
21 Otherlands: A Journey through Earth’s Extinct Worlds Thomas Halliday
22 A Divine Language: Learning Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus at the Edge of Old Age * Alec Wilkinson
23 Soviets in Space: Russia’s Cosmonauts and the Space Frontier * Colin Burgess
24 Overdue: Reckoning with the Public Library Amanda Oliver
25 The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin Lisa Yaszek (ed.)
26 Aurora’s End Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
27 Terminal Peace * Jim C. Hines
28 The Skeptic’s Guide to the Future: What Yesterday’s Science and Science Fiction Tell Us About the World of Tomorrow * Dr. Steven Novella with Bob Novella & Jay Novella
29 The Rise and Reign of the Mammals: A New History, from the Shadows of the Dinosaurs to Us Steve Brusatte
30 Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard Chip Heath and Dan Heath
31 Flush: The Remarkable Science of an Unlikely Treasure * Bryn Nelson
32 Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature (Second edition) Agustín Fuentes
33 If This Book Exists, You’re in the Wrong Universe * Jason Pargin
34 Clean: The New Science of Skin James Hamblin
35 Sexual Justice: Supporting Victims, Ensuring Due Process, and Resisting the Conservative Backlash Alexandra Brodsky
36 Humans Brandon Stanton
37 Lagoon Nnedi Okorafor
38 Akata Witch Nnedi Okorafor
39 Akata Warrior Nnedi Okorafor
40 The Alien Perspective: A New View of Humanity and the Cosmos * David Whitehouse
41 Akata Woman Nnedi Okorafor
42 The Spirit Phone * Arthur Shattuck O’Keefe
43 The Things We Make: The Unknown History of Invention from Cathedrals to Soda Cans * Bill Hammack
44 Nona the Ninth Tamsyn Muir
45 Wild Massive * Scotto Moore
46 Remnants of Trust Elizabeth Bonesteel
47 An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us Ed Young
48 Upgrade Blake Crouch
49 Antimatter Blues * Edward Ashton
50 Hurts So Good: The Science and Culture of Pain on Purpose Leigh Cowart
51 The New Guys: The Historic Class of Astronauts that Broke Barriers and Changed the Face of Space Travel * Meredith Bagby
52 Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk Sasha taqwšǝblu LaPointe
53 Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas Jennifer Raff
54 Village in the Sky * Jack McDevitt
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