I read 19 books in 2022, my least amount in years, but that’s okay, I was busy teaching third graders. Ha! But before we look back at this reading year, I wanted to share my December read, The Waxing Moon: Volume 1 of The Areekyan Chronicles Trilogy by my friend Barry S. Marwick.
First of all, it’s worth mentioning how shocked I was to hear that my former colleague had written a book, let alone a fantasy novel, on Facebook. Has this ever happened to you? Both my husband and I have spent time with Barry, so it’s not like we didn’t know him. But if I think about it, I’m secretive about my personal life at work. Plus, in Barry’s defense, he didn’t chase this dream until Covid forced him to. And then, BAM! He announces he’s written a book!
I’m gobsmacked over his ability to create this new world, and his storytelling kept me turning the pages. I could see Barry’s love of the Lord of the Rings influence as well as a dash of Game of Thrones in there. Looking forward to the second installment and proud of what he’s accomplished.
Jeez, if I had only read one more book this year, I’d have an even 20! But seriously, I love using StoryGraph to keep track of my reads. All the images are screenshots from my account.
For me, the most over-hyped book was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I liked it, but I didn’t go bananas over it. My favorites were Endurance and Hail Mary. A Memory Called Empire and A Desolation Called Peace were AUH-mazing. And The Night Tiger was a pleasant surprise that I happily recommend.
How was your reading year?