2022 Reading Challenge


My Goodreads Reading Challenge 2022

Welcome Readers!

At the beginning of 2022 I have set myself the challenge of reading 100 books for the year. I read 133 books in 2021 and my goal was 105 – it was a good year to read books – what can I say??

I’m in two bookclubs – a local group where we meet each month in person with a book supplied from the local library and a small online group which meets over Zoom every few weeks. We’ve been reading the Bronte sisters , slowly in pre-arranged chunks, and incorporating a cooking session after we finish each book. It’s such a great way of reading and dissecting a book, we all love it.

We’ve also started a monthly blogging challenge, What’s on your Bookshelf, and encourage others to join in. All my WOYBS posts can be found here

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What’s on your bookshelf badge

January 2022 (13 books)

  1. The Golden Girls’ Getaway – Judy Leigh 4*
  2. The Stolen Boys – Joy Ellis (DI Jackman and DS Evans #5) 3*
  3. The Patient Man – Joy Ellis (DI Jackman and DS Evans #6) 3*
  4. The Inn – James Patterson and Candice Fox 3*
  5. Fifty Fifty – Candice Fox and James Patterson (Detective Harriet Blue #2) 4*
  6. Dear Life – Alice Munro 3*
  7. The Lions of Fifth Avenue – Fiona Davis 3*
  8. Walking into Trouble – Geoff Le Pard 4*
  9. Still Life – Sarah Winman 5*
  10. Shirley – Charlotte Bronte 4*
  11. Liar, Liar – Candice Fox and James Patterson (Detective Harriet Blue #3) 4*
  12. The Angel of Waterloo – Jackie French 4*
  13. The Word is Murder – (Hawthorne #1) Anthony Horowitz 4*
reading and cleaning quote
reading and cleaning quote

February 2022 (11 books)

  1. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah 5*
  2. Hush, Hush – Candice Fox and James Patterson (Detective Harriet Blue #4) 4*
  3. Muddy People – Sara el Sayed (bookclub) 3*
  4. Midnight in Everwood – M.A.Kuzniar 4*
  5. The Secret Gift of Lucia Lemon – Celia Anderson 4*
  6. The Sentence is Death – (Hawthorne #2) Anthony Horowitz 4*
  7. The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle – Sophie Green 4*
  8. Thursdays at Orange Blossom House – Sophie Green 4*
  9. The Reading List – Sara Nisha Adams 5*
  10. Sex, Lies and Question Time – Kate Ellis (bookclub) 3.5*
  11. 2 Sisters Detective Agency – James Patterson and Candice Fox 4*
Midnight in Everwood
Midnight in Everwood

March 2022 (14 books)

  1. A Line to Kill – (Hawthorne #3) Anthony Horowitz 4* Library BorrowBox app
  2. At the End of the Day – Liz Byrski 4* Library BorrowBox app
  3. The Gifts of Reading – Essays on the Joys of Reading and the Giving and Receiving Books – Jennie Orchard (on Audible) 4*
  4. They Disappeared – (DI Jackman and DS Evans #7) Joy Ellis 4* Kindle Unlimited
  5. The Night Thief – (DI Jackman and DS Evans #8) Joy Ellis 4* Kindle Unlimited
  6. A Waltz for Matilda – (Matilda Saga #1) Jackie French 4* Kindle Unlimited
  7. The Girl from Snowy River – (Matilda Saga #2) Jackie French 4* Kindle Unlimited
  8. A Girl Walks into a Book: What the Brontes taught me about Life, Love and Women’s Work – Miranda K Pennington 5* Paperback gift
  9. A Spring Surprise for the Cornish Midwife – Jo Bartlett 4* Kindle Unlimited
  10. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris – Jenny Colgan 4* Library book
  11. After Story – Larissa Behrendt (on Audible) 4*
  12. Where there’s Doubt – Terry Tyler Kindle Unlimited 5*
  13. Comfort and Joy – Kirstin Hannah Library book 2*
  14. Love Stories – Trent Dalton Hardcover gift 5*
reading quote
reading quote

To date: 38 books read

April 2022 (11 books)

  1. Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone – (Outlander series #9) Diana Gabaldon Audible
  2. The Woman of the House – Alice Taylor audiobook from BorrowBox 3*
  3. The Cane – Maryrose Cuskelly BorrowBox ebook 4*
  4. The Things We Keep – Sally Hepworth BorrowBox ebook 4*
  5. Persuasion – Jane Austen – Hardcover (online bookclub) 4*
  6. Ciao Bella: 6 Take Italy – Kate Langbroek Audible 4*
  7. The Girl With all the Gifts – M.R.Carey Library book 4*
  8. The Mother – Jane Caro BorrowBox ebook 4*
  9. Linda’s Midlife Crisis – Toni Pike ARC 5*
  10. The Little Book of Inner Peace – Ashley Davis Buch 5*
  11. The Lavender Keeper – Fiona McIntosh – paperback gift 4*
sunroom on a wet day
In the sunroom on a wet day reading The Girl with all the Gifts

May 2022 (9 books)

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen for online bookclub – Audible 5*
  2. The Murder Rule – Dervla McTiernan – Mother’s Day gift paperback 4*
  3. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse – Charlie Makesy – Mother’s Day gift hardcover 5*
  4. The Rook (The Checquy Files # 1) – Daniel O’Malley – paperback 4*
  5. The Road to Gundagai – (The Matilda Saga #3) Jackie French library book 4*
  6. To Love a Sunburnt Country – (The Matilda Saga #4) Jackie French – BorrowBox ebook 4*
  7. Too Much Lip – Melissa Lucashenko Bookclub 3*
  8. The Ghost by the Billabong – (The Matilda Saga #5) Jackie French – BorrowBox ebook 5*
  9. Last Drinks – Andrew McGahan via audio book from BorrowBox 3*
Author talk
Author talk in Tumbarumba with Aussie writers Chris Hammer, Sulari Gentill, Daniel O’Malley

June 2022 (13 books)

My monthly What’s on your Bookshelf post is here

  1. Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies – Jackie French BorrowBox 4*
  2. Dead Horse Gap – Lee Christine Kindle 4*
  3. Bamburgh – L J Ross Kindle 3*
  4. No Hearts of Gold – Jackie French BorrowBox 4*
  5. The Mother’s Promise – Sally Hepworth 4*
  6. If Blood Should Stain the Wattle – Jackie French (Matilda Saga #6) 4*
  7. Miss Lily and the Rose – Jackie French 3*
  8. The Windsor Knot – S J Bennett 5*
  9. Facing the Flame – Jackie French (Matilda Saga #7) 4*
  10. Mania – L J Ross (Kindle) Alexander Gregory #4) 4*
  11. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen (online Bookclub)
  12. The Cove – L J Ross (Kindle) 4*
  13. The Woman in the Library – Sulari Gentill (paperback) 5*
Jane Eyre performance
Jane Eyre performance

July 20212

  1. Dirt Town – Hayley Scrivenor (I won a paperback copy) 4*
  2. A Leap of Faith for the Cornish Midwife – Jo Bartlett (Kindle) 4*
  3. The Trauma Cleaner – Sarah Krasnostein Bookclub 3*
  4. The Murder of Mr Wickham – Claudia Gray – Audible

August 2022

September 2022

October 2022

November 2022

December 2022

I have included links to Goodreads on each of these titles, so if you want more information on what the book is about, click the title and away you go! I read a wide range….just saying!

Please note I’m fairly strict with what I give 5 stars to, so you can be assured that these are my favourites.

My rating code: 1* did not finish/terrible; 2* OK; 3* enjoyable; 4* really good ; 5* excellent

Let’s see how many I get up to this year! I don’t set any rules or follow any plans, I just read what I feel like, what friends have recommended and what takes my eye. I rarely start a book and not finish it, but it does happen sometimes!

Are you on Goodreads? – you can join me 🙂

What did I read in 2021?

You can read about my books for 2021 here: My Goodreads challenge for 2021

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My 2021 in books

2021 Reading Challenge

You can find my lists for 2020, 2019, 201820172016 and my 2014/2015 books by clicking on the links.

I’d love to hear what you’re reading too. And any recommendations are always welcome 🙂

Deb xx


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