Book Statistics 2022

This year, I read 164 books. Out of 164 books, I absolutely loved 13.

The Ikessar Falcon and The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng by K.S. Villoso – this is such an underrated fantasy series about a woman who is not afraid to go after what she wants and who is not afraid to avenge herself.

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir – the best YA novel of 2022.

The Blood Trials by N.E. Davenport – review withheld in support of the HCP Union.

Debating Darcy by Sayantani DasGupta – I loved this one and related to it so much. I did MUN in high school, while the mc of this book did debate.

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li – I love reading about art museums in books, and I am glad that Li challenges the role that art museums play in the continuing negative impacts of colonization.

Deep in Providence by Riss M. Neilson – a book by a multiracial Filipino author!! With Filipino main characters! So happy to read more books with Filipino representation.

The Chosen and The Beautiful by Nghi Vo – the best Gatsby revisioning I have ever read.

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo – Nghi Vo is officially one of my favorite authors of all time.

Babel by R.F. Kuang – review withheld in support of the HCP Union.

Meet Me In Mumbai by Sabina Khan – I am adopted and I felt so seen by Khan’s novel.

The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake – I am obsessed with this trilogy and Belen!! I would love a novel just about her.

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman – a historical nonfiction novel I highly recommend.

Of 164 books, 48 were YA Fantasy, 49 were YA Contemporary, 4 were YA and multiple genres (including dystopian, time travel, etc) 24 were fantasy, 10 were fiction, and 5 were nonfiction. I did not finish 12 books; however, a majority of these are ones that I plan on going back to. This added up to about 120 books, so I may have miscounted as I was going through my Goodreads list.

Next year, I am not going to set a reading goal. This year, my goal was 75, which I met in June, but I want to focus on reading more nonfiction/analytical books this year, as well as re-reading these books.

I find myself reading less YA, but Young Adult (which is not a genre, it is a category) will always have a special place in my heart because it was the first place I saw myself represented as a Filipino and Asian woman and person. I am not quite sure how I would define my reading tastes, but I do know that I want to read more books about Marxist theory, precolonial society, specifically in Southeast Asia and the Philippines, and about women-led movements in the Global South by woman of the global majority.

What books did you read this year? I would love to know which ones you loved and which ones you want to read in 2023!

Summer 2022 Wrap Up: Books, Internship, and College

I bought a copy of The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang this month and am so happy to finally have the complete trilogy!!

Yes, I know summer isn’t over yet; however, I move in to college this month. . .omg. Therefore, I am posting this wrap-up now because I don’t think I’ll have a lot of time for personal reading during the last couple of months of this year. Here is my Summer 2022 wrap-up!


This summer I read 63 books (including the months of June, July, and August as of August 19). Of those books, 16 were re-reads and 27 were published this year. Overall, I have read 135 books this year (including re-reads). My top six favorite books were:

  1. The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah: Chelsea Abdullah’s world building is INCREDIBLE. This multi POV fantasy swept me away to a magical and deadly world.
  2. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: One of the 16 re-reads! This remains one of my favorite series of all time. I love the cast of characters and I hope Roshani Chokshi returns to this world someday.
  3. Siren Queen and The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo: these are both amazing historical fiction novels with a touch of magic.
  4. The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi: another new fantasy novel, also with multiple POVs. I could not put this book down, although I’ll have to re-read it because there is so much detail.
  5. We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal: very long, dense, and intense – I loved it! I cannot wait for A Tempest of Tea to expand this world.

Other books I enjoyed: The City of Dusk by Tara Sim, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, Dauntless by Elisa A. Bonnin, and Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li.

Life and College

I finished my first internship with a book publishing company! It was from November until the end of July. I had a decent experience, although for my next internship I hope to be in person because virtual internships can be a bit lonely.

There has been a three week period between the end of my internship and when I’ll move into college. I am super excited and there’s a book club at my uni that I already know I want to join. Packing wasn’t as challenging as I thought it would be – I am only bringing three of my personal books because I have 13 for my classes. Also, I only have one 8:30 A.M. class (yay!) and all of my classes end before 4:00 P.M.

Looking Forward

I don’t set numerical reading goals anymore; however, there are some books I’m really excited for:

  1. Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn: this was one of my favorite books of 2020. I love the Fairyloot editions of this trilogy!
  2. Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong: I am super excited for my preorder to come!
  3. Babel by R.F. Kuang: I have also preordered this one!! I have heard so many great things about it.
  4. Strike the Zither by Joan He: I have preordered this one as well : )

How was your June-August? What books are you looking forward to?