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Goodreads 2022 Challenge

Posted on: January 9, 2023

I had set my goal for the Goodreads challenge for 2022 at 48 books. I read 46 so almost made it. But I did read two books not listed on Goodreads and since one of the books I completed was War and Peace (which should count as two or maybe three books) I feel I actually met the challenge. https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2022


Crimson Frost by J.P. McLean
Donkey Boy and Other Stories by Mary  Smith
Waiting For Frank-Bear by Frank Prem
Love, Me by Jacquie Biggar
The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
Golden Healer by M.J. Mallon
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Frozen Stiff Drink by James J. Cudney
Chocolate Fudge Saves the Sugar Dog by Robbie Cheadle
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Father by Allan Hudson
Naomi's Tree by Joy Kogawa
Shadows in the Fog by B.J. Darling
Linda's Midlife Crisis by Toni Pike
The Barren Grounds by David Alexander Robertson
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Di... by Jonas Jonasson
My Evil Mother by Margaret Atwood
Amanda in France by Darlene Foster
Poetry Treasures 2 by Kaye Lynne Booth
Just an Odd Job Girl by Sally Cronin
MEMORIES OF MOM by Nonnie Jules
The Skylark's Secret by Fiona Valpy
Hues Of Hope by Balroop Singh
Not That Sort Of Girl by Mary Wesley
Pattern of Shadows by Judith   Barrow
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
Knuckleheads by Dan Antion
The Hedge Witch & The Musical Poet by M.J. Mallon
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Baby Steps by Anne Stormont
The Winding Road by Miriam Hurdle
Two Middle Aged Ladies In Andalusia by Penelope Chetwode
A Gold Satin Murder by Debra Purdy Kong
Between Two Shores by Ruth Larrea
The Alpine Path by L.M. Montgomery
What's So Special About Spain? by Nancy Blodgett Klein
Mud Girl by Alison Acheson
Brazos Wind by Jan Sikes
All Dogs Are Good by Courtney Peppernell
The Christmas Bird by Robbie Cheadle
Things on a Tree by D.L. Finn
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Kind by Kellyn Roth
Variety is the Spice of Life by Sally Cronin
Distant Flickers by multiple contributors

They were all great books and it would be difficult to say which were my favourites. I read a variety of books which I’m pleased about. All of my reviews are on Goodreads. I would suggest you check them out.

For 2023 I have set my challenge at 48 books once again as I am determined to meet the goal this year.

Happy reading in 2023!!

102 Responses to "Goodreads 2022 Challenge"

War And Peace? That should count for at least six books! I’d say you more than met your goal.

Thanks! I tend to agree. In fact, I think I should be awarded a medal. xo

I agree, Joan! That second epilogue just about buried me.

Happy New Year, Darlene! 🙂 What a great achievment you reached. A wonderful list of diamonds. Best wishes, Michael

Thanks, Michael. I love looking back and seeing what I read. Happy New Year to you as well.

Happy new year Darlene. Well done about your challenge I planned on reading 30 books only read 22.

Nothing wrong with 22 books. All reading is good.

Happy New Year!!! So many books!!! You are an inspiration…I will check some of these out. 🙂

Thanks! There are some gems on this list.

I have been on a non-fiction tear lately: Sally Fields memoir, now a travel book about Madagascar – but I have a. few “nordic noir” books from my favorite Authors lined up and ready to go!

For a long time, I read mostly one kind of book and then decided to mix it up a bit and I’m glad I did. I would love to read Sally Fields’ memoir.

Darlene, we’re twins! I read 46 books as well. I like that Goodreads keeps track of our reading for each year. Above all, I want to enjoy the respite from writing that reading provides. I’m sure you do too!

Reading is a great break from writing (and so much better than housework) but I also learn from other writers too. 46 is a good number of books to read in one year.

Darlene, congratulations on a great year of reading and I see lots of familiar books here and new ones too. Wow, it is fantastic that you read War and Peace – a huge achievement and at least three books worth!!😀 Happy Reading for 2023! 📖📚

Thanks, Annika. I am happy with the variety of books I read.

Congratulations on your successful reading challenge. At 1400+ pages I would count War and Peace as at least 3 separate books. I love how you read a chapter a day. That’s a wonderful reading project. The only book on your list that I have read (at least so far) is Amanda in France – which I absolutely loved. Wishing you a fabulous year in books ahead!
BTW – What’s On Your Bookshelf goes live this Wednesday afternoon. This is a great post to linkup with~!

Thanks, Donna. I’m delighted that you loved Amanda in France. Thanks for the heads-up on What’s on your Bookshelf.

Hi, Darlene – Thank you for joining us at #What’s On Your Bookshelf. Whenever you read a book that is not on Goodreads you can easily have it added (https://help.goodreads.com/s/article/How-do-I-add-a-book-to-the-Goodreads-database-1553870933484).

Hi Darlene, you and I had several books in common last year. A fabulous list of reads. Thank you for your support of my books.

I’m not surprised we had some books in common on our lists. I have enjoyed all of your books I’ve read so far.

Good for you… I’m a much slower reader, but have read around a quarter of those mentioned, plus The Kite Runner and Ruth Larrea’s latest Between Two Shores, which I also enjoyed.

Thanks, Joy! I also really enjoyed Ruth’s latest book. I hope you and Eric are feeling better. Missed you at coffee in Playa Flamenca.

Kudos to you Darlene on the 46, and yes, on the great variety of books you read! I also read a lot and am inspired to keep track of my number and genres for next year.

Thanks, Irene. I really like the opportunity to review what I read at the end of the year. It was quite an assortment but all very good.

A super selectin of books, Darlene. Good luck with this year’s challenge

Thanks, John. I’m glad I have opened up to reading some different types of books.

That is always a good idea. 😁

What an eclectic book list, Darlene. I agree that War and Peace should count for at least 3 books. 🙂 I am thrilled to see Brazos Wind listed. Thank you for reading it! Here’s to another fabulous year of reading ahead!

Thanks, Jan. I plan to read more of Jan Sykes’s books in 2023.

2022 was a wonderful year for reading!! Looking forward to 2023!!!

Thanks, Rebecca. It was a fabulous year of reading. And so many books to look forward to in 2023.

What a great list. We have a few crossover and lots that tweak my interest. Congratulations on hitting your number.

Thanks, Jacqui. Hopefully this year I can reach it on Goodreads!

Brava on reaching your reading goal, Darlene!

Thanks so much, Liz. xo

You’re welcome, Darlene.

Great job, Darlene! I set my 2022 Goodreads goal at 700 because I read so many picture books. I missed it this year by a dozen or so, but I did manage to read around 60 that were adult reading. Of your list I’ve only read 3 (including War & Peace), and none of those in 2022.
All the best with your reading goal for 2023!

You are an amazing reader. Even if they are picture books, 700 is an amazing feat! Well done.

Darlene, I so appreciate this eclectic selection of books.

Thanks, Bernadette. We should be able to count cookbooks too, shouldn’t we? I only just thought about that.

So many of the cookbooks I read are stories. I definitely count cookbooks!

Wonderful selection of books. I’ve never put a goal to reading. I just read. Maybe I should try it. 🙂

Nothing wrong with that. I’m just a person that loves having a goal to work toward. I also like lists. Thanks for commenting.

Oh, I agree. I think it’s a great idea. If I make a goal to read 3-4 books a month, I probably would read more. However, I also listen to different podcasts, that takes time. Only so many hours in the day. 🙂

I’m proud to be on your list of reads. I just finished my second book of the year, so I’m off to a good start 🙂 Happy reading!

Thanks, Debra. A great start!

Very impressive!

Thanks! For me it is good. Of course, others are reading 100+ books, but it isn’t a competition.

Happy reading 💞💞

Thanks and to you as well.

Think the only book we read in common was Amanda in France! 🙂 Wish I had more time to read adult books. Great list. I stopped posting my reviews as I just didn’t have the time. And, I didn’t want them to own my book reviews. Maybe need to revisit.

You read a lot of books, most of them children’s books. And your reviews are excellent! Since you post them on your blog, I can see why you don’t put them on other sites. Perhaps a condensed version of your review (a couple of lines maybe) on Goodreads would work. As a writer, I appreciate your reviews on your blog.

An impressive number and variety of books Darlene. I’m always looking for new authors and topics, so I’ll have to check a few of these out. ~James

Thanks, James. I tend to read a variety of topics, genres and authors. There are some good ones on my list. If you haven’t read The Beekeeper of Aleppo, I would highly recommend it. Happy reading in 2023!

Thanks for the recommendation Darlene. I’ve added it to my list. One for you if you haven’t read it: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. The best book I’ve read in many moons.

Thanks, James. I’ve heard good things about it and have now added it to my list.

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Wonderful Darlene and such incredible support for the authors you have reviewed and very honoured to be included thank you. ♥

Thanks, Sally. So many books, so little time, but I’m glad I made time for all of these.

Excellent list, Darlene, and you’ve reminded me that I wanted to read Donkey Boy by our friend Mary Smith ❤
Thanks so much for including one of my books on the list, that's awesome!

I enjoy Mary’s writing and the stories in Donkey Boy are wonderful. Enjoy. I loved your sweet Christmas story!

That’s a lot of reading! Best of luck continuing your goal of reading 48 books for 2023!

Thanks, it’s only 4 books a month so I should be able to do it.

I discovered Cudney’s mysteries in 2022. What a fun author. You had a nice reading year!

I love his books and plan to read more of them.

You read a lot of books, Darlene! And many by fellow bloggers. Good luck with making your goal in 2023!

Thanks, Audrey. So many great books out there. I just need a few more hours a day!

With War and Peace I’d say you more than exceeded your goal, Darlene. Good luck with this year’s goal!

Thanks, Teri! It’s relief not to tackle a huge book this year. But I am glad I completed War and Peace!

Well done! That’s a lot of books you’ve got through!

Thanks. I was pleased, especially since I actually got through War and Peace.

Impressive list Darlene. I also read 46 books. Yay us. What did you think about Atwood’s book? 🙂 xx

46 is a good number! I loved Margaret Atwood’s book, but I love everything she writes. Here is my review:

Thanks for sharing that Darlene. ❤

That’s quite a collection. I have read a few on your list. 🙂

I’m sure you enjoyed them as much as I did. xo

I loved your list, Darlene – well done. I’m so proud to be a part of it. Toni x

Thanks, Toni. I think you’ve been on the two previous lists as well. Are there any more Brody Cody books coming?

Not at the moment, Darlene – I’m trying to focus on an adult book.

All the best with it!!

Hi Darlene, welcome to #WOYBS and you certainly achieved your reading goal for 2022. Some good suggestions here which I will add to my list. Toni Pike and I went to High School together and I’m so proud of her achievements. Thanks for linking up and I look forward to you joining us each month for What’s On Your Bookshelf? Link up. Happy reading xx

Great to see Toni’s book listed as I read it last year as well. You had an interesting mix of books and genres Darlene. Thanks for joining us at WOYBS this month.

Thanks, Debbie. I tried to mix it up the last couple of years. So glad I did.

How do people pick their favourite? There are few in this list I would like to read myself. Thank you.!

Impossible to pick a favourite as they were all good but for different reasons. I think you would enjoy many of them. (although we all have different tastes) Thanks for commenting, Lisa.

Ummm War and Peace? Absolutely that counts as 2 or 3 books. I noticed some Neil Gaiman on your list. I’ve never read any Gaiman but feel as though I should. Maybe this year can be my reading authors I know I should read but haven’t year. And I love the title: The Ocean at The End of The Lane. I also love the sound of The Hedge Witch and The Musical Poet. Thanks for linking up.

Thanks for commenting, Jo. Once you read Neil Gaiman, you will be hooked. He has such a way with words. His collection of short stories in Trigger Warning is just amazing. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is brilliant. Happy reading in 2023.

Great job reading War and Peace! I think would definitely count as multiple books!

Thanks, Joanne. I think I should get a trophy or a badge that says, I read War and Peace!

Way to go, Darlene!

Thanks, Jennie!

You’re welcome, Darlene!

You definitely get extra credit for War and Peace. I enjoyed it when I read it (over 30 years ago), but parts of it were definitely a slog.

I loved My Evil Mother. Atwood is brilliant.

Thanks, Janet. I agree Atwood is a cut above the rest. I’ve read just about everything she’s written.

What a nice 2022. Currently I’m reading Colm Toibin’s “Brooklyn.”

He is a great writer. I have Mothers and Sons on my TBR list for 2023. Thanks for the visit, Julie.

That’s amazing, Darlene. Congratulations on achieving your goal. I haven’t set a goal, but I have decided to read as much as I can this year. I managed to finish 4 in Jan. I hope I can keep at it. Your post inspires me to keep going🙂.

Well done! I read 4 this January as well. I feel good about that!

Me too!😊 Congratulations to you, too!

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