I’m freaking out for the sixth time! I like this post idea, as it forces me to reflect on my reading halfway through the year instead of just at the end with the Best Of list. I had fun going through my Goodreads data, and bonus, it highlights the other genres I read since I read way more than just graphic novels.

Best book you read in 2022 so far

The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley is a gritty thriller that was a love letter about Native culture and was beyond excellent! While it is a YA novel, it will also appeal to adults who are looking for an intriguing coming-of-age narrative.

Best sequel you’ve read so far 

Run, which is a sequel to the trilogy March by John Lewis, continues Lewis’s Civil Rights journey. Despite his death, I hope the Run series will continue, for Lewis’s story is inspiring!

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Hanya Yanagihara has a new book, To Paradise, out and I want to read it. I loved her The People in the Trees but hated A Little Life, so I have put off her newest book because I’m nervous about if I will like it or not, plus it has a huge page count.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I’m still waiting on the last volume of Manifest Destiny that will complete the Lovecraftian reimaging of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The graphic novel series really grew on me but has undergone several delays, so I am hoping it sticks the landing.

Biggest disappointment

Run, Rose, Run was penned by both Dolly Parton and James Patterson. I adore Parton, but the Nashville-based story was so fake and saccharine that I could barely finish it.

Biggest surprise

The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green surprised me in the very best way. I typically think of him as a quirky YA author, but this book of essays in which he muses about a large variety of topics was thought-provoking and made me reflect on the subjects long after reading them.

Newest fictional crush

I’m not a fan of Batman, so I don’t read much about him but I recently read two books that featured the second Robin, Jason Todd, and really liked him. The Three Jokers was based on the previous book A Death in the Family, and Todd has grown into a vigilante hero that Batman can no longer control. Todd aka Red Hood makes hard decisions that I can sympathize with.

Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year

I’m flipping this- I read Lord of the Flies for the first time (I have tried many times over the years, and just couldn’t finish it until now), so afterward I watched the 1963 and 1990 films, and both were terrible adaptations! While books are always better than movies/tv, this was incredibly true with these two movies.

Newest favorite character

Daunis Fountaine, the bi-racial heroine, from the above-mentioned Firekeeper’s Daughter was a believable young woman who had to make tough decisions. I loved her.

Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)

I will be reading whatever Angeline Boulley next writes!

Favorite review you have written this year 

I have participated for four years in a blogging series- Fiction’s Fearless Females, and this year I wrote about the friendship between Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Beverly Crusher and Deanna Troi. Female friendships are not often authentically shown in books or films, but these two women were allowed to shine!

Book(s) that made you happy

I got on a Little House on the Prairie kick early in the year and read (or re-read) memoirs by several actresses from the tv series: Melissa Gilbert, Charlotte Stewert, Karen Grassle, Melissa Sue Anderson and Alison Arngrim. The gossipy books were fun to compare to the memories I had of the iconic show that I loved when I was a child.

Book that made you sad

As a librarian, I was anxious to read Overdue by Amanda Oliver, for a fellow colleague’s take on public libraries, however, it turns out she only worked in a public library for nine months and I came away disappointed with her lack of a complete picture of issues facing libraries today.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

I am a fan of artist Gregory Manchess and found two children’s books illustrated by him and enjoyed them, so I ended up reading all six of the books in the series about Great Explorers. Written and beautifully illustrated by several people, all of the books gave very thorough looks at six explorers- John Wesley Powell, Rene-Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle, Vasco da Gama, Henry Hudson, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and Ferdinand Magellan.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year? 

I’m on a national library committee this year, that I can share more information about at a later date, and have tons of graphic novels to read so we can put together an award list at the end of the year. I’m not allowed to publically review any that are under consideration for the list. Stay tuned!

I gave myself a goal of reading 100 books this year, and I am already at 62, so I might up to 120 which I should easily hit, especially if a new season of LeVar Burton Reads is released this year. Happy reading everyone!