Vlogs, Wrap Ups

2022 Wrap Up – Reading Stats and Favourites

Once it hits 29th-31st December my reading is all about finishing off any books that are partially read. I don’t want to carry a book through years, it makes me feel uncomfortable. So I tidied up my active reading list, by reading them, and this allowed me to choose my favourite books of the year. I was reluctant to choose until I’d finished everything because what if one final twist turned an ok book into a favourite?

My Favourite Books

I also got my stats. I love reading stats and I use both Goodreads and Storygraph so the pages read don’t match. As storygraph was closer to the page numbers when I was logging the books at the time of reading, I’m going with those page figures as being the most realistic. The number of books read was the same across apps and in my own handwritten notes.

My storygraph totals

I had a fantastic year of reading but did have way too many low books that I should have given up on because my average rating got brought down. I had 44 books that were rated 2 stars or less and I wonder if I knew that I was never going to enjoy them enough to give a 2.5 or above…I did but I hoped to be proven wrong.

44 books rated 2 stars and under

One of my reading goals for 2023 is to dnf more!

With Vlogmas over, I’m going to be going back to having reviews as well as vlogs. December was all Vlog but I have missed reviews

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A Year of Reading Agatha Christie

This year I participated in Read Christie again this year and it was so much fun having a set read to enjoy. I also enjoyed being able to chat about each read when the month came to an end.

Of course, I had to rank them. Nobody asked for this but I did it anyway. So I have ranked all twelve of the Read Christie picks from least to most favourite. The top 5 spots were exceptionally difficult to determine but I’m happy with the positioning.

This pile of books was very heavy!

I will be participating in Read Christie again in 2023 and I’m so excited that next year will be themed around methods and motives which I think is going to be really fun.

My first pick for Read Christie 2023
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November Wrap Up

November didn’t get off to the best start for me. I found myself in a big reading slump and just couldn’t concentrate for long and didn’t feel compelled to pick up any books. I knew it was coming, I could feel a reading slump on the air!

The slump started to ease towards the middle of the month and thanks to that, and to audiobooks which accounted for almost half of my reads, I managed to get through 11 books. I know that this is a great number of books to get through in a month but I had such grand reading plans for November, instead I went full mood reader.

My Wrap Up and Stats

I loved

Ginger and Me – Elissa Soave https://kapowskireads.com/2022/11/26/wendy-and-me/

The Gloaming – Kirsty Logan https://kapowskireads.com/2022/11/05/the-gloaming/

One Dark Window – Rachel Gillig* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/11/14/finding-a-new-favourite-and-book-haul/

I liked

An Act of Foul Play – T E Kinsey* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/11/16/an-act-of-foul-play/

Library of the Dead – T.L. Huchu https://kapowskireads.com/2022/11/23/library-of-the-dead/

A Suspension of Mercy – Patricia Highsmith https://kapowskireads.com/2022/11/09/a-suspension-of-mercy/

Not For Me

The Cloisters – Katy Hays*

The Rats – James Herbert


4:50 from Paddington- Agatha Christie

Dracula – Bram Stoker


Urbanshee- Siaara Freeman*


Vlogs, Wrap Ups

October Wrap Up

Another month has come to an end so here I am with a wee wrap up! Plus stats because I absolutely love reading stats. I had many rereads this month so these very positively affected my stats and I’m ok with this!

My Wrap Up Vlog

I read a total of 22 books this month which is utterly ridiculous!

I loved

All the White Spaces – Ally Wilkes

Interview With the Vampire- Anne Rice

I really liked

Cutthroat Cupcakes- Cate Lawley

The Final Girls Support Group – Grady Hendrix

Hex – Jenni Fagan

Hex Appeal – Kate Johnson*

Things We Say in the Dark – Kirsty Logan

I liked

Edge of the Grave – Robbie Morrison

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven – Juno Dawson

How to Kill Men and Get Away With It – Katy Brent*

Marple: Twelve New Stories – Various Authors

The Sinister Cabaret – John Herdman*

Not For Me

Frenzy Island – Richard E Rock *

The Girls Who Disappeared- Claire Douglas*

Moon of the Crusted Snow – Waubgeshig Rice

A Pale Box on the Distant Shore – P.J. Nwosu *

There’s Only One Danny Garvey – David F Ross


Carmilla – Sheridan le Fanu

Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde – Robert L Stevenson

Frankenstein- Mary Shelley

Powers of Darkness – Valdimar Ásmundsson


Talking With Serial Killers – Christopher Berry-Dee


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September Wrap Up

September was feeling very kind to me and decided to make up for the last two month being a little underwhelming. This was very much appreciated!

I finished 15 books this month, 14 fiction and 1 non fiction

Can you tell that I couldn’t hold my pile of read books?

I loved

The Beautiful Ones- Silvia Moreno-Garcia https://kapowskireads.com/2022/10/01/the-beautiful-ones/

Plain Bad Heroines – Emily M. Danforth https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/12/plain-bad-heroines/

Signal to Noise- Silvia Moreno-Garcia https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/28/signal-to-noise/

I liked

Ace of Spades- Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/21/ace-of-spades/

The Hatmakers- Tamzin Merchant https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/26/read-the-rainbowthon-reading-vlog/

Hear No Evil – Sarah Smith https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/10/hear-no-evil/

The Last Graduate – Naomi Novik (book 2 in a series)

Meantime- Frankie Boyle https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/14/meantime/

The Sound of Sirens – Ewan Gault https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/07/sound-of-sirens/

They Came to Baghdad- Agatha Christie

The Wolf Hunters- Amanda Mitchison https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/19/reading-scottish-bloody-scotland-debut-fiction/

Not For Me

Daughter of Darkness- Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

The Girl, The Crow, The Writer, and The Fighter- George Paterson

Welcome to Cooper- Tariq Ashkanani

Non-Fiction 👩‍🎓

I’m Glad My Mom Died – Jennette McCurdy✨


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August Wrap Up

August was a slower month for me. I still got through 12 books but this is a little lower than my average month.

August Wrap Up Vlog

I am loving being able to see my reading stats. Thank you StoryGraph! No way do I have the patience to draw them up myself.

I had three top reads this month so I’m chatting about those: Influencer Island by Kyle Rutkin, Glowglass by Kirkland Ciccone, and The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

I also announce my book recommendation of the month 💕

I’m hopeful that I’ll get through some more books in September. Mainly because my intended TBR is around 5,000 pages. Wish me luck!

Vlogs, Wrap Ups

July Wrap Up

July turned out to be a very busy reading month. I read 21 books! Some were rather short and most of these books were read during the first 3 weeks of the month as I then caught coronavirus and mainly slept during my spare time instead of reading.

My Wrap Up Vlog

I’ve been toying with the idea of not sharing my ratings in reviews. So this month I’ve rated them in a slightly different way, I don’t know if I prefer this but we shall see!

Books I loved

A Dowry of Blood – S.T. Gibson* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/07/13/a-dowry-of-blood/
Fangs – Sarah Andersen
Last Night at the Telegraph Club- Malinda Lo ✨ https://kapowskireads.com/2022/07/30/last-night-at-the-telegraph-club/
Our Wives Under the Sea – Julia Armfield https://kapowskireads.com/2022/07/20/our-wives-under-the-sea/
What Happens in Dubai- Sophie Gravia* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/07/27/what-happens-in-dubai/

I Liked as a Friend 😺

At Bertram’s Hotel- Agatha Christie
Hold Your Tongue- Deborah Masson https://kapowskireads.com/2022/07/23/hold-your-tongue/
Instruments of Darkness- Imogen Robertson
A Kind of Spark- Elle McNicoll
Leah on the Offbeat- Becky Albertalli
Like a Charm- Elle McNicoll
Love is Worth Fighting For- Effie Kammenou*
The Quaker – Liam McIlvanney https://kapowskireads.com/2022/07/16/the-quaker/
Show Me Who You Are- Elle McNicoll

Not For Me 😿

Another Time, Another Place – Jodi Taylor
Dark Earth- Rebecca Stott*
Grand Theft Astro- Scott Meyer
Just One Damned Thing After Another- Jodi Taylor
When I Was Ten- Fiona Cummins

Non-Fiction 👩‍🎓
Hook Them or Lose Them- D. Leitao
Sidesplitter- Phil Wang


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June Wrap Up

Here’s my June Wrap Up, plus stats! I’m absolutely loving having reading stats. I’ve been much luckier with book ratings recently as I’m getting better at giving up on books that I’m not feeling, so that resulted in a most excellent reading month. I also ticked off all of my birthday bingo so I’m off to buy my reward books!

4 #ebooks
3 #nonfictionbooks
15 #fictionbooks

My Wrap Up Vlog. I very much did drop this pile of books shortly after taking this thumbnail

5 💫
The Black Dog- Kevin Bridges* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/06/29/the-black-dog/
Hooked- A.C. Wise* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/07/02/hooked/
Murder in Mesopotamia- Agatha Christie (reread)
Other People’s Clothes – Calla Henkel ✨ https://kapowskireads.com/2022/06/25/other-peoples-clothes/
This Strange Way of Dying- Silvia Moreno-Garcia (short story collection)

4 💫
Beast in Velvet- Kim Newman (book 3 in series)
The City & The City- China Miéville (review to come)
Happiness is Wasted on Me-Kirkland Ciccone https://kapowskireads.com/2022/06/22/happiness-is-wasted-on-me/
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982- Cho-Nam Joo (review to come)
Piranesi- Susanna Clarke https://kapowskireads.com/2022/06/15/piranesi/
Silver Nails- Kim Newman (series now finished 💕)

3 💫
The Flames of Albiyon- Jean Menzies

2 💫
The Belladonna Maze- Sinéad Crowley*
The Pharmacist- Rachelle Atalla
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

1 💫

Going Solo- Roald Dahl
A Silent Voice Speaks- Trishna Singh*
The Wilderness Cure- Mo Wilde*


My favourite book of the entire month of June was Other People’s Clothes by Calla Henkel. It gave me all the nostalgia and drama that I wanted.

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May Wrap Up

May was a super productive reading month for me. I somehow managed to read 21 books. I know! I have no idea how that happened either.

Wrap Up Vlog

In my wrap up vlog, I chat about my favourite books of the month. I was lucky enough to have nine 5 star reads, which included some non-fiction. I also talk about my June TBR which is a little bit more whimsical because June is my birthday month.

Since I read far more books than expected, I’ve only had time to write reviews for my 4 and 5 star reads and have provided links below. There are a couple that are still pending though as it’s been a good month.

5 💫
Adults- Emma Jane Unsworth


The Dragon’s Promise- Elizabeth Lim*


Goldilocks-Laura Lam ✨my favourite book of the month


Medusa- Jessie Burton

Ariadne -Jennifer Saint


The Murder on the Links- Agatha Christie


The Magic Faraway Tree- Jacqueline Wilson

Review to Come

4 💫
Circus of Wonders- Elizabeth Macneal


Nothing Left Unsaid- Janey Godley


The Sound at the End – Kirsty Logan

Review to Come

3 💫
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes- Suzanne Collins
Cat Brushing – Jane Campbell *
A Study in Scarlet and the Sign of the Four- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

2 💫
Conviction- Denise Mina
The Man Who Died Twice- Richard Osman
The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters- Balli Kaur Jaswal

1 💫
The Castaways- Lucy Clark

Ayoade On Top- Richard Ayoade
The Grip of Film- Richard Ayoade
Ayoade on Ayoade – Richard Ayoade
Single Taken Cursed- Nikki Bell*


Reviews, Wrap Ups

April Wrap Up

Thank goodness half my reads were electronic because I have rubbish upper body strength and these were heavy!

Well April turned out to be an excellent reading month for me. I was expecting To get through very little due to being super busy with work but I’m also someone who reads more when they’re anxious or stressed. This resulted in me getting through 20 books in April which is frankly quite ridiculous.

This month I read the following, will add links to the relevant blogs (if they exist yet as some reviews won’t be up for a wee while…because I’ve not finished them yet. But they’re all reviewed on my vlog which is at the bottom of this post.

5 💫

The Dark Between the Trees – Fiona Barnett* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/27/the-dark-between-the-trees/

Six Crimson Cranes- Elizabeth Lim https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/13/six-crimson-cranes/

This Wicked Fate- Kalynn Bayron* ✨ My Book Recommendation of the Month! https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/09/this-wicked-fate/

Young Mungo- Douglas Stuart https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/30/young-mungo/

4 💫

The Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl- Joya Goffney* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/06/confessions-of-an-alleged-good-girl/

Deep Wheel Orcadia- Harry Josephine Giles Review Pending

Hyde- Craig Russell https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/20/hyde/

Life Ceremony- Sayaka Murata* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/16/life-ceremony/

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?-Agatha Christie Review Pending

3 💫

Empress Crowned in Red- Ciannon Smart* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/23/empress-crowned-in-red/

A History Maker-Alasdair Gray Review Pending

Open Water – Caleb Azumah Nelson Review Pending

2 💫 (I don’t usually post reviews about books that I award fewer than 3 stars to)

Grave Importance- Vivian Shaw

Madwoman – Louisa Treger*

The Moon, The Stars, and Madame Burova- Ruth Hogan

The Vexed Generation- Scott Meyer

Widowland- C.J. Carey

1 💫

The Assassin King- Elizabeth Haydon

The Island- C.L. Taylor


A is for Arsenic, The Poisons of Agatha Christie- Kathryn Harkup