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

Vlogs, Wrap Ups

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
Vlogs, Wrap Ups

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

Reread

4:50 from Paddington- Agatha Christie

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Non-Fiction

Urbanshee- Siaara Freeman*

*#gifted

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

Rereads

Carmilla – Sheridan le Fanu

Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde – Robert L Stevenson

Frankenstein- Mary Shelley

Powers of Darkness – Valdimar Ásmundsson

Non-Fiction

Talking With Serial Killers – Christopher Berry-Dee

*#gifted

Vlogs, Wrap Ups

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

*gifted

Scottish Reads, Vlogs

Reading Scottish- July Wrap Up

What an excellent month of Reading Scottish! I read 6 books by Scottish authors in July. This was a big surprise to myself as I’d miscalculated and was convinced that I had read 5.

My Reading Scottish Wrap Up Vlog

This month I read some gritty Scottish crime novels: The Quaker – Liam McIlvanney and Hold Your Tongue- Deborah Masson. These books were set in Glasgow and Aberdeen, respectively, and having lived in both of those cities I felt like I got an extra little something from them. Turns out I’m a huge fan of Scottish crime featuring serial killers.

After all of the serial killer reading, i needed something a bit cheerier. I had been recommended Elle McNicoll as an author and since their entire back catalogue was available on Amazon prime, I ended up reading all three of their books. I enjoyed A Kind of Spark, Show Me Who You Are, and Like a Charm. These were delightful middle grade books.

I rounded off my month of Scottish reads with What Happens in Dubai by Sophie Gravia*. You may remember my cackling while reading A Glasgow Kiss which was this author’s previous novel. This was just as hilarious and I cackled once again.

If you’ve read any excellent Scottish fiction that you’d recommend, please let me know in the comments.

*gifted

Vlogs

Mid Year Freakout aka 6 Months in Review

Somehow we are now in July and that means that it’s time to review the last 6 months of reading. I had intended to do a quarter 1 review but time flew and I forgot.

In this Vlog I talk about the following; Best book read so far, best sequel read so far, new release I want to read, most anticipated release, biggest disappointment, biggest surprise, favourite new to me author, book that made me cry, book that made me happy, most beautiful book, and books I want to finish this year. Phew!

Vlog
Vlogs, Wrap Ups

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 💫

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

*#gifted

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.

Scottish Reads, Vlogs

Reading Scottish June Wrap Up

I know I’m a little bit earlier than usual but here is my Reading Scottish wrap up for June. I read the, what is now, standard 4 books by Scottish authors. I had a pretty wide variety of genres this month; contemporary, post apocalyptic/dystopian, and fantasy. I really enjoyed having this variety as these books really showcased how Scottish fiction is so much more than just a few genres. Even my two contemporary reads were so different-both regarding content and structure. Also, these were all debut adult fiction , this was not planned but does make me very happy to have a secret theme. Secret even to me!

I read the following books:

📚 Happiness is Wasted on Me by Kirkland Ciccone

🐉 The Flames of Albiyon by Jean Menzies

💊 The Pharmacist by Rachelle Atalla

🐕‍🦺 The Black Dog by Kevin Bridges*

*gifted

Wrap up vlog where I give reviews

If you’ve read any Scottish fiction recently, I’d love to hear all about it!