December 2022 Book Update

It’s the end of the year and that means this is the last monthly book update for 2022!

It has been a wonderful year full of amazing books and I have been so happy to find some new favorite authors.

December’s book list took me to my goal of reaching 100 books in 2022. I started strong with a few heavy reading months and then was able to relax a bit more in the fall when life got busy. But, ultimately, I completed my 100th book on December 17th.

I decided not to start any new books for the last 2 weeks of the year in order to give more of my time and energy to my family and friends as well as to my other hobbies, which are just as important as reading.

I am beyond excited to get back into reading in January. As you’ll see in the list below, I’ve re-started the Harry Potter series, so I’ll be picking up with books 5-7 to start off the year. Those are long books, so I don’t expect to have a record-setting list of books in January.

Stay tuned for a recap post of all of 2022’s books with a final combined list of all 100 books!

For now, here’s my reading list from December…

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’ve read the whole Harry Potter series many times in my life. As they’re so popular and well-known, instead of a quick recap for each, I’ll just tell you my favorite part! I love the first HP book because of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. They are innocent kids swept up in the greater magical world, just trying to survive school and trolls, while learning who they want to be as people.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5 out of 5.

CoS was the first time Harry was really pushed aside as an outcast. He’s blamed for something he didn’t do and is no longer just the-boy-who-lived. He’s experienced this with Dudley and his gang before the events of PS, but this time, he’s pushed out of the wizarding world, the only place he feels at home.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sirius Black is the best part of this whole book. He’s the deranged, escaped convict, then he’s the mysterious man on the run who manages to break into Hogwarts. Then he gets a fleeting moment of redemption and hope before his next tragic journey begins. I love him as a character and his love for Harry really shows, even after 12 years of soul-sucking dementors.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5 out of 5.

GoF really initiates the change between books geared to younger readers and books geared to a wider, more-adult audience. I love the action and drama of the tasks, but I still cringe every time Harry would lie about having solved the egg clue leading into the second task. This book brings the wizarding world to life in a way the others haven’t been able to do.

Ready for a Reading Challenge in 2023?

Check out the 2023 Spine & Leaf Books Reading Challenge! This list consists of 50 challenges. Read 1 book per prompt in 2023 to complete the challenge.

Join in on the fun with other readers attempting the challenge and let us know what books you’ve chosen by leaving a comment. Stay tuned for monthly updates from Spine & Leaf Books that will help you stay motivated to keep on track. And by the end of 2023, you’ll have read an astounding 50 books!

Happy reading everyone, see you next year.

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