Tuesday, August 15, 2023

2022 Movies Ranked


Favorite Movies of 2022 (definitely want to re-watch)

1. Everything Everywhere All at Once 
2. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 
3. Spirited 
4. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness 
5. Avatar: The Way of Water 
6. Glass Onion 
7. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special 
8. The Woman King (this was a great film, but due to the level of violence I probably won't rewatch it)

Good Movies (would probably re-watch):
8. Thor: Love and Thunder 
9. Fire Island 
10. The Adam Project
11. Turning Red 

Decent Movies (less likely to re-watch):
12. Elvis 
13. Uncharted 
14. Disenchanted 
15. Hocus Pocus 2 

Meh (No desire to re-watch):
16. Senior Year 
17. Hustle 
18. The Lost City 
19. The Batman 

Wednesday, January 04, 2023

Favorite Non-Fiction Books Read in 2022

These were my top ten favorite non-fiction books that I read for the first time in 2022 (simply alphabetized by author's last name):
  • Queer Hands of God edited by Crystal Cheatham
  • Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist by Elle Dowd 
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
  • The God Who Riots: Taking Back the Radical Jesus by Damon Garcia
  • Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks
  • The World's Poorest President Speaks Out by Yoshimi Kusaba
  • Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Miracle on 10th Street and Other Christmas Writings by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Mother God by Teresa Kim Pecinovsky
  • Beyond Shame: Creating a Healthy Sex Life on Your Own Terms by Matthias Roberts 
I highly recommend all of these but most especially the titles in bold.

Tuesday, January 03, 2023

Favorite Fiction Books Read in 2022

These were my top ten favorite fiction books that I read for the first time in 2022 (simply alphabetized by author's last name):

  • Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot, #1) by Becky Chambers
  • A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk & Robot, #2) by Becky Chambers
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers
  • A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2) by Becky Chambers
  • To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
  • X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills by Chris Claremont
  • Upgrade by Blake Crouch
  • The Resisters by Gish Jen
  • Superman: Son of Kal-El, Vol. 1: The Truth by Tom Taylor
Yes, I realize that five of those are all by Becky Chambers. I said I had found a new favorite author! All ten of these are also in the science fiction genre. =) What can I say? I like what I like!

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Neyhart's Nerdy Reading Recap 2022: Book stats, Graphs, and Charts!

I like that Goodreads tells me I'm really good at reading, and probably a lot of other things too!

2022 was the 11th year I tracked every book I read! The first year I did this I set my reading goal at a modest (for me) 52 books for the year because one book a week sounded pretty manageable. And the reason I decided to start tracking my reading was to help motivate me to read more than I already did.

2014 was the first year I started using a spreadsheet to help me collect and analyze more data than Goodreads allows. In 2019, I discovered that bookriot.com had a spreadsheet template with some built-in charts and graphs, beyond what I was already tracking. So I have used it for the past three years while modifying it to my liking. Here is a link where you can get their 2023 reading log template.

Now on to the nerd stats:

Number of books read: 200
Number of pages read: 37,753
Average book length: 188 pages

Mode of reading:

Audiobook: 67 (33.5%)
Ebook: 104 (52%) 
Print: 29 (14.5%)

(This breakdown is very similar to last year.)

Book Genres:
Similar to the past two years, I read more nonfiction than fiction (60/40 split), whereas in previous years this was more of a 50-50 split.

More specific genres and categories I tracked:
LGBTQ Studies: 15 books (some of these overlap with memoir/Bio and other genres)
Seminary: 75 books - 37.5% of the books I read were for my seminary studies
 (these overlap with Bible & Theology, obviously)
Bible: 52
Theology: 39
Fantasy: 39
Science Fiction: 39 (interesting that my sci-fi/fantasy was split 50-50 this year!)
    Almost 40% of the books I read were either Fantasy or Sci-Fi
Memoir/Bio: 12 (not as many as last year which was 19)
Children's: 9
General Nonfiction: 8
General Fiction: 2

Gender of Author:
Last year I was finally able to read slightly more women than men but this year it's back to 62% male, 36% female, and 2% non-binary. I'm going to have to try harder in 2023 to even this out! 

Books Read Per Month 2022:
This chart looks about like I would expect it to with me reading the most books between May and August when I have more time to read for fun, along with December and January because I'm also on break from classes half of December and all of January (other than auditing a J-term, which I will also be reading for).

Read vs. Re-reads:

First-time read: 132 books (66%)
Re-read: 68 books (34%)   

Here is an image of the 35 books I have labeled as my favorite books I read for the first time in 2022:
screenshot of part of my spreadsheet

Feel free to tell me about your reading year in the comments or in an email back to me!  

If you are interested in reading progressive-type theology books and discussing them with me and other people, click on over to this page where you can find out more about that and join the fun

Link to my book reviews

Previous reading recaps and book lists:

2018 Reading Recap and Book Stats
2017 Reading Recap and Book Stats
2016 Reading Recap and Book Stats
2015 Reading Recap

What I read in 2021 (202 books)
What I read in 2019 (203 books)
What I read in 2018 (130 books)
What I read in 2017 (83 books)
What I read in 2016 (142 books)
What I read in 2015 (120 books)
What I read in 2014 (111 books)