Top Ten New Authors I discovered in 2022

Top Ten
New Authors I discovered in 2022

TTT for January 24

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In 2022, I read books by a total of 115 different authors.
51% of these were new to me authors, that is, 59.
So that would seem really hard to pick 10 of them that I really enjoyed.
Fortunately, when I did my 2022 recaps, I already highlighted 16 of them,
so that was rather easy to go from 16 to 10.
And I skipped two from whom I have already read another book.

As you can see, most (except two) are classical authors.
I have the feeling some of you have not heard about a good bunch of them,
so maybe that will encourage you to revisit some exciting past authors.

2022 new authors a


2022 new authors b

Have YOU read
or are YOU planning to read any of these?
Please leave the link to your own post,
so I can visit.

Friday Face Off: Black covers

Friday Face Off

The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
Visit Lynn’s Books (@LynnsBooks) for a list of upcoming themes.
Please visit also Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy (@tammy_sparks)
thanks to whom I discovered this meme.

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This week, the theme is
Black covers

Last time I participated in this meme was a month ago! These past weeks have been super busy, and I thought I wasn’t going to have time this week either. But something got cancelled in my end of week schedule, so I used this extra time to prepare this post. It’s good to be back!

I thought right away about this book I read a few months ago and enjoyed a lot:
Confessions, by Kanae Minato
“This is a very smart story about bullying and revenge, with many twists. ”
Please come this way to read my full review.


Click on the picture below if you want to identify the various editions
You can also right click and ‘open image in new tab’ to zoom in

Black covers

My favorite cover is the Vietnamese edition.
I like the black, with the blur — intentionally low digital resolution — to feature both the students’ tables and the teacher’s. And that is very important for the story.

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Have you read this book?
My next participation will be on Friday, November 4:
“Red skies at night – Covers that are red”

20 Books of Summer 2022: it’s a wrap

20 books of summer


20 Books of Summer 2022:
it’s a wrap

Thanks to I participated in this challenge from June 1 to August 31, for the third time.

Here were my original 20 books:

20 books of summer a

I am very happy, because I stuck pretty close to this list (rather unusual for me, lol), with 16 done and 2 more started.

AND I actually read almost as many books that were NOT on that original list:

20 books of summer b

I finished 7 in June, 12 in July, and 9 in August

Statistics wise, that’s:

28 books (7 on paper, 10 ebooks, and 11 audiobooks)
That’s a total of 4,929 pages (average of 53 pages/day)

And 95H46 of audio time (average of 1H02/day).

If I convert these audiobooks into pages, that’s 3,399 pages (average of 36 pages/day).
So the total in pages is 8,328 (average of 90 pages/day).

My original goal was 5,946 pages (average of 64 pages/day), so I’m very happy with this summer reading.

Genre wise – a nice mix
And 16 of these were classics
The oldest book was published in 1865, the most recent on July 16, 2022
Mystery: 10                – favorites: The Bride Wore Black / Confessions
Literary fiction: 6        – favorite: Ensemble, c’est tout
Scifi: 4                       – favorite: Upgrade
Nonfiction: 3              – favorite: L’Enfer numérique
Historical fiction: 3    – favorite: So Big
Play: 1
Fantasy: 1

Library: 11
Web: 7
Owned: 4
Netgalley: 2
EStories (audio subscription): 2
Print review copy: 2

English: 13
French: 10
Translated into English: 5
(2 from the Japanese, 2 from the French, 1 from the Russian)

My disappointments
I was disappointed with only #2, 11, and 19.
My conclusion: you REALLY need to read all the others!

Click here or one of the above charts to access my full chart

How many books did you read this Summer?
Which ones were your favorites or your disappointments?