My Life in Book Titles 2022

There are some fun memes popping up among book bloggers as 2022 ends, All you have to do is answer (almost certainly untruthfully) a questionnaire, using only the titles of books you have read this last year. I’ve chosen two.

Here’s the first, introduced to me by Booker Talk

In high school I was: What was promised(Tobias Hill) ⭐⭐⭐

People might be surprised by: (the) Ashes of London (Andrew Taylor)⭐⭐⭐

I will never be: Dolores (Lauren Aimee Curtis)⭐⭐⭐, or Cecily (Annie Garthwaite)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ or Joan (Katherine J Chen)⭐⭐⭐⭐

My life post-lockdown was: … I’m staying here (Marco Balzano)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My fantasy Job is: (on) The night boat to Tangier (Kevin Barry)⭐ ⭐⭐

At the end of a long day I need: A God in every stone (Kamila Shamsie)⭐⭐⭐

I hate being: Early one morning (Virginia Baily)⭐⭐⭐⭐

I wish I had: The wolf den (Elodie Harper)⭐ ⭐⭐⭐

My family reunions are: National Treasures (Caroline Shenton) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

At a party you’d find me: Night crawling (Leila Mottley)⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’ve never been to: Otherlands (Thomas Halliday)⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A happy day includes: Best of friends (Kamila Shamsie) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Motto I live byCommon decency (Susannah Dickey) ⭐⭐⭐

On my bucket list are: Owls of the Eastern Ice (Jonathan Slaght) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In my next life, I want to have: Shrines of Gaiety (Kate Atkinson ) ⭐⭐⭐

The next generation discovers the joy of reading

Then Cathy introduced me to Shellyrae’s version. Well, why not?

2022 was the year of: The sweet indifference of the world (Peter Stamm)⭐⭐⭐⭐

In 2022 I wanted to beThat bonesetter’s woman (Frances Quinn) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In 2022 I was: Taking stock (Roger Morgan-Grenville) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In 2022 I gained: Small things like these (Claire Keegan) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In 2022 I lost: Miss Benson’s Beetle (Rachel Joyce)⭐⭐⭐

In 2022 I lovedMy phantoms (Gwendoline Riley) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In 2022 I hatedRed milk (Sjón) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In 2022 I learnedTo cook a bear (Mikael Niemi) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In 2022 I was surprised by: Things that fall from the sky (Selja Ahava)⭐⭐

In 2022 I went to: The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In 2022 I missed out onMidnight at Malabar House (Vaseem Khan)⭐⭐⭐⭐

In 2022 my family were: Between the assassinations (Aravind Adiga) ⭐⭐

In 2023 I hope (for): The romantic .. (William Boyd) … Silver shoals (Charles Rangeley-Wilson). Both ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Because all but four of these books were borrowed from North Yorkshire Libraries, which continues, even now, to buy a wide range of appetising new books, I dedicate this post to Bookish Beck’s Love your Library