My Year of Reading: 2022
Reading is not a chore or just a box to check off on your to do list. It’s intimate time spent focusing your eyes, ears, and mind for understanding, to listen to a story in order to see something from a different perspective. It’s time committed to learn, grow, stretch, and enjoy. When I think of reading I have this image in my mind of Meg March placing a book by her bed and saying: 'I shall keep my book on the table here, and read a little every morning as soon as I wake, for I know it will do me good, and help me through the day.’
Nothing makes me happier than waking up on a Saturday morning with nowhere to go and opening a book to read just a few pages before I make our morning coffee. I feel like Meg March and I’m happy to know that what I’m reading will do me good.
The books I have listed below were some of the most moving books that I read in 2022. At the beginning of 2022 I set a goal to read 40 books from start to finish, and I read 37 books!
My favorite classic: Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin. I found the audiobook on YouTube narrated by Stephen Fry (I know him as Nikolai Genidze from Veep, a favorite show of mine!). Stephen Fry has also narrated a lot of books and audiobooks that I love, like the Harry Potter series and The Picture of Dorian Grey. Stephen Fry's narration deserves 5 stars alone!
This, I believe, is my first reading experience of Russian Literature. I was so charmed by this novel written in verse. I loved the humor, the ups and downs of being in love, the longing, the truth, the timeline, the seasons, the imagery. I was even moved to tears at one point, which I did not expect. I was heartbroken for one character and felt compassion for the other. Pushkin makes room for you to feel all the feels for his characters and their woes. I want to ‘think in’ Pushkin's verse now, it's so fun!
The book that made me laugh the most: Woman Without Shame by Sandra Cisneros. She’s bold, man. Cisneros did not hold back and I am so happy about that! She gave readers full details of what it’s like to reach her age and answers all our wonders. The title of this book of poems is very fitting.
My favorite book translated to English: Also the book that made me cry the most, Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami, translated by Allison Markin Powell. Never have I read a book so emotional that carried the theme of loneliness so elegantly and gingerly. It was a delight to read; it could be a book to read in a day or in a few weeks. I finished this book with a gasp and sat in my emotions before I could move out of my reading spot. I also had so many tabs of favorite lines and moments. I purchased another book by the same author for my 2023 reading list.