2022: The year in reading

My year in book reading

by Carl Bettis

in Books


You can find detailed views of my reading at https://creads.imagisterium.com. Some highlights here:

The figures above don't count non-book reading, such as magazines and newsletters.


While every book I read kept my interest, some grabbed me more firmly than others. The 3 books from each category that most moved me intellectually, emotionally, or spiritually:

Complete list of books I read

Within each category, the books are roughly in the order in which I read them.


  1. Cool Shades of Eventide by Nancy Krieg
  2. Book of Luminous Things edited by Czeslaw Milosz
  3. New Poets of Native Nations edited by Heid E. Erdrich
  4. The Rehearsal of Misunderstanding by Rhea Galanaki, Jenny Mastoraki, and Maria Laina, translated by Karen Van Dyck
  5. Folly Took a Seat and Laughed in our Faces: A Poetry Anthology by Rebecca Rijsdijk and Leanne Kuiper
  6. The Haiku Anthology edited by Cor Van den Heuvel
  7. 365 Days: A Poetry Anthology, Vol. 4 edited by James Benger and Dan Pohl
  8. corpse whale by dg nanouk okpik
  9. Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse by Anne Carson
  10. Inside the Outside : an anthology of avant-garde American poets edited by Roseanne Ritzema
  11. Mummy Eaters by Sherry Shenoda
  12. Field Guide to the Haunted Forest by Jarod K. Anderson
  13. Talk Smack to a Hurricane by Lynne Jensen Lampe
  14. Cruel Futures by Carmen Giménez Smith
  15. A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng


  1. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  2. The Changeling by Victor LaValle
  3. The Atrocities by Jeremy C. Shipp
  4. Another Country by James Baldwin
  5. Dark Country by Monique Snyman
  6. Queens of the Abyss: Lost Stories from the Women of the Weird edited by Mike Ashley
  7. Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin
  8. What Can You Say Against a Death Machine? by Marty Shambles
  9. Your Body Is Not Your Body: A New Weird Horror Anthology edited by Alex Woodroe and Matt Blairstone
  10. Coyote Songs: a barrio noir by Gabino Iglesias
  11. My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
  12. The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington
  13. the Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
  14. Beneath the Rising by Premee Mohamed
  15. Against the Grain by J.-K. Huysmans, translated by John Howard
  16. Weird Dream Society: An Anthology of the Possible & Unsubstantiated in Support of RAICES edited by Julie C. Day, Carina Bissett, and Chip Houser
  17. Convulsive by Joe Koch
  18. The Sleepless by Nuzo Onoh
  19. Mother: Tales of Love and Terror edited by Willow Dawn Becker and Christi Nogle
  20. The Forest Dreams with Teeth by Madison McSweeney
  21. The Lawless: A Triptych by Merc Fenn Wolfmoor
  22. Anoka: A Collection of Indigenous Horror by Shane Hawk


  1. Mirrors by Eduardo Galeano, translated by Mark Fried
  2. Barraccoon by Zora Neale Hurston
  3. Christina Rosetti: A Divided Life by Georgina Battiscombe
  4. Hand to Mouth by Linda Tirado
  5. What Is Life? & other scientific essays by Erwin Schrödinger
  6. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey
  7. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  8. The Curious Case of H.P. Lovecraft by Paul Roland
  9. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
  10. Visionary Fictions: Apocalyptic writing from Blake to the modern age by Edward J. Ahearn
  11. Memoirs of a Beatnik by Diane di Prima
  12. Haunted Kansas : ghost stories and other eerie tales by Lisa Hefner Heitz
  13. The Chinese Eye: An Interpretation of Chinese Painting by Chiang Yee
  14. Writing Poetry in the Dark edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich
  15. Women philosophers of the Early Modern Period edited by Margaret Atherton

Looking ahead to 2023

I have only a vague idea what 2023 will look like for my reading. My TBR queue is quite long. Some authors I plan to read in the near future, in no particular order: Tananarive Due, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, William Blake, Victor LaValle, Kenneth Rexroth, Toni Morrison, Anna Akhmatova, Leonid Andreyev, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Hand, Kenneth Patchen, and Mary Shelley. I'll track my reading either at The Library of the Uncommons or at StoryGraph. I haven't decided yet which. Maybe both.