Posted by: Lisa Hill | December 29, 2022

My Year in Books – 2022

With thanks to Cathy @746 Books, here’s an EOY meme…  I did it in 2021 and 2020 as well.

Using only books you have read this year (2022), answer these prompts. Try not to repeat a book title…

(Links in the titles will take you to my reviews where they exist)

In high school I was (the subject of) Random Acts of Unkindness, by Anna Mandoki
People might be surprised by The Electrical Experience (1974), by Frank Moorhouse
I will never be The Woman Upstairs (2013), by Claire Messud
My life post-lockdown was Confusion (1927), by Stefan Zweig, translated by Anthea Bell
My fantasy job is The Bookseller of Florence (2021), by Ross King

At the end of a long day I need Love Regardless, by Barbara Kamler
I hate being Caught, by Henry Green
Wish I had A Place Near Eden, by Nell Pierce (2022 Vogel winner)
My family reunions are A Brief Affair (2022), by Alex Miller
At a party you’d find me with Australian Women Pilots, by Kathy Mexted

I’ve never been to The Glass Hotel (2020), by Emily St John Mandel 
A happy day includes River Cottage Great Salads (2022), by Gelf Alderson
Motto I live by: Wandering with Intent (2022), by Kim Mahood
On my bucket list is The Islands, by Emily Brugman
In my next life, I want to have Two Sets of Books (2021), by Ruairi Murphy

Join in if you want to!


  1. Haha … I drafted mine before Christmas and might still post it … should have done it on Christmas Day as I did last year. I have a couple of these in mind but in different spots.

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  2. Hi Lisa, this was fun and I enjoyed answering in books. In high school I was The Woman they Could not Silence by Kate Moore; People might be surprised by Dust on my Feet by Peter Pinney; I will never be The Countess from Kirribilli by Joyce Morgan; My life post-lockdown was Then and Now by Garry Disher; My fantasy job is The Librarian by Salley Vickers; At The end of the day I need The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan; I hate being How The One Armed Sister Sweeps her House by Cherie Jones; I wish I had a Horse by Geraldine Brooks; My family reunions are Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller, and At a party you would find me with Willowman by Inga Simpson.
    Let’s hope next year provides more good reads and reviews for you. Happy New Year.


    • Notes on a Scandal — I love it!
      Happy New Year to you too:)


      • Meg I am an unabashed fan of Peter Pinney. Dust on my Feet is a great travel book IMO. Hope you enjoyed it as much as me.


        • Hi fourtriplezed – I really enjoyed Dust on my Feet. I read it slowly and wished I had been with him – well sometimes. I often was surprised how he overcome all the problems. But what fantastic experiences!!!

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  3. How sweet. I totally enjoyed this list.

    I would love to do all these posts that I see everywhere but I doubt I’ll ever have the time. LOL


    • I have the luxury of retirement, Marianne, and although there are other things to do, in the Australian summer lassitude makes me idle. I have some vague plans to ‘doing’ the kitchen cupboards and attending to a weed or two, but I shall pace myself…


      • I’m retired, as well, but somehow … I thought it gets better in winter but Christmas preparations and everything. Not only did we have both boys home for a week, we also had my whole family over the day after, 20 people all in all with 5 children. So, I was pretty busy. Hope it will get better in January.


  4. Ah I do hope you were not really subjected to unkindness when in school!
    This is such a fun game to play. I had Glass Hotel in my list too, though in response to a different question


    • Oh goodness, yes, I was, starting at five in Cornwall when I was bullied into the girls’ toilets on my first day because the big boys didn’t like my southern accent. I was too scared to come out when the bell rang and the teacher had to come and find me. At seven I was held accountable for the sins of the British Empire in a torrent of bewildering abuse, but it was in secondary school that I was doomed. Posh accent, tall and slim, no pimples, not interested in sport, and most fatal of all, too clever — Australians love to cut down tall poppies. I think what those girls hated most about me was that I simply did not care. I’d say they made me resilient, but the truth is, I already was, and the friendship or even acceptance of people like them was of no value to me at all.
      What it did do was make me a very good teacher. 100% intolerant of bullying and proactive in preventing it. Because kids today are not resilient, not at all.


      • I read The Orchard by Drusilla Modjeska this year and thought it very good. It had a chapter on not fitting in at a girl’s school. I notice a 3 star review without comment by you.


        • Ah, I just checked it, I read it back in 2004 before I had the blog, and it was one of those I just entered as read without any review. (I had vague plans to use my journals to write one, but have never got round to it with most of my books.) Anyway, some of my ratings are a bit mean because before Goodreads I used a 10 point rating scale, and converting to a 5 point scale meant that sometimes 7s went down to 3 rather than up to 4, mostly if I couldn’t really remember the book. Which I still can’t!
          So I looked it up, Journal 7, page 121… and I think the reason I wasn’t keen was that it was an early experience with a deconstructed text, and I wrote three pages in my journal trying to work out what it all meant. I spent a paragraph on the boarding experience that she wrote about, and reading what I wrote now, maybe she didn’t fit in because the school was ‘a bastion of upper class privilege at the expense of the disempowered locals’ — though which group she belonged to I do not know…


          • ‘a bastion of upper class privilege at the expense of the disempowered locals’

            Yes, and as such schools are I suppose. I recall also that there were demands on the unnamed bookish narrator to comply with the more collective demands of the school that she was not willing or able to comply with. One of only 3 novels I have tucked away over the last few years for a future read when I make it to retirement. I would like to put my finger on the attraction of it.


            • Well, sometimes not being willing to comply is high-minded or spiritual and sometimes (as in my case) it’s just a case of being interested in books and not in sport or TV shows, or not fitting in (and not caring about fitting in) because of a preference for classical music instead of pop. Teenage girls are not renowned for being tolerant of difference if conformity matters a lot to them — I think it’s a sign that they are not confident about themselves and are afraid that difference equates to criticism or rejection which they don’t have the inner resources to confront. But who knows, maybe the ones who delivered ‘random acts of unkindness’ to me have turned out to be perfectly nice people…

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      • What a miserable set of experiences. If you’d been any less resilient or independent minded then the outcome could have been very serious. You’ve described an attitude that I wouldn’t have expected from Australians – somehow I had this idea that they would be relaxed and tolerant (a generalisation of course) but based on your experience they want everyone to conform. How disappointing


        • Well, yes, but water long under the bridge!


  5. Gee that was not easy but here goes. :-))))

    In high school I was (the subject of) Retromania.

    People might be surprised by my Rogue Intensities.

    I will never Ride the Volcano.

    My life post-lockdown was The Sound of One Hand Clapping.

    My fantasy job is working a boat in search of The Secret Life of the Seine.

    At the end of a long day I need to look at art by William Dobbell.
    I hate being The Holy or The Broken.

    Wish I had written The Best Australian Stories 2004.

    My family reunions are Little.

    At The Garden Party, you’d find me with Katherine Mansfield.

    I’ve never been to The Labyrinth.

    A happy day includes looking at Misty Moderns.

    Motto I live by: Love

    On my bucket list is Destination Corregidor

    In my next life, I want to have Incidents at the Rue Laugier


    • Ooh yes, I’d like to have Incidents at the Rue Laugier too!

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  6. Can I have your fantasy job too??


  7. We have the same fantasy job Lisa :-)


  8. What a fun meme! Well done, everything makes sense!


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