July-September 2022 Reading Wrap-up

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I’ve got to be honest, when I opened up A Keyboard and an Open Mind to check how long it had been since my last post, I was surprised it had only been three months. In those three months, I’ve been in rehearsals for a production of HMS Pinafore, had COVID, had another non-COVID bad cold thing, finished booking a trip to Europe, and managed to continue at my day job despite our team being rather depleted at the moment (long story).

Often it’s felt like I haven’t been reading much, but in those three months, I’ve read another nineteen books, bringing my total for the year to forty-one. These nineteen books have all been three or four star reads – nothing terrible but also nothing really stand-out. I’m hoping for a five-star read soon!

I’ll just post the highlights below, but you can see the full list on my GoodReads 2022 Challenge Page.


  1. The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss (historical fiction – 4 stars)
  2. The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu (historical fantasy – 4 stars)
  3. All Systems Red by Martha Wells (sci-fi – 4 stars)
  4. This Is Not a Ghost Story by Andrea Portes (YA horror – 3.5 stars)
  5. Malice by Pintip Dunn (YA sci-fi – 3.5 stars)

In the interests of not fiddling around with this post forever, I’m skipping the usual Booktube and Bookstagram sections! To be honest, I haven’t been terribly active on either, especially Booktube. That’s something I don’t think I’ll get back to until 2023, and I’m okay with that!


Physical book: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Moreno-Garcia is an insta-buy author for me. Her books are all very different and I don’t always enjoy them but I love reading her takes on the horror genre mixed with aspects of her Mexican heritage.

Ebook: Nothing at the moment.

Audio book: The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall. This is an Australian near-future thriller and it’s quite slow, but I’m interested to see where it goes.



It will likely be Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova. I’ve had this on my shelf for a long time, and it fit one of the prompts for October’s Whodunitathon perfectly!

What are you reading? 🙂


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