2022 Goodreads Wrap-up

I am so pleased that I was able to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2022 by reading and reviewing 50 books! This makes seven years in a row that I’ve achieved that goal. Here are the final titles for the year. And yes, I’ve already signed up for the 2023 Challenge!

Wedding Mints and Witnesses by Kelsey Browning and Nancy Naigle
Seasoned Southern Sleuths, Book 5
This is the last book in the series – at least the last book that’s available right now. Abby Ruth’s daughter and Sheriff Teague Castro are finally tying the knot, and the ladies want to make it a day to remember. In the meantime, Abby Ruth is fighting her feelings for a man who was important to her many years ago and who wants to reinstate himself in her life. Add in a healthy dose of mystery when Abby’s wedding crasher friends start experiencing jewel thefts, and you’ve got action and adventure! I enjoyed this story as much as the rest, and I’m hoping that Amazon notifications will let me know if and when another episode is available. 

Buried Hearts by Diana Stout
Laurel Ridge Novellas Book 4
This series of novellas about a core group of friends during the same set of days continues to provide great reading. Buried Hearts is the story of Clint, an archaeologist, and balloonist/psychic Gabby. They meet when she is hired to take Clint’s parents on a balloon ride, and he’s immediately smitten. Neither of them has had a good experience at relationships, and there are a lot of misunderstandings and mistrust. A clue is discovered relating to a mystery begun in a previous book about a recently recovered Volkswagen that’s been missing for years. As another reviewer noted, the banter is witty and keeps you reading. There are also hints at the storylines in upcoming installments. 

The Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 1
After our Friday Fox alerted me to this series, I couldn’t wait to check it out. One of my holiday splurges was a subscription to Audible, so I listened to this book while cutting out fabric for quilts, crocheting tote bags, and otherwise keeping my hands busy. Since Tonette has already presented a detailed summary of the series premise back in November (see her post at https://fourfoxesonehound.wordpress.com/2022/11/11/another-agatha/), I won’t repeat it all here. In this particular story, Agatha seeks to “fit in” by entering and presumably winning the prize for Best Quiche in the local baking competition. She doesn’t bake, so she drives back to London and purchases one from an upper-crust quicherie, but the plan goes awry when the judge dies from food poisoning and the death is traced to an ingredient in her quiche. 
I especially loved the colorful characters in this story, such as her flamboyant friend from London who comes to visit, the demanding elderly couple that she volunteers to drive about, the quiet vicar’s wife, and the kind policeman Bill Wong who reminds her to let the police do their work rather than try to investigate things herself. After listening to this book, I’m eager to see what happens to her next!


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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15 Responses to 2022 Goodreads Wrap-up

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Well, if two Foxes recommend M.C. Beaton… then I should probably check out that author. Is this the same Agatha Raisin character who appears on BBC series?

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    • Yes and no, Jeff. They really took liberties and changed things for the sake of change in the series away from the books, just as they did with Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth. I was so anxious to see the Mcbeth series and watched about two minutes of it, never to go back. I found it disgusting; the townies and Macbeth himself were completely degraded.

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      • Patricia Kiyono says:

        I wondered about that, Tonette. I know the actress who plays Agatha in the series and Inspector Wong look totally different from how they’re described in the books, and wondered about the rest.


        • EVERYONE should read a book that I have mentioned here:”Writing Movies for Fun and Profit” by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon.
          It explains all about the writing and REWRITING process of books to movies, stage, and TV. Anyone who watches TV, sees movies or goodness WRITES with the dream of seeing their work translated onto screen should really know all of this. Authors extremely rarely have even the smallest influence on what changes can and cannot be made, and writers hired PURPOSELY change everything they can. Once the option your work, it’s theirs to do with as they please, even never use it, so that no one else can.


  2. I am so glad that you like Agatha Raisin, Patty! I have stopped listening to her stories for now, but I will be back. I am finishing Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth series and trying to branch out, but I want to get back eventually.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      There are plenty of stories in the series, so as long as I’m enjoying them I imagine I’ll be listening for some time. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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  3. Diane Burton says:

    Congrats on achieving your reading goal. I sign up each year because I want to know how many books I’ve read without keeping a paper tally.

    When I had a 30-45 minute commute, I listened to audio books and that’s where I first met Agatha Raisin. I had a completely different image of her in my mind than what’s on the TV show. I’ve enjoyed that series. As someone mentioned, it’s not true to the books, still a fun show.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Paper tallies don’t work with me either, Diane! Having an online place to track my reading – along with my impressions of each book – work much better for me! I might check out the TV series next summer, when my schedule slows down. Thanks so much for stopping in!


  4. Lucy Kubash says:

    That is quite an accomplishment, Patty. Congrats on meeting your goal. I’m going to try and keep track of every book I read this year.

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I read a lot, but I haven’t ever made a list to see how many I complete in a year. Since this is only January 2 it would be a good time to start tracking. Thanks for your reviews.

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  6. Congratulations on reaching your reading goal for the year. Is your goal for 2023 also 50 books or will you try to read more than that?
    I think I’ll try reading the Agatha Raisin books. It isn’t something I would normally read but I want to try reading books out of my favorite genres this year.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Yes, my 2023 goal is also 50 books. I thought about raising it, but I’ve got several non-reading goals I want to reach, so I left it the same. I’ve been listening to the Agatha Raisin books on Audible while I’m sewing or crocheting.

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