Inputs 2022


Each year I round up the various forms of media that I’ve engaged with. Here’s what I’ve watched and read this year.

I use a ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 star rating system – you could think of it as a “recommendation” rating system:

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I don’t recommend this.

It’s good. I might recommend it to some people.

It’s great! You should definitely see this.

Books

I had a goal to read 52 books this year – one for every week. I reached it with a couple of weeks to go! I’m very proud of this achievement.

Early in the year I finished reading the Foundation and Robots series by Asimov, and after that started reading Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series. With over 20 titles in this series, I expect it will take a few years to get through them all, but so far I’m really enjoying the character development.

I also read through the “Remembrance of Earth’s Past” series by Liu Cixin. I didn’t rate this a full three stars, as it could be a little dry at some points – but it’s really lasted in my memory. I would recommend it as required reading for anyone who particularly enjoys science-fiction.

Another title that I can’t forget is Earthlings. I’ve found that most Japanese fiction I’ve read is straight-up strange… and this is no exception. Not a title for the faint of heart, but if you don’t mind a disturbed mind… give this one a go.

Another highlight was the Interactive Fiction title “Violet“. I had a great time reading and uncovering all the endings and easter eggs. It’s free to read, and short – took me about three hours to get through.

TitleAuthorRatingFormat
Second FoundationIsaac Asimov⭐️⭐️⭐️Audiobook
The Midnight LibraryMatt Haig⭐️⭐️Ebook
Alcatraz Versus the Evil LibrariansBrandon Sanderson⭐️⭐️⭐️Paperback
Foundation’s EdgeIsaac Asimov⭐️⭐️⭐️Audiobook
To Sleep in a Sea of StarsChristopher Paolini⭐️Audiobook
SapiensYuval Noah Harari⭐️Paperback
RecursionBlake Crouch⭐️⭐️⭐️Ebook
The Three-Body ProblemLiu Cixin⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Robots and EmpireIsaac Asimov⭐️⭐️⭐️Paperback
Foundation and EarthIsaac Asimov⭐️⭐️⭐️Audiobook
The Dark ForestLiu Cixin⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Dark OneBrandon Sanderson⭐️⭐️Graphic Novel
EarthlingsSayaka Murata⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Death’s EndLiu Cixin⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Elon MuskAshlee Vance⭐️⭐️Paperback
Sharpe’s TigerBernard Cornwell⭐️⭐️⭐️Ebook
Sharpe’s TriumphBernard Cornwell⭐️⭐️Paperback
The AlchemistPaul Coelho⭐️⭐️⭐️Audiobook
The History of the FutureBlake J. Harris⭐️⭐️⭐️Audiobook
The Untethered SoulMichael A. Singer⭐️Audiobook
Sharpe’s FortressBernard Cornwell⭐️⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Snow CrashNeal Stephenson⭐️⭐️⭐️Ebook
Sharpe’s TrafalgarBernard Cornwell⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Sharpe’s PreyBernard Cornwell⭐️⭐️⭐️Audiobook
VioletJeremy Freese⭐️⭐️⭐️IF
Sharpe’s RiflesBernard Cornwell⭐️⭐️⭐️Audiobook
The SilmarillionJ.R.R. Tolkien⭐️⭐️Paperback
Sharpe’s HavocBernard Cornwell⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Forget Me NotEllie Terry⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Sharpe’s EagleBernard Cornwell⭐️⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Red at the BoneJacqueline Woodson⭐️⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Song of SolomonToni Morrison⭐️⭐️Audiobook
The Scrivener’s BonesBrandon Sanderson⭐️⭐️⭐️Paperback
The Knights of CrystalliaBrandon Sanderson⭐️⭐️⭐️Paperback
Sharpe’s GoldBernard Cornwell⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Sharpe’s EscapeBernard Cornwell⭐️⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Free to LearnPeter O. Gray⭐️⭐️⭐️Paperback
RedJohn Logan⭐️⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Other HousesPaddy O’Reilly⭐️⭐️Audiobook
LemonKwon Yeo-Sun⭐️Audiobook
Scattered MindsGabor Matè⭐️⭐️Paperback
Severance – The Lexington LetterBen Stiller, et. al.⭐️⭐️⭐️Ebook
The Lost MetalBrandon Sanderson⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Meditation & KabbalahAryeh Kaplan⭐️⭐️⭐️Paperback
TefillinAryeh Kaplan⭐️⭐️⭐️Paperback
NomadlandJessica Bruder⭐️⭐️Paperback
Tzitzith: A Thread of LightAryeh Kaplan⭐️⭐️Paperback
Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight TowerTamsyn Muir⭐️⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Final SpinJocko Willink⭐️⭐️Audiobook
The Stranger in the LifeboatMitch Albom⭐️⭐️⭐️Audiobook
LegionBrandon Sanderson⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Skin DeepBrandon Sanderson⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Sharpe’s FuryBernard Cornwell⭐️⭐️Audiobook
Trends
  • 52 Books
  • Formats Read
    • 11 audiobooks (62%)
    • 14 paperbacks (27%)
    • 6 other digital formats (11%)
  • Authors Read
    • 11 by Bernard Cornwell (21%)
    • 7 by Brandon Sanderson (13%)
  • Average Rating
    • 26 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (50%)
    • 22 ⭐️⭐️ (42%)
    • 4 ⭐️(8%)
    • Average rating of 2.42 stars
  • Fiction vs Non-Fiction
    • 42 Fiction (81%)
    • 10 Non-Fiction (19%)
  • Compared to last year…
    • 216% more books read! (52 this year, 24 last year)
    • Many more paperbacks (I don’t think I read any hard copies last year)
Book of the Year

Unlike film and television, I don’t tend to read books the year they were released. In fact, the only book I’ve read this year that was also released this year is The Lost Metal. Because of this, I give the book of the year award to whichever book I recommend the most.

This year’s Book of the Year is Recursion by Black Crouch.

Film

This year I intentionally took a step away from the cinema. Although I really enjoyed diving into the world of film last year, I didn’t think I’d be able to maintain my film diet while also pursuing my audacious one-per-week reading goal.

Like last year, Talia and I decided on a date-night movie director theme. I’ve done Noah Baumbach, Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, as well as series like the MCU and Bond. This year we watched the filmography of Guy Ritchie.

TitleYearRatingFormat
House of Gucci2021⭐️⭐️⭐️Cinema
The Comeback2021⭐️⭐️⭐️Phone
Moonfall2022⭐️Cinema
The Sky is Everywhere2022⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
Last Night in Soho2021⭐️⭐️TV
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels1998⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
Snatch2000⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
The Batman2022⭐️⭐️⭐️Cinema
Swept Away2002⭐️TV
Turning Red2022⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
Encanto2022⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
Uncharted2022⭐️⭐️Cinema
Revolver2005⭐️⭐️TV
RocknRolla2008⭐️TV
Sherlock Holmes2009⭐️⭐️TV
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows2011⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness2022⭐️⭐️⭐️Cinema
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.2005⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
Avatar2009⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword2017⭐️⭐️TV
The Gentlemen2019⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
Operation Mincemeat2022⭐️⭐️Cinema
Wrath of Man2021⭐️⭐️TV
Top Gun1986⭐️⭐️iPad
Spiderhead2022⭐️⭐️⭐️Laptop
The French Dispatch2021⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
Thor: Love and Thunder2022⭐️⭐️⭐️Cinema
Everything Everywhere All at Once2022⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
Lightyear2022⭐️⭐️TV
Men2022⭐️⭐️TV
Bullet Train2022⭐️Cinema
Luck2022⭐️TV
C’mon C’mon2021⭐️⭐️⭐️Plane
Belfast2021⭐️⭐️⭐️Plane
Werewolf by Night2022⭐️⭐️Phone
Black Adam2021⭐️TV
Wakanda Forever2022⭐️⭐️⭐️Cinema
The Menu2022⭐️⭐️⭐️Cinema
Cha Cha Real Smooth2022⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story2022⭐️⭐️TV
Avatar: The Way of Water2022⭐️⭐️⭐️Cinema
Cool Runnings1993⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
The Fabelmans2022⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
Emancipation2022⭐️⭐️⭐️TV
Trends
  • 44 Films
  • Formats Watched
    • 11 in the Cinema (25%)
    • 27 at home on the TV (61%)
    • 6 others (14%)
  • Average Rating
    • 26 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (59%)
    • 12 ⭐️⭐️ (27%)
    • 6 ⭐️ (14%)
    • Average rating of 2.45 stars
  • Release Years
    • 25 released in 2022 (57%)
    • 7 released in 2021 (16%)
    • 12 released in other years (27%)
  • Compared to last year…
    • Total films only 58% of last year, down from 76 to 44
Film of the Year

My favourite film that was released in 2022 was The Fabelmans. I think this film will go down in history as an all time classic. It reminded a lot of Cinema Paradiso, which is another favourite classic of mine.

I have to mention a close runner-up, though: The Menu. Loved the tension, humour, and social commentary here.

Television

My goal at the start of the year was to limit my TV to only Marvel series, Lord of the Rings series, and Star Trek series. This might seem limiting, but actually I knew there would be a lot of Marvel and Star Trek shows.

In the end, I didn’t achieve this goal. I couldn’t help myself – I just had to see the final season of the Peaky Blinders (and I’m glad I did), plus it was nice to share a few evenings watching the new Only Murders in the Building season with Talia. Once I failed that, I decided to take up a couple of other recommendations from friends.

TitleSeasonEpisodesRating
Morning WarsSeason 210 Episodes⭐️⭐️
Star Trek: ProdigySeason 110 Episodes⭐️⭐️
HawkeyeSeason 16 Episodes⭐️⭐️
Star Trek: DiscoverySeason 413 Episodes⭐️⭐️
Moon KnightSeason 16 Episodes⭐️⭐️
PicardSeason 28 Episodes⭐️
Peaky BlindersSeason 66 Episodes⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ms MarvelSeason 16 Episodes⭐️⭐️
I Am GrootSeason 15 Episodes⭐️⭐️
Only Murders in the BuildingSeason 210 Episodes⭐️⭐️
The Lord of the Rings: Rings of PowerSeason 18 Episodes⭐️⭐️
SeveranceSeason 19 Episodes⭐️⭐️⭐️
She-Hulk: Attorney at LawSeason 19 Episodes⭐️
The PeripheralSeason 18 Episodes⭐️⭐️
Trends
  • 14 Seasons
  • 114 Episodes
    • If you allow for an average 40 minute episode, that’s 76 hours of television.
  • Average Rating
    • 2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (14%)
    • 10 ⭐️⭐️ (72%)
    • 2 ⭐️ (14%)
    • Average rating of exactly 2 stars
  • Compared to last year…
    • Much less TV this year
    • Down from 33 seasons to 14
    • Down from 387 episodes to 114
    • Down from ~258 hours to ~76 hours
Television Season of the Year

This one is no contest – Severance is by far the most engaging and excited series I’ve seen this year. I had it recommended to me from a few different folks who also liked Lost and Mr. Robot – and Severance is very much in the same vein. This is my kind of television.


That’s my year of input! The short version is a lot more books, and a lot less screen time. I’m not sure I’ll target such an aggressive reading goal in the year to come… and I think I’ll try to enjoy a few more movies. As for TV, I’m actually pretty pleased with how little I saw in 2022. I might try to cut it back a fraction in 2023 – maybe one per month? Something like that.