So Long, 2022~ In Which A Sponge Attempts To Put The Stories Of 2022 Into A Nutshell

Hello, everyone!

Time keeps moving forward. We all know this. It just creeps steadily along, or perhaps flies along at breakneck speed, depending on how you look at it.

And somehow, 2022 is spent. 2023 is upon us.

Did I accomplish anything this year? Who knows?

What I do know is that I read books. And watched movies and TV shows. And listened to musical theatre soundtracks. This has been my custom and I don’t think I’ll be changing it any time soon.

As is also my custom, I’ve compiled the highlights of my story related travels of this year in a blog post. And that is what you see before you today.


The Guardians of Childhood series by William Joyce, The Ball and the Cross by G.K. Chesterton, The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine, Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis, Space Boy vol. 1 by Stephen McCranie, Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini, Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Dune by Frank Herbert, The Dam Keeper vol. 1-3 by Robert Kondo and Daisuke Tsutsumi, Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton, My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara, Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry, Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens, The Slaves of the Mastery (#2 in the Wind on Fire trilogy) by William Nicholson, The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, Kim by Rudyard Kipling


Encanto, Tick Tick Boom!, Dune (part 1), A Quiet Place (part II), Silverado, Edward Scissorhands, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Royal Wedding, A Silent Voice

TV Shows

Spy x Family, Bungo Stray Dogs, Aldnoah.Zero, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Andor, The Wingfeather Saga


Well, we pulled off a fully staged production of A Tale of Two Cities, the musical, which was a major accomplishment (if I do say so myself).  I love that show so much and I think we were able to do the story justice. Audiences really enjoyed it, so I guess that’s a win.

On a less impressive note, I discovered a few musical theatre soundtracks this year that I’ve quite enjoyed listening to:

Frankenstein, Phantom, Titanic

Honorable mention: the musical Honeymoon in Vegas is a tad too inappropriate for my taste, but there are several songs from it that I thoroughly enjoy. (“I Love Betsy”, “Never Get Married”, “Anywhere But Here”, “Ev’ryday is Happy in Hawaii”, “The Garden of Disappointed Mothers”, “Isn’t That Enough?”, and “Airport Song”.)


There you have it. In a nutshell.

What stories did you discover in 2022? Any standouts? Do you have exciting plans for 2023? (Weren’t we still getting used to the fact that it was 2022, though?)

12 thoughts on “So Long, 2022~ In Which A Sponge Attempts To Put The Stories Of 2022 Into A Nutshell

  1. The Wingfeather Saga! I haven’t seen the latest instalment, but I plan to do so soon.
    I don’t listen to as many musical soundtracks as I used to, but this spring I was able to see a production of Tarzan– the first time in about two years that I’ve been able to go to a theater!

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    1. Yeah, it’s really neat that the Wingfeather Saga show is finally happening! It has a lot of potential to be great, and I’m super excited.

      Ooh, I haven’t seen Tarzan live before, but I love the Disney movie. It seems like that show could have some major technical challenges! Seeing live theatre can be such a joy.


  2. YASSSS YOU FINALLY READ THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP. Good Sponge. *pats head* *awards you medal of honor*

    also, your caption of Scaramouche…now made me imagine those two characters on the cover page laughing to themselves as they die of their duel wounds…thank you for that

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    1. IT WAS YOU. I’ve had The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep on my TBR for a while now, but I didn’t write down who recommended it (silly me). I knew it was someone on a blog…but the memory did not go any further than that. I am a forgetful sponge. BUT IT WAS YOU. And I am so glad that I know now, because I wanted to thank you heartily for the recommendation. I thoroughly enjoyed it. So thank you. 🙂

      Haha, that’s quite the scene the imagination has painted. Inaccurate to the actual story, but no less humorous for that.

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  3. Hang on, you read Kim?? Did you not see fit to tell me this, or…? (For real though, did you post about it and I missed it? Or I didn’t miss it but the memory of it fell out of my brain like the bottom out of my backpack after it served me faithfully for seven years and then could withstand all my heavy books no longer?) I love that book. (Which you doubtless know already.) There is just something about that kid, isn’t there? And the lama too.

    That description of Scaramouche, though. Accurate. Not till today did I realize the vast similarity between Andre-Louis and Enel.

    I am happy to hear of all the wonderful stories and musics you hung out with in 2022. Sounds like it was a grand old time. May 2023 be as lovely or better!

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    1. I did read Kim! I haven’t posted a mini-review for it yet. I finished reading it less than a week before this was posted, so forgive me for not alerting you of the fact. (I have no idea what I’m actually going to say about it when I do get around to doing a review…but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, I guess.) I did quite enjoy it, and I thank you for the recommendation.

      Hm, yes. Despite being nothing alike, they are uncannily similar. 😉

      Thank you, Sarah! I wish you a lovely 2023 as well!

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  4. I always love this post, and this one did not disappoint!

    I STILL need to read Peace Like A River and Scaramouche!

    “The whimsy is strong, even if the plot isn’t.” #accurate

    Ahhhh Thick as Thieves and Return of the Thief! Was this your first time reading them? THEY’RE SO GOOD. Kamet is fantastic.

    You literally read SO MANY GOOD BOOKS this year, Sponge! I’m a little jealous…although I read a lot of good books this year, too. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Sam! I am glad to hear it. 🙂

      Ah, yes. They are indeed good ones. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on them eventually.

      Haha, indeed. Sometimes the whimsy is a book’s saving grace.

      It was my first time reading them, yes! I greatly enjoyed them. I plan to reread the entire series at some point.

      I DID. IT WAS AMAZING. I’m glad you did some good reading as well. I hope you are starting out your 2023 with some good books!


  5. Sounds like you had a full year! It IS an incredible accomplishment to pull off A Tale of Two Cities!!! Congratulations! Were you in the cast of the play?
    Yes! Another person who likes Titanic! Have you by any chance seen the Kings Academy version that’s on YouTube? They slowed it down, but it’s still AMAZING!!!

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    1. Thank you! I was in the cast, yes. It was great fun. I got to be a drunken tavern guest in a couple of scenes, a bloodthirsty spectator at a trial, and a French aristocrat going to her death. Lots of variety. 😉

      Huzzah, I’m glad to hear that you also appreciate a Titanic sans Celine Dion, haha. I have not seen the Kings Academy version! Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I have only been able to listen to the cast recording thus far, I haven’t seen the show itself.

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      1. Oh my those roles sound like such a riot…pun not intended lol!

        I’d love to hear what you think of the play once you see it!

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