Hi, it’s Sabrina! Happy New Year!! For the last couple of years on the blog, I’ve started things off by setting a bunch of reading goals for myself, along with a few miscellaneous goals too. Admittedly, I got unnecessarily stressed about my goals in 2021, and I intended to reduce the amount this year. However, I couldn’t bring myself to properly do it in the end, because there is still so much I want to achieve with my reading and so many fun challenges out there. I have scrapped the miscellaneous goals though – so I have cut down a little. Overall, I hope these challenges and goals help shape my reading choices over the course of 2022! Let’s get into them.
READING MY “ON HOLD” BOOKS
I’m not sure when it started, but I have a shelf on Goodreads for books that I have started but not yet finished and want to pick up again some day. Usually this happens because my library hold ran out, lol. As of right now, I have 34 books on this list and in 2022 I would like to pick up at least 10 of those and either complete them or DNF them. Here’s some of the books at the top of my TBR for this:
BUZZWORD READING CHALLENGE
I participated in BooksandLala’s Buzzword Reading Challenge in 2021, and this year I want to do it again! Here is a link to the video announcement that introduces the challenge, and here is the list of prompts and some options I’ve picked for myself:
JANUARY – A book with one of the 5 W’s in the title
FEBRUARY – A book with a pronoun in the title
MARCH – A book with a location in the title
APRIL – A book with LITTLE or BIG (or similar word) in the title
MAY – A book with a direction in the title
JUNE – A book with ALL in the title
JULY – A book with a book related word in the title
AUGUST – A book with an item/object in the title
SEPTEMBER – A book with LIGHT or DARK (or similar word) in the title
OCTOBER – A book with an animal or creature in the title
NOVEMBER – A book with “ING” in the title
DECEMBER – A book with a number in the title
Last year I chose one book for each month and stuck with that (for the most part), but this time I’m taking a different route and giving myself some options for a lot of the months. I’ve gone through the prompt list and picked books for all of them except August, which asks for one with an item or object in the title – do you have any suggestions for me for that? Or, for that matter, suggestions for any of the other prompts? I’ll add them to my options!
REREADING MY FAVOURITES
As a kid, and even as a teen, I used to reread books all the time. And sure, I still do this occasionally but not nearly as often as I would like. This year, I want to reread at least 10 books that I love. I’m sure this will be quite a challenge for me but I know I can do it if I put in the effort. Here are some books I really want to reread in 2022:
READING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE
The last two years, I have participated in Caro’s Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge, and this year I want to continue reading out of my comfort zone too – I’m looking forward to the official signup post coming on January 8th! I’ve decided to only challenge myself to read 15 books for this challenge this year – these are my goals:
5 poetry collections
5 historical fiction
Please, if you have any recommendations for these categories, send them my way! Especially poetry collections – I don’t even really know where to start with these! I’m hoping to continue reading nonfiction too, but I don’t really consider it outside my comfort zone anymore, which is something I can gratefully attribute to this challenge!
THE STORYGRAPH’S ONBOARDING READING CHALLENGE
This is a challenge run by The Storygraph to help users discover their new features! There’s only six prompts, so it’s pretty relaxed and I think I’ll have fun choosing books to read through these prompts. These are the prompts:
1. Read a book which fits all of the criteria from your reading profile
2. Read a book from the Five-Star section of someone from Similar Users
3. Read a random pick
4. Read a book from your 7th most-read genre in your All Time stats
5. Read a book on your TBR by one of your most-featured authors
6. Read a book from the Popular This Week page
As you can see, I’ve already selected one or two books for all the prompts except for numbers three and six – I’ll wait until I’m ready to pick up something immediately before I pick for those. And to be honest, I might even change some of the books I’ve already picked out, lol.
Finally, I have a few reading goals that don’t fit in with any of the challenges above:
– Read at least 52 books over the year
– Read at least 50% from authors based outside of the US
– Read at least 65% from the adult age category
I try to reach an average of one book a week every year, though I have easily completed that goal the last couple of years. Looking at my reading stats over the years has also shown me that I am much more likely to pick up books from the US than any other country, and I want to change that up a bit. I think 50% is a fairly reasonable goal. And lastly, I want to read more adult books, especially SFF.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Do you have any reading goals this year? Do you have any recommendations for me? What book do you most want to get to in 2022? Let me know!!