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My Reading Goals For 2022

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:

Night Shine by Tessa Gratton
The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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

Who Gets to Be Smart by Bri Lee
January
Where We Begin by Christie Nieman
January
Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
January
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
February
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
March
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
April
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
May
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
June
All the Little Bones by Ellie Marney
June
All the Names They Used For God by Anjali Sachdeva
June
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
June
The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
July
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
September
The Light At The Bottom of the World by London Shah
September
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
October
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
October
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
November
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
November
I'll Be The One by Lyla Lee
December
The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar
December

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:

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Jade War by Fonda Lee
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Princess and the Captain by Anne-Laure Bondoux
Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

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 classics
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

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
#1
Infinite by Jodi Meadows
#1
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
#2
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
#2
The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez
#4
A Fist of Permutations in Lightning And Wildflowers by Alyssa Wong
#4
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
#5
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
#5

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.

OTHER GOALS

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!!

19 thoughts on “My Reading Goals For 2022

  1. I like these goals, especially the ‘on hold’ ones. I do the same things with books, either because I don’t finish before it needs to go back to the library or just because I’m not in the mood for it. I should totally have a shelf for them, I just tend to forget I’ve started them before until I start reading them again. I love you’re rereading some favourites as well. I know I will do some rereading this year but I hadn’t even thought of creating my own mini challenge to pick out some I was interested in. Good luck with the challenges, you can totally do it.

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    1. Thanks Becky! Yeah, that’s exactly what happens to me! I started the shelf because I realised I was forgetting about books I wanted to actually read. I need to start one for books I don’t even pick up before I have to return them.
      Thank you! I sure hope I can!

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  2. Ok so for poetry collections I would read anything by Nikita Gill. I highly recommend her collection Great Goddesses, which is a modern spin on women from Greek mythology. Also, I would recommend Whereas by Layli Long Solider. It’s a collection from an Indigenous poet that looks at colonization in the United States. It’s a new favourite of mine!

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  3. Good luck with your reading goals, Sabrina & Happy new year! 💕 Very happy to hear that you’re joining the Out of Your Comfort Zone Challenge again this year!! That makes me so excited 💗 I also hope you enjoy Truthwitch, it’s one of my favorite fantasy books 🥰

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