Hello! Today I am sharing my reading goals for 2022. Over the last couple of days I have shared my writing goals for 2022 and my blogging goals for 2022, so be sure to go and check them out if you haven’t already, because I think they all tie in together.
Read at least one book a month in a physical format (or e-book)
I have been really struggling focusing on reading for years now. I get distracted by everything and anything, and then I feel guilty because ‘I am not doing enough’. Audiobooks have been a life saver during this time, because I have been able to get through books quickly, but I have also been able to do other tasks whilst listening to them like cleaning or cooking or even other leisure activities like colouring or playing The Sims 4. But, as much as I love listening to the audiobooks, I miss the times where I could curl up and get lost within the pages for hours and hours. I think I feel more connected to the story when I physically read them instead of listening, and I really want to experience more of that in 2022. I don’t want to be too hard on myself though. If I can’t, then I can’t. At lot of the reason that I can’t focus is due to mental health issues, so if I start putting too much pressure on completing this goal then it is going to end up putting more strain on my mental health, that quite honestly I don’t want or need.
Read 100 books
Every year for the last few years, I have set my Goodreads goal as 100 books. This year is no different, however like the years before, this is not a strict goal for me. I will change it quite often until December. December seems to be the month where that is set in stone, however it is the one thing I am not hard on myself for. In 2021, it hit 1st December and I decided I was committing to 75 being the final goal. I didn’t hit it, and I ended up reading 69 books. That is still great (especially when you consider how many reading slumps I got in!). The year before (2020), I changed the goal at the end of December to 60 books for the year, and I ended up reading 61 books. And in 2019 was the only year that I have ever reached my goal of 100 and I read 101 books! It isn’t a big deal for me, but I love having the goal to chase throughout the year.
Track my reading
I have been tracking my reading on Goodreads for a long time. I think since 2014. In the later months of 2021, I started tracking my reading in a spreadsheet that went into a little bit more detail and I really liked filling it in but also seeing the trends in my reading. I want to continue this in 2022 and then look back to see what areas I need more work. Like, last year I read hardly any physical books and mostly audiobooks, so, like I said earlier, I want to read more physical books in 2022. I think it is just a fun way to keep track and then make progress in the areas that I want to progress in.
Read more newer books than rereading books
This was a goal that I also had in 2021 and I actually achieved! I actually read more books that are new to me than I reread books. I love rereading books, and I still want to continue rereading books, however sometimes they get in the way for me enjoying newer stories and discovering more characters. I am still going to reread books – I am rereading one right now! But in 2022, I really would like to get to some of the books I am yet to get to on my shelves, but more on those books later.
Read more recent books
Similarly, I want to read more books that are published in more recent years, preferably books published in 2022. I think last year was probably my best year for reading books that came out that year. I would really like to match or even beat it this year. However, I want to also extend this to reading books in the last three years. I have been feeling this urge to read more recent series. Recently, I have been feeling a little bit like I am missing out. I used to love (as torturous as it is) the wait between books, and I have been kind of missing out of that lately as I have been reading books that are already completed. Or the books that are coming out, it is already established that it is one I am going to enjoy (like a Cassandra Clare release or a Sarah J Maas). I want to find new series and new authors that I am going to find myself itching for the next release.
Read books that have been on my TBR for far too long
There are some books that have been sitting on my bookshelves unread for far too long. And now I need to read them. Some of these include:
- Alice by Christina Henry
- Inkworld by Cornelia Funke
- Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan
- Caraval (books 2 and 3) by Stephanie Garber
- The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
- Release by Patrick Ness
- Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
- Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
- The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs
- Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
As well as some more recent additions to the TBR:
- Malice by Heather Walter
- Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given
- Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman
- All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
- The Shelf by Helly Acton
- For the Wolf by Hannah F. Whitten
- The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid
- Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal
- Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
I have a lot more reading goals than anything else this year but it all goes back to one thing and that is to read more! I feel like in the last couple of years I have gotten back the love that I had for reading and I want to continue reading more books that I love.
What are some of your reading goals for 2022?