Considering that in 2021, I once again ignored my reading goals, I’m not sure it really makes sense to make a post with my 2022 reading goals. But it’s fun for me, and that’s really what’s most important when it comes to my blogging, so I’m going to go for it!
While last year I didn’t want to push myself to read all of the physical unread books I owned, I think this year I want to go for it. I don’t care if I necessarily get down to zero, but I want to read all 15 unread books that are currently hanging out on my shelves (though if I read just one of the two Eleanor Roosevelt biographies, I’ll still consider that a win). It’s totally fine if I buy new books; I’m more concerned with making sure that I read (or donate) all of the following in 2022:
- Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
- The Brightest Star in Paris by Diana Biller
- A Rogue by Night by Kelly Bowen
- Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore
- The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
- Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
- Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 2: The Defining Years by Blanche Wiesen Cook
- Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After by Blanche Wiesen Cook
- Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom
- Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution by Eric Foner
- The City We Became by NK Jemisin
- Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction by Jayashree Kamblé
- Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan
- The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan
This actually ties really well into my next goal, which I did not succeed at last year but have been doing well on so far this year: read more outside the romance genre. I just think my reading is better and richer when I read from a wide variety of genres, and I want to revive my interest in science fiction and fantasy (SFF) as well as nonfiction. I’m starting 2022 off with a big SFF binge, and I’ve been slowly reading more nonfiction the last few months, so I’m hopeful that this goal will go much better in 2022.
My other goal this year to to keep going with my rereads. I’ve finished rereading almost all of Tessa Dare’s backlist, and I want to wrap that up in 2022. I just have Do You Want to Start a Scandal and then the three books in the Girl Meets Duke series. I made it up to Branded by Fire in my Psy/Changeling reread, so I want to keep making progress with that. I’ve been reading all of the novellas and short stories as I go along, too, which has been a lot of fun! I kind of want to finish catching up on all of Ilona Andrews’ backlist since I’m not too far from finishing it, but also, I’m in no rush to be done and not have any new books of theirs to read! But then, I haven’t been shy about rereading their books (I just reread Catalina’s two books, and am contemplating an Innkeeper reread), so maybe that’s not the end of the world. And I wanted to finally start rereading the Tortall books this year, but I actually did that at the end of 2021. So I’d like to maybe make it through one or two more Tortall series this year? Possibly the whole thing, we’ll see, but definitely The Immortals quartet at the least.
It’s actually wild doing these rereads because so often I remember literally nothing, so it’s kind of like reading them again for the first time! Especially the Tortall and Tessa Dare books because it’s been so long (especially the Tortall ones), but even for the Psy/Changeling books, there’s so much I’ve forgotten! But it’s been fun and has generally improved the quality of my reading, and I’m looking forward to continuing with it.
And as always, I’m aiming to have at least 40 percent of the books I read be by authors of color. I’m not really worried at this point that my reading is sufficiently diverse, but I like to keep this on here as a reminder, because I know publishing makes it very easy to fall back into only reading books by white authors.
The only other thing I thought about adding was a goal to get my digital TBR down a bit, but I’m not sure I have the energy to care. I reorganized my books this last year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I wind up reorganizing them again, so it’s harder to say there’s one collection that I need to read from. But I do currently have 51 books on my Top TBR shelf, which is the shelf of books I most want to read, plus another 68 on my general TBR. If I can get those numbers down, great, but I’m not going to make it a goal and worry about it at all.
So yeah, that’s my plan for this year! Read some books I own, dip my toes back into my favorite genres outside of romance, and keep up my rereading streak! Oh, and my 2021 Reading Stats post made me realize that I need to remember to DNF early and often! It’s not an official goal, but I’d love to bring my average rating up to a more enjoyable number in 2022.
What are some of your reading goals for 2022? Or have you abandoned them altogether? Let me know in the comments!