Bookish Goals for the New Year (2022)

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Happy New Year! 2021 is over! It hasn’t been the best year so I am excited to say that it is behind us. I have a few goals this year that I hope to accomplish. Unfortunately, I didn’t pass some of my goals last year so I decided to try to redo them this year. Having just graduated, I am unsure how this new chapter may affect my reading. Still, I’m hoping for the best and by the end of the year, I can look back at this post and see how well I did! Here’s my bookish goals for the new year:

Read at least 50 books

This goal remains the one consistent achievement I make every year. While it used to be a challenge, I usually can make it to 50 books without any issues nowadays. During 2021, there was a point where I thought I wasn’t going to hit that number, but I am so glad I did. While I didn’t read as many books as I did in 2020, I was still able to read some good ones! I’m hoping to reach 50 books by the end of 2022 as well.

Buy less books

I have been making this a set goal for a while and without a doubt, I usually acquire more books every single year. Except in 2021! I am so glad that I was able to purchase less books last year than in 2020. Let’s hope I can continue this trend and acquire less books this year too.

Read at least 6 Epic Reads of a Lifetime

Last year, I made this goal and another goal to read several classics. I have decided to join those two goals together. Sadly, I did not finish my goal in 2021 to read more classics nor did I finish my goal to read 6 Epic Reads. Hopefully, it’ll be different this year. My brother got me this lovely scratch-off poster of 100 Epic Reads of a Lifetime for Christmas in 2019. I’ve been working on it ever since, choosing my tbr so I get to scratch off at least one per month. I still have a bunch of books to read from the poster. To keep myself accountable, I want to try to read at least 6 of the books. Here’s the 6 I hope to read this year:

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen | The Giver by Lois Lowry | The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath | Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy | The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Read at least 8 books for the PopSugar's 2022 Reading Challenge

Every year I download PopSugar’s Reading Challenge in the hopes to follow the prompts. I never look at it after printing it out. This year, by making it a goal to read at least 10 reads that correspond to the prompts, I am hoping to challenge myself to pick up some things I might have not otherwise. Here’s 10 reads which were inspired by the challenge’s prompts that I hope to get to this year:

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (a book about the afterlife) | Shipped by Angie Hockman (a book set on a plane, train, or cruise ship) | Roar by Cora Carmack (a book with an onomatopoeia in its title) | See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon (a book published in 2022)

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan (a sapphic book) | Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (a romance novel by a BIPOC author) | From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout (a #booktok recommendation) | The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics (a book with cutlery on the cover or in the title)

Finish at least 6 series

Here I went and lowered the total of number of series I wanted to complete last year and I still didn’t complete 6. I only finished 5 series in 2021. However, that is still good so I’m going to try to challenge myself and finish at least 6 book series again this year. It’s hard to finish series, because if I am liking the world, I never want to finish the last book. Here’s some series I hope to finish this year:

Sand of Arawiya by Hafsah Faizal (1 book left) | Vampirates by Justin Somper (2 books left) | The Honors by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre (1 book left)

Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez (1 book left) | Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (2 books left) | 99 Days by Katie Cotugno (1 book left)

What are your goals for 2022?

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