A 2021 reading update and a look ahead to 2022

Every year since I started blogging in 2010, I have been tracking my read books on Goodreads. Since 2011 I have aimed for a certain number of books for my Goodreads Challenge, that first year I read over 150 books. In 2012 I hit 185, 2013 was 174. I know in those years there were books that didn’t get added because they weren’t on Goodreads too. Needless to say, the book reading levels have gone down since then. Especially since I had Spike. I have learnt not to set my challenge high over recent years but when I managed 54 in 2020 (fuelled mainly by the pandemic and lockdowns) I thought I’d set it to 52 for 2021 and hoped for the best.

Thankfully I managed to hit my target. I finished my 52nd book on the 30th December. And I finished it with an awesome one – Endgame by Malorie Blackman. For a while I didn’t think I’d hit my goal, I really didn’t. I set myself a target of reading for at least 15 minutes a day at the start of 2021 and I didn’t manage it a lot, in fact during November and December I barely picked up a book. They are always my worst reading months.

For 2022 I’ve decided not to go too hard on myself. I have set my challenge to 52 again. I have learnt my lesson from what I’ve noticed, and I am trying to get a lot of the books read early on. By front loading the year I wont have to think about reading too much when I get to the busiest times in November and December. I am going to aim for 15 minutes a day like last year and see where it gets me.

Whats more, I’ve set myself a goal of reading 22 books in 2022. I saw this challenge on Instagram, headed up by @ReadingMumofTwo, when my old friend Vikki from @cosybooks mentioned it on her stories. You select 22 books from your tbr pile to read over the course of the year. I went with some very, very old books and some brand new ones – because I have a habit of buying books and leaving them to sit unread for years on my shelf. I have read 1 of the 22 already – Sonya Sones’ What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know, which it turns out wasn’t an unread book on my tbr. It was a book I’d forgotten reading in 2011. I suppose 159 books in a year means that you forget any that didn’t blow you away!

In 2020, I also challenged myself to read at least one non-fiction book every month. I think I hit that target, but only just. Mainly because I read 3 different marketing books for work. In 2021 I wanted to broaden my horizons a bit with non-fiction and I managed 7 of 12, which isn’t bad going really when I never really read non-fiction before 2020. I really enjoyed most of them, in fact one of them was within my top 3 books of the year – 100 Nasty Women of History by Hannah Jewell. So I will be trying to do that again this year. My second book of 2022 is a non-fiction book – Notes On a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig, and I will be exploring other non-fiction which isn’t in my comfort zone this year. However I have found myself running out of non-fiction books pretty quickly, so I will have to hit up the local library for them this year.

All in all, I am not pushing myself too hard with reading in 2022. I want to try and get to more author events, listening to authors’ passion about writing inspires me to read more. I also want to try and get back into the community a bit – bookstagraming and things like that. I have left this blog neglected far too often too, so if I dont manage a full actual review – I will do some mini-write ups about the books I’ve read each month.

I would love to know what your targets are for 2022, and what your favourite books on 2021 were! Head to the comments or reach out on Instagram for a bookish chat!

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