2021 Reading Reflection & 2022 Goals

2021 has been a really interesting year of reading for me. While I have always been a reader, this year had some new twists and turns.

40 books has been pretty standard for me. And this year I more than doubled that! As I’m writing this on December 27th, I’ve read 91 books. That’s so many books! My reading goal changed a lot over the year, as I joined Bookstagram + Netgalley, and then got approved for some influencer positions. I fully believe that goals should be flexible, and should change as your lifestyle changes. But I also like to reflect on why those changes happen, and if they are for the right reasons.

2021 Successes:
– Passed my goal of 60 books and read 91 books
– Reached 5,000 followers on instagram
– On track to finish the PopSugar 2021 Challenge (2 prompts to go – 75% through the nonfiction and 50% through the fiction)
– Was approved for 31 books on Netgalley
– Was asked to help review (in exchange for more ARCs) at my favorite local indie shop
– Became a rep/influencer for: The Shelfie Chronicles, Berkley Besties, & SAL Super Fans

Now, I’ve seen a lot of people who really up their goals as they go through this process. Here is why I’m lowering my goal for next year to 50 books:
– I want to give myself the option to read longer books.
– I want to give myself the option to read less romance novels and more dense literature (Hear me out!)

I have binge read some romance novels this year and I have absolutely loved them. I have also had some romance audiobooks playing while I sort of listened and sometimes let my mind wander and didn’t totally pay attention…I absolutely love to this option. There was a time in spring where I absolutely could not get the energy to do chores without a Julia Quinn novel in my ears. And if I space out, I do miss out on plot points and character development…but I can still enjoy and appreciate the story. But romance novels are so delightful and homey and wonderful…and I don’t have to plan or push myself to read them. These are books that I am going to read and enjoy and maybe even re-read. I just don’t want to set myself up for failure if I read fewer romances and therefor fewer books in total. (All love to romance novels. All love to people who exclusively read romance novels. All love to me when I read 60 books next year and 30 of them are romance novels.)

I have also *almost* completed the PopSugar Reading Challenge (just two to go!)….but I am not going to be as committed to finishing the 2022 challenge this year.
– I forced myself to read some books that I was not in the mood for just to finish the challenge. I really need the option to DNF something and/or come back to it later when I’m interested in it. I read a lot of different genres, but mostly because I’m a mood reader and at different times I am interested in different genres.
– I am super over committed to ARCs and need to prioritize those this year! (Again – mood reader! I can only plan so many reads per month.)

Intention: I want my reading life to stay fun, and I want my reading list to be diverse.
– read at least 5 books written by Indigenous/Native American authors
– collect at least 5 books written by Latinx authors
– collect at least 5 books written by disabled authors
– read at least 6 books from the ALA’s 52 Diverse Books Journal

My reading life is always like 6 months behind my book purchasing life. It’s chaotic, but it’s fun, and I’m not changing it any time soon! As I was doing bookstagram stack challenges during different months, I realized that I owned a fair number of Indigenous authors – but I haven’t read many of them! I also realized I owned very few books by Latinx or disabled authors, so I want to prioritize finding more authors who identify with those labels, and will work to read more of those in later 2022 or 2023.

ARC goals: (fortunately, some of these overlap!)
– 1 review/month for The Neverending Bookshop
– Get my Netgalley percentage up to 50%, then don’t let it fall below 40% again.
– 1 review/month for SAL Super Fans
– stretch goal: at least 1 book / month for Berkley Besties?

Subscription goals:
– at least 1 BotM book each month
– read my Signature book (from Third Place Books) within 3 months of receiving it

Bookstagram goals:
– Don’t make it stressful, keep it fun
– 3 posts / week
– Stretch: 1 reel / month? / week? – y’all I’m real lazy and do not want to learn how to do reels. I just want to read books.
– Super stretch goal: hit 10k followers

Is that kind of a lot?
I like setting goals. I buy too many books and need to organize them somehow! So, let’s add it up (assuming no crossover):
5 Indigenous books
+ 6 Diverse books
+ 12 Neverending
+ 4 Netgalley (to get my percentage up – obviously I’ll have to read more or get no more to keep up!)
+ 12 BotM
+ 5 Signature reads
= 44 books!
Which is…basically most of my year’s reading goal. That checks out. I predict that I will be successful keeping up with my Neverending bookshop commitment, and will make progress with the rest of them. I think if I am successful with other goals, I will not do as well keeping up with my Netgalley percentage, and I will have to be ok with that.

I would love to hear about other reader’s goals!

Looking for reading challenge recommendations? Check out my list!

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2022

Book Riot puts together an annual challenge to help break us diversify our reading lists.

Here is my list for Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2022. Books in bold are books that I’ve read.

All books are available to purchase from my Bookshop store! If you buy from this link, I will receive a small commission, and part of the proceeds will go to independent bookstores.

1. Read a biography of an author you admire

2. Read a book set in a bookstore

3. Read any book from the Women’s Prize shortlist/longlist/winner list

4. Read a book in any genre by a POC that’s about joy and not trauma

5. Read an anthology featuring diverse voices

6. Read a nonfiction YA comic

7. Read a romance where at least one of the protagonists is over 40

8. Read a classic written by a POC

9. Read the book that’s been on your TBR the longest

10. Read a political thriller by a marginalized author BIPOC or LGBTQIA+

11. Read a book with an asexual and/or aromantic main character

12. Read an entire poetry collection

13. Read an adventure story by a BIPOC author

14. Read a book whose movie or TV adaption you’ve seen (but haven’t read the book)

15. Read a new-to-you literary magazine (print or digital)

16. Read a book recommended by a friend with different reading tastes

17. Read a memoir written by someone who is trans or nonbinary

18. Read a “Best __ Writing of the year” book for a topic and year of your choice

19. Read a horror novel by a BIPOC author

20. Read an award-winning book from the year you were born

21. Read a queer retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, folklore, or myth

22. Read a history about a period you know little about

23. Read a book by a disabled author

24. Pick a challenge from any of the previous years’ challenges to repeat!

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2022

Who’s in for the 2022 PopSugar Reading Challenge?

Here is my list for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. Books in bold are books that I’ve read.

All books are available to purchase from my Bookshop store! If you buy from this link, I will receive a small commission, and part of the proceeds will go to independent bookstores.

Regular prompts

1. A book published in 2022
Recommendations:
– The School for Good Mothers (dystopia, literary) Amazon | Bookshop
– Edgewood (YA fantasy) Amazon | Bookshop
– The Golden Couple (thriller) Amazon | Bookshop
Possibilities:
– Weather Girl Amazon | Bookshop
– Book Lovers Amazon | Bookshop

2. A book set on a plane, train, or cruise ship
– Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships Amazon | Bookshop

3. A book about or set in a nonpatriarchal society
Recommendations:
– The Priory of the Orange Tree Amazon | Bookshop
– Black Sun Amazon | Bookshop
Possibilities:
– Fevered Star (Feb 2022) Amazon | Bookshop

4. A book with a tiger on the cover or “tiger” in the title
Possibilities:
– Tigers, Not Daughters Amazon | Bookshop
– When You Trap a Tiger Amazon | Bookshop
– The Night Tiger Amazon | Bookshop

5. A sapphic book
Recommend:
– Malice Amazon | Bookshop
– An Absolutely Remarkable Thing Amazon | Bookshop
Possibilities:
– Misrule Amazon | Bookshop
– This Poisoned Heart Amazon | Bookshop
– The Perks of Loving a Wallflower Amazon | Bookshop

6. A book by a Latinx author
Recommend:
– Cemetery Boys Amazon | Bookshop
– Infinite Country Amazon | Bookshop
Possibilities:
– Gods of Jade and Shadow Amazon | Bookshop
– The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina Amazon | Bookshop
– Lost in the Never Woods Amazon | Bookshop

7. A book with an onomatopoeia in its title

8. A book with a protagonist who uses a mobility aid
Possibilities: (looking for some own voices)
– Six of Crows Amazon | Bookshop

9. A book about a “found family”
Possibilities:
– Crooked Kingdom Amazon | Bookshop

10. An Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner
Recommendations:
– Sing, Unburied, Sing Amazon | Bookshop
Possibilities:
– There, There Amazon | Bookshop
– A Brief History of Seven Killings Amazon | Bookshop
– Half of a Yellow Sun Amazon | Bookshop

11. A #BookTok recommendation

12. A book about the afterlife

13. A book set in the 1980s

14. A book with cutlery on the cover or in the title

15. A book by a Pacific Islander author

16. A book about witches

17. A book becoming a TV series or movie in 2022

18. A romance novel by a BIPOC author

19. A book that takes place during your favorite season

20. A book whose title begins with the last letter of your previous read

21. A book about a band or musical group

22. A book with a character on the ace spectrum

23. A book with a recipe in it

24. A book you can read in one sitting

25. A book about a secret

26. A book with a misleading title

27. A Hugo Award winner

28. A book set during a holiday

29. A different book by an author you read in 2021

30. A book with the name of a board game in the title

31. A book featuring a man-made disaster

32. A book with a quote from your favorite author on the cover or Amazon page

33. A social-horror book

34. A book set in Victorian times

35. A book with a constellation on the cover or in the title

36. A book you know nothing about

37. A book about gender identity

38. A book featuring a party

39. An #ownvoices SFF book

40. A book that fulfills your favorite prompt from a past PopSugar reading challenge

Advanced prompts

41. A book with a reflected image on the cover or “mirror” in the title

42. A book that features two languages

43. A book with a palindromic title

44. A duology (1)

45. A duology (2)

46. A book about someone leading a double life

47. A book featuring a parallel reality

48. A book with two POVs

49. Two books set in twin towns, aka “sister cities” (1)

50. Two books set in twin towns, aka “sister cities” (2)