2022 Reading Resolutions and Challenges

I’ve been focusing on the same few challenges for a few years now, and I decided to mix it up a bit this year, but with this caveat: I don’t want to add pressure to my reading life. That means I’m not going to focus on what or how much I read. Instead, I’m choosing challenges that will allow me to connect my reading to other bloggers and see their reviews of similar books. I’m also looking to combine challenges where I can. I’m avoiding challenges that require specific reading topics each month, since I already have a book club that does this, and that’s the kind of time pressure I’m looking to avoid.

Here’s what I’m signing up for:

First, I want to continue tracking my backlist reading.  I’m happy to see the return of the TBR Pile challenge, where you create a list of 12 books, plus 2 alternates, that have been on your TBR list for more than a year.  I have plenty on my TBR list so it’s a good opportunity to read some of these older works.  A similar challenge is hosted by The Bookwyrm’s Hoard, so I’ll combine the two (the latter is more flexible if you’re looking for that). I’ll post my list of 14 books soon.

Second, I’ll continue with the Nonfiction Reader challenge, which asks for nonfiction books in 12 categories.  I got a lot out of reading nonfiction in 2021 and mean to continue reading more nonfiction across a variety of topics.  I may not hit all of these and that’s fine — though in fact, I’m reading one right now that’s perfect for the “Wild Animals” category. I’m not going to set out specific books for these categories yet but I’m open to suggestions!

  1. Social history
  2. Popular science
  3. Language
  4. Medical Memoir
  5. Climate/Weather
  6. Celebrity
  7. Reference
  8. Geography
  9. Linked to a podcast
  10. Wild animals
  11. Economics
  12. Published in 2022

Third, I’m going to join the Nature Reading Challenge, hosted by Gum Trees and Galaxies, on reading books with nature or environment themes.  These can be fiction or nonfiction, and any number of books can be pledged (I’ll say 10). I’m very interested in learning more about environmental issues and I’m seeing more and more fiction that touches on these issues, not surprisingly.

Fourth, I’m going to sign up for the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge.  I can read any number of books (I’ll pledge 15 books, the “Medieval Level”) in any historical subgenre, including romances and mysteries. This should be an easy one since I expect to read these anyway. This is hosted by The Intrepid Reader and Baker.

Last, I’m going to continue to read around the world and to add new countries to my existing list.     

This sounds like a lot, but the idea is to keep them low-pressure and read what I want to read. My other blogging resolution is to become more active in the Modern Mrs. Darcy community (and maybe even apply to be on What Should I Read Next).

This year I’m going to use StoryGraph to track my challenges, in case you’d like to join in (I’m curlygeek04).  

  14 comments for “2022 Reading Resolutions and Challenges

  1. January 5, 2022 at 2:50 am

    They look like great choices! I’ll be posting some suggestions for the Nonfic Reader categories later this month.

  2. January 5, 2022 at 3:04 am

    Good luck with all these reading challenges 😀

  3. January 5, 2022 at 4:25 am

    I’m only doing the Historical Fiction and New Release challenges. The former because I love HF, and the latter because I get a lot of ARCs. I might join in on a few short-term ones like Big Books or Novella November.

  4. January 5, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Nice challenges! I’m only doing ones from my TBR again. I have my own TBR challenge (read everything that came in up to 5 Oct 2021 by 5 Oct 2022 and only then can I read the Dave Grohl book that inspired my husband to set this challenge) and my Larry McMurtry re-read, then I will do Nonfiction November and Novellas in November, 20 Books of Summer and the Irish, Welsh and Australian months if I have books for them at that time. Happy reading!

    • January 5, 2022 at 5:57 pm

      I love the idea of a Larry McMurtry re-read. I’ve read quite a few of his books, but not nearly enough. I try to blend my challenges enough that they are pretty low-maintenance but I forget about all the monthly events. I love Nonfiction Novemer.

  5. January 6, 2022 at 9:03 am

    Good luck with your challenges! I have a few challenges that I’m going to low-key participate in this year, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself.

  6. January 7, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    I came to a similar decision about the need to avoid pressure so I’ve chosen to skip most challenges this year. But just like you, I enjoy the feeling of being connected to other bloggers so will join in some shorter reading projects but only if I have books to fit the bill and I fancy reading them at that time

    • January 8, 2022 at 11:15 am

      I thought about setting aside challenges and leaving room for some of the monthly events that I always miss. I feel like I’m trying to have it both ways – participate in the challenges without building stress or expectations. But I’m telling myself I can read for enjoyment and still connect what I read with some of the challenges I enjoy. We’ll see how that works out! Hope you have a great reading year.

  7. January 22, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Good luck on your goals! I felt the same way this year. I only set my Goodreads goal to 20 versus my 85 of last year. I’m reading a lot of chunky fantasy and I just didn’t want to add pointless pressure.

  8. January 26, 2022 at 4:43 am

    Thanks for participating in the Historical Fiction challenge this year!

    • January 26, 2022 at 10:32 am

      You’re welcome! I’m looking forward to joining you and hearing about what others are reading.

  9. March 7, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    I meant to stop by and say welcome to The Backlist Reader Challenge, but somehow I missed it — I’m sorry! At any rate, I’m delighted you are joining us this year! And I love your avatar; I was a huge fan of the Oz books when I was young. (And still have a small collection of them.)

    • March 8, 2022 at 8:45 am

      I’m so happy to meet another Oz fan! I have a collection of the books too. The artwork is so beautiful. Thanks for hosting the challenge!

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