Bookish Goals for 2022

It’s that time of year when everything is fresh and new (and cold here in Indiana!), the beginning of a *hopefully* better year than what we’ve all experienced in the past.

So what’s a reader to do at the beginning of January? Why, set her bookish goals for 2022, of course!

  1. Read 100 books
  2. Clear my Book of the Month backlist
  3. Listen to all Three Pines books
  4. Finish the 2022 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
  5. Write more book reviews

1. Read 100 Books

I read 160 books in 2021, surpassing my goal of 100 by 60%. But, I like to be rational about my book goal at the start of a new year, and 100 books feels like a good number.

2. Clear My Book of the Month Backlist

I have a problem. It’s called Book of the Month, and I don’t limit myself to just one book every month. As of January 2, I have 11 books on my backlist for this awesome subscription service, and I need to finish them! Because I’m a realist (most of the time), I know I’ll get more BOTM books this year, but I want to clear this current backlist by the end of March 2022:

  1. A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw
  2. Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian
  3. Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin
  4. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
  5. Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena
  6. Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
  7. The Family by Naomi Krupitsky
  8. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
  9. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
  10. The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis
  11. We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz

3. Listen to All Three Pines Books

It’s no secret that I love Louise Penny’s Three Pines series. I’ve read all 17 of the full-length books and have The Hangman, a novella, to read as well. I have heard rave reviews of the audiobooks, and I feel like it’s time to revisit my beloved Three Pines, the genius Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, and all of my favorite characters. These are long books and I can never remember the order of those in the middle, so I made a graphic to keep me on track!

4. Finish the 2022 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

2021 was my first year for a reading endeavor like the POPSUGAR challenge. I completed the “regular” version last year, and I loved it because I went out of my comfort zone to finish some of the prompts, reading books that I most likely wouldn’t have chosen on my own. This year’s plan is a tough one, but I’m committed to making it through the regular 2022 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. Some of my favorite prompts for this year include

  • A book about or set in a nonpatriarchal society
  • A book by a Latinx author
  • A book with a protagonist who uses a mobility aid
  • A book set in the 1980s
  • A book by a Pacific Islander author
  • A book set in Victorian times
  • An “Own Voices” SFF (science fiction and fantasy) book

5. Write More Book Reviews

I will admit that I am not the most consistent in writing reviews for the books I have read. It’s easy to write a review about a book I love, but I struggle if the book wasn’t a 5-star win for me. So, I’ve set the goal of being consistent about reviewing books and practicing my *tactful* writing skills when I don’t love a book. I know two ways to help me with this is to keep better notes while reading and then write a book review immediately after finishing the book.

Have you set bookish goals for 2022? If so, what are they?

A Dark and Twisty Turnout

The Turnout by Megan Abbott

A 4⭐️ Book Review

The Turnout by Megan Abbott s a dark, twisted look at two sisters, Dara and Marie, who run their mother’s ballet studio, the Durant School of Dance, with Dara’s husband, Charlie, who was once the star pupil at the school.

The three live in a very insular, rigid world of dance and family, and just as they are prepping for the start of Nutcracker season, an accident occurs. Then a stranger arrives at the studio claiming that he will fix their studio and their lives. But like a fatal misstep on the dance floor, the Durant family starts to spin out of control.

I love dark books like this one, and I love ballet, though I’m definitely not a dancer. Black Swan is one of my favorite movies, and The Nutcracker is a classic. I enjoy reading this one because of the dark, fantastical world of ballet and the twists between the characters.

This was a good, solid read to add to my December 2021 list!