I like to set a few reading goals every year to make sure that I am getting to the books I want to get to and not only the stuff that I impulsively pick up (thrillers, it’s usually thrillers). There are many books that I love but need a bit of a push to get myself to pick them up, or I forget to finish series.
1) Get my TBR to 50 books
In 2021 I managed to get my TBR to 100 books (a bit lower, even!), so this year I want to get to my final goal: 50 books! I know that realistically I cannot get my TBR below 50 because there will always be a million things I want to read, but I want to make sure that my TBR consists of the books I am actively interested in reading soon, and not just a bunch of books I bought in the last decade and forgot about. Huge goal! Not sure I can accomplish this, but I can try!
2) Read 10+ non-fiction books, at least half must be NOT true crime
True Crime doesn’t even feature among my favorite categories, but somehow I always end up reading a lot of them (?). I guess it’s all the hype. There’s lots of nonfic I’d love to read, and I want to dip my toes a bit more into history (I’m eyeing The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore since like, 2016), science, essays etc.
3) Finish the following series:
I’ve owned the entire trilogy of The Broken Earth by N.K. Jemisin for a couple years now and picked up book 1 in 2021, so I’d like to finish this series while it’s still rather fresh in my memory! I loved the first book and really want to read more from the author!
The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series by Rod Duncan is one of my favorite steampunk series but somehow I haven’t read book 3 yet! It probably didn’t help that I got an eARC for the follow-up series which is about the same characters and immediately read it, which means I got spoiled for the ending of this series, but still. It’s such a fun series and I just have to finish it!
I am not completely sure if the Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers is finished, but I have books 3 and 4 as ARCs, so I’d like to get those done and reviewed soon!
4) Read the following books:
I received Villette by Charlotte Brontë about a year ago and I just really enjoy the Brontë’s sisters books that I’ve read so far – I’d like to read this one to finally make a decision on whether I want to read the entire Brontë backlist. Plus it sounds really good!
I told my husband I’d only watch the movie based on The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro after I read the book, then I simply did not read the book and he’s been waiting forever until I do. I loved Never Let Me Go – I think I’ll really like this one too.
I’ve owned Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi for years now – my husband read my copy and loved it, plus I loved Yaa Gyasi’s new novel Transcendent Kingdom, so I think this will be a wonderful read!
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie was on my list of must-read-this-year in 2021 and it’s back on the list for 2022. I need to read it immediately before this becomes even more embarrassing.