Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is actually supposed to be Books with Names/Character Names In the Titles, but I wasn’t really feeling that one so I decided to go rogue. Since I’ve been a bum and haven’t yet posted my list of goals for reading and blogging, I’m going that route instead. I think most of these are repeats of goals I had for 2021, either because I failed at them last year or because I did okay and really want to continue to work on that same goal in the coming year.
My Reading and Blogging Goals for 2022
1) My number one goal this year is a repeat goal from the past two years and that is to read more of the books I own. I love ARCs of course, but I hate feeling like I’m neglecting books I’ve purchased. I actually did really good with this goal last year, reading 78 of the books I had physically sitting on my shelves. Where I didn’t do as well, however, were all of those ebooks I have sitting on my kindle so I really want to make those a focus this year. I’m not taking part in any challenges aside from Goodreads this year but am setting a personal goal for myself of reading 70 books I already own.
2) This is also a repeat goal from 2021 and 2020. I really want to continue to only participate in blog tours where I have already requested a review book. I did pretty well at this in 2021; I don’t think I participated in any tours where I didn’t already have a copy of the book. Hoping to stay on track in 2022.
3) This is also an ongoing goal since my struggle to finish series continues. In 2021, I had a list of 8 series I wanted to finish or get caught up in and another list of 3 series that I wanted to start. I finished 6 of the series from the first list and started (and finished!) one from the second list. For this year, I have 3 series that I want to finish and 7 sitting on my shelf that I want to start.
Series I Want to Finish or Get Caught Up On:
- Lifelike by Jay Kristoff (2 books left)
- The Aurora Cycle (2 books left)
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians (3 books left)
Series I Want to Start:
- The Poppy War
- City of Brass
- The Consortium Rebellion
- The Great Library
- The Invisible Library
- The Bloodsworn Saga
4) This is also a repeat goal from the past two years. I really want to work more on my Bookstagram account. I have always struggled with consistency and honestly almost deleted my account last year because I just didn’t have time for it because of some things going on in my personal life. Things have stabilized now so I’m glad I didn’t delete it, even though I lost a couple hundred followers because I wasn’t active on there. I’ve gotten off to a pretty good start in January and have even made a few reels. I’m really hoping I can keep it up this year. If you’re not already following me, give me a follow at https://instagram.com/thebookishlibra
5) I also want to get better when it comes to re-reading books I love. This is also a repeat goal and one I failed at in 2021. To keep it low pressure, I’m setting a personal goal of 1 re-read a month. Below are the books I’m hoping to re-read. Some are old favorites, while others are series books I need to re-read in order to facilitate goal #3 above.
- The Night Circus
- Aurora Rising
- The Invisible Life of Addie Larue
- The Chronicles of Narnia (6 books) – I did manage to re-read the first book in the series in 2021.
- Pride and Prejudice
- The Handmaid’s Tale
6) I am aiming to keep my Netgalley percentage at 85% or above in 2022. I did very well with this goal in 2021, finishing the year at 91%. I know I can’t keep it that high, but if I could maintain 85, I’d consider that a success.
7) In 2022, I want to read more Nonfiction. Most years I only read maybe 1 or 2 nonfiction books. As with the re-reads, this year I’m setting a personal goal of 1 nonfiction book a month. Here’s a list of some of the titles I’m hoping to read:
- The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
- My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- What Unites Us by Dan Rather
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win WWII by Liza Mundy
- D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win WWII by Sarah Rose
- A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win WWII by Sonia Purnell
- Untamed by Glennon Doyle
- Where the Light Enters, Building a Family, Discovering Myself by Jill Biden
8) In 2022, I really want to work on being better organized, particularly when it comes to blogging ahead. I usually frantically writing posts the night before I want to post them and I would love to be able to get most, if not all, of my posts for the week done the weekend before.
9) Revisit Shakespeare. I’m counting this as separate from my re-reading goal because I’m honestly not sure if I’m going to re-read or watch, but bottom line is that my son is now in high school and he’s about to start reading Shakespeare for the first time. Even though I read the majority of his plays in high school, college and even again in grad school, I don’t remember much about any of them and would like to re-familiarize myself with the ones I know my son will be reading (Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, and Hamlet).
10) Lastly, I’ve already mentioned that I’m not doing any challenges this year. That’s not strictly true. I am doing the Goodreads Challenge and have set my goal at 150 books. I read 210 books in 2021 and can probably replicate that this year since we have cancelled our cable TV. I stream a few shows here and there, but for the most part, I spend almost all of my downtime reading. But to keep it from being too stressful, although still challenging, I’m aiming for 150.