Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I have to admit the first week back to work was a bit of a shock to the system, especially the first Saturday back as I’ve not worked one of those in a while, and forgot how busy they were!
Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so I have another Top Ten Tuesday (my 350th, how can it have been that many?!) for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic was meant to be the Ten Most Recent Additions To My Bookshelf, but I did that fairly recently, and I’ve not added much since then, so instead I’m going to share my Top Ten Reading/Writing/Blogging Goals For 2022. I didn’t do as well on my 2021 goals as I was hoping to, so I’m hoping I will do better on this year’s goals:
- Complete my Goodreads Challenge
As with every year, I’ll be spending the year working towards completing my Goodreads Challenge. I’ve started again at 24, as that’s what I always do and what I managed last year, though I’m really hoping I’ll get much more reading done this year. I’d ideally like to read 50 books this year, though as I always do, I’ll be adjusting my goal depending on how much I’m reading.
2. Complete my #RockMyTBR Challenge
This one was kind of a washout last year, so I’d really like to do better on it this year than I did last year. I’ve got another 12 books on my challenge list this year, and I’m really excited for all of them, so I’m hoping I might find some new favourites among the list.
3. Read more adult historical fiction
This one is actually one that came out of my reading last year, I read quite a bit of adult historical fiction and found that I really enjoyed it, so I’d like to keep that train going this year if I can and discover some more new authors, and hopefully new favourite books.
4. Catch up on 2021 releases
I didn’t get as many 2021 releases read last year as I’d have liked because I was in a reading slump for most of the year, so I’d really like to catch up with some of the ones I missed this year as I hopefully emerge from said slump! I’ve got so many really anticipated ones still left to read: Once Upon A Broken Heart, The Bronzed Beasts, Rule of Wolves, All of Us Villains, the list goes on!
5. Continue to diversify my reading
I wanted to make this one a little more broad this year, in previous years, I’ve specifically aimed to read more by authors of colour, but this year I’d like to include more LGBTQ+ and disabled authors as well, and ideally try and make my reading as intersectional as possible!
6. Keep up with discussion posts at least once a month
I really dropped the ball on my Jo Talks posts last year, only doing three discussion posts for the whole year which is a real shame because I’ve enjoyed doing them so much since I started them five years ago. My ideal when I started was that I’d do them twice monthly but that’s got trickier since I’ve had full time work, so I’d just like to get at least one up a month this year and get back to a more regular posting schedule for that feature.
7. Have a more regular review posting schedule
Last year I got ridiculously behind on posting my reviews, so this year, I’d really like to get back to a more regular schedule so I’m not 5 reviews behind what I’m actually reading! Obviously when I’m able to write reviews will depend on how busy my work schedule is, so I’d say as a goal, I’d like to have all my reviews up within two weeks of finishing the book, hopefully that will be an achievable goal!
8. Do a book unhaul before moving in the Spring
We’re moving back to London this year, and since I’ve not done an unhaul since I moved back home from Uni in 2019, I feel like it’s about time to do another clear-out of my shelves and make sure that what I currently have are still things I want to read/want to have in my collection. After all, the only way to make room for new books is to get rid of some of the old ones!
9. Get back to working on my novel
I was in such a groove with This Is Not A Love Story last year until the lockdown was lifted and I started work at the vaccine centre and had no time to write, so I’d really like to try and get back to it this year and actually have a fully polished manuscript by the end of the year. Maybe it’s a stretch goal, but I would like to see if I can get it there!
10. Finish the books I “paused” last year (or DNF them if I decide they are not for me)
Last year I created a “on-pause” shelf on Goodreads for books I started but wasn’t in the mood for at the time. This year I’d really like to finish some of those “on pause” books as I don’t want them sitting around half-finished forever, so I either need to finish them, or decide that they’re not for me and move on. Either way, I’d really like that shelf to be empty by the end of the year. I’ve already finished This Poison Heart which was one book on the shelf, so I’m hoping I can get through the rest before December.
So there we go, those are my Reading/Writing/Blogging goals for this year! Do you set goals for the year? If not, why not? What are your goals for 2022? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, it’s another annual one next week, 2021 Releases I Was Excited To Read But Didn’t Get To (aka the list of shame!) and there’s going to be a lot for me this year, since due to my reading slump, I didn’t read anywhere near the number of 2021 releases I was meaning to last year.