The year is still fresh and I can feel the excitement flood my veins. All the motivation. All the grand plans. All the possibilities. I know it will not last forever this feeling of giddiness. That feeling that everything is possible, that I have all the time to tackle my ambitious goals. There will be a time when I wonder what I was thinking shouting my plans out to the world. Telling everyone and making myself vulnerable when not being able to achieve those goals. But for me personally it actually helps to have a list. A guideline that gives some clarity when all is foggy with everyday chores, demands and tasks other unload on me. That is the times I come back to my lists. And this is why I write down my reading goals for 2022. When I feel like I do not know what to read – I check in. When I feel overwhelmed with all the options – I check in and pick one from the list. When I feel like the last books have been crappy – I check in a choose one I was looking forward to. So I enjoy having a list and it doesn’t intimidate me at all.
Pleasure Reads, entertainment and diving into new worlds
- A Deadly Education by Naomi Novak – a Christmas gift from Mr. ♡
- ✔ Uprooted by Naomi Novak – a book I bought myself on a whim (December 2022)
- The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – perfect winter read and I just finished the first in the trilogy
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – a roll over from 2021 and waiting on my shelf
- ✔ Before we were yours by Lisa Wingate – bought ebook not sure who recommended it (May 2022)
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – its been sitting on my kindle since December 2017
- ✔ Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams – a kindle steal in October 2021 (January 2022)
- ✔ The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – another kindle steal in 2021 and a promise for snowy adventures (January 2022)
- ✔ The evening and the Morning by Ken Follet – I love the Kingsbridge series and I can’t wait to read this one. (October 2022)
- 𝘅 The first fifteen lives of Harry August by Claire North – I read another book by the author and it is still in my thoughts -> abandoned
- Kalte Klippen by Bernadette Calonego – the only crime books I read are from her
Classics, world literature or challenging books
- ✔ The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende or maybe I get my hands on her new one Violeta being released January 25th and the book pick for Peru in my RatW challenge (Daughter of Fortuna – August 2022)
- A book by Juli Zeh I have Über Menschen and Leere Herzen already on my shelf – both found in my parents book shelf
- The Sevens Cross by Anna Segers – a book I found in my parents book shelf
- A book recommended by my dad – not sure which one some are a real challenge (Der Garten der Menschlichkeit) some are a bit easier (Homo Faber)
- ✔ A song for the missing by Pierre Jarawan – a book about the Arabic Spring and the Jordan pick for the Read Around the World challenge (October 2022)
- 𝘅 A tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – so far I have only read his Christmas stories and they are an all time favorite -> abandoned. Maybe I give it another try at some later date
- If at a winters night a traveler by Italo Calvino – the Cuba book from my Read Around the World challenge
- ✔ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – the pick for the Dominican Republic in the RatW challenge (February 2022)
Self-help, non-fiction & guidance
- The Talmud – after reading the Bible (2019) and the Quran (2020) its time to dive into Judism. This is a roll over from 2021 as I felt I didn’t have enough mindfulness to give it a proper read.
- A book about positive thinking. Still evaluating which one. Recommendations welcome.
- ✔ A book about body positivity. Still evaluating which one. Recommendations welcome. (May 2022)
- The Art of Dying Well by Katy Butler – a copy from the publisher, not sure why I requested it…
- A book about Enneagrams – my sister has one I am interested in having a look at
- ✔ Das geheime Band zwischen Mensch und Natur by Peter Wohlleben – a book I swapped yesterday and which was on my wish list for a bit
In 2022 I am setting out to read 70 books. I am not sure if I will manage that with all the celebration I am planning to do this year but it is a goal and something to reach for. However more important to me is to read books that are sitting on my TBBR for longer than they should and to pick good books I enjoy. I firmly believe anything I am reading is better than not reading at all.
My list now contains 25 books. That leaves 45 books I can pick randomly, by mood, what I am recommended or what I swap. Or maybe a re-read of some favorites. I think that it pretty good. I may also just go ahead and by some today so I don’t have any excuse of not reading.
So here you have it my reading goals 2022. Did you have anything planned or will you read what ever you feel and is within your reach? I’d like to know about your go to.