Happy New Year! Goodbye 2021, Hello 2022!
Honestly, I’m very happy to leave 2021 behind. It was a very stressful year for me, I moved, bought a car, completed my final internship, graduated, moved again, got my first job, sold my car… I feel like several years went-by in 12 months. I’m not a person who likes change at all, I like my routine so as you can imagined, 2021 threw me for a loop!😂
However, I also want to focus on the good things that happened to me this year. In 2021, I got the job that I really wanted to have, I was able to see my grandparents after almost two years without seeing them and I learned a lot about myself. So, 2021 didn’t completely sucked!
A Look at my 2021 Reading Goals
Each year, I like to set a few reading goals, let’s see if I accomplished any of them!
READ 70 BOOKS
I read 75 books this year so it’s a success! 😀
READ THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AND THE BSFA SHORTLIST
Well, I can’t say this particular was a success at all. It didn’t help that 10 books were shortlisted for the BSFA which was five too many for me. I read 5 or 6 shortlisted books for the BSFA and I didn’t enjoy many of them so it didn’t motivate me to finish my challenge or attempt to read the Clarke shortlist.
READ 18 BOOKS IN MY LIST OF 24 BOOKS I WANT TO READ IN 2021
I read 16 books in my list of books to read in 2021 so I didn’t quite hit my goal but I’m still happy with the result!
Here are the books I read:
Not to praise myself but I think I did a great job at choosing books that I would enjoy. I really liked all the books I read except two (I wasn’t a huge fan of The Light of Impossible Stars and Binti: The Night Masquerade).
READ MORE SCIENCE FICTION BOOKS NOT WRITTEN BY STRAIGHT WHITE PEOPLE
2020 was the first year I decided to look closely at the book I was reading and I realized that the majority of science fiction titles I was reading was written by straight white people and that it lacked diversity. In 2021, I attempted to be more mindful of the books I decided to read. Let’s see how I did.
I would call this a success! I’m happy with how I did. Of course, I still have room for improvement since the majority of books that counted as diverse were written by BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ authors and I would like to read more books written by non-neurotypical authors and authors with disabilities.
READ AT LEAST 5 LITERARY FICTION BOOKS
I read five so, let’s call it a success! 😉
2022 Reading Goals
Overall, I’m pretty happy with my reading goals for 2021, I didn’t achieve all of them but it’s okay, I didn’t do as poorly as expected considering it was a pretty rough year.
I hope 2022 will be less stressful and that I will have more time to read and discuss books so here are my goals for this year:
Read 75 books
I read in 75 books in 2021 so I aim to read at least 75 books this year as well! 😀
Read and Review the Arthur C. Clarke shortlist
I’m going back to my roots with this one, it has been a recurring challenge for at least 5 years but I love this particular challenge!
Read at least 18 books in my list of 22 Books to Read in 2022
It was very, very hard to narrow down the list to 22 titles but it’s a bit less intimidating than 24. I really like this year-long TBR format so I will attempt to read 18 books from this list again. Hopefully this time I will actually read 18 of the books. 😉 I will post my list of Books I want to read in 2022 in a few days!
Read at list 6 Literary fiction Books and 4 Thrillers
It’s the next level on my quest to diversify the type of stories I’m reading. I love reading literary fiction so reading 6 should be doable if I don’t forget about this goal in a few months. I also discovered that I enjoy thrillers and since I’ve accumulated a good number of them as Kindle deals, it would be great if I actually read them! 😂
Things have been all over the place on the blog in 2021 so, I would like to make a few goals to try to organize things a bit better around here.
Post at least once a week
Ideally, I would like to post twice a week but I know myself, if I start with too high of a goal, I will drop everything after three or four weeks so… once a week it is!
Accept less than 10 ARC
I love reading ARC but I think it’s better for me to request and accept fewer of them so that I can actually read and review them in a timely manner which is not currently the case!
I have a few other goals in mind but I think I better stop now. 😂
Happy New Year! Did you also make reading/blogging goals for 2022?