Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. And happy new year, if it’s already happened where you are! The wheel has turned, the year has changed, and many things have altered since I finished this tag last January. Then I took the prompts from Fiona, but it’s originally from Geeky Galaxy. Obviously these were obviously written for the previous years but I’ve altered them for 2022; apologies for any rogue ‘1s’ that have sneaked in!
Ready, steady, and here we go!
How many books are you planning on reading in 2022?
Well, I aimed for 100 in 2021 and more than achieved that, which I’m still feeling really pleased with. I was a lot stricter about DNF books that I wasn’t enjoying (after giving them a fair try), and also tried to clamp down on timewasting like just scrolling through my phone when I could have read a few chapters. Don’t get me wrong, timewasting really has its place – it’s good for relaxation! – but I think getting back into the habit of picking up my book rather than my phone has been really healthy for me as an individual. Obviously we had All The Drama to deal with at the end of the year, which attacked my reading a bit. So, all things combined, I’m going to be brave, and say I’m aiming for 200 and see what happens!
Name five books you didn’t get to read in 2020 but want to make a priority in 2022
Ellie, Fiona and I made a great start in the Shadowhunters series throughout last year, but all got to a point where we had a lot going on in our lives. We’re aiming to read City of Heavenly Fire this month to hopefully kickstart us back into action.
Much to my embarassment I didn’t manage to read A Shadow in the Ember last year, so I absolutely want to get that read soon. In fact it’s on this month’s TBR. So, fingers crossed!
Under the Whispering Door is high up on my list after seeing some snippets of it on another bloggers post. I’m also keen to read Murder Isn’t Easy: The Forensics of Agatha Christie, which combines my interest in forensics and my love of Christie novels.
Finally, I’m going to say The Gilded Wolves. I’ve had this as a planned read for WAY too long, and although all my physical books are packed up, I have this as audio.
Name a genre you want to read more of in 2022
In 2021 I aimed to read more fantasy, which I think I can say I absolutely achieved! What I also read was a lot of thrillers, and loved all of those too. So this year I’m really aiming to read more of both, I think, as well as focus on finishing off a couple of series that I’ve started and not finished.
Three non-book related goals for 2022
Because of our current circumstances I don’t have much access to all my crochet projects and my yarn is all in my parent’s attic! However, I’ve found one particular crochet pattern that only takes a cake of yarn (one large amount of yarn, literally shaped like a cake, with gradual colour changes throughout) rather than different balls, and that I’m able to do everything other than the first row by feel rather than depending on my sight for. So I’d like to make a few more of those.
Slightly book related but more organisation related I suppose. I’ve really enjoyed keeping track of my reading so accurately over the last year, but I feel I could go into more detail. For example, I wish I had tracked the books I’ve decided to DNF, the books I’ve bought and gifted. Between that and my blogging journal, I suppose the goal would be: more organising!
Finally, with our current situation not likely to change any time soon, I’m going to keep hold of one of my goals from last year to a degree, and say I want to find time and space for me. It’s important for me, but also for the rest of my family at the moment that we all take some time to ourselves.
What’s a book you’ve had forever and still need to read?
I’ve had City of Brass on my TBR for far too long to confess to. What’s worse is I have it in paperback as well as audio formats, and I still haven’t read it! This series is absolutely one I’m wanting to read this year. I’m very behind the times with getting on board with it, but as I didn’t really start reading fantasy until 2020 as an adult, I’m going to let myself off the hook. As long as I actually get on and read it.
One word that you hope 2022 will be?
Stable. Ever since we found out we would be moving in the middle of the year, 2021 turned upside down, and nothing felt stable. Honestly, just having things even out, and feel balanced again would make my year everything I could ask for.
Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you all have a fabulous year. And hey, even if the whole year isn’t wonderful, I hope you find moments of wonder in it.