Over the last couple years, I have found reading challenges to be helpful; they bring some focus to my reading. At least in the way of reminding me that I should really read the books that I own first before reading newer releases or other books.
I was excited to finish the 2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge, however, I don’t plan on doing it this year or really any other more complex reading challenges.
2022 is going to simply be the year of reading for me 🙂
Goodreads Reading Challenge
Last year (2021) I set a goal of reading 50 books. I typically read more than that in a year, but I don’t always reach a 100. So this year I decided on a good in-between number of 70 books.
Beat the Backlist
I typically do this challenge every year since I always have a lot of books from previous years on my TBR list. Hosted by Austine Decker.
The guidelines are simple:
- The book must be published in the previous year or earlier (for the 2022 challenge, anything published in 2021 or earlier counts).
- You have to start and finish the book in 2022.
- And that’s it!
I currently have 532 books on my list that was published 2021 or earlier. So that will be fun haha. I also love that she added the challenge on StoryGraph, so if you’re on that site, be sure to join it there too!
I have also done this one the last few years as I seem to always have unread books that I own. Hosted by My Reader’s Block.
- Books must be owned prior to January 1, 2022
- ARCs count
- Must be read between January 1 to December 31, 2022
I currently own 30 books that are on my shelf that are still unread. I also have 5 unread ARCs. So I just need to not request any more ARCs as well as doing another book buying ban.
Goodreads Random Number Challenge
I asked six of my close friends, also readers, to give me a number between 1 and 542. Since Goodreads numbers the books on my TBR, I’ll aim to read the books that match with the six random numbers given to me.
9: True Grit by Charles Portis
10: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
182: Wench by Maxine Kaplan
371: Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
387: Beloved by Toni Morrison
412: Survive the Night by Riley Sager