My 2022 Reading Challenges

Last year I read quite a few books, setting my goal to 30 books and finishing 2021 with 71 books.

This year I set up my GoodReads Reading Challenge to 30 books as well, not knowing if this year will be as productive as last year, and last month I completed it with reading 30 books in the first two months of the year.

I’m not joking when I say that I have a bottomless TBR pile that seems to never get smaller, and it probably doesn’t help I keep buying new books to add to it every few months. That being said, I also keep falling further behind on new releases that could potentially be great reads.

This year I decided to do my reading a little differently by reading books that follow a certain criteria.

I have tried choosing books beforehand to add to my ‘must read next‘ pile but it doesn’t work too well always as I could never get to them being a mood reader most of the time.

The way I set up my challenges for 2022 is a little different and will allow me to still read a variety of genres — and not mess with my mood reading picks.

These are my 2022 reading challenges and I’ll be linking all the book reviews to these books in this post as the year goes on (I’m still sort of playing catching with the last few reviews from 2021, but the end is near).

GoodReads Reading Challenge

Read 30 books in 2022

The A – Z Challenge

A – The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw (5 stars)
B – Black Market by James Patterson (3 stars)
C – Cause Celeb by Helen Fielding (5 stars)
D – Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard (4 stars)
E – eighteen years by Madisen Kuhn (2 stars)
F – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (3 stars)
G – Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (5 stars)
H – Helium by Rudy Francisco (2 stars)
I – Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (4 stars)
J – Jack & Jill by James Patterson (4 stars)
K – The Killer’s Tears by Anne-Laure Bondoux (5 stars)
L – The Last Lie Told by Debra Webb (5 stars)
M – milk and honey by rupi kaur (2 stars)
N – The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan (4 stars)
O – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (5 stars)
P – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (5 stars)
Q – Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice (5 stars)
R – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (5 stars)
S – She’s Strong but She’s Tired by R.H. Sin (5 stars)
T – The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor (5 stars)
U – The Unbalanced Equation by H.L. Macfarlane (4 stars)
V – Varenka by Bernadette Watts (5 stars)
W – Wool by Hugh Howey (5 stars)
X – XO by Jeffery Deaver (4 stars)
Y – You, Me and the Movies by Fiona Collins (4 stars)
Z – Zoo 2 by James Patterson and Max DiLallo (3 stars)

3 Christmas Books

Little Women by Deanna McFadden (Classic Starts) (3 stars)
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg (5 stars)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (4 stars)

5 Historical Fiction

Twenty Years Later by Charlie Donlea (5 stars)
The Measure of Gold by Sarah C. Patten (5 stars)
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice (5 stars)
The Second Empress by Michelle Moran (5 stars)
Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts (4 stars)

Random reading prompts

A translated book – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (5 stars)

A book about a book club – The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler (3 stars)

A book with a three word title – The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (5 stars)

A book published in my birth month (no year restriction) – Being Shelley by Qartina Loxton (2 stars)

A 2020 best-seller book – Dearly by Margaret Atwood (3 stars)

A book involving travel – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (5 stars)

A recommended book – The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (3 stars)

A borrowed book – Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin (5 stars)

A book where the character goes on vacation – Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes (3 stars)

A book with twins – The Last Lie Told by Debra Webb (5 stars)

A book you can finish in one day – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (4 stars)

A book where the author uses initials – No Way Back by J. B. Turner (3 stars)

A book set in a school – One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (5 stars)

A book I found on Tik Tok (BookTok) – Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Read (2 stars)

A book with the word “Bee” in the title – The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read by Susan Hill (4 stars)

A buddy read book – The Hundred by Kass Morgan (5 stars)

A fantastic audiobook – The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (5 stars)

A graphic novel – The Umbrella Academy Volume 1 by Gerard Way (5 stars)

A book with a red cover – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (5 stars)

A book with bird on the cover – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (5 stars)

A book with a fairytale retelling – Once Upon a Dream by Lis Braswell (3 stars)

Country and places prompts

A book set in New Orleans – Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice (5 stars)

A book set in France – The Second Empress by Michelle Moran (5 stars)

A book set in Sweden – The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson (5 stars)

A book set in Russia – Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (4 stars)

A book set in Italy – Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes (3 stars)

A book set in England – The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor (5 stars)

A book set in South Africa – Plus One by Vanessa Raphaely (5 stars)

A book set in Poland – The Twins of Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor (5 stars)

Of course these challenges and prompts don’t limit me from reading books that don’t fall under these categories. I mean, can you really limit yourself from reading as much as you possibly can?

Are you doing any reading challenges this year? How are they going?

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