With every new year come new beginnings and plans for the coming year. And as a bibliophile, many of mine naturally relate to books.
In 2021 I said I was going to take part in less blog tours, read more of my backlist, and start writing. I didn’t do the first, and did very little of the second or third. This year I am determined to do both of those things and am starting well with just six tours planned for January (for comparison, I did ten this time last year and it wasn’t unusual for me to do sixteen tours in a month).
My January TMR has a lot of books possible mood reads, which makes my heart happy. I’ve kind of forgotten how to mood read but it is my natural reading preference, so I’m looking forward for the opportunity to indulge it more this year.
But less tours, reading more of my backlist and getting around to writing aren’t my only bookish goals for 2022. This year I’m taking part in the 12 Challenge, where I plan to read twelve books recommended by twelve friends. Here is my list:
Let’s talk classics. I’ve loved the classics I’ve read and have a long list of others I’d like to read. I also have a beautiful collection of classics that is slowly growing. My aim is to read at least six classics this year, twelve if I can find the time. I will start with Jane Eyre because I’m long overdue for reading it and it was recommended for my 12 Challenge list by the lovely Claire.
Reading more classics goes hand in hand with another of my goals: to finally read or read more of popular authors. To my shame I have never read anything by Agatha Christie, Sarah Waters, Toni Morrison, Rose Tremain, Sarah Perry, Stephen King, Sarah Moss, John Connolly and Jojo Moyes. I also have many backlist books by authors such as Daphne du Maurier, Maggie O’ Farrell, Mike Gayle, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Karin Slaughter and Lisa Jewell. I plan to prioritise these authors as much as possible in 2022, particularly the ones I’m yet to read anything by.
This month also sees the start of the BTS Book Club, which is basically Hayley and I reading books recommended by BTS members (mostly Namjoon lol). We are starting the year with Demian, which I’ve had on my kindle since last summer and I’m really excited to finally read. I’m looking forward to expanding my reading through this list and discovering some gems I’d probably not have otherwise read.
And finally, as a fun way to get through my backlist I’m hoping to complete the Disney Reading Challenge 2022, which is hosted by Bibbidy Bobbidy Book Cub on Instagram. These fun prompts combine with rewatching five Disney classic films upon completion of each section, and I’m always up for an excuse to watch a Disney film.