2022 Book Goals: How I Did 

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Remember back in January when I set a ton of bookish goals for myself? I only barely remember it myself, but it’s time to check in and see how I did on the goals for the year.

To be honest, much of this year was about getting through a really difficult semester at work, so my focus really shifted in the latter half of the year to just reading for pure joy in the spare moments I had energy for it. I love setting goals but I also think it’s important not to be too hard on ourselves when life happens. So, let’s see how I did!

Goodreads Goal: 100 Books

I always sort of knew I wouldn’t hit this number, but decided to shoot for the stars. I wound up reading 72 books in 2022, which is great if I do say so myself! 

For next year, I think I’ll set my goal at 100 again and see how I do. 

Read Harder Challenge

I completed 7 of the 24 tasks, which is nowhere near even halfway through. The tasks I managed were: 

  • Book set in a bookstore
  • Book in any genre by a POC that’s about joy, not trauma
  • Romance where at least one protagonist is over 40
  • Book with an asexual/aromantic main character
  • A memoir written by someone who is trans or nonbinary
  • A horror novel by a BIPOC author (this was an accident, but I did it!)
  • A book by a disabled author 

I think it’s honestly one of my better years for the challenge, which maybe says I need to stop setting this challenge for myself? Am I going to? Probably not. The 2023 list of challenges is already out and I will probably reference it throughout the year once again.

Read 5 Self-Care/Spiritual Books

Oh, I definitely did this! Good for me. 

I read more self-care earlier in the year and then sort of tapered off as things got stressful with wedding planning and the fall semester at work. It’s a genre that gets repetitive easily, I think. I will definitely start the year with some self-help titles again in 2023.

Start a Little Free Library

I did it (with my husband’s help). The Your Book Friend IRL Little Free Library is going strong! I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. 

Photo by Amanda Kay Oaks

I picked the colors and painted it myself, then ordered logo decals from StickerMule to finish it off. My husband did the installation portion, for which I am eternally grateful. 

Make a Dent in the BOTM Stack of Shame

Oh gosh, I didn’t do this at all. I eventually stopped letting myself pick a book for the month unless I knew I’d read it immediately. So the stack stopped growing, but that doesn’t mean it shrank at all. 

I do hope to have a reckoning with my physical TBR overall in 2023, including a massive unhaul of books I know deep down I’ll never read. We’ll see how that fits in with the BOTM stack.

Keep Up Your Book Friend

Well, I’m here, aren’t I? I have had so much fun returning to blogging consistently and connecting with the bookish community. I can’t wait to see what fun we have in the new year. 

Did you set any reading goals for 2022? And do you plan to set any for 2023? I know that I will be coming up with a list of new goals for the new year, and you know I’ll share them when I do. 

Unpopular Book Opinions: Hyped Books I Won’t Read

Happy Monday, book friends! No new books entered my ecosystem this past week, so I’m deviating from my usual Monday content to spill a little bookish tea.

Today, I’m talking about a few hyped books/authors that I have zero interest in reading. Let’s be clear—books are personal preference and I’m not here to say other people shouldn’t enjoy these books. I’m also not above the hype. I read popular books all the time. Just, not these.

Colleen Hoover

CoHo is everywhere, and it’s kind of fascinating. I can’t really recall seeing an author’s entire backlist become so popular so simultaneously. The hype is generally credited to TikTok but I wouldn’t know since my 48 hours on TikTok included me asking aloud “but how do I find BookTok?” The algorithm didn’t answer me.

From what I’ve seen, these books are not for me. I generally don’t go in for thriller-adjacent stories, even if they do have a love story element.

Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is really just me being stubborn, I think. Similar to how I sort of just refuse to be interested in Taylor Swift because people talk about her too much, the hype outpaced my ability to be interested in TJR.

Some of her books sound fine, but none of them are in my wheelhouse enough to interest me.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

The more I see people talking about these books, the more confused I get. I can’t get a good grasp on what they’re actually about, and there’s been enough controversy around the author that I don’t care to find out.

I fully believe I would have read these when I was younger and used to go in for lengthy fantasy stories with a love story element. But I haven’t read much like that recently and I don’t feel called to anymore.

There you have it, my unpopular bookish opinions on authors who just haven’t grabbed my interest despite being very popular on the bookish Internet. I’ll just say again that I’m not here to say these books are bad or that you shouldn’t read them. I’m just saying they don’t seem like my personal cups of tea.

I’m curious—what hyped books or authors just don’t seem like they’re for you?