2022 reading plans

Hello, friends, happy Friday! Today I’m talking about my 2022 reading plans: the backlist books I want to read in 2022, the 2022 releases I want to read, and other general reading goals and plans!

Overall goals and plans

Goodreads goal: 35 books. I like to keep my goal reasonable for me, and three-ish books per month is pretty reasonable. I have months where I read one book and months where I read six, so it evens out. One book every ten-ish days is also pretty reasonable considering work and everything else going on in life right now.

Other goals

  • Read five Canadian authors: five doesn’t seem like much, but it is about 15% of my overall reading (assuming I read at least 35 books). I will try to read more than five, but five is my goal.
  • Read three nonfiction books: I always try to read about 10% nonfiction, so I’ve decided on three. I almost always end up reading like 25% nonfiction, but I like keeping my goals attainable!
  • Read one translated novel: again, I’ll hopefully read more than one translated novel (and have one on my TBR), but one is the goal!
  • Read 15 books from my physical TBR: this was my goal in 2021, and I was off by one book. So this will be a goal for me again this year.
  • No purchasing physical books (except for the ones I already have planned) until I’ve read 15 books from by physical TBR: this is also partially a practical goal as I have no more space on my TBR cart or in my apartment for more books. I plan on preordering and purchasing a couple of books, so those are exempt, but I don’t want to buy any more until I’ve read a good chunk of them!

2022 TBR

So usually I make a dedicated Goodreads shelf for my 2022 TBR, which usually consists of books I own, books I want to read ASAP, and new releases I want to focus on. But because I want to focus so much on reading books I already own, I decided to make my TBR exclusively books I own, with a couple exceptions.

I have a Goodreads shelf for my top TBR, the books I want to read ASAP. Honestly, I forget about it a lot of the time and when I was assessing it recently, I couldn’t remember why a lot of the books were on there, or they were books I just wasn’t super interested in. So I decided to use that as my 2022 TBR instead of having a strict 2022 TBR. So this list is (a) books I own; (b) books I want to read ASAP; and (c) 2022 releases I want to preorder.

  • Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters: I received this for Christmas recently, and really want to read it ASAP.
  • Transcendent Kingdon by Yaa Gyasi: I got this for Christmas in 2020, and started reading it last year but only got about four pages because I was in a terrible slump.
  • Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim: it’s been almost two years since I read Spin the Dawn, so I should read this ASAP.
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor: similarly, it’s been like five years since I read Strange the Dreamer and I REALLY want to finish the duology.
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: this is a reminder to myself that I own this book and want to read it.
  • City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert: ditto. I meant to read this last summer and The Slump hit, so I never did. So this summer it is!
  • Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel Lyon: this was on my 2020 TBR and honestly, I didn’t want to read anything too heavy.
  • Tin Man by Sarah Winman: this has been on my Top TBR for ages. My library has a copy and I’ve borrowed it a couple of times but just never read it. So I want to make it a priority.
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: this was on my 2021 TBR as well, and again, I was in a bad slump and didn’t want to read anything too heavy. I might try reading it at the start of this year to avoid that lol.
  • The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder: this is my translated book for this year, and I’m so excited to read it.
  • Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li: this is one of the 2022 releases I want to preorder because the cover is gorgeous and it sounds so good.
  • Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel: this is the other 2022 release I plan on preordering because it’s Mandel and I will read anything she writes.

As always, I don’t actually care if I read all of these, but I like having a general list of things I’m interested in so I can refer to it throughout the year! I’ll probably read like nine of these, and I’d be happy with that.

So those are my reading plans for this year! What are your goals? Are you putting yourself on a book buying ban? What’s on your 2022 TBR? Let me know!

Ally xx


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31 thoughts on “2022 reading plans

    1. I feel like grade school English ruined Canadian lit for me 😂😂😂 So much groaning about the landscape and identity and literary posturing. 14-year-old me was not impressed by the lack of dragons.

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  1. I’m also eying up Unravel the Dusk!

    Have you read Eden Robinson’s books? She’s a BC First Nations author, and blends together some contemporary social determinants commentary with Indigenous mythology.

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  2. Amazing list of reads for the new year!
    Transcendent Kingdon by Yaa Gyasi is super nice, but can be slow at times, I hope you’ll get into it.
    A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is tough, I recommend reading it when you are not in a difficult state of mind. Might help get over the reading slump if you get engaged in the story – it is super captivating! (kept me awake some nights)
    The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa – loved it!!

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    1. Ahh good to know!! I’m usually okay with slow books as long as I’m in the right mood, so I’ll keep that in mind with Transcendent Kingdom!

      Oooh I’d never thought about ALL as a book to get me out of a slump, but that’s a great idea!

      I’m SO stoked for The Memory Police! It sounds amazing, so I’m so glad to see you loved it!

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  3. I like the way you have determined a percentage goal! 10% nonfiction sounds like a great goal to have, for example. I might try to incorporate that into my goals as well. Though… I might forget if I don’t put it somewhere prominent. Because I also have a Top TBR shelf, and I also have a habit of forgetting to look at it when picking my next book to read…

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    1. Thank you! I find percentages less restrictive honestly, because then if I’m in a reading slump, there’s no pressure to read nonfiction because I have to read a certain number, if that makes sense.

      SAME it’s such a struggle, I made the list specifically to remind myself and then never use it LOL

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