Hi, (mood) readers! 🌼
It’s been quite a while, and it feels like I’m reintroducing myself to this corner of the internet. It’s been more than six months since I last dropped by here to post, and I know it’s unfair to randomly disappear without a teeny tiny goodbye.
Now that a new year greeted us with some ✨ promise ✨, a part of me felt like it’s the perfect time to say hello!
And, in line with the theme of starting anew, I think now is also the best moment to share with the GOALS I will aim to achieve in 2022, particularly in reading and bookish content creation.
on another chance to try again!
Coming from 2020, my ✨best reading year✨ so far, 2021 gave me what any reader won’t ever dare want—a reading slump. I started the year strong, averaging 15 to 20 books read per month.. until July came and 💥boom! 💥The latter part of the year was the worst, with me ending December with a mere two books completed. Ultimately, I failed my 2021 reading resolutions, and that saddened me a bit.
Despite that, 2021 still gave me a ton of successes, but that is a story for another time.
Looking ahead at 2022, my heart (and reading energy) is filled with hope that I’ll be able to hit these goals and find my success come December. 🥰🌼
now here are the goals~
1. read 104 books for the year
Since 2020, I’ve decided to make my yearly Goodreads reading challenge to be 104 books. I think 104 books is the perfect number, as it will only require me to read two books a week and I’ll be able to hit the goal. 💞 Hopefully, my schedule permits me to really have time to read two titles a week for the rest of ther year. *fingers crossed!*
2. reach 80% netgalley ratio
Netgalley is an amazing site that helps the book community—publishers, authors, and readers alike—promote books and help it reach the ears of more people. I started using the site in 2019, and I really didn’t know how it works. So, I did a requesting spree that gave me more than I can chew. 🤭
So, until now, my Netgalley ratio is stuck at 52%. 😫 This year, I will do as much as I can to finally reach this goal. 💪🏼
3. read 5 fantasy books
Another goal that I’m planning this year, is to read more books outside my comfort zone. As a romance and thriller girl, fantasy is not something I automatically reach for when it comes to books. So, this year, I’m aiming to read at least five fantasy titles, just for something new and exciting that hopefully won’t wreck my braincells.
4. read 5 non-fiction books
Consequently, I’m hoping to get to read some non-fiction. Admittedly, I kinda hate self-help books. But there are other types of non-fiction out there. I’m hoping to encounter some auto/biographies and maybe some true crime I’d enjoy throughout the year.
5. read 5 science fiction books
In the past years, I rediscovered my love for science fiction and I’m hoping to fuel that fire by picking out some SciFi titles this 2022. I don’t know how to start, though, so if you have recommendations then please share them with me below!
6. read 5 horror books
This year, I want to read something I have never read before. And in the past decade, I can’t remember having read any horror book at all. So, for 2022, I’m hoping to grab some horror titles, and again, I’m asking for some awesome horror recommendations!
7. read 24 books by Asian authors
Because of the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge (YARC), I have become more mindful of the books I pick and I actively try to pursue reading Asian-authored books all throughout the year. Despite YARC not being able to launch the past year and in 2022, I’m still committed to try to read as many Asian titles as I can. 🥰
8. review a book immediately after reading
One of the gravest since I ever did was to put this blog at the back burner. This blog has been my life and my original entry to the bookish community and I do regret not having enough time for it as I tried to pursue other ✨artistic endeavors✨.
The main reason why I didn’t have enough time for blogging was because I didn’t have enough time for book reviewing. 😔 But that changes this year, since I made a promise of reviewing books as soon as I finish reading them. This way, I can keep my thoughts organized about what I read and I won’t forget the emotions, how good or bad they may be, that I felt while reading.
9. post 1 backlist review per week
In line with my goal of bringing this blog back to life, I’m aiming to post a review on some of my 2020 and 2021 reads here on the blog. This way, I can still scream about the books that I love, albeit late, and bring the books to the attention of new readers. 🥰
10. post on bookstagram once a week
Another platform that I wasn’t able to attend to is my Bookstagram. It’s another one of my earlier bookish spaces and I loved it to bits. This year, I’d like to make Bookstagram a tracker of sorts—it will also be an area where I’ll share my thoughts about the books I read. 📖
11. post on booktok once a week
A newer platform I discovered last year is Booktok. I found some success there and then I forgot using it altogether. Admittedly, I’m intimidated with the creativity it takes to create fun content on that platfrom. But this year, we’ll give it a try. Hopefully, I’ll be able to stick to it. 💪🏼
12. start weekly reading vlogs
Finally, I want to explore a more creative 🤭 side of me, particularly in terms of editing. To do that, I’m aiming to film more reading vlogs in my channel, just to document how I’ve been. I don’t know how I’ll be able to do this, but if you want to find out, maybe subscribe to my Booktube channel? 👉🏼👈🏼
Those are all my goals for 2022. I decided to make them simple and more attainable, so I won’t be overwhelmed, but would still make some progress.
🌼 What about you? What are your goals for the year?
🌼 What do you feel about various bookish social media? Which one do you like the best?
🌼 Do you join the Goodreads reading challenge? If not, how do you track your reading?
Share your thoughts in the comments below and see you on my next post!