2022 Reading Plan & My Top 3 Books of 2021

Happy New Year Readers.

There are more books I HAVEN’T read on these shelves than those I have!

We start yet another year within the confusion and constrains of a worldwide pandemic. Although the latest variant offers some glimpses of hope, it’s still bleak, particularly within a global context. Quite possibly the only good thing to come out of the past 21 months of Covid is an increase in, or maybe a return to, reading habits. It’s certainly the latter for me. I started my Bookstagram account in earnest in 2020, before that I would occasionally share the books I was reading but since 2015, the year I got married and fell pregnant, I was averaging 3 books a year! Before marriage and children, I was a Librarian, and contrary to popular opinion, we don’t spend our days reading. I loved to read, but between working full time and having a social life I wasn’t reading anywhere near as much as I do now. 2020 was the year I got back into reading and over the past two years I have read over 100 books, probably more than the entire decade before.

I started last year with a very fixed idea of what I wanted to achieve with my reading. I set myself a challenge for fun and as the months went by, I kept a tally. Some months I was able to read 8 books other I hardly looked at a book and consequently I discovered a few things about myself. I’m a mood reader. The downside of that is that I’m forever buying books imagining myself reading them, but in reality they spend months (read: YEARS) sitting on my shelves waiting for me to remember them again. Earlier this week I was going through my shelves, and I have at least 27 books I bought last year and still haven’t read. Although I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any new books this year, Waterstones had a 50% off hardbacks sale. So, I’ve rejigged the terms and conditions and decided that I won’t buy ANY MORE BOOKS until I have read at least 50% of my new acquisitions (I bought 7 books!)

I’m not setting myself any goals this year, but I will continue to keep a record of the books I read and will do my best to share them, possibly as a monthly update if not individual reviews (those will be on my Instagram). I do enjoy reading books on literary awards lists, and some of the books I bought are from The Women’s Prize For Fiction and The Booker Prize nominations. Both 2022 longlists will be announced in March so maybe I’ll go on a spending spree then. Actually, another thing I need to be better at is sourcing my books from my local library!

The goal I absolutely missed last year was weekly blogging, and I’m determined to do better this year. Blogging is, believe it or not, the most fun I have online, yet somehow I always neglect it. I think its because it requires more concentration and commitment, and as we’ve established, I’m flaky! I do really appreciate you all showing up here and supporting me so I will endeavour to do better.

Before I sign off, I’d like to share my three favourite reads of 2021. I read some excellent books last year so this list could be so much longer, but I thought I’d really home in on the ones that excelled, surprised and bought something new to my reading experience so * DRUM ROLL* my top three books of 2021… (in no particular order)

  1. Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
  2. No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
  3. Beautiful World, Where are You by Sally Rooney

What are you reading this year? I’d love to know what your favourite books of 2021 were and if you’ve set yourself a reading goal? Do let me know in the comments below.


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