Hello Gemmies! With 2022 right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to list some bookish goals that I have set for myself in the new year.
Goal #1: Read 200 manga/books
I set a goal to read 120 manga/books in 2021 and I blew right past that goal by early summer. So I have decided to challenge my self and set my total reading goal at 200. If I meet that number...great! If I pass it that will just be a bonus!
Goal #2: Create a home library/office
I am a serious book/manga collector and they are starting to take over my home! I have decided to turn my home office into my library/office. I also want to create other little book storage areas throughout my home. I'm really excited about this one and can't wait to share photos once everything is completed!
Goal #3: Be Intentional with Book Purchases
This goal ties into goal #2. Like I said I'm a serious book collector, and they are taking over my home. I tend to buy physical copies of EVERYTHING even before I read it. Going into 2022 I'd like to start reading more books in ebook or audible format, and ONLY buy physical copies of the ones that I love. This will be a big mind set shift for me, but I'm hoping it will save me money and bookshelf space going forward.
Goal #4: Unhaul Books I Do Not Love
This goal ties into goals #2 and 3. I have way over 1000 books in my collection and I need to do an unhaul of any books that I do not love or will never read. A prime example is my collection of young adult (YA) books. I used to love reading YA, but I've kind of grown out of the genre and don't read nearly as much YA as I used to. There are whole series of books on my shelves that I know will most likely never be read. Un-hauling sounds a lot easier than it actually is. Every time I even think about getting rid of a book I get stressed out! But I really need to declutter and help these books find loving homes!
Goal #5: Read More Books by Indie Authors
The stories that gave me the most pleasure this year were from Independently Published Authors. I discovered some fantastic series and a lot of these books were 5 gem reads for me. I also found that a lot of the traditionally published books that I was really looking forward to just ended up being formulaic and fell flat. So moving into 2022 I am making it my goal to read as many Indie books as possible and help shed light on these titles. There are so many incredible books out there and they don't get the love they deserve. I'm hoping I can help change that!
Goal #6: Read / Re-Read Certain Books
This goal is super specific to certain authors/series. There are a few sequels coming out for series that I love, and to get ready for them I'd like to re-read the previous books. I love Sarah J Maas and really loved the first book in the Crescent City series, House of Earth and Blood. Book two, House of Sky and Breath releases on February 15th and I cannot wait! In order to refresh myself and get ready, I plan to re-read book one in January. Like most Sarah J Maas books, this one is thick! So I want to leave myself plenty of time to complete my re-read before February.
I have two, maybe three YA titles that I do want to read in 2022. One of my most anticipated releases of the year is Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn. So of course to get ready for all the Arthurian goodness and Black Girl Magic, I need to re-read Legendborn before July. The other title should be no surprise to anyone who has been following me for a while. The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna is the second book in The Gilded Ones series. I LOVED book one and cannot wait to return to this brutal world. Now the reason I said maybe three titles is because we have not received concrete information on this one. But I'm keeping hope alive that we will finally get book three in the Legacy of Orisha Series by Tomi Adeyemi. Children of Blood and Bone and Children of Virtue and Vengeance were phenomenal and I need more of this world!!
On the adult side of the house there are several releases that I am looking forward to reading from authors Juliette Cross, C.M. Nascosta, Whitney Hill, Evan Winters, P. Deli Clark, Kathryn Moon, Caedis Knight, and Lillian Lark just to name a few. These are all master story tellers and have created series that I have fallen in love with! Most also happen to be Independently published! Each one of these authors has multiple releases coming out in 2022 and I want to read them all!
Katee Robert has become one of my staple authors for steamy reads. I've read a bunch of different titles from her and I have yet to be disappointed. So in 2022 I'd like to read most of her backlist including the Dark Olympus series. And....Katee recently announced that she has been contracted for three more books in the Dark Olympus series, that's seven in total, so plenty to read!!
My introduction to Sophie Lark was with the Sinners Duology. These two books blew my mind.....serial killer romance ya'll! So In 2022 I plan to read through her Marfia Romance series including the Brutal Birthright, Kingmaker, and Underworld series.
This one is a stretch goal for me. I've mentioned a few times on my blog that The Vampire Huntress Legend series by L.A. Banks holds a special place in my heart. This is the series that introduced me to paranormal romance with characters of color. It was the first time that I saw myself in a story and I didn't even know how much I was missing that representation until I finally got it. I'd like to re-read all twelve books in the series to see if they still hold up today and if my feelings for them have changed at all.
Goal #7: Read More Manga / Graphic Novels
This goal is an easy one! I discovered so many manga series thanks to my nephews. A lot of the series that I am enjoying are ongoing so I will continue to read and collect new volumes. Some of my favorites include:
Spy X Family by Tatsuya Endo
Yakuza Lover by Nozomi Mino
The Apothecary Diaries by Natsu Hyuuga
Rosen Blood by Kachiru Ishizue
Kaiju No. 8 by Naoya Matsumoto
Zom 100 Bucket List of The Dead by Haro Aso
JuJutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami
Kaiju Girl Caramelise by Spica Aoki
My Dress Up Darling by Shinichi Fukada
The Witch and The Beast by Kousuke Satake
That's it for me! I may tweak this list throughout the year, but these are my main focal points. I hope this list inspires you to set a bookish goal of your own. Please share your thoughts and any goals you have by leaving a comment below. And as always....Happy Reading!