Taking a Look Back at My 2022 Goals

December is a popular month for bloggers and content creators to take a look back at the goals we set for ourselves the previous year. I know I absolutely failed with my 2021 goals, but did I succeed with the ones I set for myself in 2022? Let’s take a look at this two-parter post. Well, two-parter in that I am combining two past posts into this one

Reasonable Reading Goals

  1. No more trying to read all the things – I think I did a pretty good job with this one, considering I how much I cut back my use of social media. It was social media that always showed me new books I may have been interested in reading, but half the time the books weren’t for me.
  2. Pickier about books I buy/six months no buy – Because I began limiting my online time earlier this year, it gave me the gift of doing things in REAL time. Real life. And because I curbed my purchasing power earlier as well, this encouraged me to do more research on authors and books. I think I managed this quite well!
  3. To not feel pressure to read all the newest releases – This goal kinda stems from the first one, but that’s okay. At least all of these are long the same thread, right? Even though I am on NetGalley once again, I only visit their site once or twice a month. All these goals were an effort to calm my overly anxious mindset at the beginning of the year. I am less so now – though I think some level of anxiety will always stay with me – but all these really helped free the self-imposed expectations I put on myself.

Four Bookish Habits I want to change in 2022

  1. I don’t have to finish reading every book I start – Whether it’s an ARC or a book I obtained on my own, I had to make peace with the fact that there are many books out there that I’m just not going to mesh with. One can appreciate the work put into any book, but that doesn’t mean you need to force yourself to finish something you dislike. My niece and nephew are constantly learning this lesson, and that it’s okay to say when you don’t like something out loud. But be nice about it. Sometimes even grownups need to relearn this. I will not be ashamed of my “DNF” pile.
  2. Create a curated book collection – I’ve already touched upon this already, so I won’t talk about it too much. My small library could do with a few more additions, but I no longer go on shopping trips just for books. If I want something I’ll add it to a “wait list” of sorts, and go from there. My house is tiny, with not much space for extra things. So while I have a wall of those short BILLY bookcases from IKEA, they’re not filled completely with written words. And I am quite proud of my in-house selection.
  3. No more speed reading, thus building better comprehension – While I am a naturally quick reader, I found myself often skipping ahead when my quick-thinking brain got a little too bored with the story’s pacing. I’m not certain this particular habit will ever change, as it is something I still do. These books usually end up in the DNF pile, and that’s not always a bad thing.

How did you do with your own goals from 2022? Or do you not even care about such things? Remember: you’re setting these goals for your own personal growth and not for anybody else. If you feel you need to let something go, let it go. Easier said than done, I know. But know you’re not alone in this journey we call life. Happy reading and, while we’re at it, Happy New Year!

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