2022 reading challenges that will make you want to read more in 2022, my world reading challenge, summer reading challenge ideas and a free 2022 reading challenge printable
World Reading Challenge
I LOVE exploring other cultures and countries through books. The Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge is a challenge I started in 2014. I’ve read 78 books and visited 28 countries so far. I tend to read in Western Europe and Asia so I need to get my country count up!
My Goal: Read 25 books from other countries and cultures besides the US. Visit 10 new countries in books. See my progress here.
2022 Books Read:
- The Girl who Played with Fire* by Stieg Llarson – 4* set in Sweden
- The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest* by Stieg Llarson – 3* set in Sweden
- My Life in France* by Julia Child – 4* set in France, Norway
- Shangai Girls* by Lisa See – 4* set in China
- Dreams of Joy* by Lisa See 2* – set in China
- Because of Miss Bridgerton* by Julia Quinn 3* – set in England
- China Rich Girlfriend* by Kevin Kwan 3* – set in Hong Kong, China, England and France
- The Shoemaker’s Wife* by Adriana Trigiani 4* – set partly in Italy
- the Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker 5* – set in Burma/Myanmar – new country. This is just a beautiful book about love.
- A Week In Winter by Maeve Binchy 4* – set in Ireland – new country. I really enjoyed this story about the caretakers, owners and visitors of a remote Irish hotel. Very enjoyable especially if you like interesting characters and character development.
- The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn 4* – set in England and Portugal. Poppy Bridgerton is a curious, intelligent and fiesty young woman and not afraid to speak her mind. She finds a smuggler’s hideaway and when the pirates find her poking around, they kidnap her and gag and bound her to the captain’s bed. She thinks he’s a pirate. But…Captain Andrew is actually a family acquaintance and on a mission for the British government. I think this is one of the more unique Bridgerton stories since it’s set aboard a ship and the troubles they get into on his mission.
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Coming up on my to read list for this challenge:
- Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Ethiopia)
- #1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (Botswana)
- Nefertiti or Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michele Moran (Egypt)
- The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho (Brazil)
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia)
- The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Spain)
Bookshelves that Brings Me Joy 2022 Reading Challenge
Ok, it’s a long name but this is what I decided to do this year. On January 1, 2022, I counted 261 unread books (and 60 read) on my bookshelves. That was so eye opening. I love to read and kept buying books at library sales.
But I realized my bookshelves stressed me out and brought me lots of guilt because I knew those books were all thrown in there haphazardly and taunting me. Some of them have been there 10 years! I’ve been on a big decluttering mission because I know I only want to store the nonessential things in our home that bring us joy.
So I rearranged my shelves to bring me more joy and less guilt. I have my must keeps together – my classics collection, my signed books and Harry Potter and Rick Riordan series books. And I arranged it so the ones standing up I’ve read and the ones lying down I haven’t (for the most part). I will only keep these and books that are 4* (really liked it) or 5* (loved it). Now my bookshelves bring me joy!
On the 2nd TBR (to be read) shelf, are the books I have not read yet. Once I read it have to decide whether it goes on the bookshelf of joy as one of my favorites or donate to the library. And it’s motivated me to get cranking through my unread books.
I’m using Libby and my Kindle to help me through these physical books just so I can get through them faster.
My Goal: Read 40 of my unread books
Yay! I’ve already made progress on this one!
- The Girl who Played with Fire* by Stieg Llarson – 4* – donated
- The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest* by Stieg Llarson – 3* donated
- The Lazy Genius Way – 5* keep (reread, I listened to audio in 2021 and bought the physical book to keep. I need to take down my book notes and I think it’s an important book for my boys to read as they get older and others too)
- My Life in France* by Julia Child – 4* donated
- Shangai Girls* by Lisa See – 4* donated
- Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle – 3* – i need to take down my book notes and then donate
- Dreams of Joy* by Lisa See 2* donated
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown 4* keep – need to take down my book notes and I think it’s an important book for my boys to read as they get older and others too
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman 3* keep – I’m not sure if I had an earlier (or the original) edition if i’d have liked it more. This one did have interesting stories from the movie set. I loved the story itself, it was the sidebars and footnotes that drove me nuts.
- All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani 4* keep – I love historical fiction set on classic movie sets
- The Shoemaker’s Wife* by Adriana Trigiani 4* keep – I LOVE Trigiani’s writing and storytelling. She’s becoming a favorite author.
- Barefoot by Elin Hildebrand 3* donate – heartbreaking beach drama about a young mother with cancer, her sister who is her caregiver and had a fall from grace from being a distinguished college professor, and her best friend whose husband is caught cheating (and she just found out she’s pregnant). I’m starting to annotate books so I’ll get my book notes down, there are some gems to keep and then donate.
- Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential by Tiago Forte 5* keep – It’s right up there with the 7 habits of Highly Effective People and Getting Things Done for productivity books that can make a life changing impact. This one deals with capturing and organizing information digitally so you can access it easily and effectively when you need to make use of it. Your second brain is having a system in place you develop and trust so that you can rely on it when you need it so your first brain can do the more fun and creative pursuits of combining ideas for the best possible outcome on projects, tasks and the things that matter to you. It’s one I’ll be getting my high school/college aged sons to read so they can start at the stage when they are learning so much!
- Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka – 3* donate – A unique narration to present the plight of Japanese picture brides as they travel to San Fransisco, meet their new husbands, become mothers and try to learn a new culture and language. Powerful and impactful as we feel like we experience what they do. It was short and I liked it as a book that shows a glimpse of the immigrant experience.
- the Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker 5* keep – gorgeous, breathtaking and heartbreaking all at once. Just love the writing and a true love story. Set in Burma for my Travel the World in Books challenge and I will keep. I’m going to grab it on Kindle so I can highlight the quotes I want to keep and send it to my Notion database easily. So many I bookmarked while I listened to audio!
- Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica 4* donate – a good psychological thriller about a charitable mother who lost a baby and reaches out to a homeless girl with an infant in her arms. She wants to help but what unfolds is not what you’d expect! Mary Kubica is one of my favorite thriller authors. Even though I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t stop listening to the audio, I donated it because I felt like I wouldn’t likely read it again. Too many good books!
- Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen 3* – donate – I was really captivated trying to figure out the connection between three kids whose birth families AND foster families were all brutally murdered. This is part of the Rizzoli and Isles book and TV series. It was entertaining but the ending/wrap up was a bit meh for me. It was a good ride but I wouldn’t read again so donated back to my library.
- A Week In Winter by Maeve Binchy 4* – set in Ireland – undecided if i’ll donate or keep. I think it would be fun to have bookshelves dedicated to each country in the world. So i’d keep this one for ireland unless i find something i like better.
- The Inner Circle (Culper Ring #1) by Brad Meltzer – we met Brad Meltzer a few years ago and it was so fun. He’s such a talented storyteller, and the only author that can appeal to every reading preference in our family! (Thrillers for me, Justice League graphic novels for my husband and oldest kid, the Ordinary People Save the World series for my youngest two in the pic.). You gotta read our story about meeting him, how he graciously signed our big stack of books and how my youngest son had his 15 minutes of Twitter fame. Plus my 3 boys are itty bitty and adorable, now 2 out of 3 are taller than me! 🙁 I enjoyed this first installment, and it prompted me to listen to the other 2 and finish the series! That’s a miracle for me, I’m terrible about starting a series and not finishing. I wish the covers matched but since he signed them, they are staying on my Bookshelves of Joy. Inner Circle is about young archivist Beecher White, his middle school crush, Clementine, needs his help finding the father she never knew and what happens ends them up on the hit list of some powerful and dangerous people. I think this one was my favorite of the series but i did enjoy the others too. a keeper since it’s signed!
- The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer – 4* a continuation of the Culper Ring Series. Someone is copycating the 4 previously assassinated presidents and killing clergy in the same manner. Beecher and the Culper Ring are trying to figure out who the Fifth Assassin is before he kills the current President. a keeper since it’s signed!
- The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer – 4* in this installment, a dead hand shows up in the First Lady’s Rose Garden and it’s clutching something that relates to Beecher’s father. To his knowledge, Beecher’s father died in a car accident on his way to serve in the military, this clue suggests otherwise. This book had a lot going on as it tied up all the loose ends and questions brought up in the other books. So there were lots of storylines but i did enjoy it. And i will likely read/listen to more of Meltzer’s historical/political thrillers. a keeper since it’s signed!
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros – 3*. Esperanza is growing up in a poor Hispanic neighborhood in Chicago. In a series of very short vignettes and stories, Cisneros paints a succinct and poignant picture of her life, her neighbors and her struggles as she grows up dreaming of leaving the House on Mango Street. Many of the stories were only a page or two long but Cisneros really did pull at my heartstrings with her writing. A very unique book. I will donate this one after I write down all the quotes I loved. It’s not in great condition since I bought it from a library sale. I won’t reread it but I will recommend it.
My Kindle and audiobooks have really helped me make a dent in this one! But I am so happy that I made my bookshelves house more of what I love and enjoy!
22/40 = 55%
Goodreads 2022 reading challenge
My overall goal is to read 50 books this year (12 nonfiction) so this challenge will keep track of all my books read in 2022. Connect with me on Goodreads here
Some of the other books I’ve read/listened to not already included above:
- Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda 4*
- Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter Free in 15 minutes a day by Cassandra Aarssen 4*
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown 5* – bought to keep
- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson 4* – i love a good YA murder book for some reason, will listen to the rest of the series
- Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano 3* – entertaining, will give book 2 a try cause book 1 had a good ending!!
- One of us Is Dead by Jeneva Rose 4* – really liked the format, each chapter told by a different main character, who is dead and who is the killer are both revealed in the end. a fun ride!
- Cinder by Marrisa Meyer 4* – book 1 of the Lunar Chronicles – futuristic fairy tale retelling of Cinderella and I really liked it. It starts with a fatal global pandemic though so I had to be in the right frame of read to finish this one but glad I did.
- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer 4* – book 2 in the Lunar Chronicles and it’s possible I enjoyed this one as much/maybe more than Cinder!
- Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol by Holly Whitaker 5* – so many takeaways in this book. A feminist look at how the alcohol industry targets women and the only lethal, addictive drug that patriarchal societies have condoned for centuries. Truly eye opening
- Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price 4* – a fun and entertaining mystery based on the beloved characters from Pride and Prejuidice. Listened to on audio and i will probably listen to the rest of the series.
- Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica 4* – Kubica is one of my favorite thriller authors. I almost didn’t get through the part where young Delilah describes her kidnapping and mistreatment, whew! those kind of traumatic stories especially dealing with kids haunt me. But I pushed through. Delilah, her mother and another lady go missing from a small town. Eleven years later Deliliah escapes and trying to find what happened to the other two missing ladies. I didn’t see the end coming, I guess that’s a good sign for a thriller!
- The Girl with the Make Believe Husband by Julia Quinn – a Bridgerton prequel, Rokesby #2 – entertaining and her romance books and character interactions/dialogue usually make me laugh out loud at some point while I’m listening. A fun escape showing the British perspective in colonial America. Cecilia tells a bit of a lie, that she’s the wife of an unconsicous British soldier. He’s the best friend of her missing brother and she hopes he has answers that can help. She has to say she’s his wife or the nurses won’t let her near him.
- The Last Thing he told Me by Laura Dave – 4* a Reese’s Book Club and Goodreads Choice for Mystery and Thriller 2021, I was excited to see this audio available to borrow on my library’s Libby app. Hannah’s husband disappears leaving her and her teenage stepdaughter, Bailey, to figure out what’s going on. All he tells Hannah before he goes is to “protect her.” but Hannah doesn’t know what she needs to protect Hailey from. I was captivated and listened to this book in one day. Unpopular opinion ahead – The mystery of it was kinda predictable. I’m honestly surprised it won, i guess i expected something more/different. But considering I could not put it down and had earbuds in for the good part of the day, I can say I enjoyed the journey the book took me on.
- The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd. 4* – this was such a unique academia story. Nell Young is a cartographer like her esteemed father and deceased mother. She’s fallen out of touch with her father since he fired her from the NY Public Library’s renowned department over some garage station map in a junk box she brought to him 7 years ago. Her father winds up dead, and in his portfolio she finds that he kept that map that essentially ruined her career. Now she wonders why he kept it and whether his death is really of natural causes. it alternates between the present and past and from different characters perspectives to uncover the mystery and secrets that have been hidden for so long.
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. 3* – It was a tough start for me reading about Kya’s childhood and the meager conditions she grows up in. The former high school quarterback winds up dead. It was slow going for me until the story really got going with trying to solve the murder. I liked it but didn’t love it as much as others. Maybe i expected too much since I’m really late in reading it.
- Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn 4*. Billie, Helen, Mary Alice and Natalie were the first squad of all female assassins hired by the Museum. Now 40 years later, they are retiring and on their way to celebrate on a cruise. Apparently, that’s when they are “targeted by one of their own.” This is a fun story about these 60-something ladies fighting for their lives as they try to figure out who’s trying to kill them and stop them. I would love to see this as a movie. An entertaining and unique read.
- Sinful Dreams and Sinful Lies on my Kindle by J.K. Hage. Both 4* I was getting close to my 2022 goodreads goal of 50 books so from here on it they are mostly short books so I can get it! No they aren’t erotica, Sinful is the name of the town where the stories take place 🙂 I’ve really enjoyed them as they are fast, romantic comedy suspense kind of reads. I haven’t read the Miss Fortune series that these books are based on but I enjoyed both novellas, a fun quick read about the escapades of Pepper Monroe, a widowed “Yankee” moving to Sinful, a small Southern town, to help her cousin run her cafe. She meets a hot guy who happened to hit her parked car right in front of the cafe. The novella was fast paced and I enjoyed the banter/chemistry between Jaxson and Pepper. And what a cliffhanger ending on book 1!
- Sinful Spells on Kindle 3*, the next installment of Jaxson and Pepper’s story, Jaxson’s mother comes to town and she does NOT like Pepper. She’s also got some spells and erratic behavior up her sleeves.
- Sinful Pursuit by J.K. Hage 4* on Kindle. Jaxson and Pepper head to Pepper’s family reunion. Yep, trouble follows them or are they following the trouble? There have been a lot of dead bodies since Pepper moved to Sinful, can they prevent the body count from going up? it’s a good short entertaining read if you need something light and easy.
- The Bookstore Sisters by Alice Hoffman 4*on Kindle- Maine. Isabel grudgingly heads back to the bookstore her father owned and she grew up in. She tried to leave that life and her sister, Sophie, behind but her parents are gone and the store is facing bankruptcy. I enjoyed this short story, it’s actually the first work of Alice Hoffman that I’ve read but I really liked her writing style.
- Sinful Moves by J.K. Hage on Kindle 4* – when a hunky country superstar comes to town, the ladies of Sinful young and old are mesmerized by him. But when his tour bus explodes, he’s stuck in Sinful for longer than his agent would like. Pepper and her posse try to figure out who/what caused the explosion
- Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke – 4* – Minnesota – for some reason, I love reading fall themed books but don’t really tackle a lot of Christmas themed books. I saw this cute small Christmasy book at the library and was drawn to the foodie nature of this series. Like Pepper in the Sinful series above, Hannah has a knack for finding dead bodies – her “slaydar”. Hannah co owns a bakery with her best friend, Lisa. Lisa’s husband plays Santa in the holiday theater production and his ex-girlfriend Phyllis plays a provocative Mrs. Claus. Phyllis has had her sights on the married men of the town so there are plenty of suspects when she ends up dead. It’s a clean and cozy mystery. I enjoyed the story and all the delicious dessert recipes in the pages. It definitely had me craving some sweets! I would like to read more in this series.
- The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – 5* – I love young adult and rich kid stories for some reason and this one combines that with a bunch of clues, puzzles and riddles to figure out why a billionaire disinherited his 2 daughters, 4 grandsons and left the bulk of his billions to Avery, an orphaned teen who doesn’t even know who this billionaire is. To inherit, Avery must spend a year in the Hawthorn estate with the family he disinherited. Let’s just say, that’s….awkward. I listened on audio and I was hooked. I will read the rest of the series. I’m interested to see what the characters get into next.
total read in 2022: 50 (fiction 42, nonfiction 8). It’s the first time since 2013 that I’ve hit my 50 book goal!!! I’m so excited.
Rory Gilmore reading challenge
I am a big fan of the Gilmore Girls so I was excited to find the books I want to read from the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. I don’t think I’ll ever get through the entire list, and frankly I don’t want to read them all. I want to focus on the books I want to read. There are too many great books to read to waste time on stuff I don’t really care to read. I own about 8 books on my current TBR Shelf that would qualify for this challenge. Yay!
My Goal: Read 3 books from the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge
Oops, I didn’t read any for 2022!
Summer Reading Challenge Ideas
- My friend Sue from Book by Book hosts this summer reading challenge where you’re challenged to read a big, chunky book (at least 400 pages).
- young adult or middle grade books for an easy read
- beach books or the word “beach” in the title
- books set on an island
- reread a childhood favorite
- popsugar summer reading challenge – Popsugar did a summer reading challenge in 2020 but haven’t since then.
- books set in summer or the word “summer” in the title
- read the rainbow – books with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet covers
- there are some authors whose books are synonymous with “beach reads” – I think of Mary Kay Andrews for fun books and Elin Hildebrand for dramatic books
Summer Big Book Summer Reading Challenge Goal: Read 2 big books between Memorial Day and Labor Day
- The Shoemaker’s Wife* by Adriana Trigiani 4* – 496 pages
- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson 4* – 400 pages
- Barefoot by Elin Hildebrand 3* – 432 pages
- Cinder by Marrisa Meyer 4* – 400 pages
- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer 4* – 464 pages
Goal met but I’m still doing it!
Coming up next for this challenge (also for bookshelves challenge):
Fall Reading Challenges
I still really want to tackle my bookshelf but in fall I love reading mysteries, magic, murder and mayhem!
So I’ll be joining in in the Readers Imbibing Peril readathon from 9/1/22-10/31/22. This is the 16th year and I have joined in on and off since probably 2013. It’s basically to read books from the creepy genres like mystery, gothic, supernatural, thriller, horror, you get the idea. Mysteries and thrillers are some of my favorites.
- Finished Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price 4* – a Jane Austen Murder Mystery. Enjoying it so i know I’ll finish it! see mini review above in Goodreads challenge section
- Finished Last to Die by Tess Geritsen 3* – see mini review above in Goodreads challenge section
- Finished Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica 4* – see mini review above in Goodreads challenge section
- Finished Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica 4* – see mini review above in Goodreads challenge section
- Currently Listening to Inner Circle By Brad Meltzer
- Currently Reading Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green
Here are some perilous reads that have been on my bookshelf for the longest time I’d like to tackle for this challenge:
- Three Days Missing by Kimberly Belle
- A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
- The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
- The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- Winter at Death’s Hotel by Kenneth Cameron
- Cookie Dough or Die by Virginia Lowell
Let’s see how much of a dent I can make in this list!
Here are some other fall readathon challenges to join
I’m not tracking my reading for these very well but I like to dabble in them too…
Other fun reading challenges for 2022
I’m dabbling in these but not tracking them too well right now
- 2022 monthly motif reading challenge
- Popsugar reading challenge
- Diversity Reading Challenges
- Reading my Classics
- Reading my favorite authors backlist books
- Diane Chamberlain books
- Barbara Claypole White books (both Diane and Barbara are local to me so I enjoy going to their book signings and getting their latest. They are both fabulous ladies and writers!)
- Agatha Christie books (i’m going to try and get my middle son to do this with me)
- Liane Moriarity books
- Reading books starring my favorite literary character – Sherlock Holmes
Well, that’s what I’m challenging myself to read for 2022! I hope you found some inspiration to start or create your own reading challenge and just start reading! Drop me a comment and let me know what you’re reading or what I should read for one of these challenges! I’m all ears!
2022 Reading Challenge Printable
If you have a lot of reading challenges, books you want to read or want to create your own reading challenge, I have a free reading challenges tracker printable you can download from my Exclusive Subscribers Library of printables when you subscribe to my newsletter. You can use it for this year and years to come!