2022 Reading Challenges

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:

  1. The Girl who Played with Fire* by Stieg Llarson – 4* set in Sweden
  2. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest* by Stieg Llarson – 3* set in Sweden
  3. My Life in France* by Julia Child – 4* set in France, Norway
  4. Shangai Girls* by Lisa See – 4* set in China
  5. Dreams of Joy* by Lisa See 2* – set in China
  6. Because of Miss Bridgerton* by Julia Quinn 3* – set in England
  7. China Rich Girlfriend* by Kevin Kwan 3* – set in Hong Kong, China, England and France
  8. The Shoemaker’s Wife* by Adriana Trigiani 4* – set partly in Italy

new countries this year 0

Coming up on my to read list for this challenge:

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

Books Read:

Yay! I’ve already made progress on this one!

  1. The Girl who Played with Fire* by Stieg Llarson – 4* – donated
  2. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest* by Stieg Llarson – 3* donated
  3. 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)
  4. My Life in France* by Julia Child – 4* donated
  5. Shangai Girls* by Lisa See – 4* donated
  6. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle – 3* – i need to take down my book notes and then donate
  7. Dreams of Joy* by Lisa See 2* donated
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani 4* keep – I love historical fiction set on classic movie sets
  11. The Shoemaker’s Wife* by Adriana Trigiani 4* keep – I LOVE Trigiani’s writing and storytelling. She’s becoming a favorite author.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!

Total 5 donated (plus 1 to be donated), 6 to keep, love, read and recommend to others. A decent start! My Kindle and audiobooks have really helped me make a dent in this one!

12/40 = 30%

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:

total read 19 (fiction 12, nonfiction 7)

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

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

Books Read:

  1. The Shoemaker’s Wife* by Adriana Trigiani 4* – 496 pages
  2. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson 4* – 400 pages
  3. Barefoot by Elin Hildebrand 3* – 432 pages

Goal met but I’m still doing it!

Coming up next for this challenge (also for bookshelves challenge):

I’m not tracking my reading for these very well but I like to dabble in them to

Other fun reading challenges for 2022

I’m dabbling in these but not tracking them too well right now

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

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  1. Tanya, it’s so interesting to read about all these reading challenges! I love to read but often struggle to find the time – I think a challenge might help! Thank you for sharing with Hearth and Soul. I’ve followed you on Pinterest, IG and FB.

    1. thanks so much, April! i’ve got to write up a post on how I sneak reading time, just a few minutes here and there help and add up! Thanks for visiting and following me on social! 🙂

    1. yes, you need to read the lazy genius way. I listened to it on audio then bought the hard copy and flagged a bunch of things. I have a project in my planner to implement the lazy genius way, because it doesn’t do me much good unless I follow through with it! Anyway, thanks for stopping by and I’d love to hear what you think when you read it!

  2. Oh so fun to take part in so many reading challenges! Our local library is hosting an alphabet reading challenge this year where each book title or author needs to start with each letter of the alphabet. I was doing so well with it but have 3 letters left that I’ve kind of forgotten about now that summer is here and I want to read ALL the beach reads. I still need to work on finding books with Q, X, & Y.

    1. oh wow, great job with the alphabet reading challenge. I have that challenge in my reading planner but I haven’t started filling it out yet. I’ve been wanting to read Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a world that can’t stop talking because I feel like I’m on introvert and I have the Queen’s Fool by Phillipa Gregory on my bookshelf. For Y, I liked the year of yes by shonda rhimes.For X, my husband has X-men graphic novels so I would probably read one of those. It would be a quick read anyway and the art is amazing. hope that helps or you’ll let me know what you decided to read! let me know if you post bout the books you read, I’d love to see it!

    1. Thanks, Sue. I did the redesign and there are still some tweaks I need to make. I go in spurts with blogging so hopefully you check back soon, I’m blogging more again these days! I love the Big Book summer challenge, finished #3 of the summer over the wknd!

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