2022 Reading Plan (sort of…)

My reading life has really been a mess this year, I wouldn’t even close my eyes and say the otherwise. I could finally manage to finish 15 books (including manhuas), and am currently reading one more so hopefully I can finish another one. Let’s see if I’ll succeed…

Meanwhile, there is always a plan―although, as we all know, not everything will always go as planned. Let’s just say, I’ve mapped out my reading track for next year according to the challenges/events I intend to participate. This is only for temporary, so it’s subject to change anytime (as my mood changes).

1). January: January in Japan

I hadn’t joined this reading event for a very, very long time. I didn’t even remember when the last time I joined it. Now that I have Keigo Higashino’s Salvation of a Saint on my TBR, I think I’ll participate in it again (if it’s still on, of course).

2). March: Orang-Orang Bloomington Buddy Read with Fanda and Melisa and Reading Ireland Month [UPDATE]

The book has been on my TBR for more than four years now, its pages has even started to yellow here and there. Thank God my blogger friend Melisa has a plan to read it a month before its release in English edition in April 2022, and our fellow book blogger Fanda also joins in. In short, I can finally take it out of the shelf.

Another reading event that I might join in March is Reading Ireland Month 2022 hosted by Cathy. I have a copy of Milkman by Anna Burns, but it is not impossible that I would read the highly-hyped Normal People by Sally Rooney. Let’s see what I’ll choose when the time comes.

3). May: Asia Readathon

I remember joining this event in 2020, reading Yoko Ogawa’s Memory Police. This year I was absent (I don’t remember why I was, though). And since I have quite many books by Asian authors or representing Asian protagonists on my stack, I’m planning to join it again next year. This time Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Unknown Errors of Our Lives is my book of choice. It has also been on my shelf for four years or so. Pray to God nothing will get in my way then.

4). June: Jazz Age

It’s the first time I heard about this reading event. Where have I been? Seriously :D. I guess my fellow book blogger Fanda has already been running it for quite some time now, and I intend to join her for the 2022 edition. I happen to have F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby on my Google Playbook and have been meaning to read it since a while.

5). July: Spanish Lit Month [UPDATE]

I always like Spanish literature and always want to dive deeper into it―such a shame my chance of doing it has always been slight. This year I combined it with Women in Translation Month and read Fish Soup by Margarita García Robayo. Next year, I think I’ll try to do it separately. And after so much thought, I finally chose Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos for this event.

6). August: Women in Translation Month

I instantly fell in love with Ariana Harwicz when I read her Die, My Love last year. I don’t say that I didn’t have a headache reading it, but her bold narrative had caught me off-guard. Her style of storytelling was something so unexpected to me, and I couldn’t get out of her snare since then. So for next year’s WIT Month, I’m planning to read her another book, Feebleminded.

7). November: Novellas in November and German Lit Month [UPDATE]

NovNov is fun because you’ll only have to read a short book and you’ll accomplish a challange and cut down your TBR at the same time :D. And it’s so coincidental that we have German Lit Month in the same month, so I think I’ll pick up You Would Have Missed Me, a novella by German author Birgit Vanderbeke. I read her The Mussel Feast some years ago, and it’s about time that I read her again.

In addition to the list above, I might also (actually) finish the last volume of Jin Yong’s Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber. Every time I look at the complete books on my desk I instantly think of my friend from whom I borrowed them two years ago. It’s about time I finish it and return them all to her. I might also (finally) read Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions. I’ve borrowed it from my other friend for a year now :D. The rest of time I’ll be reading manhuas, of course, and books by Indonesian authors. It’s been my habit for several years now to read Indonesian literature, so I cannot possibly abandon it.

That’s all my reading plan for now. Hopefully I won’t be as busy fangirling as I’ve been this year and will focus myself on reading, writing reviews, and translating (still in need of money here :D).

So, what’s yours?

2 thoughts on “2022 Reading Plan (sort of…)”

  1. That looks like a good plan! I read the Divakaruni a long time ago and posted this less than revealing review https://librofulltime.wordpress.com/2006/12/17/chitra-banerjee-divakaruni-the-unknown-errors-of-our-lives/ (I’m much better at writing reviews now!) but I do like her work. I’ve just announced on Wednesday my new main challenge for 2022 which is re-reading some Larry McMurtry. I’m looking forward to that. I’ll also do Novellas in November (cleared SO MANY off my TBR this time!) and Non-Fiction November and there’s a Nordic one in January a friend is running and I have some Icelandic and one Norwegian book for that, which will get them moving. Also the ongoing TBR project, which all those will help with!

    1. those reading challenges could really help us clear off our TBR :D! good luck with what you’ll be joining in. may we meet again in Novellas in November next year! 🙂

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