I have decided to set some reading intentions for the forthcoming year as I enjoyed doing this for 2021. You can read more about my 2021 intentions here and my review of them here. My 2021 intentions were rather ambitious and I’m pleased with how far I got with them so here are my intentions for 2022.
One: Slow down
I felt driven to read in 2021 but I’m not sure that the speed at which I am reading is conducive to the experience. There were lot of books I ‘had’ to read by certain dates for book clubs and courses but this created a certain degree of pressure. In 2022, I would like to read at my own pace and not feel compelled to whizz through one novel and then start the next, merely in order to meet a deadline.
Two: Complete the 52 Book Club 2022 Reading Challenge
This might seem to go counter to my first intention but I enjoy matching the novels I read to the categories in the challenge and as I have read well over 52 books this year (105 at the last count), I can easily slow my pace and still complete it. I rarely select books specifically to fulfil a category but simply match my reading to the categories, which sometimes requires a bit of creative imagination and a fair amount of poetic licence!
Three: Keep a more detailed reading journal
I started off 2021 by keeping a detailed reading journal but tailed off along the way. It does, however, make me think more about what I’m reading and so I want to try this again in 2022.
Four: Use the library
Before March 2020, I regularly borrowed books from the library but never went back to doing so after it reopened. I daren’t think what I’ve spent on books this year – it’s been one of my guilty pleasures – and I really need to get back to borrowing books. It’s somewhat frustrating because it’s not a big library and they rarely have the specific books I’m looking for. However, this does force me to read ones that I wouldn’t have otherwise discovered and which turn out to be gems, such as Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter.
Five: Explore authors in greater depth
A few of times last year I went on YouTube to find out more about specific authors: Elif Shafak, Christy Lefteri and Mohsin Hamid come to mind. These interviews certainly enhanced my understanding and enjoyment of their novels and it would be beneficial to do this more often in the forthcoming year.
I feel this 2022 list of intentions is less ambitious than that of 2021 and I’m happy with that. My aim this year is to slow down, delve deeper and extract more from my reading.