My 2022 reading life has been good but not spectacular.
I’m at 34 books for the year so far. Current reads are Richie Anti-Time Management (a bit out there, but interesting ideas!) and Abby Jimenez’s Life’s Too Short (greatly enjoying).
But my consistency has been kind of meh, and I haven’t felt as immersed in the reading life as I have in recent years.
An Idea: a reading ‘training plan’ of sorts
I think 60 books in a year would be a fun reach goal for me. Here’s how I would do it:
- One novel every 10 days (so, aim to read at least 10% per day!)
- 2 nonfiction books/month (reading in the morning, aim for ~1/14 each day)
This would be ~36 (365 days / 10) + 24 (12 month * 2) = 60! This sort of reminds me of a race training plan in that there’s a prescribed workout each day and while each day is doable, it all adds up to something bigger.
Here’s what usually trips me up:
- I dislike a book and spend forever reading it (like I’ll pick it up daily, but then get through only 2%!), or just stop reading much at all
- I get in a moooood and gravitate towards more mindless activities.
So I think if I were to employ the above plan, I’d have to force myself to abandon books more often than I currently do. ALSO, I probably would have to steer clear of giant 500+ page epics for the most part (or maybe if a given novel book is over a certain length, I could adjust my expectations and make up for it when books are shorter).
(Admittedly I don’t read that many of those anyway!)
While it is tempting to start this kind of plan in a fresh calendar year, I think I will pilot it now!! I think I will pivot to Taylor Jenkins Reid next . . . excited for this one.
What have been your absolute favorite books so far in 2022?