A reflection on 2022
A slightly belated Happy New Year to you all! I had a very quiet reading year in 2022. I didn’t track what I read and quite honestly I became disinterested in blogging and reading… and yet I still ended up with so many proofs.
I took some time to reflect, and I’ve decided that in 2023 my aim will be to avoid proofs and concentrate on what I really want to read. I sometimes will keep a book on my wishlist for months or years before I decide I really want to read it, and proofs don’t give me the time or space to truly consider if I want to read it. It ends up stressing me out, it’s not good for the publishers, and it kills my desire to read.
I’ve decided to come into 2023 with some reading aims to keep me on track.
My reading aims for the coming year are to:
- Read more non-fiction, as this is what I really enjoy – a great deal more than fiction
- Choose a theme to read around a specialist subject (my theme this year will be Welsh history)
- Use the library where possible to obtain books
- Read more of my backlist
- Avoid requesting or accepting offers of proofs.
Tracking my reading progress
I have come to hate Goodreads. I find it a very toxic, negative place and I gradually reduced and ceased using it in 2022. I still want a way of tracking and sharing my reading, so I’ve decided to keep it simple and added a page to my blog which I’ll update as the year goes on. I also have the same on my Twitter feed.
I’m hopeful that this period of reflection will help me maintain my desire to read over the coming year. So far, I’ve read three books (probably 10% of what I read in 2022) in January and I’m actually enjoying it for the first time in a long while.
I’ll maybe do an update later in the year, but for now, here’s a sneak preview of the books I actually want to read in 2023.
What are your reading plans for 2023? Let me know in the comments below!
Wishing you a bookish week,