The List, 2021-2022

This year’s round-up of my reading stats has me in a slightly worried, reflective mood. I used to regularly clear 200 books in a year. In this last year, I barely cleared 100. Part of this is due to a bad doomscrolling habit that I developed during 2020, when the pandemic kicked off. Part is because I took up gaming with family on weekend nights. But I suspect that a big part is because of the books I’ve chosen to read from NetGalley and Edelweiss. Because I feel like I can’t quit a book I’ve asked to read, the amount of time it takes to finish a book has increased. I can inhale a book I love in a day or two. If I’m not loving it, reading becomes a chore that is way too easy to put off in favor of an extra game night or messing around on social media.

So, in order to bring back some joy into my reading life, I plan to:

  1. Give myself permission to not finish books more often, even if it makes publisher reps less likely to give me digital ARCs to read.
  2. Become more selective about the books I ask to read from NetGalley and Edelweiss, so that I don’t feel overwhelmed by how much I have to read in a month.
  3. Spend more time reading books that aren’t ARCs from my own collection and the libraries I frequent to get through my to-read pile.
  4. Read more genre fiction to spice things up.

Here’s the full list of what I read this year.

And the infographic breakdown:

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One thought on “The List, 2021-2022

  1. A sensible approach. I can understand why you might be disappointed that you’ve not read as much as in previous years. But the numbers don’t really count if you’re not enjoying what you’re reading.

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