2022 Reading List & Challenges

Posted January 3, 2022 in Reading Challenges / 6 Comments

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It’s that time of year again when I ambitiously sign up for lots of reading challenges. Below is my reading list for the year and my goals for each challenge. After a long reading slump, I’m feeling motivated and can’t wait to get stuck in!

My Priority TBR List 2022

The Colour of Magic
Howl's Moving Castle
The Girl at Midnight
The Forbidden Wish
American Gods
Muse of Nightmares
Carve the Mark
Ready Player Two
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
The Testaments
The Starless Sea
A Roald Dahl Selection
Eve of Man

Books Read So Far This Year

Goodreads Reading Challenge

I read 24 books last year, so my goal for this year is 30.

2022 Reading Challenge

2022 Reading Challenge
Anstice has read 0 books toward her goal of 30 books.

Beat the Backlist

Beat the Backlist 2022 Logo

I have a huge TBR pile, so this challenge is perfect for me. Any book published in 2021 or earlier (any genre, format, length, etc.) counts towards this challenge, and you can set your own goal for how many you would like to complete. I’m aiming for any 20.

The Official 2022 TBR Pile Challenge

The 2022 TBR Pile Challenge Hosted by Roofbeamreader.com

I love this reading challenge and I’ve done it for several years now. The goal is to read 12 books that have been on your TBR list for at least a year. Read the rules and sign-up here.

My List:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • Asunder by Jodi Meadows
  • The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • Spark by Alice Broadway
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand
  • Slayer by Kiersten White


  • LIFEL1k3 by Jay Kristoff
  • Fairytale Dragons, edited by J. E Feldman

SpaceTime Reading Challenge

This reading challenge is about reading and reviewing any books from the science-fiction or time travel genres (including sub-genres). There are 4 challenge levels and I’m aiming for ‘Planet Hopper’ (5 books). Information and sign-up can be found here.

My List:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
  • LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • Eve of Man by Giovana & Tom Fletcher

AudioBook Challenge

The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2022 than you did in 2021. Any genres count and re-reads are allowed. I’m starting at the newbie level, aiming to listen to 1-5 audiobooks. Info and sign-up are here.

Audiobooks on my TBR:

  • The Sandman (audible original) by Neil Gaiman
  • Splintered by A.G Howard
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Mythos by Stephen Fry
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

Children’s Books Reading Challenge…For Adults!

For this challenge, you set your own goal to read any books that would be found in the children’s section of a library or bookstore. This is a great one for me as I read a lot of books to my daughter. My goal is to read 5 children’s books this year. Sign up here if you want to join in.

Children’s books on my TBR:

  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Harry’s Mad by Dick King-Smith
  • The Queen’s Nose by Dick King-Smith
  • Five Go to Smuggler’s Top by Enid Blyton

Adult SFF Backlist Books Challenge

This challenge involves reading some older adult sci-fi and fantasy books from publishers that are still in print and have been out in the world for at least a year. There is a different prompt for each month. See here for the full guidelines.

My List:

  • January — Winter: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • February — Time: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman or French Quarter Requiem by Roland Yeomans
  • March — Oaths: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E Schwab
  • April — Hidden Places: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • May — Starlight: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • June — To Sea: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • July — To Sky: Mythos by Stephen Fry
  • August — Sacrifice: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • September — Fire: Fairytale Dragons edited by J. E Feldman
  • October — Ritual: The Sandman (audible original) by Neil Gaiman
  • November — Forest: Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
  • December — Omens: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
over to you

Are you taking part in any reading or blogging challenges this year? Feel free to link up your lists in the comments.

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6 responses to “2022 Reading List & Challenges

  1. Good luck with your challenges!

    I’ve just taken part with the goodreads, beat the backlist & audiobook challenge; the other two are some that I made up myself. Reading equal books in french as in english, aswell as reading more books in genres I don’t usually pick up.

  2. Best of luck with your challenges, Anstice! It’s easy to see that fantasy is your genre of choice. 🙂 The Midnight Library has been on my radar for quite a while but I have not got to it yet.

    • Thanks. Yes, I feel like I need to escape into fantasy worlds more than ever these days. I’ve followed Matt Haig on Twitter for ages so can’t wait to read his book.

    • My regular TBR list is so huge that I have to narrow it down a bit or I get overwhelmed. I haven’t listened to any audiobooks yet. It’s taking me ages to finish this one book I started about 2 weeks ago! Have a great week.

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