Reading Goals for 2022

The #MustReadIn2022 challenge, in the words of Carrie Gelson, who started it all, "is all about making your own personal list of books that you want to commit to reading...Books can be published in any year, be from any genre, and from any category: adult, YA, MG, Graphics, NF, etc. All that matters is that they are books you want to be sure not to forget as that TBR list continues to grow!" 

Leigh Anne Eck at A Day In the Life and have taken over for Carrie. Add your list to Leigh Anne's blog post here. I will host the voluntary updates in the last weeks of April, August, and Leigh Anne will host our final update in December. (Note that it takes two people to handle what Carrie Gelson at There's A Book For That managed all on her own.)

I am keeping the same format I've used for the last few years. I have lists of books that I plan to read from. This keeps me focused on books I want to read and at the same time permits me to read with serendipity and flexibility.
There are four lists that I plan to read from: fiction, nonfiction, indigenous authors, and Canadian authors. I expect there to be crossover between the lists.


My goal is to read at least 24 books from this curated list

Ain't Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds
All the Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac

Barry Squires, Full Tilt by Heather Smith
Beautifully Me by Nabela Noor
Born Behind Bars by Padma Venkatraman
The Boy Who Failed Show and Tell by Jordan Sonnenblick
Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Charlie & Mouse Lost and Found by Laurel Snyder,
Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier
Cub by Cynthia L. Copeland,
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag
The Heaviness of Things That Float by Jennifer Manuel
Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black
I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
The Island of Monsters by Ellen Oh
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Nam-Joo Cho
Leo and the Octopus by Marinov, Isabelle
Letters from Cuba by Ruth Behar
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm
The List of Last Chances by Christina Myers
Lore Olympus: Volume One by Rachel Smythe
My Name Is Konisola by Alisa Siegel
No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen
Noor by Nnedi Okorafor
Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney
Paladin's Grace by T. Kingfisher
Pax, Journey Home by Sara Pennypacker
Playing the Cards You're Dealt by Varian Johnson
The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour by Dawn Dumont
The Princess in Black and the Mermaid Princess by Shannon Hale
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
The Project by Courtney Summers
The Red Palace by June Hur
Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca
A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia
A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
Spell Sweeper by Lee Edward Födi
Stand on the Sky by Erin Bow
The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen
Traitors Among Us by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
We Give Thanks by Cynthia Rylant
Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker


I plan to read 18 of these books. Some of them I own, but they are in boxes in storage somewhere. I thought house renovations would go faster. I hope to get them out of hibernation and on to shelves before summer!

111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl by Rina Singh 
The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph
Crows: Genius Birds by Kyla Vanderklugt
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber
Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth
Echoes of British Columbia: Voices from the Frontier by Robert Budd
An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives by Matt Richtel
The Elephants Come Home: A True Story of Seven Elephants, Two People, and One Extraordinary Friendship by Kim Tomsi
Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake
The Girl Who Could Fix Anything: Beatrice Shilling, World War II Engineer by Mara Rockliff
Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughen
Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal by Patty Loew 
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion
Little and Often: A Memoir by Trent Preszler
Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward Frenkel, 
On Animals by Susan Orlean, 
On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein, 
On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey by Paul Theroux 
Powwow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance by Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane
The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed by Wendy Lower
Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson by Katherine G. Johnson
Rez Rules: My Indictment of Canada's and America's Systemic Racism Against Indigenous People by Chief Clarence Louie
Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting by Mary Gauthier 
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
Spílexm: A Weaving of Recovery, Resilience, and Resurgence by Nicola I. Campbell
Stories of Métis Women: Tales My Kookum Told Me by Bailey Oster
The Strangest Thing in the Sea: and other Curious Creatures of the Deep by Rachel Poliquin
Take Back the Fight: Organizing Feminism for the Digital Age by Nora Loreto
The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love & Truth by Wade Hudson
A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by Elizabeth Wein
Unforgotten: The Wild Life of Dian Fossey and Her Relentless Quest to Save Mountain Gorillas by Anita Silvey
We Are Not Broken by George M. Johnson
The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry by Wendell Berry


Last year I planned to read at least 100 books by Canadian authors. I'm doing that again. They come from an ever evolving list. You can see it here.


Like my Canadian authors list, this one is also evolving. I plan to read at least 25 books from this list.


  1. There is a lot of variety on your lists. I recently listened to Crying in H Mart. It was good. One of my goals is to read a bit more nonfiction this year.

  2. I am finally getting around to reading everyone's posts! You have so many new-to-me titles! That is what gets dangerous about reading these. I am looking forward to reading I Must Betray You. Increasing nonfiction is always a goal for me. I did not know you could add shelves for books you haven't read on Goodreads! I am going to have to look into that. Thanks for co-hosting with me again! I look forward to some exceptional reading in '22!

    1. I'm happy that we are cohosting again too! It's like making a new friend. Maybe someday we will meet in person?

  3. What an excellent set of lists for the challenge, Cheriee! I haven't read the vast majority of these, but I have read The Girl From the Sea, I absolutely love Zenobia July, and The Elephants Come Home is actually a finalist in the Cybils category I'm judging for. I imagine you'll have an excellent time reading all these—and I'll have an excellent time adding them to my TBR list as you review them! Thanks so much for the wonderful post!

  4. Wow, Cheriee, I am impressed. I saw a few I've read and enjoyed, like The Black Friend, but others I've bookmarked for me to read, like the new Jason Reynolds. Thanks to you & Leigh Anne for doing this! It's dangerous reading while my list grows and grows!