Disappointing. That is how I would summary my 2021 reading journey. I read 45 books in 2021 which was lower than my goal of 52. In addition, there were very few truly memorable books, and I spent way too much time not challenging myself by reading books in a series.
I track my reading via my LibraryThing account with a tag of "readXXXX" where XXXX is the year. The Export feature in LibraryThing keyed on the "read2021" tag produced a tidy spreadsheet with many more columns than I expected. For example, physical dimensions and weight of the book, number of pages, and Dewey Decimal classification. LibraryThing creates the report in .CSV format for easy parsing via Excel.
Reading Goals for 2022:
I am not sure I have a plan per se, but I do have goals I would like to achieve. The goals can be categorized in number, genre, gender, and age.
Number - Overall:
Getting back up to 50 books this year and hopefully the long-term target of 52 would be great. That will take discipline throughout the year that I have not been able to maintain to date. I am writing this post on January 14 and have only finished one book, but I should be done three by January 16 which will put me slightly ahead of a book-per-week pace.
Number - Genre:
I would like to read more non-fiction this year. I have a lot of non-fiction on my shelves, so I should be able to find something to read whatever my mood.
Genre and Age:
I read a lot of mystery and I do not see that changing this year as Agatha Christie and Sue Grafton novels are a nice change after a deeper work. I would like to branch out more, and I have a number of classics to read from Dickens, Conan Doyle, Tolstoy, and others. If I can get some momentum with books written by Dickens, I might branch out to other English authors from that period.
One gap in my reading is books about people. Nearly everything I read follows people and deals with very humanist points, but those books are often science fiction, fantasy, or mystery novels that have interesting people. I do not read a lot of books that are about people in contemporary, mundane worlds. I need to work on that.
As noted above, most of my books were written by men. It would be good to get more female perspectives into my reading, beyond Rowling, Christie, and Grafton.
Consistent with previous years, I will be tracking my reading progress via Show Notes blog entries. If you are on LibraryThing, look me up there (as robertwmartin) as I will be tracking my progress there in the "Club Reads 2022" thread.