My 2022 Yearly Challenges

 2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge


You can select, read and review a book from the categories listed below during the year for a total of up to 12 books; OR select, read and review any nonfiction book. A book may be in print, electronic or audio format.

Choose a goal:

Nonfiction Nipper: Read & review 3 books, from any 3 listed categories

Nonfiction Nibbler: Read & review 6 books, from any 6 listed categories

Nonfiction Nosher: Read & review 12 books, one for each category


Nonfiction Grazer: Read & review any nonfiction book. Set your own goal


1. Social History...How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith

2. Popular Science...I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

3. Language...In Other Words by Christopher J. Moore

4. Medical Memoir...Patient Zero by Lydia Kang

5. Climate/Weather...The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

6. Celebrity...The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis by Alan Jacobs

7. Reference...The Happiness Dictionary: Words from Around the World to Help Us Live a Richer Life

8. Geography...An Atlas of Extinct Countries by Defoe Gideon

9. Linked to a Podcast...Don't Overthink It by Anne Bogel

10. Wild Animals...Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by F.B.M. de Waal

11. Economics...Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression by Studs Terkel

12. Published in 2022...Read Dangerously by Azar Nafisi


The Back to the Classics Challenge has been hosted by Karen from Books and Chocolate for nine years.

"IThe Back to the Classics Challenge is a year-long challenge in which participants are encouraged to finally read the classics they've always meant to read -- or just recently discovered."

I will try to read from twelve categories in 2022. 

Here are the books I hope to read:

1. A 19th century classic. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett.

2. A 20th century classic. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser.

3. A classic by a woman author. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton.

4. A classic in translation. Nana by Émile Zola. 

5. A classic by BIPOC author. Native Son by Richard Wright.

6. Mystery/detective/crime classic. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux.

7. A classic short story collection. Dubliners by James Joyce.

8. Pre-1800 classic. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio.

9. A nonfiction classic.  My First Summer in the Sierras by John Muir.

10. A classic that's been on your TBR list the longest. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.

11. A classic set in a place you'd like to visit. First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir.

12. Wild card classic. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot.


The 2022 Chapter-a-Day Read-along is hosted by Nick of One Catholic Life. In 2022, Nick is planning to read books in 2022 that I'm not interested in, so I have decided to create my own list of books.

How to Participate in the 2022 Chapter-a-Day Read-along: A Year of Classic Women Authors

  • Get a copy of each of the books listed below. Or read them online. All of them are available at Project Gutenberg at the links found in the descriptions below.
  • Commit to reading a chapter a day, starting on January 1, 2022. If you get behind or race ahead, no worries. As 2020 taught us so well, life happens.
  • If you feel like it, highlight a line a day from the current chapter.

To recap, here is the broad outline of the year:

  • Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield: January 1 to January 12 (12 chapters = 12 days)
  • Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton: January 13 to February 27 (46 chapters = 46 days)
  • Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett: February 28 to March 6 (7 chapters = 7 days)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy: March 7 to April 6 (31 chapters = 31 days)
  • Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton: April 7 to April 16 (10 chapters = 10 days)
  • Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell: April 17 to May 24 (38 chapters = 38 days) 
  • The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot: May 25 to September 3 (57 chapters = 57 days)
  • Villette by Charlotte Bronte September 4 to October 14 (41 chapters = 41 days)
  • Agnes Grey by Emily Bronte: October 15 to November 8 (25 chapters = 25 days)
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte: November 9 to December 31 (53 chapters = 53 days)

  • December. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
  • January. Prince Caspian.
  • February. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
  • March. The Silver Chair.
  • April. The Horse and His Boy.
  • May. The Magician’s Nephew.
  • June. The Last Battle.


Nana by Émile Zola
Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris by Georges Perec
The Martins by David Foenkinos, translated by Sam Taylor
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
Lost and Found in Paris by Lian Dolan


Romantics Anonymous
A Cat in Paris
The Rules of the Game
Maigret Sets a Trap


Practice often on Rosetta Stone
Read in Short Stories in French
Read Le Petit Prince


Try a dish from Simple French Food by Richard Olney

There are a couple of great summer challenges that work well for me. 

20 Books of Summer

It’s time once again for the 20 Books of Summer, hosted by 746 Books. This year the event will be kicking off on Wednesday 1 June and finishing on Thursday 1 September. If you want to join in, just take the Books of Summer image, and pick your own 10, 15, or 20 books you would like to read. Post the link to your choices in the post’s comments here.

I plan to read: 

1. First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir.     

2. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

3. The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis.   

4. Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression by Studs Terkel.  

5. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot.  

6. Bloomsbury Girls.   

7. The Anomaly: A Novel by Hervé Le Tellier.  

8. The Little Prince  

9. The Mystery of the Yellow Room.   

10. The Martins by David Foenkinos.   

11. Nana by Emile Zola.   

12. Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases. 

13. Nana by Émile Zola   

14. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles.   

15. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger.   

16. Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times.

17. Happy for You.   

18. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin.

19. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History  

20. Lessons in Chemistry.


Big Book Summer Challenge

The Big Book Summer Reading Challenge kicks off this Friday, May 27! This is the 10th anniversary of the challenge, so the host, Sue Jackson of Book by Book, has some fun surprises planned, including a double end-of-summer giveaway and some cool Big Book Summer products. In case you're not familiar with Big Book Summer, it is a fun and very easy-going challenge that anyone can participate in (even if it's Big Book Winter where you live!). A Big Book is 400 or more pages, and you can read just one over the whole season or two or however many you want. Some like to choose a whole stack and devote the summer to Big Books, even though we might not get through them all. The details will be explained in a post on Friday, May 27, on the blog (and she will post a video on YouTube, too), but in the meantime, you can check out the post from Big Book Summer 2021

The Big Books I hope to read are: 

1. First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir.   (400 pgs.)  

2. Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression (480 pgs.)   

3. Nana by Émile Zola (432 pgs.)

4. The Anomaly: A Novel by Hervé Le Tellier (400 pgs.)

5. Simple French Food by Richard Olney (480 pgs.)  

6. Patient Zero (432 pgs.)   

7. This Tender Land  (464 pgs.).  

8. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (416 pgs.)

9. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig (418 pgs.)

10. Around the World in 80 Books by David Damrosch (432 pgs.)

BONUS: The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah (468 pgs.)

BONUS: The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot (993 pgs.)


Gum Trees and Galaxies is hosting the 2022 Nature Reading Challenge. There are no real rules; simply read as many nature books during the year as you wish.

1. The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
2. The Snow Leopard by Peter Mathieson
3. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by F.B.M. de Waal
4. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
5. Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells by Helen Scales
6. Wisdom from a Humble Jellyfish by Rani Shah
7. My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir
8. Bird Therapy by Joe Harkness
9. How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide by Katie Daisy
10. Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez
11. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
12. Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World


Anne at My Head is Full of Books writes: "Prior to 2017 my priority in blogging was writing reviews for the YA books I was reading. I purposely didn't review all the adult books I read, thinking my students wouldn't be that interested in them. Now I realize that many of the books I never reviewed are some of my favorites and I really, really wish I hadn't neglected them. I keep wondering if it is possible to write reviews for books I read years ago? Well, this project will be my attempt to go back and correct the record, writing super-duper past due reviews."

I shall try to join her. I will start with books that are on my list of favorites and my list of must-reads, but which I have failed to review.

For more about Anne's project, take a look here.

1. The Gold Bug Variations by Richard Powers
2. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
4. Dubliners by James Joyce
6. Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms by Philip Dacey
7. The World is Not Enough by Zoé Oldenbourg
10. A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
12. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Welcome to the Japanese Literature Challenge, sponsored by Dolce Bellezza, now in its fifteenth year. What a joy it is to share our affection for Japanese literature together! The term ”challenge” comes from the early days of blogging, when reading challenges were set forth by so many of my blogging friends. But, this is not really a challenge; it is more of an opportunity to read and share works written by Japanese authors.

Here are a few guidelines:

  • Read as many books as you like from January through March. (Even if that is ”only” one.)
  • Make sure the work was originally written in Japanese.
  • Choose from classic to contemporary works, whatever appeals to you.
  • Leave a link here to your review so that we can visit you.

My hope is that I can read a book a month during the challenge. The books I may read are:

        * Night of the Milky Way Railway by Kenji Miyazawa (1001 Children's Books You Must Read)
        * Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein (children's picture book)
        * The Woman in the Purple Skirt bNatsuko Imamura
        * How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino (MG fiction)

2022 Discussion Challenge

Welcome to the 2022 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! This challenge has been going on for seven years now, and we’re excited to keep discussing books with you!

Here’s All You Have to Do:

  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. There’s no need to say what your discussion posts will be about–just tell us you’re joining and let us know your goal. (Can be in an update post or a post with other challenges–you’re not required to make a completely separate sign-up post.)
  • Please link back to both challenge hosts and include the challenge button in your sign-up posts. Feel free to also link back in your actual discussions (we appreciate it, so more people can find us!), but that’s not required.
  • The challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2022. Sign-ups will remain open through December 28th, 2022. So, you can basically sign up all year long. Come join us!
  • Share it! The more people we get to participate in this, the more awesome discussions we can all be a part of and the more fun it will be! So, invite your friends to join us!
  • On the 1st of every month, a link-up will go up on both Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight where you’ll leave your links for that month’s discussions. Every month, we’ll update this 2022 Book Blog Challenge Page with the links to that month’s Challenge linky–so you’ll always know where to find the latest link-up!
  • There will also be monthly giveaways, so make sure you check in!

I plan to join in on the third Thursday of the month. 

March and April: Skipped while on vacation

2022 Support Book Bloggers Challenge involves checking off a list of tasks, all of which support other book bloggers by giving their blogs and posts attention and love. What's not to like? If you love this idea as much as I do, please click on over to Pages Unbound and sign up. It's going to be lots of fun!


The shout-out can be as a blog post on your blog, a list on Twitter, or any other way you want to show them support.

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Follow 10 new book blogs. They don’t need to be new blogs, just new-to-you. Optional: write a post, create a Twitter thread, etc. sharing their URLs with others.

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  3. Bookish Beck
  4. Hopewell's Public Library of Life
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Ideas include:

  • A round-up of blog links you enjoyed reading in the past week or month
  • A post about why you enjoy reading book blogs in general
  • A post about how other people can support book blogs
  • A list of bloggers with affiliate links or ko-fi accounts that people can support


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Instead of leaving a comment replying to the blog posts, try starting a discussion by replying to a comment someone else has left on another blog.

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Your list can be specific (I read X book because Y blogger recommended it), or it can be more general (I read these books because they seem popular with bloggers in general).


Optional: write a post, Twitter thread, etc. sharing their URLs with others.

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Guests posts seem to have declined in popularity on book blogs in the past couple years, but they can be a fun way to increase your reach and introduce readers to new bloggers.


This is the simplest way to support book blogs — read them! — but sometimes we get busy, and this falls by the wayside. So take the time to read 10 posts and leave a “like” is possible. Bonus: comment on them, as well.

Ideas include:

  1. Creating a round-up of interesting links from other blogs
  2. Writing a discussion post inspired by someone else’s and linking back
  3. Linking to other bloggers’ reviews at the end of your reviews
  4. Linking to another blogger’s post in a discussion post to support a point
  5. Including quotes from other bloggers and linking back to them in one of your posts


Repetitive? Maybe. But bloggers love when other people share their posts, and they get more traffic!

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Other small things you can do to boost bloggers this year:

  • Comment on a book tour post. (Why: So publishers can see bloggers have an audience and these marketing posts are reaching people.)
  • Comment on an author interview. (Why: These posts tend to get few comments, so commenting shows authors and publishers that people are reading them — and blogs in general.)
  • Tag a publisher on social media when you retweet a 5 star review from a blogger. (Why: These posts often get little recognition from publishers.)
  • Vote for book bloggers in any end-of-the year awards where “book influencers” are nominated. (Why: Usually these categories are dominated by bookstagrammers and booktubers.)
  • Share your secrets to blogging “success.” (Why: We’re all in this together! If you have a great way to get traffic or comments, let others know so we can succeed as a community.)

Are you in? Sign up now at Pages Unbound


  1. I loved Territory of Light, as well as Silence. It’s wonderful that you are joining in, and thank you for posting about it with your other wonderful challenges! By the way, I have long wanted to read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, so I very well may join you in November. xo

  2. I loved Territory of Light, as well as Silence. It’s wonderful that you are joining in, and thank you for posting about it with your other wonderful challenges! By the way, I have long wanted to read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, so I very well may join you in November. xo

  3. I loved Territory of Light, as well as Silence. It’s wonderful that you are joining in, and thank you for posting about it with your other wonderful challenges! By the way, I have long wanted to read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, so I very well may join you in November. xo

  4. I thought I had left a comment here yesterday, but evidently not. Thank you for linking to the Japanese literature challenge, and I’m strongly considering reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall with you much later this year.

  5. Great stuff here. I like the nonfiction being a year-long. Nonfiction November is in such a challenge-heavy month. I LOVE your chapter a day list--I've read and enjoyed Diary of a Provincial Lady, Scarlet Pimpernel and Wildfell Hall, but a few of the others may see me join in.

  6. Thanks so much for joining our challenge!

  7. Just signed up for the Classics challenge too and found your sign-up post there. I definitely hope you read Mill on the Floss -- it's painful at the end, but so so beautiful. That book put Eliot in my favorite 10 writers of all time.
    ~Lex (


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