A look ahead to what I hope to be reading in 2022

I’m so excited to start planning and reading for the buzzword readathon, created and hosted by Kayla of Books and Lala on booktube! In her words, “The Buzzword Readathon (#buzzwordathon) is a monthly readathon, running the first week of each month (1st through 7th). Each month has a designated word/word theme and you have a week to read as many books as you like with that word in the title. Alternatively you can complete this as a year-long reading challenge, and read just ONE book each month featuring the monthly buzzword until you complete the whole challenge!”

This is my second year participating in her reading challenge and I couldn’t’ be more excited to start this new year with all new prompts. This time around I had 550+ titles on my Goodreads TBR list when selecting my top choice and my back up options

In 2021, I read 25 books throughout the year, six of which I rated 5 stars. Here’s hoping to that some of these titles become new all time favorite books

JANUARY – who, what, where, when, why, how

Top choice:
How Lucky by Will Leitch (BOTM)

From my TBR:
How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang 
The Girl Who Died by by Ragnar Jónasson, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition by Emma Dabiri
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

FEBRUARY – pronouns or possessions

Top choice:
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (BOTM)

From my TBR:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
His & Hers by Alice Feeney
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian
Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover (2022 release)
The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture by Grace Perry
The Groom Will Keep His Name: And Other Vows I’ve Made About Race, Resistance, and Romance by Matt Ortile
The Lies We Told by Camilla Way
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
They Never Learn by Layne Fargo

MARCH – a book with a location in the title

Top choice:
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (2022 release)

From my TBR:
Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella
Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner (2022 release)
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles 

APRIL – a book with LITTLE or BIG (or similar word) in the title

Top choice:
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

From my TBR:
A Little Hope by Ethan Joella (BOTM)
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Land of Big Numbers: Stories by Te-Ping Chen
Little Gods by Meng Jin
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier  

MAY – a book with a direction in the title

Top choice:
Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison

From my TBR:
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power 
Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body by Savala Nolan
My Left Foot by Christy Brown
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

JUNE – a book with ALL in the title

Top choice:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 

From my TBR:
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
Astroball: The New Way to Win It All by Ben Reiter
Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie (2022 release)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Top choice:
Book Lovers by Emily Henry (2022 release)

From my TBR:
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James (2022 release)
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrations)
What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong, Jason Pargin

AUGUST – a book with an item/object in the title

Top choice:
Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

From my TBR:
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé 
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Geoffrey Trousselot (Translator)
Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

SEPTEMBER – a book with LIGHT or DARK in the title

Top choice:
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

From my TBR:
A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske 
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney (2022 release)
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall (2022 release)

OCTOBER – a book with an animal or creature in the title

Top choice:
Animal Farm by George Orwell

From my TBR:
Bunny by Mona Awad
Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
I Hold a Wolf by the Ears by Laura van den Berg 
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

NOVEMBER – a book with “ING” in the title

Top choice:
The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott

From my TBR:
Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson
Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Passing by Nella Larsen
Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance by Mia Bay
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
The Hunting Wives by May Cobb (BOTM)
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
The Resting Place by Camilla Sten (2022 release)
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune  
Watching You by Lisa Jewell

DECEMBER – a book with a number in the title

Top choice:
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

From my TBR:
1984 by George Orwell
49 Uses For A Walking Stick by Frank Hopkinson
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
One by One by Ruth Ware
One of Us Is Dead by Jeneva Rose
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (BOTM)
The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories by Kevin Brockmeier


2021 INTRODUCTION linked here
2021 FIRST QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2021 SECOND QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2021 THIRD QUARTER UPDATE linked here

Goodreads group linked here

Until tomorrow, Meryn



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