2022 is just around the corner, which means now the perfect time to start thinking about your bookish resolutions for next year. And regardless of whether you already know your resolution or whether you are still looking for some ideas, I have a whole list of resolutions and recommendations to get you started!
Read More Books – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Anyone who wants to read more books over the next year will need an unputdownable series to make a strong start on their reading goal, and City of Bones will give you just that! It is fast-paced urban fantasy, set in a New York City that is full of magic, action, and romance with a cast of unforgettable characters. Dive into the world of the Shadowhunters with this first book in the six-book The Mortal Instruments Series, which has enough prequel, sequel, and companion series to fill a good chunk of your 2022 TBR list.
Organize Your Shelves – Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
We all let our shelves get a little out of hand (or in my case, a lot out of hand). Who better to inspire us to organize our shelves and our lives than the overachieving, over-planning, and generally Type A protagonist of Today Tonight Tomorrow? Rowan Roth’s determination to beat her academic rival and overall nemesis on the last day before graduation is the perfect inspiration for us to get organized and defeat our own nemesis… aka the haphazard stack of books that stands between us and beautifully organized bookshelves.
Discover New Genres – The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor by Shaenon K. Garrity
2022 is the perfect time to experiment with new genres and new ways to read, and The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor can introduce you to the expansive world of graphic novels. It is Nimona meets Paper Girls with a literary twist, where Haley is sucked into a whole new universe that resembles her favorite Gothic romance novels and must save it in order to go home again.
Learn Something New From a Book– Code Name Badass by Heather Demetrios
Readers who want to learn something new (and have a ton of fun in the process) should look no further than Code Name Badass. Get to know Virginia Hall – pretend pirate, excellent hockey player, and… courageous and all-around kickass Allied spy. Learning a little history has never looked this good or been this fun!
Read a Book Set In a Different Country – Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall
Travel to a different country without ever stepping foot on a plane. Desmond Hall’s searing debut novel takes you into the heart of Jamaica and offers an unflinching look at the realities of gang life there through Frankie Green, who faces impossible choices about his family and his future. It will not only have you on the edge of your seat but also immerse you in the vivid details of life in another culture and country.
Read a Book Set in a Different Time Period – These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Discover glittering Shanghai in the 1920s – where the Scarlet Gang and the White Flowers are trapped in a never-ending blood feud that is painting the streets red. Gorgeously written and carefully crafted, this Romeo and Juliet reimagining has enough glamour, action, and romance to make you want to devour this in one sitting. And then immediately pick up a copy of the sequel, Our Violent Ends!
Read More BIPOC Authors – Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
Anyone who wants to introduce more BIPOC authors to their bookshelves in 2022 needs to add Wings of Ebony to their TBR list. Rue, who has recently learned of her half-human and half-god status, breaks a sacred Do Not Leave law to return to home to Houston and discovers that Black kids are being forced into crime and violence. Danger threatens her, her sister, and her home, and Rue must reclaim her magic and protect her community. Dive into the breathtaking world of Wings of Ebony, then pick up Ashes of Gold in January!
Read More LGBTQIA+ Authors – The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch
Looking to read more LGBTQIA+ books and authors next year? Check out The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch! Sky Baker, an openly gay teen in a small Michigan town, flips the malicious leak of his promposal into a 30-day school-wide hunt to find and expose the perpetrator of the homophobic e-blast. It will tug at your heartstrings in the most hopeful way possible!
Read a Book Longer than 500 Pages – The Curse Workers by Holly Black
Is it cheating to suggest a book that is really three books? I’m doing it anyway. Cassel Sharpe is from a family of curse workers, who can change emotions, memories, and luck with a touch of their hands. He is also the main character of The Curse Workers trilogy, which can now be found in one beautiful bind-up that is over 900 PAGES LONG. Because the only thing better than one Holly Black book is three Holly Black books together!