2022 Reading Challenges

No year without reading challenges! As the shit show that is the Covid-19 pandemic continues, let’s distract ourselves to the best of our abilities with things that are fun and make us happy. For me, that is reading and reaching reading goals. Ticking items off lists gives me a particular kind of joy, so I made a lot of lists this year for the ultimate endorphin rush:

The Spells & Spaceships Badge Collection

I don’t know yet if Alex from Spells & Spaceships will do another collection of reading badges for 2022 but if not, I’ll just do the 2021 challenge this year. I absolutely adore the idea and the badges, plus the challenge doesn’t require too many books.

AI BadgeBecky Chambers – A Prayer for the Crown-ShyYes
First Contact BadgeAndy Weir – Project Hail MaryYes
Space Opera BadgeBecky Chambers – The Galaxy and the Ground WithinYes
Epic Fantasy Badge
Non-Human BadgeTravis Baldree – Legends & LattesYes
African Inspiration BadgeNnedi Okorafor – Akata WomanYes
Monster BadgeJohn Scalzi – The Kaiju Preservation SocietyYes
Debut BadgeVaishnavi Patel – KaikeyiYes
Big Battle Badge
New Release BadgeT. Kingfisher – Nettle & BoneYes
Animal Companion Badge
Big’un Badge (600+ pages)R. F. Kuang – The Burning GodYes
Asian Inspiration BadgeYes
Uncovered Diamond Badge
(<100 Goodreads ratings)
Dragon Badge
Big Screen Badge
Sea Setting BadgeRebecca Ross – A River EnchantedYes
Standalone BadgeSuyni Dean – The Book EatersYes
Post-Apocalyptic Badge
The Collector Badge

Magical Readathon(s) 2022

I cannot wait for G from Book Roast to announce this year’s Magical Readathon. The first part is set to happen during April, the second one in August. G has come up with an elaborate fantasy world which our own personal characters inhabit. These characters go to Orilium Academy and the classes we take there are the readathon (the details haven’t been announced yet, so this is my best guess). There are guilds and character traits that influence how the readathon goes for you and it’s all made with so much love and brings together such a great community that it’s one of the highlights of my year.

Orilium Gear Up (March)

In this week-long mini readathon, we get to choose our magical conduit as well as our Guild’s legacy. Here is my sign-up post with my planned TBR.

Conduit: Laini Taylor – Night of Cake & Puppets
Legacy: Holly Black – Tithe

I pikced a staff for my conduit (cooler than a wand, less easy to misplace than, say, a feather) and I paired up with Ausra who is the goddess of the morning and new beignnings. Here is my wrap-up post.

Orilium Spring Equinox (April)

It’s finally here, the first semester at Orilium Academy. My sign up post with a ridiculously large TBR can be found behind the link.

Side quests:

And here’s my wrap-up.

Orilium Readathon August

done, list will follow

Lightfall Mini-Readathon December

Winter Wanimals

  • Fantasy: Nnedi Okorafor – Akata Woman
  • (Fantasy) with an animal on the cover: Terry Pratchett – Jingo

Diversify Your Reading

In an effort to diversify my reading, I’ve done a few challenges in the past years that I found quite rewarding. But I’m also learning from the experience that restricting myself to Black Authors only (as I did last year) can feel like pressure and that takes the fun out of reading.
I want to read books by voices from all over the world, from different cultures and backgrounds, written by people of different genders, with different sexualities, experiences, religions. But putting that into a neat challenge is difficult, so I’m going for sub-challenges that are kept more vague and I’m also not setting a number goal this year. I simply want to do my best to experience stories from diverse voices. Whether I read more Black authors or Latinx authors or trans authors or authors with disablities isn’t that important.

BIPOC Authors:

  1. R. F. Kuang – The Burning God
  2. Ryka Aoki – Light From Uncommon Stars
  3. Tasha Suri – The Jasmine Throne
  4. Tade Thompson – Far From the Light of Heaven
  5. Roshani Chokshi – The Star-Touched Queen
  6. Xiran Jay Zhao – Iron Widow
  7. C. L. Polk – Stormsong

LGBTQIA+ Authors:

  1. Ryka Aoki – Light From Uncommon Stars
  2. Becky Chambers – The Galaxy and the Ground Within
  3. Xiran Jay Zhao – Iron Widow
  4. Charlie Jane Anders – Victories Greater Than Death
  5. Sarah Gailey- Just Like Home

Disability/Mental Health Rep:

  1. V.E. Schwab – Gallant (mute protagonist)
  2. Xiran Jay Zhao – Iron Widow (walking disability)


The yearly double-edged Hugo reading challenge is here. Part one should be the easy one, yet I fail spectacularly most years. Part two is the tough one and with that one, I usually do well. Go figure.

Read a former Hugo finalist/winner:

One of these, for example:

  • Walter M. Miller, Jr. – A Canticle for Leibowitz
  • Ursula K. LeGuin – The Dispossessed
  • Connie Willis – To Say Nothing of the Dog
  • Isaac Asimov – Foundation’s Edge (so I can be forever done with Foundation)

Read the 2022 Hugo Award finalists:

  • Best Novel: 6/6
  • Best Novella: 6/6
  • Best Novelette: 5/6
  • Best Short Story: 5/6
  • Best Graphic Novel: 0/6
  • Lodestar: 5/6
  • Astounding: 4/6
  • Best Series:
    • Green Bone Saga: 2/3
    • The Kingston Cylce: 2/3
    • Wayward Children: 6/6
    • Terra Ignota: 0/4
    • The World of the White Rat: 1/6
    • Merchant Princes: 0/9

2022 Releases

Like every year, I want to stay on top of the genre and also be prepared for the Hugo Award (because it’s dear to my heart, in case you haven’t noticed :)). In 2022, that means yet again keeping up with new publications so I have something to nominate for the 2023 Hugo Awards. Novels, novellas, graphic novels – it all counts.

  • C.S.E. Cooney – Dark Breakers
  • Rebecca Ross – A River Enchanted
  • Alix E. Harrow – A Mirror Mended
  • Sarah Gailey – Just Like Home
  • R. F. Kuang- Babel
  • Sequoia Nagamatsu – How High We Go in the Dark
  • Megan Bannen – The Undertaking of Hart & Mercy
  • Freya Marske – A Restless Truth
  • Katherine Arden – Empty Smiles
  • Rob Wilkins – Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes
  • Olivie Blake – The Atlas Paradox (DNF)
  • Nnedi Okorafor – Akata Woman
  • Travis Baldree – Legends & Lattes
  • V. E. Schwab – Gallant
  • John Scalzi – The Kaiju Preservation Soicety
  • Emily St. John Mandel – Sea of Tranquility
  • Vaishnavi Patel – Kaikeyi
  • T. Kingfisher – Nettle & Bone
  • Mary McMyne – The Book of Gothel
  • Sunyi Dean – The Book Eaters

And because it’s a tradition of sorts, I also would like to read 100 books again this year. It gives me the illusion that my TBR is shrinking even when it’s not.

Happy reading, everyone!