2022 Reading Challenges….Accepted

Posted December 30, 2021 by Lillian in Challenges / 3 Comments

Happy Thursday y’all! Today is one of my favorite posts of the year….reading challenge day ☺️ I’ve been blogging now for almost eight years and started participating in challenges the second year of the blog. Every year I enjoy seeing the different challenges, and I’m inspired by everyone’s reading and cheering of each other on. The last few years I’ve scaled back a LOT, but for 2022 I’ve decided to adopt a “go big or go home” philosophy. I may regret that by the end of the year…Right now though I’m excited. I’m excited to read, meet my goals, and maybe meet some new bloggers. Also new this year, I am cohosting COYER, one of my all-time favorite challenges. The sign-up post for it is live and you can find it here. I’ll be posting my goals for it along with the other challenges I’m participating in below.


The 2022 Audiobook Challenge is hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer & That’s What I’m Talking About. I took a break from this challenge last year because I started homeschooling our son which ate into my listening/reading time. With him home all the time, it made listening a challenge. However, my husband surprised me with some new headphones early fall, and I’ve developed a listening habit again 😉 This challenge is all about listening whether you are new to audiobooks or an audiophile. If you are interested in joining me on this one, it starts January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022. You can sign up here.

The Details

Runs January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022. You can join at any time.

The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2022 than you did in 2021.

Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)

ANY genres count.

Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.

If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweet about the challenge.

Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. The first update will be July 2, 2022, and the last update will take place on December 30, 2022.

My Goal

Since I’m just dipping my toes, or rather ears, back into audiobooks, I’m aiming for 1-2 per month. My goal for 2022 is Socially Awkward (15-20 audiobooks). I feel like this is not only doable but something I can achieve, which is a fantastic motivator! You can track my progress below or follow my shelf on Goodreads.

2022 Audiobook Challenge: 32/30


The 2022 Backlist Reader Challenge is hosted by the Bookwyrm’s Hoard, and I swear this one is made for me 😂 This will be my first year actively participating in the challenge, and I can’t wait. My TBR and arc backlist is climbing the walls. The point of this challenge is to read those backlist books, published prior to 2021. I’m going to work on this one with a couple of other challenges throughout the year and hopefully bring my TBR down to a manageable level. This one starts January 1, 2022 and ends December 31, 2022. If you want to join me, you can sign up here.

The Details

To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2021 AND already be on your TBR list or pile. 

Create a goals or sign-up post on your blog.

Optional: Review the books you read for the challenge, and post your links on the review linky.

Before January 5, 2023, create and link a wrap-up post.

My Goal

Seeing as I have well over 300 books on my Goodreads TBR (and that doesn’t include my Kindle or physical TBR shelves), I want to aim high. However I also know me and know that I am distracted by the pretty new releases. With that in mind, I’m going to challenge myself to 2-3 books a month or 25 books for the year. You can track my progress below or follow my shelf on Goodreads.

2022 Backlist Reader Challenge: 23/25


The 2022 Beat the Backlist reading challenge is hosted by Novel Knight. I’ve participated in this one exactly one time and failed miserably. However, a lot of what made me fail is no longer a part of the challenge. I got overwhelmed. Now it is focused on cleaning out you backlist. I’m planning to pair this challenge with the Backlist Reader challenge and hopefully complete them both. The challenge starts January 1, 2022 and ends December 31, 2022. If you want to join in, you can sign up here.

The Details

The book must be published in the previous year or earlier (for the 2022 challenge, anything published in 2021 or earlier counts).

You have to start and finish the book in 2022.

And that’s it!

Any format, any genre. Re-reads count, and you don’t have to own the book. It’s open for the entire year so whenever you feel like jumping in, you can!

My Goal

Because this challenge includes books released in 2021, I’m going to set my goal slightly higher than the previous challenge. For this one, I’m aiming for 30 books. I have several 2021 arcs that I didn’t get to so I’m hoping this will be an incentive to clean them off my shelf. You can track my progress below or follow my shelf on Goodreads.

2022 Beat the Backlist: 36/50


The 2022 COYER challenge is hosted by myself, Because Reading and Once Upon a Chapter this year. This will be my 7th year participating in COYER. During 2020, it went from a twice a year seasonal challenge to all year, and I couldn’t be happier with it. Each season is slightly different so I will post my goals for each season as the year progresses. The challenge starts January 1, 2022 and ends December 31, 2022. You can find the sign up here.

The Details for COYER Winter (January through March)

Every book you read MUST be in an electronic format – meaning eBook or Audiobook. It’s okay to start a book before January 1st, you must be less than half way for it to count then review it during COYER.

The books must be FREE or NEARLY FREE! This includes review books, tour books, NetGalley, Edelweiss, etc. What’s nearly free? No more than $3 for eBooks and no more than $5 for Audiobooks (or the equivalent in your currency). Library books, borrowed books, or Kindle Unlimited, Amazon Prime books, and Audible Plus Catalog books do not qualify for COYER Winter.

Announce your participation! This can be a blog post (or if you don’t have a blog – Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, etc.) If you want to list books you would like to read, that’s great, but not necessary. The point is to let everyone know you’re committed to COYER Winter, maybe share some goals, and help spread the word. Not sure how to do your post? Check out this example from a previous COYER.

Link up! Link that post (not just your blog homepage) to the linky below.

Review & Link Reviews! Your review may be on your blog, Goodreads, etc. Link the review to the Review Linky (which will open up January 1). When you post your review to the linky use the following format: Your Name @ Blog (if applicable): Book Title (e.g., “Michelle @ Because Reading: Twilight”).

Follow & share reviews on Twitter. Use #COYER on your posts and look for tweets with the hashtag.

Visit Each Other, Chat & Have Fun

My Goal

Winter COYER is the strictest on the rules, but it is also my favorite because it forces me to focus on those one-click Kindle buys and backlist eARCs. I typically average 10-12 books a month so I’m aiming high for this first quarter. My goal is 30 books. You can track my progress below* or follow my shelf on Goodreads.

COYER 2022: 57/71


*My progress total will change with each quarter. (For ex, if my goal is 30 for Spring, the total will change to 60, etc.)


The 2022 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge is hosted by friend at Celebrity Readers. This is another of my favorite challenges. I am a series addict. I love sitting down on a weekend or taking a whole week and bingeing a series, whether it be two books or tens. That being said, since becoming a blogger and reading ARCs, there are a lot of series I’ve started but then forgot to go back and finish. The goal of this series is to finish or catch up on a series that you’ve fallen behind on. This one starts on January 1, 2022 and ends December 31, 2022. If you are interested, you can sign up here.

The Details

The challenge will run from January 1st, 2022 to December 31st, 2022.  Books must be read during this time frame to count.  Sign up is open from now until December 1st, 2022, so you may join even just for the last month of the year.

Series can be already completed as well as still ongoing.  For ongoing series, the goal is to catch up to the most recent book published by the end of 2022.

We don’t care if you have only 1 book or 10 books to read in order to finish your series, as long as you’ve started the series before 2022 (ie read at least one book in the series), it counts.  Re-reads are not required.

Any format and length of book counts – print, ebook, audio, ARC, etc.

Series can be any length (even if it’s just a Duet).

Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable!

Reviews are not required, but highly encouraged.

My Goal

This is my fifth year participating in this challenge, and my goal isn’t changing. I’m aiming for A-List Series Finisher (9 or more series). So far, I’ve met this one every year and look forward to knocking off and completing even more this year. You can track my progress below* or follow my shelf on Goodreads.

2022 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge: 16/15


*The challenge goal number is just a guess at the number of books I need to read to complete the challenge and not the number of series I plan to complete.


The 2022 NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge is hosted by Socrates Book Reviews. This will be my 5th year participating in the series. Sadly, I have yet to complete my goal. This challenge is for all you reviewers out there that maybe are behind (like me) on reading those arcs or just want to improve that NetGalley percentage. This one starts January 1, 2022 and ends December 31, 2022. If you are interested, you can sign up here.

The Details

The challenge runs from January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022. There is no deadline to sign up.

Everyone is welcome to participate – you do not need to have a blog.

Any genre, release date, length, etc. counts – it just needs to be a book from NetGalley or Edelweiss.

Books can count for more than one challenge that you are participating in.

The first day of each month I will post a monthly “link-up” for you to link your reviews. If you forget one month, no worries, just catch up the next month.

My Goal

Every year my goal is the same: I want to get my NetGalley percentage above 80%. To do this, I need to read a minimum of 70 books plus any that I pick up over the course of the year. See why I have so many backlist challenges this year 😉 I’m aiming for Gold (50 books) but would love to reach Platinum (75 books). You can track my progress below or follow my shelf on Goodreads.

#NGEW2022: 40/50


The 2022 New Release Challenge is hosted by (un)Conventional Bookviews. This is the challenge that I’ve participated in the longest and the one I look forward to every year. It is all about reading those new releases, anything published during the new year counts. It starts January 1, 2022 and ends December 31, 2022. If you want to join me, you can sign up here.

The Details

Books have to be released and reviewed in 2022.

Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2021 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.

The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.

The New Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2022, and sign-ups are open until September 1st 2022.

You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!

If you want to spread the love, please use #2022NewReleaseChallenge on Twitter.

My Goal

I have yet to have a problem meeting my goals for this challenge. I’m a new release junkie 😂 This year my goal is New Release Pro (31-60 books). You can track my progress below or follow my shelf on Goodreads.

2022 New Release Challenge: 53/50


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