2022 Reading Challenge: A Year Without Books

Another year, another reading challenge for me to tackle. I am not always successful with these reading goals I set for myself, regardless I find fun in the challenge. If you are setting a goal this year, remember it is for fun. You do not have to have a challenge or goal to be a reader, engaging blogger, or reviewer. Read what makes you happy, do what makes you happy.

This year I am focusing on reading for free. No buying books, new or used. I am going to explore the accessibility of reading for free the United States. I have a small reading list I will be focusing on as well.

I am impatient and want to read what I want as soon as possible. I was an active library user, but since the influx of readers to libraries at the start of the pandemic, I got way from it. Prior to covid, I was dependent on my local libraries for free reads, desktop computers, and printing. Beyond libraries I would swap books with friends and coworkers, which I also got away from turning to ebooks.

Why do this?

I have written a few post about libraries and often see many write about how amazing libraries are. I think there is truth in this, but also is not true for every library. I have lived in central Texas, west Texas, south Oklahoma, central Delaware, and now Colorado. All of which have offered a verity of services, innovatory, and used various reading apps (Hoopla, Libby, Overdrive, their own website). I am an advocate for literacy, so it is time to fully explore what America has to offer for free reading.

I am expecting this to be difficult, but also hope to have a positive experience.

What are my guidelines?

I came up with a few rules to follow as I navigate this free reading experience.

  • Buy no books. New or used.
  • I will use my library cards for my main source of books.
  • Other free options can be explored
  • Read all of the books on my reading list, from a library.
  • I can read books I currently own
  • I will accept books as gifts and ARCS

Reading list for the 2022

My husband bought me a scratch off reading poster two years ago, 100 Epic Reads of a Lifetime. I have been too nervous to actually scratch off the titles, so it is time to actually use the poster. I have read a few of the titles listed and decided it would be the most reasonable list to tackle while reading from a library since most of the books are older.

After going through the books, I have 35 titles to read from this list. I have a few novels and series to finish as well, I am not going to list those out.

  • Life of Pi
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Count of Monto Christopher
  • The Old Man and the Sea
  • And Then There We’re None
  • Don Quixote
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Grapes of Wrath
  • The Adventure of Sherlock Homes
  • A Suitable Boy
  • Midnight Children
  • Things Fall Apart
  • The Color Purple
  • Little Women
  • The Posionwood Bible
  • The Brothers Karamazov
  • Crime and Punishment
  • On the Road
  • Ulysses
  • The Help
  • Great Expectation
  • The Bell Jar
  • Beloved
  • Outlander
  • David Copperfield
  • Emma
  • Memories of a Geisha
  • Rebecca
  • Never Let Me Go
  • The Sun Also Rises
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Anna Karenina
  • Catch-22
  • A Prayer for Own Meany

YAY for 2022!

I am excited to tackle this challenge and share my reading experience with you. Do you have any reading goals or challenge you are planning to follow in 2022?


  1. Rosie Amber

    I am late to this post, I followed a link from Brianna at Pages Unbound. This is such a good idea. I’m sure that you will find lots of ways around this to read for free. Indie and self-pub
    authors would be a great source of both physical and e-books in exchange for a review.

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