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Fangirl Friday: The 2022 5-4-3-2-1 Challenge

Every year, I see everyone talking about the reading challenges they’re participating in, and I feel… FOMO.

Reading challenges are not my strong suit. I start out well, but inevitably dwindle off halfway through because it feels too restrictive, and the pressure it creates means that reading no longer feels like a fun hobby.

But I bring to you the exception: the 5-4-3-2-1 Challenge!

I saw this making the rounds on Instagram last year–the general premise being that you assign a category to each number, and read that amount of books within it. It’s a great challenge to be flexible with, and I even managed to complete it last year (check out what with here!). So I’m confident enough in my ability to not shirk it that this year, I’m publicly declaring it!

Here are my challenge categories, and potential reads, for 2022:


5 Romances
If I wasn’t too lazy to create one, I’m sure my 2021 reading infographic would reveal that romance was by far my most-read 2021 genre–which is exactly why I’m assigning the biggest number of this challenge to it. I’m also already assuming it’ll be the category I most enjoy…

4 On the Backlist
What I loved about last year’s challenge was the sheer amount of my TBR I managed to read–especially backlist books, that I’ve had for 2+ years and haven’t yet read. This year really ought to be the year I finally read some Sarah J. Maas…

3 Fantasies
With all the romance, I find I’m reading less fantasy than I used to–but that just means the fantasy books I do read are ones I’m hugely anticipating. Just like my long-overdue read of Winterkeep!

2 Anticipated New Releases
And talking of hugely anticipated reads: Chain of Thorns and Book of Night, anyone? (But seriously, as I spoke about here, I’m terrible at keeping up with new releases. I need a prompt to help!)

1 Classic
And finally, the category I struggled the most with last year: classics! But I did complete my Austen book collection at Christmas, so it might finally be time to completely read it…


Are you doing any reading challenges this year?

2 thoughts on “Fangirl Friday: The 2022 5-4-3-2-1 Challenge

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  1. This sounds like a great challenge to do for a low-pressure challenge! Especially since you can assign whatever category you want to each number, and therefore make it most likely for you to do well on it. 🙂 Also, if you are on The StoryGraph, they do all of the genre tracking for you. I used them to get my annual reading graphs this year.

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    1. That is exactly why I love it! A reading challenge for people who can’t reading challenge, haha. I really have to check out The StoryGraph, I love seeing the reading graphs and would be so interested to see mine!


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