To get 2022 started with some positive energy, here are some of our goals for the next year.
One Book I Definitely Want to Read This Year:
Erin: If I only read one book this year, it will be The Long Game by Rachel Reid.
Holly: Last year, my goal was to read An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole, but I…didn’t. This year, I will for real.
Ingrid: I haven’t really read much from Sarah MacLean (I know, I know, but I’m normally reading the new authors!) so I want to read Bombshell.
One Topic I Definitely Want to Write about This Year:
Erin: I’ve had a series about sex percolating in my brain for the past year. Or a series about the treatment of cheating in romance. One of those?
Holly: Entrepreneurship and capitalism (in romance novels). Burn down the system!
Ingrid: Hearts and Crafts: A new series on the craft of writing romance. Basically, using my education but for Smut.
One New-To-Me Author I Definitely Want to Try This Year:
Erin: Jordan L. Hawk. Queer historical paranormal romance? Sounds like 100% my cup of tea.
Ingrid: Jenny Holiday, the Matchmaker Bay series. It just really seems like something I’d like.
One Theme I Want to Discuss for a Buddy Read This Year:
Erin: I feel like I should say Billionaires just to watch Holly’s and Ingrid’s heads explode. But I’ll actually say let’s look at temporal settings. I’d be particularly interested in the Roaring 20s or the Gilded Age. Or see if we can find some mid-century action?
Holly: Accidental pregnancies. This trope is a hard no for me, but maybe digging into it will make me rethink it?
Ingrid: I wanna know where the mermaid smut is. Mer-week?
One Miscellaneous Reading Goal Will Make Me Happy This Year:
Erin: Focusing on reading my TBR and indie books. I’m a little burned out on how much I see the same trad covers over and over on the Socials.
Holly: Reading some of the many many smut books that I already own. Maybe I’ll do SuperWendy’s TBR Challenge this year to help me along?
Ingrid: I feel like 2021 was just me mucking around in a big bog of drab dullness so I would like to spend some time just selfishly reading what I want to read, regardless of whether I review it or not.
- One buddy read per month!
- Another smashdown! March Smashness. March Hotness. We’re working on the title.
- Romance vs. women’s fiction group post series.
To get us started, here’s what we’re reading in January
We’re also scaling back our review schedule a bit, and are planning on posting three reviews a week, instead of the four-a-week schedule we’ve been doing for the past three years. That means no more Sunday reviews…and maybe we’ll have the time for some of that smut reporting we’ve been promising.