Monday 2 January 2023

5 Books I Want to Read in 2023

The Writing Greyhound 2023 books to read

2022 was a bit of a mixed bag book-wise for me. I started off strong, aiming for my annual goal of 100 books, but life got in the way and my reading dropped off in the second half of the year. However, who knows what 2023 will bring.

I've come up with my usual shortlist of books I want to read this year. Let's start the year off strongly by enjoying some of these exciting new reads!

Before we get started, let's have a quick recap of how I've fared in previous years:

  • 2016: 1/5 books read (now 2/5 books read)
  • 2017: 0/5 books read (now 5/5 books read)
  • 2018: 2/5 books read (now 5/5 books read)
  • 2019: 4/5 books read (now 5/5 books read)
  • 2020: 4/5 books read (still 4/5 books read)
  • 2021: 2/5 books read (still 2/5 books read)
  • 2022: 4/5 books read

7 years in and I'm still waiting to complete a shortlist in the year I aimed to read it in. Maybe 2023 will finally be the year?

Let's see which books made my shortlist.

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

The only new-to-me author on this year's shortlist, I've heard so many good things about Lucy Foley that I can't resist trying one of her books. The Paris Apartment is a suspenseful mystery thriller novel that offers a fresh take on the classic locked-room mystery. It definitely sounds intriguing and I can't wait to give it a whirl!

What July Knew by Emily Koch

Emily Koch writes beautiful mysteries that are unique and definitely unputdownable! What July Knew certainly sounds right up my street, with family drama, mysterious events, and an amateur investigation. Sign me up!

The Hidden Letters by Lorna Cook

I will happily read anything written by Lorna Cook and The Hidden Letters certainly won't be an exception. It's a historical fiction novel set during the war, promising love, scandal, and plenty of touching emotional scenes. As always, I can't wait to read it.

Atalanta by Jennifer Saint

Jennifer Saint's Greek mythology retellings have been staples of my to-read list over the last few years, and her latest novel, Atalanta, certainly sounds intriguing. It reimagines the story of the only female Argonaut and if the previous books are anything to go by, I'm sure it's packed with plenty of drama, passion, and high stakes.

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

As soon as I heard about Yellowface, I knew I had to read it. It's a contemporary novel about a woman who says she wrote a book she didn't actually write. Simple, but gripping. Add in issues of diversity and questions of morality and cultural appropriation, and this undoubtedly promises to be a juicy read. The premise has me hooked and it's probably my most anticipated book of 2023!

How's your 2023 reading list shaping up? Let me know your shortlist in the comments below!

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