Reading Goals for 2023

New year, new reading goals!

Here’s mine:

1. Popsugar Reading Challenge

I’m really excited about this year’s challenge.

The theme for 2023 is nostalgia, so there are some revisits of prompts from past challenges and some re-reads.

There are 40 main prompts and 10 advanced, giving you a total of 50 categories with a completely free choice of what you read for each one.

Looking at this year’s prompts, I have lots of books on my TBR that will already fit. There’s an awesome Facebook chat group and Goodreads group that share lots of suggestions to help with any others.

The prompts are much more open than in previous years, and I’m really looking forward to getting started and hopefully completing the challenge this year.

If you fancy joining the challenge, click on the link below for all the info:

2. Buzzword Reading Challenge

This is the third year of BooksandLala’s Buzzword Readathon, but the first year that I am joining in.

Each month, there is a ‘buzz word’ that serves as the theme, and you choose the book titles that match.

You can log the challenge on Storygraph and there are templates to complete and share on social media. And if you are really loving the challenge, you can sign up to the YouTube channel.

3. Read Christie 23

Hot off the heels of watching Lucy Worsley’s documentary, and as I’m teaching crime fiction, I thought this would be a fun challenge.

One Christie book a month, this year’s theme is Methods and Motives.

Organised by Agatha Christie Ltd, you need to sign up for the newsletter for details about the books, articles, and chats. There’s a gorgeous postcard to download when you register.

Find out more info and register your interest using the link below:

4. 23 in 23

This is a popular, self-directed challenge. The sole aim is to clear your tbr by reading 23 of the books that you already have gathering dust on your shelves or clogging up your cart.

What really appeals about this challenge is that it is completely personal and will allow you to read the books on the list as and when the mood strikes.

I’ve put together a list of 23 books I would like to tick off the tbr in 2023. Some of these will tick off prompts for Popsugar, but most of them are just books that really appeal to me or have been gifted to me that I simply haven’t managed to get to yet.

My 23 in 23:

  • The Lido by Libby Page
  • Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
  • The Marvellous Monroe Girls by Shirley Jump
  • The Birdcage by Eve Chase
  • Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
  • The House Beneath the Cliffs by Sharon Gosling
  • Belladonna by Anbara Salam
  • The Dutch House by Ann Pratchett
  • The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
  • October, October by Kayla Balen
  • A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore
  • Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Suntanto
  • The Glorious Guiness Girls by Emily Hourican
  • Tangerine by Christine Mangan
  • The Debutante by Kathleen Tessaro
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior
  • The Marriage of Innis Wilkinson by Lauren H. Brandenburg
  • The Best is Yet to Come by Katy Collins
  • The Christmas Postcards by Karen Swan
  • Gallows Court by Martin Edwards
  • The Midnight Hour by Elly Griffiths
  • The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

So that’s the plan – quite ambitious, to be honest! But we’ll see how I get on. I had a couple of months when I really struggled to read much at all in 2022, but hopefully having the option to pick from different challenges will keep me reading. I’m planning to sign up for fewer blog tours – being a little more selective should relieve the pressure to read to a deadline.

Happy Reading and a Happy New Year

E x

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