2023 Reading List

Jan 1, 2023 | Books, Lists

Follow along with my 2023 reading. I’ll list all the books I read (along with a short commentary) after I’ve read them. If I write a longer review, I’ll link to it. I’ll also keep some quick stats at the top of this list. To quickly get to books with certain star ratings, click on the links below.

As of January 8, 2023

Number of Books Read: 2
Fiction: 2
4 Stars: 2

5 STAR BOOKS

5 Stars

Books where I was thoroughly engrossed, transported to a different place while reading, couldn’t stop reading because I was enjoying myself so much, or just wanted to shove this book into everyone’s hand and say “READ THIS!”

My reviews will go here…

4 STAR BOOKS

4 Stars

Books I really enjoyed and would highly recommend. They might miss out on 5 stars for some reason—either because I often resist giving 5 stars to books in certain genres (like thrillers or romances) or there was something about the book that kept me from loving it.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik BackmanA Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman

Finished January 2022

Well, after reading three other books by the author and finding them kind of annoying (Anxious People, Britt-Marie Was Here, and Things My Son Needs to Know About the World), I finally enjoyed a Frederik Backman book! Maybe I’m getting used to his style or I was just more receptive this time around, but I wasn’t as annoyed with this book. This author definitely has a unique writing style that will either drive you up a wall or make you fall in love. I was more in the “drive you up a wall” camp until I read this book. (I kept trying because many people I know and respect REALLY like this author.) Perhaps this is his best book (it is one of the best known) or perhaps I just adjusted to his style, but I found this one sweet and kind of heart-warming.

Gallant by VE SchwabGallant by V.E. Schwab

Finished January 2022

This was book club read. I rather enjoyed it, but you need to give yourself over to the atmosphere and supernatural aspects of the book. The book includes multiple pictures that are important to the story so it may work better in print or on an e-reader than on audio. Not everyone will be a fan of this book, but I kind of enjoyed it. It would be good book to read in October during “spooky” season.

3 STAR BOOKS

3 Stars

Books that I thought were just OK. Thrillers tend to get this rating because I enjoy them while reading but find them utterly forgettable. This is my equivalent of “meh.”

My reviews will go here…

2 STAR BOOKS

2 Stars

This is for books that actively annoyed me or I couldn’t finish because I was slogging through it.

My reviews will go here…

1 STAR BOOKS

1 Star

I tend to be generous and give books at least 2 stars but if I’m actively hating or miserable while reading, then I give them 1 star.

My reviews will go here…

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