To keep my annual reading goals low pressure and focused on fun, I’ve adopted a scaling system to track my progress. I set my Goodread’s Reading Challenge to 10 books at the start of the year, and when that’s accomplished, increase the goal by an additional 10.
Upon reaching each new milestone, I’ll mark the occasion with a fresh list of books I’m looking forward to reading soon.
Jamie by L. D. Lapinski
It’s so good to see more Middle Grade stories coming out that explore different identities and self-expression. I anticipate really enjoying this story about a non-binary kid!
Root Magic by Eden Royce
Twins. Folk Magic. Supernatural forces. Historical settings. Yes, please! This story sounds so spooky and I can’t wait to dive in.
Deephaven by Ethan M. Aldridge
I’ve enjoyed Ethan M. Aldridge’s previous work, so it’s thrilling to know his next book will dive into Horror! I’m sure this illustrated novel will be gorgeous and gruesome in the best possible way.
Wretched Waterpark by Kiersten White
This series was brought to my attention thanks to a kindred spirit who knew I’d enjoy the beautiful artwork on the covers. It looks like a sinister summer reading pile awaits me.
The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket
Anyone who knows me should be aware that Lemony Snicket is an essential part of my love of books. It’s been a true delight to be rereading these novels, although it does reignite my childhood wish for an eye-shaped tattoo.
The Well by Jake Wyatt & Choo
I’m almost obligated to have at least one vanity pick in every blog post at this point, and this one fits the criteria! While I’m not entirely sure what this graphic novel is about, I’m in love with the cover and therefore can’t wait to see more.
Harrow by C. J. Milbrandt
I’ve been meaning to reread this trilogy about magical mountains and moving statues since the audiobook editions started releasing last year. There’s something cool about having a favorite book being read aloud and given a fresh new way to exist.
Tornado Brain by Cat Patrick
I’d never heard of this book until it was recommended to me, but having recently read The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson, I have high hopes it will be equally successful at balancing thriller-mystery themes with mental health issues and a neurodiverse point of view!
The Moth Keeper by K. O’Neill
After enjoying the Tea Dragon Society, I look forward to what new worlds and characters await in The Moth Keeper! I anticipate plenty of warm-fuzzy feelings and magical creatures I’ll wish were available to access in the real world.
My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights by Brooks Benjamin
The one thing I know for sure about this book is that it’s genuinely funny, which is a major selling point for me. After all these spooky stories and otherworldly creatures, I think something light on its feet and good for a laugh will be perfect as a bookish palette cleanser.
Are any of these reads on your 2023 TBR?
- Share what books you’re excited to read in the comments below!
- Recommend a book you think I’d like based on this round of selections.
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