No year without reading. At least that is my plan. I am after all still working on that lifetime goal of reading 2,000 books. That means for 20 years I need to read 50 books. Well, I am nowhere close. And even worse I have at least that number of books I want to read. So yeah, it is a dilemma. What can one do? I for one will be as organized as a mood reader can be and so I share my reading goals for 2023 with you today.
While I know I will not read all the books I put down in the following list it is a bit of guidance. And it is also interesting to see what kind of books I found to be really interesting in the beginning of the year. Sometimes later on, I realize the books I wrote down don’t intrigue me much. Definitely something to observe.
Tackling my physical TBR list
I have so many many books sitting on my shelves. It is time to read some of them and weed out a bit. Like I have some books sitting here where I know I want to read them but not keep. I am loosely inspired by prompts from the Unread Shelf Project to help me reduce the SUB. Something I came across at Stephany’s. And I am always up for another challenge within a challenge…
- ✔️Any unread book – For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
- ✔️A book gifted to me – The Magic Library by Jostein Gaarder, a 2022 birthday gift (and also two birds with one stone as it fits my new years resolution of reading books with magic in the title)
- A book that’s been on my shelf the longest – Bilanz der Zukunft by Andre Kostolany, sitting on my shelf since April 19, 1998
- A book I most recently acquired – A room for one’s own by Virginia Woolf or Der Urschwejk und anderes aus dem alten Europa und dem neuen Rußland by Jaroslav Hašek
- A backlist title (by an author with a newer book out) – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- A book from a series – Amerika by Franz Kafka or maybe Deutschstunde by Siegfried Lenz
- A book voted for by my bookish friends – I will let Instagram decide
- ✔️A swapped book – Untamed by Glennon Doyle or Love in Case of Emergency by Daniela Krien -> ended up reading A history of bees by Maja Lunde
- A book given to me by my late father-in-law – My Mothers Love by Urs Widmer or The Winemaker by Noah Gordon
- A book that scares me (in content or length) – True at first light by Ernest Hemingway, a book I’v started at least three times already
- ✔️The shortest book on my shelf – Reaches of Heaven by Isaac Bashevis Singer with 95 pages
- A book from my favorite genre – A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik or The Girl in the Tower by Kathrine Arden
There are a few other books I want to read in 2023. Not specific in title but more going at a certain direction.
- One book by Mariana Leky. Maybe “Was man von hieraus sehen kann” or “Kummer aller Art”.
- ✔️One book by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I know I haven’t read one yet.
- ✔️ Three books with “magic” in the tile
- ✔️ One book about witchcraft/voodoo etc. More historic not so much esoteric
- A picture book in Spanish (now that is ambitious…)
- Ten books from my Read Around the World challenge. 5/10
And just like that my reading goal adds up to 34 books. My over all plan I put out to the universe is that I read 75 books. But I will be happy if I manage 20,000 pages no matter if the number of books is met. Are we friends on goodreads yet?
On that note: Does anyone of my readers uses story graph? I hear the stats may be better there…
Let’s hear it: What is one book you want to read in 2023?