Timy1s Reading Goals in 2023

Timy’s Reading Goals in 2023

As you can see from my Top 10 Reads of 2022 post, I read considerably less in 2022 and I don’t think that’ll change much in 2023, especially with SPFBO in the mix. But that’s not to say I don’t have a couple of reading goals in 2023. Buckle up peeps, because this is going to be one long-ass post with a lot of books mentioned. Hey, it might help grow your TBR. It looks so abandoned and sad 😉

I will try to be more active this year and post monthly updates about how my different reading challenges/goals are going, including recommendations for prompts in The Sound of Madness Reading Challenge. I will also come back to this post in December and look at what I actually achieved in my reading goals in 2023.

Reading Challenges

GoodReads Reading Challenge

Since I failed at 50 books last year with my 40 read ones, I decided to lower my expectations. 40 sounds like a comfortable number I can achieve in 2023 too.

Womble’s TBR Reduction Challenge

This seemed like a fun challenge, so I jumped on board. I don’t think I’ll participate in each month, and definitely not doing the stretch goals, but I’ll try nonetheless. There is a theme for each month to help to reduce your TBR (anything added BEFORE January 1st, 2023). I’ll try and match it with my narrowed-down TBR I’ll talk about below. If you follow Womble on Twitter, you can get handy reminders of each prompt at the beginning of the month.

You can check out Womble’s TBR Reduction Challenge HERE.

The Sound of Madness Reading Challenge

The Sound of Madness is of course back for its third year! I already got the introduction post up, but here is a quick rundown: I have 25 music-based prompts, and I’ll attempt to fill out my bingo-like card during 2023. 1 will use 1 book/prompt, and only books read in 2023 will count. I had a LOT of fun coming up with the prompts, so I hope more people will join me in this one.

Check out The Sound of Madness Reading Challenge HERE

My full The Sound of Madness Reading Challenge card
My TBR

It wasn’t exactly planned, but one day I woke up and decided I needed a narrowed-down TBR to focus on in 2023. On this list, I have books I’ve been pushing back, books that will be released in 2023, and SPFBO 8 finalists. Most of these I already own in some form, so it’d be a nice opportunity to reduce my own TBR.

At this time, I’m planning to stick around for SPFBO 9, which means there are a whole lot of books I can’t account for. And then there is something called “mood” that can totally fuck up everything. Also sales. Especially Audible ones. So, as much as I’d like to focus on the 45 books I collected (by the end of January, because of course I kept adding to the list even as I worked on this post…), it’s very likely I’ll only read a fraction of them. But hey, a girl can dream.

And this is where this post is going to get really long as I intend to list all of the books and some info about them. I will come back to take a look at this list at the end of the year and see how I fared. If you’d like to know more about the books, clicking on the titles will take you to their respective GoodReads pages. I’ll update this post once the yet-to-be-announced covers and info will be available.

2023 Releases

We Dream of Gods by Devin MadsonTitle: We Dream of Gods
Author: Devin Madson
Series: The Reborn Empire #4
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: March 21, 2023
REVIEW
The Cleaving by Juliet E. McKennaTitle: The Cleaving
Author: Juliet E. McKenna
Series: standalone
Publisher: Angry Robot
Release Date: April 11, 2023
REVIEW
The Square of Sevens by Laura Shepherd-RobinsonTitle: The Square of Sevens
Author: Laura Shepherd-Robinson
Series: standalone
Publisher: Mantle (Pan Macmillan)
Release Date: June 22, 2023
REVIEW
The Book That Wouldn't Burn by Mark LawrenceTitle: The Book That Wouldn’t Burn
Author: Mark Lawrence
Series: The Book That Wouldn’t Burn #1
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: May 11, 2023
REVIEW
Title: TBA
Author: RJ Dark
Series: Mal and Jackie #3
Publisher: Waveback
Release Date: TBA
It wasn’t published 🙁
Gods of the Wyrdwood by RJ BarkerTitle: Gods of the Wyrdwood
Author: RJ Barker
Series: Forsaken #1
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: June 27, 2023
REVIEW
Between Savage Tides by Anela DeenTitle: Between Savage Tides
Author: Anela Deen
Series: The Bitter Sea Trilogy #2
Publisher: Fine Fables Press
Release Date: December 1, 2023
It wasn’t published 🙁
The Wise Men of Gotham by Craig SchaeferTitle: The Wise Men of Gotham
Author: Craig Schaefer
Series: The Hungry Dreaming Trilogy #2
Publisher: Demimonde Books
Release Date: TBA
REVIEW
Title: TBA
Author: Sadir S. Samir
Series: The God Dust Saga #2
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: TBA
It wasn’t published 🙁
Card Mage: Slumdog Deckbuilder by Benedict PatrickTitle: Slumdog Deckbuilder
Author: Benedict Patrick
Series: Card Mage #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: TBA
READ

Requests

Dawn Razed by Josh EriksonTitle: Dawn Razed
Author: Josh Erikson
Series: Ethereal Earth #4
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: December 13, 2022
REVIEW
Songbird by Karen HeenanTitle: Songbird
Author: Karen Heenan
Series: The Tudor Court #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: December 3, 2021
REVIEW
Empire's Daughter by Marian L. ThorpeTitle: Empire’s Daughter
Author: Marian L. Thorpe
Series: Empire’s Legacy #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: February 18, 2015
REVIEW
The King Must Fall by Grimdark MagazineTitle: The King Must Fall
Author: VA
Series: anthology
Publisher: Grimdark Magazine
Release Date: May 31, 2022
REVIEW

SPFBO 8 Finalists

Mysterious Ways by Abbie EvansTitle: Mysterious Ways
Author: Abbie Evans
Series: standalone
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: August 3, 2021
I opted out from reading it
A Song for the Void by Andrew C. PiazzaTitle: A Song of the Void
Author: Andrew C. Piazza
Series: standalone
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: July 15, 2020
REVIEW
Scales and Sensibility by Stephanie BurgesTitle: Scales and Sensibility
Author: Stephanie Burgis
Series: Regency Dragons #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: October 4, 2021
REVIEW
Tethered Spirits by T. A. HernandezTitle: Tethered Spirits
Author: T. A. Hernandez
Series: standalone
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: December 14, 2021
REVIEW
The Thirteenth Hour by Trudie SkiesTitle: The Thirteenth Hour
Author: Trudie Skies
Series: The Cruel Gods #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: September 29, 2021
REVIEW

Backlist

The Court of Mortals by A.J. LancasterTitle: The Court of Mortals
Author: A.J. Lancaster
Series: Sariel #3
Publisher: Camberion Press
Release Date: January 18, 2020
REVIEW
The King of Faerie by A.J. LancasterTitle: The King of Faerie
Author: A.J. Lancaster
Series: Sariel #4
Publisher: Camberion Press
Release Date: July 24, 2021
REVIEW
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de BodardTitle: The House of Shattered Wings
Author: Aliette de Bodard
Series: Dominion of the Fallen #1
Publisher: Gollancz
Release Date: August 20, 2015
Maybe in 2024…
Night Latch by Anela DeenTitle: Night Latch
Author: Anela Deen
Series: The Locksmith #1
Publisher: Fine Fables Press
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Maybe in 2024…
The Keeper of Happy Endings by Barbara DavisTitle: The Keeper of Happy Endings
Author: Barbara Davis
Series: standalone
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: October 1, 2021
Maybe in 2024…
Double or Nothing by Craig SchaeferTitle: Double or Nothing
Author: Craig Schaefer
Series: Daniel Faust #7
Publisher: Demimonde Books
Release Date: June 27, 2017
READ
The Neon Boneyard by Craig SchaeferTitle: The Neon Boneyard
Author: Craig Schaefer
Series: Daniel Faust #8
Publisher: Demimonde Books
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Maybe in 2024…
The Locust Job by Craig SchaeferTitle: The Locust Job
Author: Craig Schaefer
Series: Daniel Faust #9
Publisher: Demimonde Books
Release Date: January 1, 2020
Maybe in 2024…
Any Minor World by Craig SchaeferTitle: Any Minor World
Author: Craig Schaefer
Series: The Midnight Jury #1
Publisher: Demimonde Books
Release Date: April 26, 2022
Maybe in 2024…
Bindle Punk Bruja by Desideria MesaTitle: Bindle Punk Bruja
Author: Desideria Mesa
Series: standalone
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: September 13, 2022
Maybe in 2024…
The Ninth Rain by Jen WilliamsTitle: The Ninth Rain
Author: Jen Williams
Series: The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #1
Publisher: Headline
Release Date: February 23, 2017
Maybe in 2024…
The Cloisters by Katy HaysTitle: The Cloisters
Author: Katy Hays
Series: standalone
Publisher: Random House UK, Transworld Publishers, Bantam Press
Release Date: November 1, 2022
Maybe in 2024…
Thorn by Intisar KhananiTitle: Thorn
Author: Intisar Khanani
Series: Dauntless Path #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 24, 2020
Maybe in 2024…
Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyTitle: Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
Series: standalone
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: February 9, 2017
Maybe in 2024…
A Secret History of Witches by Louisa MorganTitle: A Secret History of Witches
Author: Louisa Morgan
Series: standalone
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Maybe in 2024…
The Age of Witches by Louisa MorganTitle: The Age of Witches
Author: Louisa Morgan
Series: standalone
Publisher: Redhook
Release Date: April 7, 2020
Maybe in 2024…
The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke ArnoldTitle: The Last Smile in Sunder City
Author: Luke Arnold
Series: The Fetch Phillips Archives #1
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: February 6, 2020
Maybe in 2024…
The Hidden by Melanie GoldingTitle: The Hidden
Author: Melanie Golding
Series: standalone
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Release Date: November 9, 2021
Maybe in 2024…
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael ConnellyTitle: The Lincoln Lawyer
Author: Michael Connelly
Series: The Lincoln Lawyer #1
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: October 3, 2005
Maybe in 2024…
Murder at Spindle Manor by Morgan StangTitle: Murder at Spindle Manor
Author: Morgan Stang
Series: standalone
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: October 20, 2022
Definitely in 2024!!
Half a Soul by Olivia AtwaterTitle: Half a Soul
Author: Olivia Atwater
Series: Regency Faerie Tales #1
Publisher:
Release Date:
REVIEW
The Deathless by Peter NewmanTitle: The Deathless
Author: Peter Newman
Series: The Deathless Trilogy #1
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: June 14, 2018
Maybe in 2024…
Black Sun by Rebecca RoanhorseTitle: Black Sun
Author: Rebecca Roanhorse
Series: Between Earth and Sky #1
Publisher: Saga Press
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Maybe in 2024…
Age of Assassins by RJ BarkerTitle: Age of Assassins
Author: RJ Barker
Series: The Wounded Kingdom #1
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Maybe in 2024…
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu MandannaTitle: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches
Author: Sangu Mandanna
Series: standalone
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: August 23, 2022
REVIEW
The Ashes of London by Andrew TaylorTitle: The Ashes of London
Author: Andrew Taylor
Series: Marwood and Lovett #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: April 7, 2016
REVIEW

And those, my friends, were my reading goals for 2023. Let me know if you have any goals for 2024, be it reading challenges, or books you particularly want to read.

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