2023 Reading Challenges

I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal at 150 books for 2023. That’s lower than my goals over the last few years, but I plan to spend more time writing this year, so I will have less time for reading.

As of January 26, I have read 10 books, and I am on track.

(Unfortunately, I can’t seem to get the Goodreads Reading Challenge widget to work, probably because my blog’s security is blocking JavaScript. You can see where I am in the challenge by clicking the challenge title.)

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2023

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2023

Host: The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Progress: 0/16 (0%)
1 January, 2023 — 4 January, 2024
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I host The Backlist Reader Challenge 2023, so of course I’m participating again this year. My goal is to read and review 16 books from my TBR lists that were published in 2021 or earlier. I hope to focus on books I have been given as well as older ARCs. I also hope to read more than 16 books, but reviewing has been a problem for me recently, so I lowered my count but added the goal of actually reviewing them.

Below are the books I have read but not yet reviewed. Books marked with a * are books I have read before, but not for at least 10 years, and I had largely forgotten them.

  1. An Enchantment of Ravens (Margaret Rogerson) – reading paused
  2. Well Met (Jen DeLuca) – read; review pending
  3. Without a Summer (Mary Robinette Kowal) – reading paused
  4. Spinning Silver (Naomi Novik) – reading
  5. Murder on Black Swan Lane (Andrea Penrose)- reading

Audiobook Challenge 2023

Audiobook Challenge 2023

Host: Caffeinated Reviewer and That's What I'm Talking About
Progress: 0/6 (0%)
1 January, 2023 — 31 December, 2023
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I’m participating in the Audiobook Challenge 2023, hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer and That’s What I’m Talking About. My goal for the year is to listen to and review 6 books, putting me in the Weekend Warrior category (5-10 books.)

Below are the books I have listened to but have not yet reviewed. Books marked with a * are books I have read or listened to before.

  1. The Two Towers * (J. R. R. Tolkien, read by Andy Serkis) – audio
  2. The Return of the King * (J. R. R. Tolkien, read by Andy Serkis) – listening

Library Love Challenge 2023

Library Love Challenge 2023

Host: Books of My Heart and Angel's Guilty Pleasures
Progress: 0/12 (0%)
1 January, 2023 — 31 December, 2023
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I’m participating in the Library Love Challenge 2023 , hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures Books of My Heart.  My goal is to read and review 12 books, which is the Dewey Decimal level (and the lowest possible option.) I’m hesitant to try for more, because I have so many books on my Kindle and on my physical shelves that I also want to read.

Below are the books I read but have not yet reviewed. Books marked with a * are books I have read or listened to before.

NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2023

NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2023

Host: Socrates' Book Reviews
Progress: 2/15 (13%)
1 January, 2023 — 31 December, 2023
In Progress

13
  1. Sleep No More by Jayne Ann Krentz
  2. The Backup Plan by Jill Shalvis

The NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2023 is hosted by Yvonne at Socrates’ Book Reviews. Hopefully, it will help me get through my backlog of ARCs! My goal is to read (or reread) and review at least 15 ARCs this year (the Bronze level.) I will count them whether they are new ARCs or ones from a previous year; the important thing is to get them reviewed.

Below are the books I read but have not yet reviewed. Books marked with a * are books I have read or listened to before.

  1. Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries (Heather Fawcett)

#23in2023

#23in2023

Progress: 0/23 (0%)
1 January, 2023 — 5 January, 2024
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#23in2023 is a reading challenge that has been trending on the Instagram book community (or “bookstagram.”) Essentially, you pick 23 books you want to read in 2023, preferably books you already own but haven’t read yet. I own all the books on my list in at least one format. However, if it would make reading easier, I may buy or borrow any of these titles in a different format. (KEY: HC = hardcover; PB = trade paperback; MM = mass market paperback; K = Kindle; A = audiobook)

Below is the full list. Titles in bold are the ones I have finished reading (whether I have reviewed them or not.)

    Iron Druid Read-Along 2023

    Iron Druid Read-Along 2023

    Host: Books of My Heart
    Progress: 0/10 (0%)
    1 January, 2023 — 31 December, 2023
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    The Iron Druid Read-Along is hosted by my friend Anne at Books of My Heart We will be reading all 10 of the books in the series, in any format, and discussing them in Facebook chats.

    Below are the books I read but have not yet reviewed. Books marked with a * are books I have read or listened to before.

    Read Christie 2023

    Read Christie 2023

    Host: Agatha Christie website
    Progress: 0/12 (0%)
    1 January, 2023 — 31 December, 2023
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    None yet!

    I’m also doing Read Christie 2023, hosted by the authorized Agatha Christie website. They pick a theme and a specific book each month. You can either read the official book, or choose another that fits the theme. My goal is 12 books: one per month.

    Below are the books I read but have not yet reviewed for Read Christie 2023. Books marked with a * are books I have read or listened to before – which will be most of them, because I have read almost all of Christie’s works at some point in my life.

    • JANUARY:
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    COYER Upside-Down 2023: Chapter 1

    COYER Upside-Down 2023: Chapter 1

    Host: Michelle @ Because Reading is More Fun
    Progress: 4/10 (40%)
    1 January, 2023 — 30 April, 2023
    In Progress

    40
    1. Sleep No More by Jayne Ann Krentz
    2. The Time for Love, by Stephanie Laurens
    3. The Backup Plan by Jill Shalvis
    4. The Gorgon Agenda by Lisa Shearin

    COYER Upside-Down 2023: Chapter 1 has the loosest rules of any of the COYER season (or “chapters”) this year. basically, any book counts, regardless of format, price, or source. Chapter 1 runs from January 1 through April 30. My goal is to read and review 10 books during that time period. The books can also count for any of my other challenges.

    NOTE: Chapter 1 ends on April 30, but I am leaving the challenge widget open through December 2023 because I may post some reviews later in the year.)

    Below are the books I read but have not yet reviewed for COYER Upside-Down 2023: Chapter 1. Books marked with a * are books I have read or listened to before.

    1. The Two Towers * (J. R. R. Tolkien, read by Andy Serkis) – audio
    2. Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries (Heather Fawcett)
    3. Well Met (Jen DeLuca) – review scheduled
    4. The Awakening * (Nora Roberts)
    5. The Becoming * (Nora Roberts)
    6. The Choice (Nora Roberts)
    7. An Enchantment of Ravens (Margaret Rogerson) – reading paused
    8. Without a Summer (Mary Robinette Kowal) – reading paused
    9. Spinning Silver (Naomi Novik) – reading
    10. Murder on Black Swan Lane (Andrea Penrose)- reading
    11. The Return of the King * (J. R. R. Tolkien, read by Andy Serkis) – listening

    Additional Reading Goals

    I want to be better about reviewing generally. I had the same goal last year, and didn’t actually do much better about reviewing, but hopefully this year will be different.

    I want to read more diversely. That means choosing more books by and about BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) people; LGBTQIA+ people; people of non-Christian religious faiths; and people with disabilities or mental illness.

    I want to read more of the books I already own.

    I want to buy only the books I really want to read and own. I have a bad tendency to see a Kindlebook on sale and think, “Oh, I’d like to read that sometime.” This year, I plan to pay more attention to whether my library has a copy before I buy a book, unless it’s one I know I will enjoy owning and rereading, or it’s by an author I want to support.