My TBR as 2023 begins

As a new year begins so does all the grand ideas for goals and challenges – whether they’re to do with big life changes or more simple things like reading. I will be sharing a review of my 2022 reading goals and what my goals are for 2023 next week. In the meantime, as it’s been a while (late 2020 in fact) since I shared my complete TBR, thought I’d kick of 2023 with that. Especially as I’ve yet to pick up a book this year.

This list is divided between the physical books, the audiobooks and ebooks I own. The physical books will probably be the main priority going forward as I really am running out of space but all that talk will come next week.

I’d love to hear if you’d recommend any of these books and which ones should move to the top of my TBR.

Physical books:
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young
Loveless by Alice Oseman
The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan
The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid
Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale by Benjamin Cook and Russell T Davies
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
The Secret Fire by CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld
Making a Scene by Constance Wu
Black and British by David Olusoga
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caleti
Rafa Nadal: The King of the Court by Dominic Bliss
What Would Boudicca Do? by E. Foley and B. Coates
Jade City by Fonda Lee
Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix
Women vs Hollywood by Helen O’Hara
Pretty Things by Janelle Brown
City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn
Monstrous Design by Kat Dunn
Glorious Poison by Kat Dunn
The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
It’s Behind You by Kathryn Foxfield
The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan
Common People by Kit de Waal
The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood by Kristin Thomas
The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven
Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London by Lauren Elkin
Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Sisters Grimm by Meena van Praag
Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz
Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz
Rise of the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz
Escape from the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz
After the Crash by Michel Bussi
The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi
The Beast Warrior by Nahoko Uehashi
Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance by Oliver Bowden
Alone with You in the Ether by Olivie Blake
Babel by R.F. Kuang
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross
Nevermore by Rob Thurman
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and other lies edited by Scarlett Curtis
Movie Geek by Simon Brew
We are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
The Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
Total: 62

The Budapest Protocol by Adam Lebor
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Area 51 by Bob Mayer
The Lie by C.L. Taylor
Scarlet Odyssey by C.T. Rwizi
A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne
Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary Wolf
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
Brilliance by Marcus Sakey
Total: 10

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Last Man Standing by David Baldacci (I have the physical book too but am more likely to read it via audio)
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
Total: 3

Also, on audio I have the following Anthony Horowitz books which I’m not technically counting on my TBR as the majority of them will be rereads and my physical TBR is more my priority, but thought I’d mention them to be fully transparent. Ideally I’d like to reread/read for the first time the entire Power of Five series and Alex Rider series at some point over the next year or so as though I enjoyed them, I stopped reading them when I originally aged out of the books.
The Power of Five series (of which only Oblivion would be a first time read but I’ll need to reread the others in order to get to that point):
Raven’s Gate
Evil Star
Some of the Alex Rider series:
Point Blanc
Ark Angel
Crocodile Tears
Secret Weapon

Not including the Anthony Horowitz books, that’s 75 books on my TBR. That is the least amount of books I’ve had on my TBR since 2014 – nearly nine years ago! I am very good at unhauling books when I come to the realisation that I’m no longer interested in them and as I’ve embraced audiobooks from my library a lot more over the years, I’ve often borrowed the audiobook of a book I already owned and that helps me get through my TBR quicker. I tend to have a physical/ebook on the go and an audiobook at the same time (as long as the books are different enough) as I read the different formats at different times and in different ways. For instance I can listen to an audiobook as I walk to/from work or as I do chores around the flat but when I want to actually sit down and read in bed then that’s a physical or ebook.

Almost exactly three quarters of the books I own are by female authors so my reading over the next year or so will be pretty women-heavy which I’m not mad about. And the very broad categories I mark these books as show a very heavy fantasy leaning which makes sense. I’ve always been a fantasy reader, but due to my Read the World Project a lot of my fantasy reading has been put on the backburner for the last few years. I’ve still acquired fantasy books but I just haven’t read them so now I have a nice chunk to catch up on. I also find myself buying non-fiction books pretty often as there’s a lot of interesting stuff out there but then I don’t read them as often as I’d like.

Do you have any reccomendations from my TBR? I know it’s an eclectic mix of genres and ages so I don’t think I’ll be getting bored any time soon.


  1. All of the V.E. Schwab and R.F. Kuang books, Jade City, A Heart in a Body in the World, Never where, The Republic of Thieves, Project Hail Mary, The Calculating Stars, The Grace Year, and Loveless are all fantastic. Enjoy them all!

    1. Oh that’s great to hear! It’s been so long since I’ve read the first two books that I’ll be rereading them before getting to the finale as I really remember very little now. I do remember not realising The Passage was the first book in a series when reading it and being like omg as I was getting closer to the end and nothing was getting solved 😀

  2. that’s quite a list. To me, my TBR is my list of books I’d like to read someday and that numbers over a thousand. Your post got me thinking, so I looked at my Kindle and I have about 220 books (quite a few freebies in there) and about 130 physical books scattered around the house. Way too many to put into a shareable list!
    Of your list, the ones I’ve read and really recommend are Hail Mary, Calculating Stars, Spells for Forgetting (!), Jade City is different and pretty good but I’ve yet to read the third one, Bear and Nightingale not my fave. Many are on my wish list TBR so I’ll be interested to see what you think. Hope you make it through a chunk of the list this year!
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys (thanks for the connection to your Read The World List)

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