12 Books to Read in 2023

Hello, all!

So Kristin over at Merrily Kristin posted about 12 books she wanted to read in 2023 (check out her picks here!), and I loved that idea as I keep saying I need to read more books that have been sitting on my shelves for ages. 

1. Royal Assassin- Robin Hobb: I've been wanting to get into Hobb's books for so long (I have three of her series just sitting on my shelves), and I finally picked up Assassin's Apprentice back in September and enjoyed it, so I'd like to make my way through the rest of the trilogy.

2. Daughter of the Forest- Juliet Marillier: I feel like 2023 is going to be the year of fantasy series for me, and I've heard nothing but good things about the Sevenwaters series. Every review I've seen of this first book says it's beautifully written and fairy tale-esque.

3. Dracula- Bram Stoker: I love a good vampire story which is why it's surprising that I've never read this before. I wanted to read it this past October, but just never got around to it, so hopefully I'll make time this year.

4. Vicious- V.E. Schwab: This is the only one of Schwab's series I haven't read or at least started, so I'd really like to rectify that. I love Schwab's writing style, and everyone always raves about this series, so I'm excited to start it.

5. Tender is the Flesh- Agustina Bazterrica: This is another I meant to read in October but it fell to the wayside. I know this is a very polarizing book; you either love it or hate it, so I'm intrigued to see where I'll stand.

6. Raybearer- Jordan Ifueko: I've been craving some YA fantasy lately, and I've heard this has a competition element which I can never say no to. I also just love the cover and every time I see it on my shelves, I want to pick it up.

7. Jade City- Fonda Lee: Told you 2023 will be the year of fantasy series. I don't usually gravitate towards urban fantasy, but this series has such high praise that I need to read it.

8. The Raven Boys- Maggie Stiefvater: Honestly, my reasoning behind this one is that I constantly see it on BookTube and BookTok, and there are always items inspired by it in book boxes, and I just need to know what the hype is all about.

9. Hester- Laurie Lico Albanese: I love reading historical fiction in the wintertime, so I think this'll be the perfect read to ease me into the new year. I also love when stories are based on real people or events, and I actually saw Nathaniel Hawthorne's house when I went to Salem a few years ago, so I have to pick this up.

10. Other Birds- Sarah Addison Allen: I loved Allen's work when I was in high school, but really haven't read her since. I loved how she writes magical realism and family dynamics, so when I saw this as a BOTM pick a while back, I had to choose it. I'm hoping she's still as good as I remember.

11. Jim Henson: The Biography- Brian Jay Jones: A little fun fact about me is that I'm obsessed with the Muppets. I've loved them since I was a kid, and they're always my go-to if I'm upset or sick or just want to brighten my day. I'm trying to make it a point to read more non-fiction, so this was a no-brainer pick.

12. The City of Dusk- Tara Sim: This was one of the first books we got in the adult FairyLoot box, so it's been sitting on my shelves for quite some time now. I believe the second book comes out sometime in the summer, so I'd like to read this before then.

What are some books you'd like to get to this year?


  1. Yay!! Thanks for linking me :-) I love seeing these posts each year- even more so than most anticipated lists because they can get kind of repetitive from person to person! I really hope you enjoy the rest of the Farseer trilogy- I read book two in 2022 and immediately picked up book 3 afterward because I had to know what would happen next!! And I've also been meaning to read Daughter of the Forest for years now! YAY JADE CITY!!!! Ahh I also hope you love The Raven Cycle! You have such a good list going for the year!

    1. No problem!! I'm so excited to pick all of them up!


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