Happy New Year! May 2023 be an excellent reading year for us all, filled with many magical and five-star reads.

This New Year’s post is coming a bit late since we are already more than halfway through the first month of the year, but after posting almost daily in December, I decided to take some time off to rest, read and prepare for 2023.

As I did previous years, I will post a list of books I want to get to by the end of the year. I recently decided I want to get into the literary fiction genre as there are so many books to explore. I keep seeing such stunning books from this genre that all sound incredibly interesting.

Expanding my knowledge and reading from a wider variety of genres is something I want to do more of in 2023. As I get older, I feel my reading tastes shift towards genres I do not normally read from. So, long story short, I want to read (and collect) an unbelievable amount of books from a genre new to me.

I have not gotten to any of the books on this list so far. Even though I want to get to as many literary fiction books as possible (there are hundreds of books on my list), I want to start exploring this genre slowly and not completely overwhelm myself.

Therefore, this list will most likely contain only literary fiction books, but there might also be a few others you may have seen many times on my TBR lists that I still have not gotten to yet. I will also be adding a few fantasy books to my enormous TBR for 2023, but for this one, I am keeping things simple and will mainly focus on literary fiction books that I have wanted to get to most this past year.

Let us look at the books I want to prioritise this year!


1. Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh

2. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

3. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

4. Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh

5. Mean Baby by Selma Blair

6. Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors

7. Bunny by Mona Awad

8. Almond by Won-Pyung Sohn

9. Alone with You in the Ether by Olivie Blake

10. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

11. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

12. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

13. Happy Place by Emily Henry

14. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

15. Severance by Ling Ma

16. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion

17. I’m Glad My Mother Died by Jennette McCurdy

18. Motherthing by Ainslie Hogarth

19. Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett

20. Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg

21. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

22. Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickmanby Alan Rickman

23. You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

Which books will you be focusing on in 2023?

Keep reading and never stop telling stories.

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