It’s that time of the year, when I’m cramming to read as many books as possible before we tick over to January 1st. Although I have completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 30 books (yay!), I want to get my TBR down as much as possible, especially since I need to read so much more for work now (the publishing life!). I don’t have any holidays planned and I’ll have 10 days for the holiday season, so I’m ready to read the following new books and old favourites before 2023.
Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson
I loved the first two books of the Skyward series and it’s a bit of a shock that I’ve still yet to read the third book, Cytonic, until this month. In my defence, I didn’t want to order the book until I had the B format/mass paperback to match my existing books in the series – it just happened that it took like, over a year, for the smaller book to come out. Now that I have it and I’ve got plenty of time and motivation, I can’t wait to delve back into this series. Sanderson’s writing always sucks me in and I can never put down his books so this one is a must before 2023!
Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
This book recently won the Best Fiction Book in the Goodreads Choice Awards but it was already on my radar and waiting for me on my shelf about 2 months ago. I kept seeing this book talked about on Instagram and it apparently follows two gamers who possibly have a romance? But it’s not a romance book? I’m not sure but I need to read this one – one of my lovely colleagues absolutely loved it, so I hope to get around to it soon!
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
I’m not sure if it’s because of work or if I’m branching even further out to other genres or because I’ve been watching a lot of BookTubers who have been reading thrillers, but I’ve been craving a good thriller. Enter my book-buying addiction and this author that I’ve been seeing everywhere online after the publication of her latest novel, The Paris Apartment. I didn’t get her latest book but instead the one that apparently put her name out there as one of the best thriller writers – The Guest List. It sounds promising so far with the blurb saying something about people invited to an exclusive island for a wedding but not everyone making it out alive. I’m really excited for this one and I hope it means I end up reading more thrillers in 2023.
I’m not usually one to reread but I’ve decided that for the following few, I actually really need to reread them because I barely remember the events that happened and I gave them all 5 stars. I want to relive the moments that I fell in love with and I have no doubts that they will still be 5 stars once I’ve finished them again.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
The long-awaited sequel to Ninth House, Hell Bent is coming out in January 2023, and I’ve done this silly thing called “buying the gorgeous Barnes & Noble edition at the expensive of my wallet that’s forever crying” because the cover looks so much better in red, in my opinion. I know the ending was a cliffhanger and I was super impatient to read the next book but its been like 2 years and I need a real refresher.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
I also loved this feminist epic fantasy by Samantha Shannon, who is one of my favourite fantasy authors. This book is big enough to kill someone and I’m ready for that to be me again, as she’s publishing another book within the same world. It’s not a sequel as this is a standalone but I really want to re-experience this book and the mighty dragons and queens within it. I want to re-read and refresh my memories on the world and the people, especially if I want to catch any easter eggs in this next new book coming next Jan.
Daisy Jones & The Six
I honestly didn’t plan to reread this anytime soon but last week, the official first-look photos for the TV show came out and now, I need to relive this book before the show is out so I can accurately watch the scenes I love and hate the most about this 5 star read. I remember loving this book so much that I honestly thought this band was REAL after finishing it, so I need that feeling again before I dive into the TV adaptation and see it portrayed by amazing actors.
What books are you hoping to read before the end of the year?
Until next time,