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There are so many books I want to read in 2023! After not reading very much for most of 2022 due to having a baby in February and being a little bit busy, I am finally getting back into reading. And today I wanted to share the 23 books I want to read in 2023!

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Hopefully this blog post will give you some reading inspiration for the books you might want to read in 2023 too. Click on the title of each book to find it on Bookshop.org or another bookstore.

1. Beartown – Fredrik Backman

A contemporary fiction, translated from Swedish, that explores a small town in Sweden and their reaction to a violent act. It’s the beginning of a trilogy and I have heard so many good things about this book.

2. Kindred – Octavia E. Butler

The first science fiction novel written by a black woman, this book sounds like a fascinating combination of sci-fi and historical fiction. We meet a black woman who is repeatedly thrown back in time to save the life of a young boy, but in that time period she is assumed to be a slave, putting her in great danger.

3. M is for Mama – Abbie Halberstadt

Written by Abbie from @m.is.for.mama on Instagram, I can’t believe I am one year into motherhood and haven’t read this book yet! This book is a Christian non-fiction taking on the mediocre motherhood trends you may see across social media, and replacing them with biblically sound, helpful and encouraging advice for mums.

4. Breathless – Amy McCulloch

A thriller set on a mountain! This was a cover buy for me in Waterstones, and since then I’ve heard lots of people talking about it. We follow a journalist as she joins a group of climbers on their way to a record-breaking climb when members of the team begin to die.

5. Songbirds – Christy Lefteri

I read The Beekeeper of Aleppo a couple of years ago and LOVED it, so I am so excited to see what this book is like. Based on the real-life disappearances of domestic workers in Cyprus, we meet Nisha – a Sri-Lankan migrant who is now missing, as her employer Petra tries to uncover what happened.

6. Finlay Donovan is Killing It – Elle Cosimano

I have heard so many people talking about this book, and it just sounds like a lot of fun. We follow Finlay Donovan, a single mother and author. When she’s pitching a book to her agent, someone overhears her and assumes she is a hit woman so asks her to kill her husband. From what I’ve heard, what ensues is pure chaos.

7. Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis

This book is a real TBR vet and I can’t wait to get to it. It’s a Christian non-fiction from the author of the Narnia series and covers a lot of the “basics” of the Christian faith. I think this will be a great way to just get back to the simplicity of faith and remember why I believe what I believe.

8. The Guest List – Lucy Foley

Another book where I am very late to the party! The Guest List is a murder mystery set at a wedding on an private island. I got an audiobook of this story via Audible and I’m currently really enjoying listening to mysteries as I go to bed – so this is very high on my list.

9. The Housekeeper and the Professor – Yoko Ogawa

This is a slightly less well-known book, but sounds really moving. It follows the relationship between a professor with only eighty minutes of short term memory, and his housekeeper (and her son). It’s a Japanese classic story in translation.

10. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

I feel like I am the last person on the planet to read this book by this point… But this is a historical mystery following a girl who has grown up in the marshlands and is consider an outsider. So when someone is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect.

11. Notes on an Execution – Danya Kukafka

This is a book that I have seen so many people loving recently, but it’s a pretty heavy subject matter. We are exploring the story of a murderer on deaths row, but from the perspective of the women who have been impacted by his life in different ways. I’m intrigued!

12. Tales from the Cafe – Toshikazu Kawaguchi

I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Before the Coffee Gets Cold, so I can’t wait to get to this next one. This series is about a coffee shop where you can sit in a particular seat and travel in time – but you have to be back before your coffee gets cold! It’s translated from Japanese and the first book was originally written as a play (I’m not sure about the other books in the series!).

13. The Twins of Auschwitz – Eva Moses Kor

This is another book exploring a heavy subject matter, because this is Eva’s account of her experience as a child in Auschwitz when she and her twin sister were under the care of Dr. Josef Mengele, also known as the Angel of Death.

14. The Twyford Code – Janice Hallett

I have really been enjoying mysteries recently, so I’m excited to see what this one has in store. It uses mixed media to take you on the journey of solving a mystery involving a children’s book, a missing teacher and confusing memories.

15. Wrong Place Wrong Time – Gillian McAllister

You may have seen this book nominated for the Mystery/Thriller category of the Goodreads Choice Awards. I read the synopsis and was hooked! We follow a mum who witnesses her son commit a murder, but when she goes to sleep she wakes up the day before, and then the day before that…

16. Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds

This book has been on my radar for so long, but I haven’t been able to get my hands on it yet! It’s a poetry book that follows Will’s journey down on the elevator, on his way to avenge his brother’s murder, and the people he meets on that journey.

17. The Bullet that Missed – Richard Osman

If you haven’t read this series yet, where have you been? This is the third book in the Thursday Murder Club series, following a group of older people in a retirement community who meet to discuss unsolved murders – until the murders get a lot closer to home. It’s hilarious and I adore all the characters!

18. What lies in the woods – Kate Alice Marshall

This is a brand new release, only published in January 2023 so we’ll see if I manage to get hold of it before the end of the year, but it sounds so good. We meet three girls whose testimony put a man in prison, but 22-years-later the truth is being exposed.

19. Your Word or Mine – Lia Middleton

I read Lia’s previous book, When They Find Her, in 2021 and loved it SO much, so I can’t wait to read her next release. This is a thriller, following a barrister who sees a familiar name in the case she is working on – a man who assaulted her, but who is now the victim of an attack. She knows he isn’t innocent but what will she do to uncover the truth?

20. How high we go in the dark – Sequoia Nagamatsu

This is another book I have heard about recently, but it sounds very interesting. We follow a number of perspectives from around the world as the world faces a plague (sound familiar?). We see how different people respond and how the world reacts.

21. Her Mother’s Shadow – Diane Chamberlain

This is my very next read so if I don’t finish this by the end of the year then something has gone very badly wrong! This is the final book in the Kiss River triology, which I started in 2021 and continued right at the beginning of this year. The second book especially was a really enjoyable read and I can’t wait to get stuck into the next one. The series follows the O’Neill family and their connection to the Kiss River lighthouse. The first book focused on the Dad, Alec after the death of his wife, Annie. Book two takes place 12 years later and focuses more on his son Clay, with book three focusing on Annie’s daughter Lacey. These books are classified as romance, but also have elements of mystery and history too!

22. The No-Show – Beth O’Leary

I am slowly working my way through Beth O’Leary’s books after liking The Switch and really enjoyed The Flat Share. This book involves three women who are all stood up by the same man.

23. Dear Child – Romy Hausmann

I recently found this book in a charity shop and couldn’t leave it behind. We follow a woman who has escaped from her captor, as she recovers from this experience and tries to unpack the mystery of who she is. This book is translated from German.

What are your top books to read in 2023? There are so many books I want to read in 2023, but these are definitely the ones I am most excited about!

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