Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Will Definitely Read in 2023

Happy Tuesday, book friends! We’re back with another Top 5 Tuesday.

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Bionic Bookworm, now hosted by Meeghan Reads. If you’re interested in participating, check out their blog to get the details and the prompts for each week.

This week’s topic is “books I will definitely read in 2023.” I can feel the TBR cart in my office upstairs glaring at me from here, as I’ve got way more than five books I need to get to this year. But I’ll go ahead and pick the five I’m most confident about getting to.

Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca

I’m reading this one right now, so it’s kind of cheating. But, I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get around to the next installment in Jen DeLuca’s ren fest romance series. Reading it in January is a bit sad, as I can’t run off to the Pittsburgh Ren Faire until September, but I’m enjoying it.

Initiated: Memoir of a Witch by Amanda Yates Garcia

I started this one last year, but I only got a few pages in before I wandered off and didn’t pick it up again. I want to actually get to it this year.

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Rude of Hazelwood to have another book coming out this year when I still haven’t managed to read her previous one. Guess I need to try and catch up.

Lease on Love by Fallon Ballard

I just had to buy this one at Half Price Books. Yet here it sits, many months later, unread. I’m going to do it, I swear.

Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin

This is one of the Witchtober TBR books I left behind back in October when I was far busier than anticipated. Really want to get to it this year, probably sometime in the winter.

All right, those are my five books to for sure definitey 100% read this year. It’s up to you all to hold me to it. What books are you confident about getting to in 2023?

Top 5 Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions

Happy Top 5 Tuesday, book friends!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Bionic Bookworm, now hosted by Meeghan Reads. If you’re interested in participating, check out their blog to get the details and the prompts for each week

This week’s prompt is “top 5 bookish resolutions.” I already did a post about my book goals for 2023 , but I was curious about the difference between a goal and a resolution. So I googled it. Apparently, a resolution is “a statement of what you want to change” whereas a goal is a specific thing you want to achieve. With that in mind, I’m looking at a few bookish habits I want to change this year.

Get Back to Morning Reading

Reading in the morning, rather than immediately checking email and scrolling social media, is a habit that always comes and goes for me. In the last few months as I’ve focused on being consistent with blogging, I’ve used the time before I get ready for work to write blog posts and engage on social media. That meant sacrificing my morning reading time. However, I want to get back in the habit of reading in the morning, as I believe it’s a better start to my day than jumping right in to the internet.

Read A Wider Variety of Genres

When I first got back to reading for pleasure after grad school, I read a lot of romance. I love contemporary romance, but I do think it’s a genre that can feel a bit repeptitive if it’s most of what you’re reading. I’d like to read a wider variety of genres this year and maybe even get back into fantasy, which I loved when I was younger.

Actually Use My Book Journal

I couldn’t resist buying another book journal even though using mine last year was a big fail. I want to be consistent and actually use it this year.

Stay More Current with NetGalley

Not only do I want to improve my NetGalley ratio, I want to do a better job of actually getting my reviews out around the book’s release date like you’re supposed to. One of the ways I can use my book journal is keeping track of new book releases that I need to prep reviews for.

Track Preorders to Avoid Doubles

Last year I accidentally pre-ordered the same books twice on more than one occassion. I gave away the extra copies or put them in our little free library, which was fine, but it’s also a bit of a silly way to spend money. I still want to preorder the books I’m excited for, but I need to track which ones I’ve already ordered so I don’t do it twice (or, as happened with Well Traveled, three times).

So there we have it–my bookish resolutions for the year! I spent a little time reading this morning, so I’d say I’m already on track. Do you set goals or resolutions for the new year? Or maybe both?