2023 Reading Plans

It’s a brand-new year and guess who’s feeling happy about it and refreshed and not slumpy at all (although, let me stop mentioning slumpiness so I don’t jinx myself).

Well, in addition to making “best of” lists and such, I enjoy making reading plans for the year, which is what this post is about. From my 2022 reading wrap up, I learned that making my reading goals manageable and not too ambitious is best. So I intend to repeat the goals I had last year, with a few tweaks thrown in.

Overall Reading Goals

Spend less.
Read more of my own books.

My plan is to read at least 10 of my own books before purchasing a new one (exceptions for series I’m reading and buddy-reads).

Goodreads Challenge

50 books

This is a manageable goal for me when I’m not having a weird year. (Of course, my secret goal is always to hit 100.)

Books I Must Read

4 books

I’m bringing this back — selecting a few books from my physical TBR that I MUST read in a year. In the past, I would list 8 books that I’d never read, lol. I’ve minimized it to 4 in hopes that will be easy for me to achieve. Plus, I’ve already started on one of the books — The Golden Compass.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin

Read Comics/Mangas

5 comics

The plan, of course, is to read more than what’s listed here — extra points if I actually read what’s listed here.

Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama (illus.), transl. by Stephen Kohler
Spy x Family, Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Endo (illus.), transl. by Casey Loe
The Ogre Gods, Vol. 1: Petit by Hubert Boulard, illus. by Bertrand Gatignol, transl. by Jeremy Melloul
Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander by Frank Miller (illus.)
Toe Tags by George A. Romero, illus. by Tommy Castillo

Read Picture Books

5 books

I’m listing the same books I had on my TBR last year (since I only managed to read one from that list), plus 2 extra. Of course, I hope to read more than this number.

The Secret Lives of Dragons by Zoya Agnis (Sangma Francis), illus. by Alexander Utkin
Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke, illus. by Angela Brooksbank
Stephen Biesty’s Cross-Sections Castle by Richard Platt, illus. by Stephen Biesty
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, illus. by Vashti Harrison
At the Same Moment, Around the World by Clotilde Perrin (illus.)

Pick Up a Classic

 2 books

Two classics a year seems more my speed. Also, I’m going to start including more modern classics as well for this because obviously I have no motivation to try the old, stuffy ones.

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, illus. by Pauline Baynes
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Three Terrifying Reads

3 books

Bonus points for actually reading these, or at least Isle of Blood.

The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey
The Houseguest by Amparo Dávila, transl. by Audrey Harris
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Where Are the Middle Grade Ones?

4 books

Two of these are rereads, but it’s been a while since I’ve read them.

A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison
The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
Jinx by Sage Blackwood
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Travel Through the Discworld

3 books

I hope to actually hit this goal this year.

Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
Mort by Terry Pratchett

Read My Own Stuff

30 books

I’m not on a book-buying ban really, but the intention this year is to read more of my own stuff — and to get rid of ones I don’t like and don’t want to keep. I intend to do my plan where I’m allowed to buy a new book for every 10 books I read to minimize the amount I buy and increase the amount of my own stuff I read.

Bookforager’s Picture Prompt Book Bingo

Hit a bingo!

I did this last year and enjoyed it, so I’ve decided to participate in BookForager’s Book Bingo again. There are 16 boxes, but I set my goal at 4 since that’s what it takes to hit a bingo.

A Quick Roundup of My 2023 Reading Plans

Goodreads Challenge = 50 books

Books I Must Read = 4 books

Read Comics/Mangas = 5 comics

Read Picture Books = 5 books

Pick Up a Classic = 2 books

Three Terrifying Reads = 3 books

Where Are the Middle Grade Ones? = 4 books

Travel Through the Discworld = 3 books

Read My Own Stuff = 30 books

Bookforager’s Picture Prompt Book Bingo = 4 books

What are your plans for the new year?

27 thoughts on “2023 Reading Plans

  1. I wish the best of luck with all your goals! I think that the “reading your own books” is the hardest! I call it “read more physical books” but the concept is pretty similar (at least in my mind and related to my case) but it’s the one I struggle the more with!


    1. I agree it’s the hardest. Well, I find it hard to read the selection of books I chose. I guess I’m just a rebel who doesn’t like doing what she’s told, even when it’s me telling myself to do something, lol.


  2. I’m trying to spend less this year, as well, though I’ve not done a good job of making any kind of quantifiable goals yet, so I might not be quite as effective at it. 🙂 I’ve heard good things about Spy x Family and I’d be curious to try the manga and the anime. I hope you enjoy The Joy Luck Club. I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read by Amy Tan, which isn’t nearly enough, and also enjoyed the movie version of The Joy Luck Club.


      1. I’ve not seen the documentary, but over the last couple years I did pick up two non-fiction books by her, though I’ve yet to read them. The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, and Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir.


        1. I have a feeling I’ll end up liking her work (really liked the documentary). If so, then I’ll have to check Writer’s Memoir too. I like the title.


        1. Oh you would appreciate it even more than I did then. It was so interesting, and I didn’t know she had such a tough relationship with her mom. The documentary is “Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir”

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