My physical 2023 TBR – aka all the unread books on my shelves

Last year, I started the year with 23 unread physical books. And I’ve read 130 books in 2022, so you would probably think, this list has grown a lot shorter… but Dear Reader, it has not! 😅

Most of these I have bought, found or received during 2022, but a couple are still from the previous year(s). Apparently now that I have a room with plenty of bookshelves, I am more willing to get new (to me) books. My rules are still the same though. If I don’t want to reread the book, it has to go! I have a special shelve and a moving box, filled with books that won’t stay.

I haven’t made any other bookish resolutions this year. I’m setting my goal the same as last year, 100 books and 33.500 pages. Even though I have surpassed both of these goals, I don’t really need to read more. I also want to have time for other activities, like my watercolor painting, hiking, and just in general spending time with my people.

I do however, seem to have got a knack for readathons recently, and am willing to explore this more. But only when they fit my usual reading. I am willing to look outside of my reading comfort zone, but I don’t want to read too many books “to fill a prompt” when I don’t enjoy them. I also don’t want to lower my average rating which usually hovers about 3.8 stars.

But now the question is, which one of these backlist reads are going to be my first read? And will I indeed have tackled them by the end of the year?

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  1. Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
  2. House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
  3. Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
  4. Berlin Noir Trilogy by Philip Kerr
  5. Fairy Tale by Stephen King
  6. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  7. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
  8. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  9. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  10. Notes from the Burning Age by Claire North
  11. The It Girl by Ruth Ware
  12. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  13. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  14. DNF

  15. The Institute by Stephen King
  16. The Ministry Of Special Cases by Nathan Englander
  17. Threadwalkers by Joanna Volavka
  18. The Ultimate Discworld Companion by Stephen Briggs and Terry Pratchett with Paul Kidby
  19. The English Spy by Daniel Silva
  20. The Golden Scales by Parker Bilal
  21. The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
  22. The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  23. The Watcher by Charlotte Link
  24. Seduction by Catherine Gildiner
  25. Marcus and Eneides by Marianne Fredriksson
  26. Sacrilege by S.J. Parris
  27. DNF

  28. Lisey’s Storey by Stephen King
  29. Misery by Stephen King
  30. Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
  31. Veritas by Monaldi&Sorti
  32. DNF

  33. The Last Day by Glenn Kleier
  34. Dying Gasp by Leighton Gage
  35. A Life With the Radio by Willem Vogt
  36. The Clinic by Jonathan Kellerman
  37. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff and Ernest H. Shepard
  38. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

2 thoughts on “My physical 2023 TBR – aka all the unread books on my shelves

  1. Bill M

    If; I only had 23 unread books. I buy non technical books hoping to force myself to read entertainment kind of books just for the joy of reading. The closest I get is cookbooks. I find so much fascinating technical and scientific books out here I don’t get to reading for other enjoyment.

    1. Spider Post author

      If they are so satisfying, they are entertaining in their own way aren’t they? And cookbooks definitely count too!

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