My Essential 2023 TBR

My Essential 2023 TBR

With the start of a new year comes the promise of new books to read, new reading goals and of course my Essential 2023 TBR List. I love setting my reading goals on Goodreads. Every time I finish a book, I get to press the ‘I finished reading’ button on my app. I love how it adds up to my list of already-read books. (I know simple things right?) The chance to lose oneself in a story and immerse in beautiful worlds and different timelines whilst bonding with unforgettable characters is undoubtedly one of life’s greatest pleasures. This year I have set my goal to 52 books. Less than last year, but it’s going to be a busy year for me and I rather not stress myself out. I already committed to 12 self-help books. You can find my list here. Although I like to plan my reads for every month, I don’t like planning the whole year. After all, I might not be in the mood to read a certain book or there might be new releases.  Therefore the list below is my ‘Essential 2023 TBR’ list. Those books I definitely need to read this year without fail.  Let’s get to it: Kingdom Of The Feared – Kerri Maniscalco In this third and final instalment of the trilogy Kingdom Of The Wicked, we continue reading about Emilia’s and Wrath’s ‘love’ story. In the previous book, we were left on a cliffhanger, with Emilia finding out that her twin Vittoria was still very much alive. Trying to balance her relationship with Wrath, the discovery of her sister’s deception and solving a murder of a high-ranking member from House Greed, Emilia finds herself with her hands full, to say the least. New truths will be uncovered and a  race against time to break a curse that will ultimately define her future with the Prince of Hell, Wrath. I really enjoyed the previous two books in this trilogy and look forward to the ‘hopefully’ happy ending for Emilia and the gorgeous Wrath. The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman In this charming murder mystery novel, we meet four unlikely friends, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron, who meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.  After a brutal killing takes place right on their very doorstep, the four friends find themselves right in the thick of it, their first live case. They might be pushing eighty, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a few tricks up their sleeves. This book has been frequently recommended by friends and social media. I literally cannot wait to get started on it.  Harry Potter & The Cursed Child Nineteen years after the famous Battle Of Hogwarts, we find Harry Potter all grown up, husband, father of three school-aged children and an overworked employee at the Ministry Of Magic.  Meanwhile, his youngest son Albus struggles with the weight of his family’s legacy. A legacy he never wanted.  As he embarks on his own journey, the past and the present coalesce in a menacing way, one that will bring an uncomfortable truth to both Albus and his father Harry. Darkness comes from unexpected places. I confess to being a die-hard Harry Potter fan. Yes, I have read all the books multiple times, I have visited Harry Potter Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley in Orlando Florida and I have also been to Warner Bros Harry Potter World in London. And yet, I still haven’t read The Cursed Child. So this year will be the year I get to it, no more excuses.  Gallant – V. E Schwab Olivia Prior is sixteen years old and missing three things: her mother, her father and her voice. Her mother disappeared all at once and her father followed soon after, but her voice, she never had to start with.  As we are introduced to Olivia, she is approaching the end of her time at Merilance School for Girls. During this time she receives a letter from an uncle she’s never met and is summoned to his estate, Gallant. When Olivia gets there she discovers that the letter she had received was years late. Her uncle had already passed away and those that remain at the estate are the servants and her cousin Matthew. In order to remain at Gallant, Olivia must follow two rules: don’t go out after dusk and always stay on the right side of the crumbling wall. She soon discovers that Gallant is a house of secrets, sitting in lonely vigil, where the ghouls are powerful.  Searching for answers about her family and her past, Olivia discovers a dark reflection of everything she knew. An ancient realm where ghosts take form and a dark master that sits waiting for her.  Under The Whispering Door – TJ Klune Wallace Price has died, yet he doesn’t believe he has. When a reaper comes to collect him from his own funeral, Wallace is infuriated. Though he starts to suspect that the reaper might be in fact right and he is really dead after all.  Hugo, the owner of the most peculiar tea shop, promises to help Wallace cross over and so he is left with no other option but to accept the truth. He is dead.  Even in death, Wallace still refuses to abandon his old life. A life of non-stop work. As he spends time in Hugo’s tea shop, talking to his customers and drinking tea, and joking with the resident ghost, Wallace wonders if he’d been missing something when he was alive.  Unfortunately, Wallace is given a week to pass through the door to the other side. He, therefore, sets his mind on living a lifetime in just seven days.  Babel – R.F Kuang The year is 1836. The location: Oxford. A city of dreaming spires and the centre of all knowledge and progress in the world. The Royal Institute of Translation, otherwise known as Babel, is the tower from which all the power of the Empire flows. Robin Swift

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