Last week when I shared my 2022 reading wrap-up, I hinted at a post about 2023 plans … this is that post! This is also deep dive into details about my reading life and intentions that might seem way over the top to you and 🙂 I read a lot (I think I likely read more than I do anything else – at least right now) and how I spend all that time matters to me.
I’ve already finished one of the projects: moving the messy stacks (sitting on top of this cupboard) onto the shelves.
There are still four books for that bottom shelf sitting on Katie’s kitchen counter;
she’ll bring them over this weekend and I know they’ll fit!
Those three shelves now comprise a lot of the backlist I’d like to read this year:
The top left books are not ones I plan to (re) read this year, but they’re antiques (given to me by my grandma and mom) and I know they like being behind glass.
For the past two years, I’ve journaled every book I read; and I’ve tracked stars, format (paper, audio, e-book), source (borrow, own, purchase), and intention (diversity, growth, connection). Along the way, I also started creating monthly to-read lists. Those monthly lists improved the quality of my reading immensely; I’m going to keep them up.
I’m also going to continue the journaling (I think that is probably the #1 thing that changed my reading life for the better) and tracking stars, format, and source (borrow, own, 2023 purchase).
For intentions, I’m going to look at (author) Diversity (person of color or sexuality or language other than my own) and Connection (discussing a book with someone else). Close to 40% of the books I’ve read recently tick the Diversity box and I’d like to increase that. I’m mostly curious about how Connection plays into my reading.
I also intend to read:
- 2023Shelf – all the books I buy in 2023 (that count is 14 so far – and they’re all pictured above);
- Prizes – the short lists for this year’s Booker and Women’s Prizes, and backlist winners for both;
- DeepDive – wrap up Erdrich, and start Kingsolver and Patchett.
And just for fun, I’m going to (try to?!) rank each book as I finish. I think this is going to be hard (I’ve finished 12 books so far and it’s already making me think!), and I hope to learn from this exercise as well. Do you rank your books? I’d love to chat about it!
Finally, here’s my January TBR. as always, I’d love to know if we have any books in common … connecting about books is one of my favorite things!