I love a good book, don’t you? Last year we all seemed to discover Colleen Hoover together, thanks to Bookstagram/BookTok! I started this year by cashing in all my points with Audible, so I have a ton of new books to get into now! Here’s what’s on my list of books to read this year!
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I’ve gotta start with Colleen Hoover! She took over TikTok and the ‘gram last year and the hype is real. I have loved everything I’ve read of her’s so far. I still want to read Verity and Reminders of Him (which is her highest rated book on GoodReads!)
New Releases in 2023
There are three upcoming new releases in 2023 that I am really looking forward to!
The New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers, People We Meet on Vacation, and Beach Read, has a new book coming out! Happy Place, by Emily Henry, is about a couple who broke up months ago, making a pact to pretend to still be together for their annual weeklong bestie trip. I have a feeling this is going to be a bit of a train wreck and I can’t wait to “watch” it!! Release date: April 25, 2023
Following the success of her first book, Every Summer After, Carly Fortune has a much-anticipated second novel coming out this year! Meet Me at the Lake is about “a random connection sends two strangers on a daylong adventure where they make a promise one keeps and the other breaks, with life-changing effects”. Release date: May 2, 2023
Kate Morton is known for writing beautiful historical fiction. I’ve enjoyed The Forgotten Garden, The Secret Keeper, and most recently, The Clockmaker’s Daughter. Her upcoming release, Homecoming, is set in Adelaide Hills on Christmas Eve in 1959. “At the end of a scorching hot day, beside a creek on the grounds of the grand and mysterious mansion, a local delivery man makes a terrible discovery. A police investigation is called and the small town of Tambilla becomes embroiled in one of the most shocking and perplexing murder cases in the history of South Australia.” Then we jump ahead 60 years, where a journalist named Jess, discovers a true crime book chronicling the investigation. I’m excited to see if she can finally solve it! Release date: April 4, 2023
I love books that inspire motivation and personal development, so I couldn’t put together a reading list of books to read this year without including them!
First up, The High 5 Habit: Take Control of Your Life with One Simple Habit by Mel Robbins, author of, The 5 Second Rule. “In this book, you will learn more than a dozen powerful ways to high five the most important person in your life, the one who is staring back at you in the mirror: YOURSELF. Using her signature science-backed wisdom, deeply personal stories, and the real-life results that the High 5 Habit continues to create in people’s lives around the world, Mel teaches you how to make believing in yourself a habit you practice every day.”
I saw this next book in someone’s Instagram stories and I just thought it was so interesting! As someone who cares about the products and food that I use and consume, this is something I think about. Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol is written by National Bestseller, Holly Whitaker, The founder of the first female-focused recovery program offers a groundbreaking look at alcohol and a radical new path to sobriety.
I have always loved Jane Goodall! In her most recent book, The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times, she and Douglas Abrams, “the internationally bestselling co-author of The Book of Joy, explore through intimate and thought-provoking dialogue one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature: hope. In The Book of Hope, Jane focuses on her “Four Reasons for Hope”: The Amazing Human Intellect, The Resilience of Nature, The Power of Young People, and The Indomitable Human Spirit.”
Who doesn’t love Matthew McConaughey?! I have heard so many great things about this book, and especially the audiobook, which he narrates himself. Greenlights is “love letter to life”, and I cannot wait to read it!!
Things to Improve Your Reading Experience
You honestly don’t need anything but a library card to enjoy a good book this year. There are so many ways to enjoy reading for free or on a budget. If an Audible subscription isn’t in your budget, check out the Hoopla or Libby apps. Chirp also offers discounted books. Here are some of my favorite products to improve the reading experience.
This book light is THE BEST!! You can push both lights together for a traditional light, or spread apart (“whale tail”) for a wider light stream. There are several brightness settings and it charges via USB. I have and love this light! It’s available in several colors.
Interested in annotating your books? Not quite sure what that means? There are so many cool videos on Tiktok to help you learn how to annotate your books. Basically, it’s note keeping, and here are some of my favorite things to use: