Book List: My Reading Goals for 2023

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Today’s post is sharing the 5 books I want to read in 2023. I don’t use set TBRs or have extensive reading goals in order to allow myself the most flexibility with my reading moods, but these are 5 novels I would love to pick up this year! Let’s get into the list.

Book List: My Reading Goals for 2023Tomb of Sand by Geetanjali Shree
Published by Tilted Axis Press on August 12, 2021
Pages: 735

In northern India, an eighty-year-old woman slips into a deep depression at the death of her husband, then resurfaces to gain a new lease on life. Her determination to fly in the face of convention – including striking up a friendship with a hijra person – confuses her bohemian daughter, who is used to thinking of herself as the more 'modern' of the two. To her family’s consternation, Ma insists on travelling to Pakistan, simultaneously confronting the unresolved trauma of her teenage experiences of Partition, and re-evaluating what it means to be a mother, a daughter, a woman, a feminist.

Book List: My Reading Goals for 2023War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on December 2, 2008
Genres: Fiction / Classics, Fiction / Historical / General, Fiction / Literary
Pages: 1296

From the award-winning translators of Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov comes this magnificent new translation of Tolstoy's masterwork.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

War and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men.

A s Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers—as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving—and human—figures in world literature.

Book List: My Reading Goals for 2023Beloved by Toni Morrison
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on June 8, 2004
Genres: Fiction / African American & Black / General, Fiction / Coming of Age, Fiction / Literary
Pages: 352

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, a spellbinding novel that transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. With a new afterword by the author. 

This "brutally powerful, mesmerizing story” (People) is an unflinchingly look into the abyss of slavery, from the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner.

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. Sethe has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. 

“A masterwork.... Wonderful.... I can’t imagine American literature without it.” —John Leonard, Los Angeles Times

Book List: My Reading Goals for 2023Persuasion by Jane Austen
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on July 12, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Classics, Fiction / Literary, Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
Pages: 272

Of all Jane Austen’s great and delightful novels, Persuasion is widely regarded as the most moving. It is the story of a second chance at true love. Now a Netflix Film.

Anne Elliot, daughter of the snobbish Sir Walter Elliot, is woman of quiet charm and deep feelings. When she was nineteen she fell in love with—and was engaged to—a naval officer, the fearless and headstrong Captain Wentworth. But the young man had no fortune, and Anne allowed herself to be persuaded to give him up.

Now, eight years later, Wentworth has returned to the neighborhood, a rich man and still unwed. Anne’s never-diminished love is muffled by her pride, and he seems cold and unforgiving.

What happens as the two are thrown together in the social world of Bath—and as an eager new suitor appears for Anne—is touchingly and wittily told in a masterpiece that is also one of the most entrancing novels in the English language.

Book List: My Reading Goals for 2023Orlando by Virginia Woolf
on December 30, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Classics
Pages: 264

What are some books you’re hoping to read in 2023? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!

Rae

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