It’s 2023 folks and that means only one thing.
A new year = new books!
I always feel that New Year is a funny time. I’m not hugely into partying on New Year’s eve, choosing to spend it in my pjs with a glass of bubbly and my loved ones before heading to bed at a more sensible time. Call me old-fashioned (or just old!) but that’s what I like. It’s the same kind of feeling I have when it comes to making new year resolutions. I’m not a huge fan of them as they tend to get broken and I also don’t like the idea of resolutions being things we need to change or as a result of something we’ve ‘done wrong’. I’m more of a goal setter than a resolution maker. For example, one of my goals this year is to focus more on self-care. Even if that is 10 minutes a week, I know that self care is so important to my mental and physical wellbeing that those 10 minutes alone will make a huge difference.
Another one of my goals this year is to read 23 books in 2023. For some 23 may seem a lot. For others, 23 may seem quite low. But do you know what? That really doesn’t matter. People can choose and set their own goals – it’s not a competition. 23 works for me and that’s my goal. If you have any goals this year for a number of books you’re planning to read this year, please share them with me! I’d love to know what you’re planning on reading and because I know I’ll want to keep discovering new titles each year!
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My 2023 Spring anticipated reads on my tbr
The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller
“The Song of Achilles” tells the story of the legendary Greek hero Achilles and his close friend Patroclus. The son of the sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, Achilles is known for his strength, swiftness, and beauty. Patroclus however is an awkward young prince who is exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Thrown together, both young souls forge a bond so strong, they are willing to risk the gods’ wrath. Word spreads of the kidnap of Helen of Sparta whereby all heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in order to retrieve her. This story explores how the fates test their love & friendship.
The Children of Jocasta, Natalie Haynes
“The Children of Jocasta” tells the story of the myth of Oedipus and Antigone from the perspective of Jocasta and Ismene. Jocasta is a 15-year-old girl who is forced to marry the King of Thebes, an old man she has never met. Ismene, who is also 15, is attacked in the palace where she lives. The book tells the story of how these two events set in motion a tragedy, and explores the perspectives and experiences of the female characters in the myth of Oedipus and Antigone.
Stone Blind, Natalie Haynes
“Stone Blind” is a witty and clever retelling of the Greek myth of the Gorgon, Medusa. As the only mortal in a family of gods, Medusa’s life is different to her siblings. She grows older, experiences change, feels weakness. Medusa’s mortal lifespan gives her an urgency that her family will never understand. Catching the unwanted eye of the sea god Poseidon, Medusa is assaulted in Athene’s temple. Enraged by the violation of her sacred space, Athene exacts revenge – revenge which is unfortunately laid at Medusa’s feet. Punished for Poseidon’s actions, Medusa is forever transformed. Writhing snakes replace her hair and her gaze will turn any living creature to stone. Cursed with the power to destroy all she loves with one look, Medusa condemns herself to a life of solitude but what happens next changes this…
How to Kill your Family, Bella Mackie
What do you do when your absentee millionaire father refuses to hear the please of your dying mother? Murder him of course. That’s exactly what Grace Bernard plans to do. In order to seek revenge, Grace decides to kill every member of her father’s family. “How to kill your family” follows Grace as she systematically takes out the family members, providing a gruesome and entertaining tale about class, family, love, and murder. However, Grace is eventually imprisoned for a crime she did not commit.
The Binding, Bridget Collins
Emmett Farmer experiences a mental collapse and can no longer fulfil his responsibilities on the family farm. No longer able to keep up with his chores, Emmet is sent to the workshop of a bookbinder to live and work as an apprentice. While there, Emmett recovers his health and learns the bookbinding trade. However, he is not allowed to enter the locked room where the books are stored. Spending his time honing his craft, Emmett becomes curious about the people who come and go from the mystery room. Then one day, the arrival of Lucian Darnay sparks a connection he hasn’t felt before. This changes everything for Emmett.
I hope you all have had a lovely wonderful break and are looking forward to seeing what the new year brings!
As always, happy reading!