2023 Reading


  1. Reading 150 books of various genres and age categories, to be explained more fully in the following goals:
  2. I will read at least 12 books of poetry. (2/12)
  3. I will read at least 24 books of MG fiction. (3/24)
  4. I will read at least 24 books of YA/Teen fiction. (5/24)
  5. I will read at least 24 titles of scif-fi/fantasy, speculative fiction, or paranormal. (6/24)
  6. I will read at least 12 diverse books, either from cultural groups not my own, or translated works (also cultures not my own).
  7. I will read 24 graphic novels. (2/24)
  8. I will read at least 24 non-fiction books, and at least 5 of these will not be about writing or writing craft. (2/24)
  9. I will read genres outside of my usual favorites, like romance, mystery, suspense, thriller, contemporary, and classic. (3)
  10. I will listen to 12 audio books.
  11. I will read at least 12 professional essays (in addition to student essays I read) and 50 professional short stories.
  12. I will read 24 Indie or Small Press published books. (2/24)
  13. I will read four devotionals/Bible study guides.
  14. I will read the New Testament again, and probably read pieces of the OT to go with it.
  15. In reading the various types of books above, some of these will fill more than one category at a time. For example: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is a graphic novel, a contemporary novel, and a MG novel.
  16. I will also reread books.


  1. 25 Impossible Tales of Survivors, Flawed Heroes, and Annoyed Villains. It’s my book and I’m proud of the stories in it, proud of finishing it. I’m glad for it and celebrating it. Finished January 1.
  2. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson: This wonderful, heartwarming graphic novel caught my attention from the start with sympathetic characters, a great storyline which builds on the tension between two friends whose interests are beginning to separate them and includes some rocking roller derby scenes. This is a great coming of age, young teen graphic novel. And good for those of us who are young at heart, too. 🙂 I plan to read it again. Finished January 2.
  3. Blade Breaker by Victoria Aveyard picks up where the first book ended, ramps up the tension, and takes the characters on a wild ride deeper into danger, intrigue, and action-packed, heartbreaking moments. Finished January 3.
  4. Homebound by John David Anderson. Brilliant, swashbuckling, action-packed adventure in space with excellent characters and some of the best pop culture references I’ve ever read in a MG book. I don’t want to give anything away, for either the first or the second in this series, but I will say I think the aliens are interesting, the alien worlds even more so, and the characters have depth in the first book, and it gets even better in the second. Highly recommended. Finished January 5.
  5. Felicity by Mary Oliver. I love this little book of poems. I will reread them again and again.
  6. Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver. This was a library read, and while I loved some essays, I disliked others, so it was enjoyable, but maybe not all for me as a reader.
  7. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This was a re-read for me, since I was preparing to read the rest of the trilogy which I had checked out of the library. Aurora Rising is a wild ride of future sci-fi adventure with aliens, romance, and an unexpected antagonist. YA Scifi Fun.
  8. Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. So good. I think I may have liked this one better than the first. Can’t say much because I might reveal spoilers. Again, YA Scifi Fun. Unfortunately, it ended with a tough cliff-hanger, which made me glad I had book 3 ready to read. YA Scifi.
  9. Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman and Jay Krisoff. I liked it. I laughed at some parts and cried at others. But there was one section that kind of slogged for me as a reader, so it saddened me that this was the last book. I just wanted it to be as good as the second one. Still, I am glad I read this trilogy. YA Scifi.
  10. All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson. I really liked this graphic novel. It had a fun premise and a painfully good coming-of-age character arc. While set in contemporary times, the main character’s family works at a Renaissance Faire year-round, and the main character has been immersed in Ren-Faire traditions as a homeschool student. In this story, she goes to public school and middle school for the first time. Middle Grade, Contemporary Graphic Novel. I didn’t like this as much as I liked Jamieson’s Roller Girl, but it was a fun read from my library.
  1. Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandemeer is an interesting, wild, and not-like-any-other book I’ve ever read kind of book. It’s a mixture of graphic non-fiction and prose by the author/artist, and article additions by notable authors and artists. Non-fiction, Writing Craft.
  2. So Far So Good: Final Poems: 2014-2018 by Ursala K. Le Guin. Finished and sent to her publisher mere weeks before her passing, this is Ursala K. Le Guin’s final contribution to the written word, and it is worthwhile reading. While I loved the first twenty pages best in this one-hundred-page volume, the book is a beautifully written, poignant read about the final days of life. Poetry.
  3. Pride, Prejudice, and Pizza by Shauna Jared. A fun, warm romance I discovered on Kindle Vella. It’s short, probably around 12,000 words, so it’s more like a lengthy short story or a short novelette, but it was a fun read with good humor and great HEA. Contemporary Romance.
  4. Song of Ebony (A Snow White Retelling) by Deborah Grace White. This is the first of a new series and the world-building within the book is excellently paced as the characters live in and discover new aspects of their world, which is full of wild magic, dangerous to humans on an island they live with the elves, who they believe tricked them into dying on the ground in their past. The main character, Bianca, is a young woman but her hair has turned all white due to contact with magic unexpectedly. She loves to make her words “dance,” and this becomes an important aspect to the story, so I can’t quite give away what this means, but I loved the idea. Clean Fantasy Adventure Romance by a Christian Indie Author.

15. Beauty and Beast, one of the three novellas in Timeless Fairy Tales: Books 1-3 by K.M. Shea. This is a fractured fairy tale retelling, and I enjoyed the way Ella is not the typical Belle, but a highly skilled spy for the crown, and the “beast” prince is hiding away in his castle to protect his servants from being bullied by those who fear the curse. Clean Fairy Tale Fantasy Romance.

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