Happy new year, Keeper Upperers! It’s that wonderful time when we’re all fresh eyed and full of hope for the year to come. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’ll be reading in 2023, so here’s a little sneak peek for you.
Trying something new for book reviews in 2023
So, I’ve been at this Keeping Up With The Penguins lark for a few years now. Once I’d read my way through the original list of 109 books I intended to read, I started… winging it. There’s a whole wide world of books out there, and I want to read them all!
The thing is, ‘winging it’ goes against my nature. I’m a planner, a plotter, a schemer. I started making little rules for myself – like only reading Black books during Black History Month, or queer books during Pride – to give myself some structure. Next thing I know, I’m a slave to the calendar, and reading something just because the date says I “should”.
This is all a long-winded way of saying: I’m trying something new. It’s a halfway bet between structure and random chance. I’ve decided to use a TBR jar to choose what I’ll be reading in 2023.
What’s a TBR jar?
It’s really not as weird as it sounds. I’m going to write the titles of books I want to read down on slips of paper, and then draw them out at random.
It’ll be my usual mix of… well, a little bit of everything. Classics, thrillers, romances, fiction, non-fiction, hefty tomes and slim novellas. It’s just that I won’t be reading them in any particular order, or choosing specifically which to read when (unless I decide I want to, in which case, I reserve the right).
What’s in the
I haven’t finalised the list at the time of writing, but here are a few titles I’ll definitely be throwing into the jar.
- My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
- Middlemarch by George Eliot (yes, I’m already terrified)
- The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
- Growing Up Aboriginal In Australia by Anita Heiss (ed)
- The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves
- A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson
- Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
- The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
- When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris
What about new books released in 2023?
There are also a few new releases that I’m already really looking forward to! I’ll definitely be getting my greedy hands on these if I can, and sharing my thoughts right here:
- Pageboy by Elliot Page
- How To Sell A Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
- The Only One Left by Riley Sager
- Spare by Prince Harry (normally this one wouldn’t pique my interest, but that title!)
- Quietly Hostile by Samantha Irby
- Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto
- Exes & O’s by Amy Lea
- The Witches Of Vardo by Anya Bergman
- The Silence Project by Carole Hailey
- The One And Only Dolly Jamieson by Lisa Ireland
It’s going to be a great year, don’t you think?