Reading Resolutions 2023

Welcome to my 2023 Reading Resolutions post.

It’s become something of a tradition on my blog to set out a few general reading hopes and goals for the coming year. Nothing too rigid, my Resolutions are mostly ideas and reminders about reading events and books I’d like to read soon.

As always I will participate in the Goodreads Challenge, setting myself a fairly low target. I enjoy keeping track of my reads and this challenge allows me to do that.

Beat the Backlist returns in 2023 so I’m going to attempt the challenge once again. It encourages me to devote time to some of the many books that have been on my TBR list for far too long, and I like the added element of bingo cards to play along with.

General Goals

  • My own books – I want to give attention to books I already own by reading at least one of my own books per month.
  • Readathons – I hope to participate in reading events and readathons and update my blog regularly throughout. In particular I’m looking out for Reader’s Imbibing Peril. I’d also like to find more readathon events to participate in, and know there are such as Wyrd and Wonder and Sci-Fi Month.
  • Genres – I’d like to continue reading a variety of genres, and in particular this year I’d like to read more Fantasy.
    I’d also like to continue exploring what I’m still calling my Under-Explored genres – Science Fiction, Crime and Historical.
  • Blog Updates – Continue monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress.

Particular Authors…

Read at least one book by any of the following – Agatha Christie, Chris Carter, Stephen King, Blake Crouch, Donna Tartt, Laura Purcell.


The Dark Tower series- I want to resume my series re-read. The next book for me is Wolves of the Calla, after which I’d like to carry on and read the rest.

The Robert Hunter series – The Night Stalker, the third book in the series by Chris Carter, is next up if I continue to read the series in order, which I think I will.

The Poirot series – I read a couple of Agatha Christie books over the last year, but haven’t returned to reading the Poirot series, so I’d like to get back to reading about this detective and his adventures.

Reading Challenges:

The Beat the Backlist Challenge including Beat the Backlist Bingo


Bookforager Picture Prompt Book Bingo



I’d like to read 20 books during the year

Possible Books to Read:

I created a list of potential reads for the year which I’ve included in my Beat the Backlist sign up post so I’ll post that here too…

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
The Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter
The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley
The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Dark Matter or Recursion by Blake Crouch
The Poirot series by Agatha Christie

There are many more books that I would like to include in my Backlist challenge but don’t want to make this list too exhaustive.


14 thoughts on “Reading Resolutions 2023

  1. Calmgrove says:

    Keep goals stress-free by calling them prompts and forget about putting numbers to them, is my advice! That said, I’m starting an exploration of some science fiction works by Ursula Le Guin this January – she wrote some intelligent speculative novels which, although set on various worlds dealt with no end of human obsessions and relationships. You might find some ideas in my posts for SF you could explore if you haven’t tried her before now.

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    • pagesandtea says:

      That’s it, prompts all the way 😀 I like the Picture Prompt Bingo because it’s so open to interpretation. My GR target is always pretty low too and I’m not a fast reader.
      SF is definitely something I want to check out but I must admit I have little idea where to begin so will certainly check out your posts.
      I’m thinking of starting the Lord of the Rings trilogy too as I’d like to read more fantasy this year.

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      • Calmgrove says:

        I think you might find Le Guin’s Earthsea books more accessible than LoTR as an entrée to speculative fiction, especially the first title A Wizard of Earthsea. The Tokien can be a bit dense, slow-moving and even whimsical to start with where Le Guin is more like contemporary literature albeit set in a strange medieval world.

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  2. @lynnsbooks says:

    I love that picture prompt and also meant to take part last year – and I know I read suitable books but I had such a terrible year of posting and keeping on top – I didn’t even make my goal of 100 books which is about the first time ever in as long as I can remember. But I’m not stressing about it – life sometimes throws lemons.
    Lynn 😀

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