The ‘Good Intentions’ Book Tag: 2023 Edition

It’s Book Tag time!
The first tag of 2023 is an updated version of a tag created by Lynn over at Lynn’s Books and is based on ten popular resolutions/best intentions. Here goes my 2023 attempt at the Good Intentions Book Tag.

Exercise more : This is a book that is a real chunkster, in fact you will need help to even pick this book up:

Fairy Tale by Stephen King. I have the hardback version, it’s the next book that I want to read. It’s so pretty, but it’s pretty huge too at over 500 pages. That said, I’m really looking forward to starting it.

Lose weight : A book that is not a chunkster; a short story or novella. A book you could probably read in one sitting:

The Six Deaths of the Saint by Alix E. Harrow. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by this author so far and this short story sounds good too. Here’s the description:

The Saint of War spares the life of a servant girl so she can fulfill her destiny as the kingdom’s greatest warrior in this short story of love and loyalty by New York Times bestselling author Alix E. Harrow.

Always mindful of the debt she owes, the girl finds her worth as a weapon in the hand of the Prince. Her victories make him a king, then an emperor. The bards sing her name and her enemies fear it. But the war never ends and the cost keeps rising—how many times will she repeat her own story?

Eat healthy : A book that is good for you. This is a book that made you feel so happy that you wanted to give it a big hug:

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For some reason the first thing that came to mind for this was reading an Agatha Christie. Murder mysteries, for a book that you’d give a hug?! Strange, I know, but there’s something about picking up a Poirot novel. You know they’re not really graphic, and you know that in the end Poirot will come to the right conclusion and sort everything out. There’s a cosiness to them in a way that I do find enjoyable.

Fulfill your ambitions : A book that has a lot going on. Plenty of different threads, points of views and action but everything eventually comes together in a very satisfactory fashion:


Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett. I read this last year and really need to get on and continue the rest of the series. There are so much going on in the first book, and so much action, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Spend more time with the family : A series of books that you love and that has developed more than you ever anticipated:

This year I’m giving another mention to The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I’m still partway through a re-read of the series and cannot wait to get back to it. Wolves of the Calla is the next on my list.

Tick off an item from your bucket list : Reduce the tbr. Choose a book from Mount TBR that you would like to read this year:

I’m doing a whole reading challenge devoted to this very thing, so here’s some of the books that made my list when I signed up for Beat the Backlist:

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

Save money : A book that was an absolute bargain – you would have to be crazy in fact not to have bought this book:


The Institute by Stephen King was 99p in e-book recently so I had to have it. Doesn’t matter that I’d read it before, I might want to read it again at some point.

Get Organised : A book with a glossary, maps, useful words, lists of people – this book is one helpful book, it wants you to know ALL the things and it’s not afraid to use footnotes and other devices to help you do so:

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien. There are maps, there are footnotes, and so far I’m really enjoying discovering this story. I don’t know why I haven’t read it before. I know I’ve seen all the films, but for some reason I haven’t read the books. Am hoping to read the trilogy over the course of this year.

Start a new hobby : A book that is outside your comfort zone. Perhaps everyone was raving about this book, maybe it was over-hyped, you hesitated to pick it up in fact, but when you did – you loved it:

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An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter #6) was totally out of my comfort zone but I loved the sound of it so decided to give it a try. Whoever would have though a gruesome serial killer thriller would have grabbed my attention so much that I’ve decided to read the rest of the series, and it’s quite a long series too.

That’s my top ten Good Intentions Book Tag.
If you’d like to have a go at the tag yourself then please do and I’d love to know what books you chose.


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