2023 Reading Challenge


My Goodreads Reading Challenge 2023

Welcome Readers!

At the beginning of 2023 I’ve set myself the challenge of reading 120 books. Can I do it? I’m a fast reader and i think I can! The Mathematician thinks I do nothing except blogging and reading!

I’m in two bookclubs – a local group where we meet each month in person with a book supplied from the local library and a small online group which meets over Zoom every few weeks.

close up photo of Jane Austen assorted books
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In our online group we’ve been reading the Classics – Bronte sisters & Jane Austen, slowly in pre-arranged chunks, and incorporating a cooking session after we finish each book. It’s such a great way of reading and dissecting a book, we all love it. We’re moving onto other classics in 2023.

As a group we also started a monthly blogging challenge in 2021, What’s on your Bookshelf, and encourage others to join in to share their love of books.

What's on your bookshelf badge
What’s on your bookshelf badge

All my WOYBS posts can be found here

January 2023 – 12 books

What’s on Your Bookshelf – Is Holiday Reading a thing? #WOYBS

  1. Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World – Tyson Yunkaporta – Audible 4*
  2. Home Before Night – JP Pomare Audible (on a road trip) 3*
  3. Nights of Rain and Stars – Maeve Binchy paperback (gift for Christmas) 4*
  4. The Little Wartime Library – Kate Thompson Library book – 5*
  5. The Tea Gardens – Fiona McIntosh – paperback 4*
  6. The Janus Stone – Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #2 – library book 4*
  7. Still Waters – Viveca Sten – Sandhamn Murders #1 – Kindle 4*
  8. My Dream Time – Ash Barty – Audible – 5*
  9. The Measure – Nikki Erlick – BorrowBox 5*
  10. Hidden in Snow– Viveca Sten – Kindle 4*
  11. The House at Seas End – Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #3 – library book 4*
  12. A Room Full of Bones – Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #4 – library book 4*

February 2023 -16 books

What’s on Your Bookshelf- variety is the spice of life and so it is with reading #WOYBS

  1. A Dying Fall – Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #5 – library book 4*
  2. The Other Side of Beautiful – Kim Lock – Audible 5*
  3. Closed Circles – Viveca Sten – Sandhamn Murders #2 – Kindle 4*
  4. The Outcast Dead – Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #6 – library book 4*
  5. Lullaby – Leila Slimani – Bookclub library book – 3*
  6. Tulips from Mal – Gabriella Margo – paperback 3*
  7. Jane Austen: A Life – Claire Tomalin – paperback 4*
  8. The Wish Child – Catherine Chidgey – paperback 3*
  9. The Ghost Fields – Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #7 – library book 4*
  10. The Woman in Blue – Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #8 – library book 4*
  11. The Chalk Pit – Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #9 – library book 4*
  12. Urzila Carlson Rolling with the Punchlines – audible 5*
  13. The Dark Angel – Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #10 – library book 4*
  14. The Stone Circle – Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #11 – library book 4*
  15. The Lantern Men – Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #12 – library book 4*
  16. The Night Hawks – Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #13 – library book 4*
the love of reading
the love of reading

March 2023 – 11 books

What’s on Your Bookshelf – That empty feeling when you finish a series #WOYBS

  1. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens – online bookclub – library book 4*
  2. Good, Great, Perfect: Ditch Perfectionism for Good Enough and Succeed More – Rebecca Ray – Audible 3*
  3. The Locked Room – Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #14 – library book 4*
  4. Looking for Eden – Caroline Overington -Audible 3*
  5. Taken – Dinuka McKenzie – Borrowbox ebook 4*
  6. Taken – Lisa Stone – Borrowbox ebook 4*
  7. The Last Remains – Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #15 – library book 5*
  8. A Change of Heart for the Cornish Midwife – Jo Bartlett – kindle 4*
  9. Christmas at Mannus Ridge – Joanne Tracy- 5* (advance copy)
  10. Dark Mode by Ashley Kalagian Blunt – paperback 4*
  11. Zero Day Code – John Birmingham End of Days #1 audible 3*
books-read-mid-april
books-read-mid-april

April 2023 – 8 books

What’s on Your Bookshelf – Some books are good and bad at the same time #WOYBS

  1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – bookclub 4*
  2. Something to talk About by Rachael Johns – free library 3*
  3. Fail State by John Birmingham End of Days #2 – audible 3*
  4. Estella by Kathy George – NetGalley ARC – 4*
  5. Paris for One and other stories – Jojo Moyes hardcover (gift) 3*
  6. Fire With Fire – Candice Fox kindle 4*
  7. The Catch – T M Logan – Kindle 3*
  8. The Party – Robyn Harding – paperback 3*

May 2023

  1. Homecoming – Kate Morton – audible
  2. American Kill Switch – John Birmingham End of Days #3 – audible 3*
  3. Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf – online bookclub – audible 3*
  4. The Ripping Tree – Nikki Gemmell – bookclub 3*
  5. Hillary’s Back – DI Hillary Greene #18 – Faith Martin – Kindle Unlimited 4*
  6. The Redgum River Retreat – Sandie Docker – Kindle 4*
  7. Murder Now and Then – DI Hillary Greene #19 – Faith Martin – Kindle Unlimited
  8. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll – online bookclub – Audible

June 2023

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November 2023

December 2023

I have included links to Goodreads on each of these titles, so if you want more information on what the book is about, click the title and away you go! I read a wide range….just saying!

Please note I’m fairly strict with what I give 5 stars to, so you can be assured that these are my favourites.

My Rating Code:

  • 1* did not finish/terrible
  • 2* OK
  • 3* enjoyable
  • 4* really good
  • 5* excellent

Let’s see how many I get up to this year! I don’t set any rules or follow any plans, I just read what I feel like, what friends have recommended and what takes my eye. I rarely start a book and not finish it, but it does happen sometimes!

Are you on Goodreads? – you can join me 🙂

What did I read in 2022?

I read 138 books last year and had set my goal as 100 books! I did well 🙂

You can find my reading lists for these years by clicking on the links below:

I’d love to hear what you’re reading too. And any recommendations are always welcome 🙂

Deb xx


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Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here

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