Books I’m looking forward to reading in 2023

Last year, I read a bunch of ARCs, which pushed back what I wanted to read. (I’m talking about reading almost twenty ARCs with access to hundreds more. So, over 50% of what I read was an ARC.) I ended up not reading all the books I was looking forward to last year. So, this year, I want to focus more on my mountain of a to-read bookshelf.

Here are some I’m looking forward to:

An Arrow to the Moon — Emily X.R. Pan 

This cover is beautiful and played a big part in me wanting to read this book. I also love mythologies, especially ones I know little about. So, the cover and the fact this book is based on Chinese mythology are the main reasons I’m looking forward to this one.

A Dragonbird in the Fern — Laura Rueckert 

I don’t 100% remember how this book got recommended to me. I thought it was from one of my Discords, but I couldn’t find it. There also is a chance I saw the word dragon in the title and immediately added it to my to-read pile.

Ashes of Gold — J. Elle

Ashes of Gold is the sequel to Wings of Ebony, which I read last year. I enjoyed that story, so I’m curious to find out how it all ends. I think it’s going to end well, and based on the Goodreads reviews, it is.

I’m Glad My Mom Died — Jennette McCurdy

This title is kind of jarring, but it’s understandable after knowing that her mom was an abuser. Being able to know that your abuser can never hurt you again is relieving. I watched iCarly as a kid, and I even listened to Jennette’s music when it came out, so I’m curious to read more about her story.

Out There — Saundra Mitchell

I got this book from Rainbow Crate last year because it sounds like such a fun book. It’s full of seventeen LGBTQIA+ science fiction stories. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I love science fiction.

The Restless Dark — Erica Waters

This is another book I got from Rainbow Crate. I don’t dip into horror/fantasy often, but it was in the October box, and it sounds like a fun detective-like story. Also, that alternate book cover is amazing.

Sixteen Souls — Rosie Talbot 

And by now, you’ve guessed it: I got this book from Rainbow Crate. I like the concept of all of Charlie’s friends being ghosts. It reminds me a bit of Natsume’s Book of Friends. It may turn out to be more of a serious story than that show, but I’m good with that either way.

All in all, I have twenty-eight books on my to-read shelf, so I’m hoping I get those down.

What books are you looking forward to reading this year? I don’t know of many books coming out this year, so if you have a 2023 book you’re looking forward to, leave a comment down below!

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