New Year’s Book Tag

Hello, everyone! Today I’m doing the New Year’s Book Tag! Thank you to Dini @ dinipandareads for the tag. This tag was originally created by booktuber Heather @Bookables.

How many books are you planning to read in 2023?

I’ve decided to keep my 2023 Goodreads goal the same as the last couple of years at 100 books. I’ll likely end up reading more than this again, but we’ll see how the year goes.

Name 5 books you didn’t get to this year but want to make a priority in 2023.

Hah! There are way more than five, but here are the ones I’m hoping to read within the next few months. So, they have the highest priority.

  • Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
  • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

What genre do you want to read more of?

Last year I set the goal of reading more non-fiction, and I achieved it. There’s not really a genre that stands out this year to me. Maybe science fiction? Fantasy dominated my reading last year, but I do love sci fi too. Maybe I’ll try to squeeze some more in around all the excellent fantasy coming out this year.

Name 3 non-book-related goals for 2023

  • Get in better shape. In 2021, I was quite active and watched what I was eating and drinking. I lost 30 pounds and improved my endurance and lung capacity quite a bit, which was incredibly helpful since I’ve only got one lung left. Unfortunately, 2022 was a year of backsliding, and I lost all my gains. I’m back to being 30 pounds too heavy again and can barely walk to the mailbox without being out of breath. So, I’m hoping to get back on track this year.
  • Keep my house cleaner. I’m horrible at keeping up with my chores. My home isn’t disgusting, but it could definitely be neater. I’m going to try to keep up with clutter a bit better this year.
  • Take at least one trip. I love traveling, but I’ve mostly avoided doing so since COVID started. I realize that the pandemic still isn’t over, but I’m getting very antsy. I really want to go somewhere new. Maybe a road trip?

What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

This definitely has to be The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve had this book for as long as I can remember, and I’ve still never read it. I’d definitely like to give it a try after watching Rings of Power last year. Maybe 2023 will be the year I’m finally brave enough to pick it up. lol.

One word that you’re hoping 2023 will be

I hope 2023 will be HEALTHY. This ties into my goals, but my family and/or I have also had bad luck with our health almost every year since 2019. So, I’m hoping everyone stays healthy this year!

I’m tagging…

Celeste @ A Literary Escape
Sahi @ My World of Books
Anyone else who wants to participate!

14 thoughts on “New Year’s Book Tag

  1. King of Scars is on my TBR too when I’ve read Rule of Wolves😀 I hope you manage to complete a road trip this year. The pandemic really did make holes in people’s travel plans

    • Yeah. The cancer and the pandemic happening back to back really disrupted my entire life (and still does in a lot of ways). I’m hoping to at least get back to some semblance of normalcy this year, but we’ll see. A road trip would definitely help, though. I’ve been wanting to go to the Grand Canyon forever. So, maybe this year is the year.

  2. Woo, you’re already making progress with one of those reads—The Poppy War! I really hope you enjoy it and that you have fun with our buddy read! 😊 I’ve also got King of Scars to read but I was thinking of re-reading all the previous books in that universe before picking it up. Hmm, maybe that’s just a really good procrastination technique I keep turning to, haha! And I totally hear you on being healthier this year cos I definitely want to do the same. Good luck with your bookish and non-bookish goals and happy reading, Chris! 😃

  3. Yay a book tag! I’m totally with you on getting in better shape. I was pretty good at keeping up a workout routine in year 1 of the pandemic. But then we moved and I lost motivation and here we are! Trying to get back at it this year. I fully endorse a road trip for you all! Maybe a National Parks trip (if you like being outdoors?)!

      • Well, there are definitely plenty of trails within parks that are relatively flat, too! I felt like most of the stuff I saw in Yellowstone was a walking path. Yosemite is a different story, though. Maybe even a National Monument could be an option, or a National Battlefield…I still haven’t been to Gettysburg even though it’s only like 4 hours away or something.

  4. I’ve read both “The Silmarillion” and “The Priory of the Orange Tree.” I’ll warn you that Tolkien’s book is more detailed than Shannon’s book. Enjoy!

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