Fiction Books To Be Read 2023

A list of fiction books that are on my to be read list for 2023.

covers of books on floor

Over the last few weeks, I have realized that I had decision fatigue when it came to books and reading in 2022.

I have so many books on my shelves and on my Kindle that when I wanted something to read I would stare at my shelves for way too long trying to find something to read next.

For 2023 I decided that I needed to narrow down what I wanted to read but still give myself room to read what I want.

I picked about fifty books from my shelf that I moved to a priority reading list. When I want something to read this year I plan to go to this list first.

Most years I read about one hundred books. Having a list of around fifty books on my priority to be read list will allow me to tackle my to be read stack, but will also allow me room to read what I want and read any new releases that I decide to read.

I think it will be the best of both worlds for my reading life.

Earlier this week I shared my nonfiction to be read list for 2023. Today I am sharing my list of fiction books that I hope to read. Later this month I will share a stack of Christian books I hope to read for my Sunday Reading posts.

If you have read any of the books on my list I would love to hear what you thought. What should I move to the top of my stack?

Fiction Books To Read In 2023

Update: I read a lot of fiction books in 2023, but only eight were from this list. I got easily distracted this year. I bolded the titles that I actually read. Click on the link and it will take you to my full book review.

four fiction books and a Christmas cactus
  • Yellow Wife by Sadequ Johnson– My daughter gave me this for Christmas because she knows that I enjoy historical fiction. Read in March.
  • A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles – This has been in my to be read stack for several years. I really hope to get to it this year. Read in February.
  • The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff – I enjoyed another book by Pam Jenoff so I think I will enjoy this one.
  • This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger – I have never read anything by Kent Krueger, and this one sounds like a good one to start with.

stack of fiction books to be read in 2023 on a chair
  • Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee– I enjoy Stacey Lee’s writing and I hope to read all her books. Read In April.
  • The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray – I ended up with two copies of this book, so I guess that means I really wanted to read it. Read In April.
  • The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate – Another author that I love and hope to read all her books.
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – I read The Four Winds last year and really enjoyed it so I hope I enjoy this one too.
  • Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin – Another author that has been in my to be read stack for a long time. I decided to start with this one.
four fiction books
  • The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher– I read two other books by Rosamund Pilcher last year and hope to read more by her. Read In May.
  • A Place on Earth by Wendell Berry
  • Remembering by Wendell Berry – Another author that I hope to read more of.
  • A Place To Land by Lauren K. Denton
stack of five books with plant and lamp
  • Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson
  • A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner – Another author that I want to read more of.
  • The World Played Chess by Rober Dugoni
  • Dangerous Beauty by Melissa Koslin
  • Sold on Monday by Kristina McMorris – I added this one to my to be read stack after hearing an interview with the author.

What fiction books do you hope to read in 2023?

4 thoughts on “Fiction Books To Be Read 2023”

  1. I’ve had Charles Martin on my radar for a while, too! I have a copy of Winter Solstice by Pilcher and Ordinary Grace by Krueger that I want to read this year. I thought A Gentleman in Moscow was going to be boring, but it was fantastic—especially the ending.

    • I think we have similar reading tastes! I am glad to hear that Gentleman in Moscow was good. I have read mixed opinions on it and I too have been a little afraid it would be boring. I am glad to know that it isn’t. I really enjoyed Winter Solstice. I have heard such great things about Charles Martin and Krueger, so I am really hoping to get to them this year.

  2. I have read several of them. Bring Down the Rain – Charles Martin is one of my favorite authors. I get so immersed in his characters and books not wanting them to end. The Great Alone – Kristen Hannah’s books are the same way. Great characters and plotline. This one is really good but forewarning that it has some domestic violence episodes that get you mad and keep you on the edge of your seat.

    You can always be counted on to keep my TBR list long and varied.
    Last year, I reached my goal of one hundred books but I am not setting such a high goal this year. I found that I didn’t pick meaty books because they would bog down the pace. LOL. So this year, I will get to some of that have been on the list for a while. Caste is one of those books and a new young adult version is coming out so I will read that instead. Plus, I do a lot of audio books so that I can listen while cooking or folding laundry, etc. But not all the books I want to read are audio so there’s that challenge.
    Randomly speaking of cooking, your homemade snickers bars were a HUGE hit at our house. We are going to try some of the other candy bar recipes.

    • Charles Martin has been on my TBR list for a long time. I really hope to read at least one of his books this year. I have heard such great things about his writing. I have read a couple of Kristen Hannah’s books and enjoyed them. The Great Alone sounds so different than her other books that I have read. Thank you for the content warning. I have heard that from several people, which is why I have not picked it up to read yet. I think I am going to have to be in the right mood to read it. I did not know that there as a young adult version of Caste. I have not read it, but heard that one was good. And I am so glad that you enjoyed the homemade snickers bars. I ate way too many of them when I made them for the holidays!


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