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January 27, 2024

GOODBYE 2023.....WELCOME 2024

by Susan Roberts

I'm finally getting around to taking a look at my 2023 reading and I give you a peek at what books I'm looking forward to this year.

2023 Wrap Up

From a personal standpoint, I'm not sad to see the end of 2023.  It wasn't a good year for me from a health standpoint but I did have a lot of time to read.  Here are my stats for the year:

Books Read - My Goodreads goal was 160 books and I read 174 books.  55, 564 pages!
-over 90% were written by female authors
-I had 6 DNF (Did not finish)
-Most of my books were Historical Fiction or Women's fiction, Suspense was third plus I read 9 non-fiction books.

My top books that were published in 2023 were

Bright Lights, Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews (review)
The Long March Home by Marcus Brotherton & Tosca Lee (review)
He Should Have Told the Bees by Amanda Cox (review)
The Echo of Old Books by Barbara Davis (review)
Amazing Gracie by Laura Drake (review)
The Paris Daughter by Kristin Harmel (review)
The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey (review)
The Secret Book of Flora Lee by Patti Callahan Henry (review)
The Language of Kin by Lynne Hugo (review)
Code Name Sapphire by Pam Jenoff (review)
Distant Sons by Tim Johnston (review)
The Glass Chateau by Stephen Kiernan 
All that is Mine, I Carry with Me by William Landay (review)
The Keeper of Hidden Books by Madeline Martin (review)
Sisters Under the Rising Sun by Heather Morris (review)
The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise by Coleen Oakley (review)
The Night Angels by Weina Dai Randel (reviews)
Identity by Nora Roberts (reviews)
Famous in A Small Town by Viola Shipman (review)
When We Disappeared by Elaine Stock (review)

(I read so many good books that I couldn't narrow my list to my top 10)


My Goodreads goal for 2024 is 200 books.

There are lots of new books coming out in 2024 that I'm excited to read.  Here are the books that I'm looking forward to for the first several months of the new year.

When the Jessamine Grows by Donna Everhart (review)
The Boy with the Star Tattoo by Talia Carner
The Women by Kristin Hannah
After Annie by Anna Quindlin
Queens of London by Heather Webb
The Memory of Lavender and Sage by Aimie K  Runyan
The Princess of Las Vegas by Chris Bohjalian
The Hunter by Tana French
The Beautiful People by Michelle Gable
Darling Girls by Sally Hepworth
Summer at the Saint by Mary Kay Andrews
Mind Games by Nora Roberts
The Goddess of Warsaw by Lisa Barr
A Happy Life by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.

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