Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2023 but Didn’t Get To

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A photo of a huge bookcase filled with hundreds or maybe even thousands of books. The books are stacked in about eight different shelves that reach higher than most people can reach. You’d need a ladder to get the books on the top couple of shelves. It looks like a peaceful place to browse. I still have a number of books from my 2023 seasonal TBR posts left to read.

This is pretty normal for me.

Most of what i read comes from my local library, so I never quite know when they’ll get any specific title in.

They do a great job of adding new books to their collection, but no library can possibly buy every single book in existence or have enough copies for all of their patrons to read in the first week or two of release.

How are you all doing with your lists from last year?

Here’s what I still have left to read that I hope to get around to sometime.


Book cover for Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher. Image on cover shows a dwarfing of a curved and pointed axe whose tip is bathed in blood. One large drop of blood is falling off of the tip. There is a castle in the background.
Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher
Book cover for “You Are My Sunshine and Other Stories” by Octavia Cade. Image on cover shows about a dozen wilting sunflowers that are falling down or have already fallen down onto a wooden desk.

Book cover for Furies by Margaret Atwood. Image on cover shows a medieval-style drawing of a dragon who has pink wings, a green neck, a red chest, purple arms and tail, and a face that includes all of these colours in stripes down it.

Furies by Margaret Atwood


Book cover for The Mysteries by Bill Watterson. Image on cover is a black and white drawing of a person wearing a cloak as they stand outside of a cottage in a dark winter forest. The person has a frightened expression on their face.

The Mysteries by Bill Watterson


Book cover for The Wrong Girl & Other Warnings by Angela Slatter. Image on cover is a drawing of a short, red haired person standing in a smoky magical forest. There is a massive, about 15-foot-tall tree monster with glowing yellow eyes looking at the person as it slowly turns around.

The Wrong Girl & Other Warnings by Angela Slatter



Book cover for Like Thunder by Nnedi Okorafor. Image on cover shows a photograph of a beautiful African woman who has short hair and is wearing an intricate necklace. Her head is overlaid with another image that shows lighting striking a lightning rod on a building.


Like Thunder by Nnedi Okorafor




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84 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2023 but Didn’t Get To

  1. Okorafor is great, though I haven’t read this series.
    I also want to try Kingfisher. Good luck on these

  2. I enjoyed THORNHEDGE (and it was short too!)

  3. Intriguing books! Have a great day 😊

  4. Thornhedge was so good! Good luck scoring copies of these at the library:-)

  5. I really liked Thornhedge! T. Kingfisher is great. Hope you enjoy when you get to it!

  6. Nnedi Okorafor’s books always have the most gorgeous covers. I hope to read her books one day cos they sound fantastic. I read Thornhedge last year and really enjoyed it. I hope you love all of these books, Lydia! 🙂

  7. Cool list! I haven’t read any of these yet, but I have all of T Kingfisher’s books on my TBR. I hope you can get to these this year. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  8. Is LIKE THUNDER a dystopian? It looks amazing (just from the cover).

    Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten Tuesday

  9. I need to read Thornhedge too! I hope you enjoy these when you get to them!

  10. I know I have several from my seasonal TBRs (I was too afraid to look!) that I wouldn’t have read, but I’ll get to them eventually, at least that’s the goal! Hope you enjoy all of these when you read them, Lydia, and as always, thanks for visiting my website.

  11. I want to pick up that Okorafor series, too! I should bump it higher on my TBR list. I did read Thornhedge last year, and enjoyed it. I hope you do as well!

    Here’s my TTT this week. Happy reading!

  12. I hope you enjoy each of these as you’re able to get to them!

  13. Thronhedge is on my list for this year. Hoping to get to it next month.

  14. Hope you’ll get to (and love!) all of these in 2024!

  15. Interesting choices–all new to me!

  16. I hope 2024 allows you the time to get to these reads.

  17. I hope that they are all unputdownable 5 star reads for you! Happy 2024 reading!

  18. Only six?! Wow! I hope you enjoy these when you are able to read them. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  19. I’ve heard so many good things about T. Kingfisher, but I haven’t read anything by her yet. I just got the audiobook version of The Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, so I’m anxious to check that out. Thanks for sharing your list! I hope you get a chance to read these books.

  20. I really enjoy T Kingfisher, so I hope you like Thornhedge.

  21. My turn at the library is a big question mark in my attempts to plan my reading, too. Fortunately, there’s always something available!
    Happy reading in 2024!

  22. Nice list. The Mysteries caught my eye. Hope you get to read all of these this year.

  23. An interesting list. I need to go to the library more this year.

    Have a great week!

  24. This reminded me that I still need to give Kingfisher a try! I’m not sure if your library has this but when I worked at ours, we would take book requests! They would always try to fill it, even if it was only one copy.

    • You are in for quite a treat when you do read Kingfisher.

      Yes, I think my library takes book requests? I’ll have to look into that. Thanks for the idea.

  25. Ah, I also have Furies on my TBR pile from last year – have about 50 books there. I will get round to reading it this year at some point. Happy reading.

  26. I need to get to Thornhedge as well. It almost made my list, but I haven’t owned it long enough to start to feel guilty about not getting to it yet. Hope these are enjoyable.

  27. I’ve been wanting to read Like Thunder. Hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

  28. Poinsettia

    I have a lot of books on my tbr. I hope I’ll be able to get to them eventually! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  29. I read one T. Kingfisher novel last year and really loved it so I definitely intend to read more in 2024

  30. These all look interesting! I’ve also been meaning to read more T. Kingfisher.

  31. I haven’t heard of any of these books. I hope you are able to find time to read these this year.

  32. I’m intrigued by TKingfisher novel, i read What Moves the Dead and would like to read more. my list from last year has been merged with my list for this year and things aren’t looking good at all, haha.

  33. The Mysteries looks haunting – I’ve added it to my Amazon Wish List. I think my beloved and I would both enjoy this one.

    Great list!

  34. Thornhedge is a great book! I also really want to read The Wrong Girl & Other Warnings, too. Hope you get to enjoy all these books this year!

  35. vidya

    Oh I meant to read The Mysteries as well last year 🙂

  36. I’m lucky to be able to borrow from two big, well-stocked library systems, but even then, I end up on a lot of long waiting lists. I’m just glad I have access to free books 🙂 It makes my reading habit a lot more affordable. I hope you enjoy all these when you get to them!

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


  37. I haven’t read any of these – hope you enjoy them!

  38. Love the cover of The Wrong Girl & Other Warnings, looks amazing. I really enjoy it Thornhedge, hope you too

  39. Thank you for reminding me about Thornhedge! Not that I need more books on my TBR list… lol

    Good luck catching up with your list!

  40. My tbr is never-ending it seems. I hope you get to these in 2024!

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