My very long 2023 TBR list: which books do you recommend?

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is about our Winter TBR list. I decided to spin this a little differently, instead thinking about my TBR for 2023. I’ve organized this by a few categories. First, there’s all the books released in 2022 that I didn’t get to. A lot of these books are showing up on the 2022 “best of” lists. Then, there’s the backlist books that are highest rated on Goodreads. There’s books I own that I haven’t gotten to yet. And finally, the next books in series I’m reading.

All that adds up to way more books than I can read, so I’d love to get your recommendations on which books I should move up on my TBR for 2023.

2022 Releases By Favorite Authors

  • Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
  • Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson
  • Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie
  • Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
  • True Biz by Sara Novic
  • Horse by Geraldine Brooks
  • Less is Lost by Andrew Sean Greer
  • Tread of Angels by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • The Daughter of Dr. Moreau by Silvia Moreno Garcia
  • Ocean’s Echo by Evarina Maxwell
  • What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

2022 Releases By New to Me Authors

  • Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
  • Olga Lies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
  • What My Bones Know by Stephanie Foo
  • Tell Me Everything by Erika Krouse
  • Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow
  • What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris
  • Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpott
  • Uncultured by Daniella Mestyanek Young
  • Nuclear Family by Joseph Han
  • The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope
  • The Grace of Sorcerers by Maria Ying
  • Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree
  • This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke

Backlist Nonfiction:

  • See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill
  • The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
  • The Choice by Edith Eger
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • The Last Girl by Nadia Murad
  • I Was Told to Come Alone by Souad Mekhennet

Backlist Fiction:

  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  • Chilean Poet by Alejandro Zambra
  • The Arsonist’s City by Hala Alyan
  • The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

Books Sitting on My Shelf:

  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  • All Clear by Connie Willis
  • The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
  • A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf

Next in Series:

  • A Prayer for the Crown Shy by Becky Chambers
  • The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers
  • Under a Veiled Moon by Karen Odden
  • Justice Hall by Laurie R. King
  • The Secret Place by Tana French
  • Miss Kopp Investigates by Amy Stewart
  • The Burning God by R.F. Kuang
  • Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey
  • The Bombay Prince by Sujata Massey
  • Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
  • Not Your Ex’s Hexes by April Asher
  • Well Played by Jen DeLuca
  • The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal

So I hope you can help me out with my TBR list! Which books should I elevate? And which didn’t live up to the hype?

  37 comments for “My very long 2023 TBR list: which books do you recommend?

  1. December 13, 2022 at 7:52 am

    Definitely recommend Gentleman in Moscow. Don’t bother with Miss Kopp Investigates.

    • December 13, 2022 at 9:19 am

      Thank you for the recommendation! I loved Towles’ Rules of Civility and hear great things about this one. Can you tell me why you didn’t like Miss Kopp investigates, and have you read the rest of the series?

      • December 13, 2022 at 11:55 am

        I read Girl waits With Gun and loved it so I bought Miss Kopp Investigates and was disapointed. It just didnt resonate in the same way and I missed not seeing as much of the eccentric sisters.
        I haven’t read Rules of Civility: I must add it to my list.

      • December 14, 2022 at 11:42 am

        Rules of Civility was wonderful. I’ve read the whole Kopp Sisters series and I do think the first 3 or so were the strongest, but still enjoy the series. It sounds like you might have skipped over books 2-6? Sorry to hear you were disappointed.

  2. Roberta Miceli
    December 13, 2022 at 8:27 am

    Highly recommend moving all these to the top of your list – Horse, Lucy by the Sea, Braiding Sweetgrass, Remarkably Bright Creatures, True Biz – absolutely LOVED all of these.

    • December 13, 2022 at 9:19 am

      Thanks Roberta! I’ve heard great things about all of these. There are so many big 2022 releases I haven’t read yet.

  3. December 13, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Not having read much this year, I didn’t think I’d be able to comment, but I did read and devour What My Bones Know by Stefanie Foo, so if you’re in the mood for compelling nonfiction then definitely pick that up.

    I read Braiding Sweetbreads last December in a read along, so read a few chapters each week, which is a good way to read it. It’s an excellent read, but not one to read through in one go.

    A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf is excellent and easy reading historical fiction. A title and author that should be more well known, after reading this I immediately bought her backlist.

    Good luck choosing, many potentially great reads waiting for you!

    • December 13, 2022 at 11:48 am

      Thanks Claire. I got A More Perfect Union through a book of the month club (which I stopped doing because I wasn’t actually reading the books). I’m glad to hear you liked it!

  4. lydiaschoch
    December 13, 2022 at 10:00 am

    I highly recommend The Blue Castle, Project Hail Mary, and A Prayer for the Crown-Shy. They were all excellent.

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    • December 13, 2022 at 11:46 am

      Thanks Lydia! Appreciate the recommendations.

  5. December 13, 2022 at 11:11 am

    I haven’t read these, but I hope you love them.

  6. Poinsettia
    December 13, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    I haven’t read any of these, so I will be of no help in your decision making process. I hope you enjoy the ones you choose though! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    • December 14, 2022 at 11:43 am

      Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoy your winter reading!

  7. December 13, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    Sadly, I haven’t read much on any of your lists, though many are on my own TBR lists. Blue Castle is reasonably good if you want to read L.M. Montgomery beyond Anne. Gentleman from Moscow is near top of my own TBR list for 2023, and I have heard from so many people that it is truly fabulous. I also really want to read The Marriage Portrait, mainly because I thought Hamnet was so extraordinary.

    Happy reading!

    • December 14, 2022 at 11:45 am

      Thanks Jane. I loved Hamnet! I’ll pretty much read anything by O’Farrell. The only one I haven’t loved was This Must Be The Place. I’m looking forward to Blue Castle, especially as it’s referenced quite a bit in Mimi Matthews’ latest book.

  8. Sharon
    December 13, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Really enjoyed Project Hail Mary and Braiding Sweetgrass is on my list for 2023. Enjoy the reading no matter what you read!

    • December 14, 2022 at 11:46 am

      Those two have been recommended by a few readers already, so I will definitely elevate them on my list. Thank you for the recommendations!

  9. December 13, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    I haven’t yet read “A Gentleman in Moscow” but it’s on my list because I just finished Towles’ latest, “The Lincoln Highway,” which I really liked.

    • December 14, 2022 at 11:40 am

      I haven’t read Lincoln Highway yet, but I loved Rules of Civility! And this one seems to be a favorite for many people.

  10. December 13, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Unfortunately I haven’t read any of these, but I’ve had my eye on The Monsters We Defy. I hope you enjoy the ones you choose!

    • December 14, 2022 at 11:39 am

      I actually picked up Monsters We Defy in a book club “white elephant”. Since I live and work in the DC area, I’m very excited to read this one.

  11. masterspj
    December 13, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    I haven’t read any of these, so I cannot help you narrow down your options. I hope you enjoy each of these whenever you read them.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    • December 14, 2022 at 11:38 am

      Thank you for visiting the blog, and enjoy your winter reading!

  12. December 14, 2022 at 12:02 am

    Yes to Braiding Sweetgrass. I found it interesting and insightful. Also yes to Becky Chambers. I’ve read both of the ones on your list and loved them. There are so many on your list I meant to read too.

    • December 14, 2022 at 11:37 am

      Thanks Rachael, I’ve heard such good things about Braiding Sweetgrass! And I think Chambers just gets better with each book. I’ve really enjoyed the rest of the Wayfarers series.

  13. December 14, 2022 at 6:50 am

    I’ve only read the Strout and the O’Farrell, both of which were marvelous!

    • December 14, 2022 at 11:35 am

      Pretty much everything written by Strout and O’Farrell are fantastic. I love both of those authors. I was a little less crazy about O William but enjoy everything Strout writes.

      • December 15, 2022 at 2:00 am

        Lucy by the Sea is the best one, I think.

  14. December 14, 2022 at 8:51 am

    Looks like you have a lot of great books on this list. I’ve only read PROJECT HAIL MARY, which really was a good read. I wouldn’t have read it if it weren’t for book club (not a big sci-fi fan), but I’m glad I did. I hope you enjoy all these!

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


    • December 14, 2022 at 11:34 am

      Thanks Susan, I’ve heard great things about Project Hail Mary and really enjoyed The Martian, so I’m looking forward to that one.

  15. December 14, 2022 at 10:47 am

    So many excellent choices! I loved True Biz — a great story, but also very eye-opening as a peek into a world I didn’t know much about. I read The Blue Castle last year and thought it was great (the audiobook is very enjoyable), and I loved Project Hail Mary too. I still need to read Prayer for Crown-Shy too, from your selection of next in series, but I have read the Kopp Sisters and Lady Astronaut books already, and thought they were terrific. Enjoy!!

    • December 14, 2022 at 11:33 am

      Thank you for the recommendations! I read Sara Novic’s first book and thought it was great. I’m looking forward to this one.

  16. December 14, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    Project Hail Mary is awesome, and I love the Blue Castle. (But after you read it, you have to read Colleen McCullough’s The Ladies of Missalonghi so you can scream about the blatant plot-stealing!)

  17. December 14, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    I can’t recommend A Gentleman in Moscow enough. I read it three years ago and I still think about that book all the time. It is amazing and I hope you love it!

  18. December 18, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    I really enjoyed Best of Friends and True Biz and really want to read Braiding Sweetgrass, if that helps at all! Have fun!

  19. December 28, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    The Blue Castle is so, so good! Definitely recommended when you need a cozy hug in book form. I’m a huge Connie Willis fan, so of course I’m going to recommend All Clear, but you absolutely MUST read Blackout first, if you haven’t — it’s the first half of the story, which is basically one novel in two volumes. And I loved A Gentleman in Moscow; it was one of my top 10 books of 2021 (when I read it). I’ve got Rules of Civility on my TBR list now!

  20. January 23, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    You have a lot to choose from! From your list I enjoyed the Maggie O’Farrell (though not as much as Hamnet) and Gentleman from Moscow. I have Shrines of Gaiety lined up to read soon. Horse I am not sure about, not being that bothered about our equine friends

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