10 books I meant to read in 2023 but didn't

10 Books I Meant to Read in 2023 … But Didn’t (and Why!)

Hey book friends! Today, we’re talking about the 10 books I meant to read in 2023 … but just didn’t. Because I’m one of those people who loves to make TBRs but doesn’t do well at sticking to them, there are always books I meant to read but didn’t. So let’s dive in and see what’s on this year’s list!

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10 books I meant to read in 2023, but oops!

Let me state for the record that this list could be a LOT LONGER than 10 books. I love making TBRs because … well, LISTS, duh! Lists are one of my favorite things to make, but I’m also a mood reader. So I haven’t stuck to a TBR list yet.

Any fellow mood readers out there? What’s the longest you’ve stuck to a TBR list? I think my longest is about 3 weeks, probably less 😉

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The majority of this list shows how bad I am at NetGalley and how much an injury, surgery, and heavy medication shut down my desire to read. Each of the NetGalley books was downloaded after January 1 and still sits unread on my Kindle.

THE LAST LAP by Christy Hayes

I accepted THE LAST LAP by Christy Hayes for review early in 2023, I believe. I did a promo for the release day, which turned out super cute. This was, however, one of the books that got set aside during my recovery and then (to be 100% honest) I forgot about it. #badreviewer

RED STRING THEORY by Lauren K. Jessen

This one wasn’t so much a “meant to read” as a “downloaded and then forced myself to wait” book. We’re reading RED STRING THEORY right now as part of our Unperfectly Golden Book Club and I am absolutely loving it!! After reading LUNAR LOVE for the book club early 2023, I jumped at this book when I saw it on NetGalley (coincidentally, the very same place I was introduced to Lauren’s LUNAR LOVE. Thanks, NetGalley!).

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YULE KNOW IT WHEN YOU SEE IT is a BookSirens ARC that I received before the holidays and had every intention of reading before the end of the year. And then the holidays hit … I think we all know what that’s like 😉


SAME TIME NEXT YEAR is an Amazon Original book that I stumbled on in December. It was another book that I planned to read over the holiday break but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. It’s high on my TBR pile because I’m shutting off Amazon Prime at the end of February and looking for non-Amazon alternatives.

What’s your favorite non-Amazon ebook alternative?


I started reading this book in September and was actually surprised that I enjoyed it (as far as I got). But, I am SUPER NEW to nonfiction and have to be in just the right mood. So I set it aside and it sat … and it sat … and now I need to start it over because I’ve forgotten half of what I read.

Any other moody readers out there who set a book down and let it sit long enough that you need to start over before continuing?


I am such a huge fan of retellings so as soon as I saw this one on NetGalley, I had to read it. I haven’t actually read Little Women, so I’m hoping I’ll like the retelling. 🤞Fingers crossed.

A LOVE CATASTROPHE by Helena Hunting

Helena Hunting is one of my favorite authors, even though the only books of hers that I’ve read is I FLIPPING LOVE YOU. I’ve since purchased a few others and I was thrilled to snag a copy of A LOVE CATASTROPHE on NetGalley. Because of my cruddy reading year, it’s still sitting there. **adds to 2024’s TBR list and crosses fingers**

THE SUMMER GIRL by Elle Kennedy

I have seen Elle Kennedy’s books all over Bookstagram but have yet to pick one up. I’ve had THE SUMMER GIRL sitting on my NetGalley shelf ever since Valentine’s Day 2023 … yikes! Definitely one I need to pick up before summer gets here again.

ROYAL BLOOD by Aimée Carter

ROYAL BLOOD is another one of my #badreviewer books, as I received the book as an ARC and still haven’t read it. After a gorgeous Instagram promo, this book sat on my shelf. I am such a sucker for anything having to do with the Royals and this one even includes an illegitimate child! It’s sure to be a win!

JANA GOES WILD by Farah Heron

JANA GOES WILD is one of the first NetGalley books I received in 2023 and, although I’ve never read any of Farah Heron’s books, I’m excited to read this one. If you’re a fan of single parent romances, this one looks like it’ll be great!

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And a few final thoughts …

I’d love to hear which books you carried over from 2023’s TBR pile! Leave them in the comments below (because I’m always looking for new books to add to my never-ending TBR pile 😉)

Happy reading, xo!

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  1. I hadn’t heard of the March Sisters book, but color me curious! I haven’t ever read Little Women (like all classics ;D) but I do love the story so that fact that there are re-tellings is interesting. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting my website today!

  2. I am a mood reader but not an extreme one, I think. I find that it helps me to have a defined list, but when moods overtake me, I can just easily slip something for my mood in between my lists. I hope you enjoy these books when you read them!

  3. I read Jana Goes Wild last summer and love it so much, love the setting, It’s clear that the author loves the country and the safari. I also liked the criticism against the hypocrisy in the works of the treatment of men and women and of course, the romance was lovely

  4. This is such a fun-looking list! All of these are new-to-me, but I love how bright the covers are, and how interesting so many of these sound. Hopefully you’ll find the time to get to these in 2024, and love all of them.

  5. Well, the good news is for sure that you now have an instant read list for 2024. And totally understanding the delay on Yule. The holidays are busy.

  6. I totally understand why! I also have a lot of TBRs and I also hae Same Time Next Year by Tessa Bailey on my list.

    By the way, I just joined your book blogger group. 🙂

  7. All these books are new to me, except for Leave it to the March Sisters (the little women reference is what took me to it last year though i am yet to read this one myself)

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