I started a ton of books in 2022 but finished only a handful. Here’s the (very short) list of completed books:
The Sweetest Remedy – Jane Igharo
XOXO – Axie Oh
Shine – Jessica Jung
Dread Nation – Justina Ireland
The Emma Project – Sonali Dev
The Comeback – Lily Chu
The Stand-In – Lily Chu
Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
My absolute favourites were Pachinko and The Comeback.
My reading theme for 2023 is ‘heartwarming’. Books that feature friendship, family, love, kindness and joy. On the surface that might sound painfully boring but I think some of the most popular stories resolve around these themes. I’d argue the Marvel films are so successful not just because of the super hero powers, hot actors and fiendish villains but because they’re a collection of stories about unlikely friendships and found families. Troubled people in search of peace and joy.
This year I’m not going to use the latest releases by Black authors as a starting point for my reading. Instead, Google tells me the 12 books below feature the themes I’m after so I’m going to give them try. No promises on finishing them though.
Swing Time – Zadie Smith
The Women of Brewster Place – Gloria Naylor
Silver Sparrow – Tayari Jones
Simone Breaks all the Rules – Debbie Rigaud
Blood Like Magic – Liselle Sambury
It’s Not All Downhill from Here – Terry McMillan
I Almost Forgot About You – Terry McMillan
Pride: A Pride & Prejudice Remix – Ibi Zoboi
With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Where the Rhythm Takes You – Sarah Dass
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine – Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite
Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute – Talia Hibbert
What’s on your reading list for 2023?
Ooh, Silver Sparrow is excellent, highly recommended! Have fun with these reads! You’ve reminded me I need to explore Thalia Hibbert, too.
I’m looking forward to Silver Sparrow!