Books in 2023

And here we go again!

I have no idea if I will top the 37 books I read in 2023. I doubt it. I’ll be happy to read one book per month since I’ve got a busy work life and home life. But I’m already on my third book of the year and for the month of January. I will soon post a TBR pile for the year. Again, I like to alternate between memoir and fiction and, already, I have more contemporary fiction and mysteries than I do of memoirs. So, give me a few weeks and, hopefully, I’ll get a stack you can view – to see if I can do it and to see if you might like to read any.

Below are my reviews so far for 2023. As usual, I post reviews here on my website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and BAM! (Books-a-million). I also post on my Instagram feed depending on the book and time constraints.

January 2023

Dead Dog Poems

Lynne Schmidt

Excellent; highly recommended.

Genre: Poetry; pet loss grief.

My Review: “A touching poetry collection of pet love and loss….Had I not had to give my heart a break from the depth of love in every word, I could have read all the poems in this book in one sitting. The emotions and compassion the author evoked in me as I read left me even more passionate about my fur babies than ever. If you have ever loved and lost a pet, you will appreciate reading Dead Dog Poems. This poem collection may only feature a few pages, but they pack a real punch.”

Book Quote:

“They said

I would know when the time comes….

….The thing they forget to warn you about,

is that you can know when it’s time,

you can know it’s the right thing to do,

but just because it is,

doesn’t mean you’ll ever be ready to let go.”

From “When It’s Time,” Lynne Schmidt, Dead Dog Poems (page 19)


Lynne Schmidt

Excellent; highly recommended.

Genre: Poetry; grief and loss.

My Review: “When a relationship ends, put those emotions into poem-form…A collection of poems filled with raw emotion, that of disappointment, sadness, hope, and misplaced love. In this short poetry collection, Lynne Schmidt captures the evolution of a relationship not meant to be, the one-sidedness, the grief, the dawning of insight when it becomes apparent he is not the one. If you are looking for poetry that hits you full force or that may lead you to healing, you will appreciate Gravity. This poetry collection is fresh and gutsy, while being descriptive yet concise, and right on target.”

Book Quote:

“I’m going to give you a universe.

The kind we talked about

where we both say maybe



From “Maybe, Someday, Somewhere,” Lynne Schmidt, Gravity (page 19)

And here we are…in 2023. The year I didn’t think I would be able to read as much as I did in 2021 or 2022, yet I’m already on my third book – A Boundless Place by Pamela Stockwell (review to follow at the end of January). Granted, the books have been easy ones to read so far.

My reading goal is one book per month. If I exceed that goal, great. And if I stay on target, great. I am particularly trying not to over-achieve as I usually do. In fact, I am trying to simplify life.

Reading helps me to sleep better, so I enjoy a chapter or two before bed – depending on the book’s content and chapter length.

What are you reading lately?

“One must always be careful of books, ” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel