Books I’ve Read 2023

I finally made it past the four/five book hump this year!

  1. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  2. White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
  3. The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings
  4. Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
  5. Skies of Ash by Rachel Howzell Hall
  6. The Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark by Charlie J. Eskew

Yes, it’s only one more book, but still! It counts! My favorites would definitely be White Smoke and Chain-Gang All-Stars. White Smoke is horror, but it also brings up some heavy issues like gentrification. It kept me on the edge of my seat! And it wasn’t too scary so if horror isn’t your jam, I think you’ll be able to hang. Chain-Gang All-Stars will have you re-examining your beliefs about the prison system. Even though it’s set up in a futuristic world where prisoners “willingly” compete in death matches, there are a lot of similarities with what goes on in prisons today. Chain-Gang is a book that definitely makes you think.

I’m not going to set a reading goal next year. I have a lot of other plans for 2024. I’ll definitely still be reading (and trying to tackle books currently on my shelf), but I’ll be happy with not reading for a month if it means my writing goals are getting accomplished.

I’ll be blogging a little bit more in the new year so I’ll talk about my writing goals then. In the meantime, let me know what books and how many books you read this year. Any reading goals for next year?

As always, happy reading!

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