Status of my Reading Challenge for 2023

Hello friends and fellow bloggers,

I hope you are all doing great and ready for the weekend.

I've been plodding along over the past week or so. I've not been too busy but I have a lot to do and I haven't been very organized about it so am feeling a bit disorganized. Whenever I'm in that space of not being able to focus on other things, I always turn to reading.  It's one of my favourite things.

In 2022 I purposed to read less but still read a lot for pleasure. I read 46 books and just over 16,000 pages. I'm not sure I'll have a lot of time for reading later in 2023 so I'm reading a fair bit right now.  My reading is 50 books.  Of course I will always have some works of fiction to read but I'm hoping to make more time for both sewing and baking in 2023 so there will be a lot of books on these subjects.  So far in 2023 I've read 8 books as below. I don't tend to write long reviews of books I've read. I only give them stars according to how much I've enjoyed them and I might add a line or two so I remember them later. (You may need a Goodreads account to be able to read the links).

Cherop 's bookshelf: read

The Girl Next Door
really liked it
A psychological murder mystery set in small town England. A few twists and turns with a surprising and disturbing ending.
tagged: fiction and mystery-thriller
Little Wishes
really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about young love lost and found again when it is almost too late. A sad and poignant book.
Happy Homemade: Sew Chic: 20 Simple Everyday Designs
really liked it
The layout and presentation of this book is very well thought out. I enjoyed the tips provided for the sewing projects too. But I wasn't a fan of the designs and I have no idea about how easy it is to use the patterns at the back though ...
tagged: contemporary and sewing
Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style: Key Pieces to Sew + Accessories, Styling, and Inspiration
really liked it
A short book with uncomplicated clothing. It's the patterns at the back that might take some time to figure out. I'm hoping to make 2-3 items in future but have so many other projects right now.
tagged: crafts and sewing
PlantYou: 140+ Ridiculously Easy, Amazingly Delicious Plant-Based Oil-Free Recipes
really liked it
This book has lots of 'doable' and unfussy plant based recipes. The recipes are all laid out clearly and simply.
A Russian Sister
really liked it
This book is a book of fiction based on historical facts. It took awhile to get into this book but once I started enjoying it I enjoyed it a lot. I had no idea how it might end but was a bit disappointed in it. It seems the women in Russ...
tagged: fiction and historical-fiction
Dear Emma
liked it
This book was written for several generations younger than I so I couldn't relate much to the themes in it. I think those in early years of college or university might like it better.
tagged: contemporary, fiction, romance, and young-adult
Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War between the Windsors
really liked it
tagged: biography, contemporary, and non-fiction


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