So Many Books, But So Little Time

Welcome to the blog today, how’s your week so far?

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library..” ― Jorge Luis Borges

Hello friends and happy Wednesday. It’s a good day to have a good day.  I hope you’re enjoying some milder temps, taking care of your mind and body, and getting plenty of rest and water.

In January I posted about my Good Reads Challenge for the year. I’ve been doing the challenge for about 3-4 years now and it’s always a great feeling to read more and escape my day.  Whether is a memoir, thriller, horror, or mystery there’s nothing like tucking into a good book.

All that being said …I know me.  It’s easy to add every book from here to eternity to that challenge list but in all honesty, I know I’m never going to finish them all.  I thought it would be fun (today) to list all the books that didn’t make my good reads list.

This is because of timing if the book is new, or the premiere date. Also by December, the previous year’s books are already added to the upcoming year.

Books I Won’t Get To Read in 2023

This Delicious Death

Author: Kayla Cottingham
Genre: YA

When four best friends with a hunger for human flesh attend a music festival in the desert they discover a murderous plot to expose and vilify the girls and everyone like them.


None Of This is True

Author: Lisa Jewell
Genre: Mystery-Thriller

Celebrating her forty-fifth birthday at her local pub, popular podcaster Alix Summers crosses paths with an unassuming woman called Josie Fair. Josie, it turns out, is also celebrating her forty-fifth birthday. They are, in fact, birthday twins.


The Golden Spoon

Author: Jessa Maxwell
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

A killer is on the loose when someone turns up dead on the set of a hit TV baking competition in this darkly beguiling debut mystery that is perfect for fans of Lucy Foley, Nita Prose, and Anthony Horowitz. Soon to be a limited series on Hulu.


Play The Fool: A Mystery

Author: Lina Chern
Genre: Mystery

A cynical tarot card reader seeks to uncover the truth about her friend’s mysterious death in this delightfully clever whodunit.



VHS Terrors: Murder House

Author: Regina Watts
Genre: Horror

Emma tells herself that a little time spent interning at the dysfunctional station of Channel 9 will help her get ahead—until the murder house. When she’s dragged along with the rest of the crew to the site of the infamous Easter Ripper killings, the eerie atmosphere yields bloody visions, ghostly apparitions, and a dismantled news van. On the window is a note with a familiar calling card: an offering of escape. Find the Easter eggs and live.


Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide

Author: Rupert Holmes
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Who hasn’t wondered for a split second what the world would be like if a person who is the object of your affliction ceased to exist? But then you’ve probably never heard of The McMasters Conservatory, dedicated to the consummate execution of the homicidal arts. To gain admission, a student must have an ethical reason for erasing someone who deeply deserves a fate no worse (nor better) than death. The campus of this “Poison Ivy League” college—its location unknown to even those who study there—is where you might find yourself the practice target of a classmate…and where one’s mandatory graduation thesis is getting away with the perfect murder of someone whose death will make the world a much better place to live.


Everyone In My Family  Has Killed Someone

Author: Benjamin Stevenson
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime

Everyone in my family has killed someone. Some of us, the high achievers, have been killed more than once. I’m not trying to be dramatic, but it is the truth. Some of us are good, others are bad, and some are just unfortunate.


Don’t Fear The Reaper

Author: Stephen Graham Jones
Genre: Horror, Fiction, Thriller

Four years after her tumultuous senior year, Jade Daniels is released from prison right before Christmas when her conviction is overturned. But life beyond bars takes a dangerous turn as soon as she returns to Proofrock. Convicted Serial Killer, Dark Mill South, seeking revenge for thirty-eight Dakota men hanged in 1862, escapes from his prison transfer due to a blizzard, just outside of Proofrock, Idaho.



Killers of a Certain Age

Author: Deanna Raybourn
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie have worked for the Museum, an elite network of assassins, for forty years. Now their talents are considered old-school and no one appreciates what they have to offer in an age that relies more on technology than people skills.



Author: Rachel Harrison
Genre: Horror, Fantasy

All her life, Annie has played it nice and safe. After being unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Annie seeks a fresh start. She accepts a teaching position that moves her from Manhattan to a small village upstate. She’s stunned by how perfect and picturesque the town is. The people are all friendly and warm. Her new apartment is dreamy too, minus the oddly persistent spider infestation.



This is only the first 10.  There are SEVERAL more that I didn’t list…yes there are always so many books and so little time.  What books are on your list this year?  Share some titles in the comments because I’m always looking for recommendations.

Thank you for spending a little time with me here today, I appreciate you. Have a great week. — Peace

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