If you’re anything like me, the screen fatigue is becoming all too real — especially in the colder winter months when stepping away for a quick walk to reset becomes less enjoyable. I struggle with presence and finding activities that truly allow me to turn my brain off for a second. Cue: reading. I loved reading as a kid, and I think throughout school fell a bit out of love with it as it became something I had to do versus something I got to do.
But I’ve really found myself enjoying reading before bed to take a break from screens and to essentially force myself to be present and get lost in a story (as long as it’s the right one)! For 2023, I’m definitely making it a priority to try new genres and to start (and FINISH) at least a book a month! Continuing reading to learn more about a few titles that are noteworthy going into the new year.
2023 books to add to your reading list
Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock by Jenny Odell
In Saving Time, Odell invites readers to examine their relationship with time. The clock humans live their lives by is largely driven by profit rather than the wellbeing and good of people. Odell encourages readers to consider what it truly means to be “alive” and how to make the most of the limited time we have.
Release date: March 7
Good for a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man’s World by Lauren Fleshman
Lauren Fleshman is an accomplished distance runner. In her memoir, she tells the story of how she first fell in love with the sport and about how her journey has changed over time. Fleshman focuses on the disparity in athletics among men and women and how detrimental the competitive nature of sports can be on one’s mental health.
Release date: January 10
Homecoming by Kate Morton
Homecoming tells the story of Jess, who returns to London to care for her ailing grandmother. While at her grandmother’s house, she comes across a true crime journal that follows a mysterious murder that occured on Christmas Eve in 1959. Jess examines the connections between the murder and her own family history.
Release date: April 4
Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitiano
William Waters turns to basketball as an outlet after feeling ignored by his family. William meets Julia Padavano, a girl with an incredibly tight-knit family. He quickly becomes close to the family — however, he never imagined he might be the one to potentially drive the family apart. This book examines family dynamics, mental health, sisterhood, and forgiveness, playing homage to Little Women.
Release date: March 14
Spare by Prince Harry
This memoir gives an honest look at Prince Harry’s experience growing up royal following the death of his mother. The Duke of Sussex invites readers into his life, his story, his journey and doesn’t hold back.
Release date: January 10