13 Non-Fiction Books I Want To Read This Year

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Since 2013, I’ve tracked how many books I read during the year. It started out at 24, then climbed to the 40s, the 60s, back down to 40s, and then really spiked in 2020 and 2021 with 82 and 99. In 2022, I landed at 81. 

Even when you have an established reading life there are seasons.

I’ve set my goal for 2023 at 100 books because this feels luxurious to me – time to read 100 books? – and I don’t feel pressured to hit the goal or a failure if I don’t. 

I’m also doing something a little bit different this year by setting some intentions of specific books I want to read. When I look back on my reading for the last few years, it is filled with a lot of comfort and mood reading, which for me means romance, YA, cozy mysteries, and women’s fiction. I won’t stop reading these books because they bring me joy, but I do feel moved to expand my reading a bit.

This month on the blog I’m going to share three lists of books I want to read in 2023: a general non-fiction list, a literary fiction list, and a list of books about women, time, and creativity (because I’m really interested in these things right now). 

Thank you to The Connected Reader community on Instagram for sharing so many recommendations that informed these lists!

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Happy 2023 reading, y’all!

13 Non-Fiction Books I Want To Read This Year

  • Sounds Like Me – I love a behind-the-scenes book and I love Sara Bareilles, so getting a peek into her process and the story behind some of her songs sounds like a hit to me.
  • Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard – Perhaps I’m getting caught up in the joy of re-reading the Harry Potter novels with Big E, my seven-year-old, but I’ve had this one on my TBR since it came out last year and I want to get to it this year.
  • Spare– I’m absolutely obsessed with the Harry and Meghan documentary on Netflix. Is sharing all of these intimate family details cringe worthy sometimes? Absolutely, and I won’t deny the points brought up in this recent op-ed about the documentary. And there is something instructive and cathartic for me to watch Harry, especially, share how he has been influenced by his mother’s life and how he has evolved beyond his family of origin. 
  • Sitting Pretty – When I look at my reading over the last few years, I definitely have a gap in authors who identify with and write about being part of the disability community. This one was recommended by y’all and I’m looking forward to it.
  • Grocery – The pandemic and supply chain issues over the last few years have really got me thinking about the fragility of how I live. I do not grow a single thing I eat, and I depend on this huge warehouse place down the street, that I honestly don’t even go inside of anymore, to provide me with all the sustenance my family and I need each week. How did we get here? I’m excited to learn more with this book.
  • Winners Take All – I am deep into Empire of Pain and boggled by how one insanely rich family can project such an image of philanthropy while inside their company they are implementing policies that are literally pouring drugs into the street to kill people. But that’s how our world works – elite families who hoard so much money and power and sprinkle goodness to keep us in check. That’s the gist of this one and I’m excited to dig into it.
  • The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic – As a follow up to the book above, I’m interested to learn more about the systems in place that have led us to this moment and the implications for our democracy. I was a political science major for several seconds in college and this book reminds me of those days reading and discussing and having my brain hurt in a good way.
  • We Keep The Dead Close – I’ve had this one on my TBR for a while and I’m actually going to read it this year. I enjoy a cozy mystery, but I’m not a true crime fan – and for some reason, this book just intrigues me. Perhaps it’s the peek behind the curtain of an elite institution that’s got me. I’m definitely sensing a trend in this book list.
  • How The Word is Passed – Another one that I’ve been meaning to get to for awhile and I am just going to commit to. The summary talks about how the book “illustrates how some of our country’s most essential stories are hidden in plain view” and that captures it for me – so much of my own knowledge of history, especially that which I learned in school, is white-washed and I’m working to fill in the gaps.
  • Good Inside -I’ve gotten to a place in my parenting where I am just so triggered by whining and children not listening to me and I’m yelling a lot and I’m so tired of yelling. I had seen this book all over my #bookstagram, and when I was browsing in a bookstore on New Year’s Eve and that bright yellow cover caught my eye it seemed like the world was calling to me to pick it up. I’m actually almost finished with it and it’s been the balm I’ve needed as a parent. I’m excited to try to put some of it into practice.
  • You Just Need To Lose Weight: And 18 Other Myths About Fat PeopleThis title even has me triggered. As someone who is 20 years and 100 pounds from my “ideal” weight, I’ve heard this and told myself this a million times. Even writing that sentence has me feeling so many things – which is why I need to read this book.
  • Momfluenced – I cannot wait for this one to come out in April. As both a consumer and creator in this wild space on the Internet, I see the bright spots and the … not so bright spots. I’m so curious what this author will have to say and share.
  • Rough Sleepers – Every time I am stopped at a highway overpass in Houston and have to answer questions from my kids about the people they see living there, I think to myself, I do not know enough about people who are unhoused and supports for them. There was recently this article about the approach in Houston and I’m curious to read this book to learn more.

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1 Comment

Trisha · January 8, 2023 at 6:32 pm

I LOVE this list! I’m adding some of these to my list! Especially excited to read SPARE! Im loving the documentary on Netflix for Meghan and Harry too! I usually gravitate toward non-fiction anyway and Im loving this list! Also excited your diving more
Into women, creativity and time! Thanks for posting

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