I was always an avid reader. Important is the word was – when the pandemic hit and we all went into lockdown I found that reading suddenly was not something I could go to to settle me.

On the contrary, it was as if I could not hold a story in my head. I listened to a lot of podcasts, and a few of them (how much I appreciated Phoebe Reads A Mystery, how I still occasionally enjoy Classic Tales and LitReading) would be effectively a fresh read of an audiobook

But mostly I did not binge stories, either in the form of books, audiobooks, or even series.

Toward the end of 2022 I started listening to more of the classics in audiobook format- my podcast player of choice has a nice library or Libravox recordings of books in the public domain.

And now it’s 2023 and I’ve been running through books I had piled on shelves, books in my Kindle library I hadn’t got to, even dusted off my library card.

So here’s what I’ve been reading, not counting scripture and audiobooks.

  • The Constant Rabbit
  • Pride and Prejudice*
  • Old Man’s War
  • The Ghost Brigades
  • The Last Colony
  • Zoe’s Tale**
  • Written in my Heart’s Own Blood* (Outlander Book 8, because I couldn’t remember where anything left off)
  • Go Tell the Bees that I Am Gone (Outlander Book 9)
  • All the Light We Cannot See
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky
  • Too Much and Never Enough
  • Where the Crawdads Sing
  • The Eyes of the Dragon*
  • They Were Her Property
  • Aimless Love (New & Selected Poems)**
  • The Handmaid’s Tale*
  • The Paris Wife**

* re-read

** still reading

So as you can see I have been back in a deep reading binge and I still have a not-insignificant pile of books on my Kindle that I purchased and did not not yet read plus a smaller stack of printed books I still want to get to (including the last two books in the Old Man’s War series).

Still at this rate I could be caught up in another month, soooo, any suggestions are welcome. (But I don’t read horror, so don’t bother recommending anything in that genre because I’ll just #SkipIt)