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Buzzwordathon 2023 TBR Options

I quite enjoyed finding books for Booksandlala’s Buzwordathon this year, so when she released her video for next year’s I had to watch it and think about a TBR. Unlike last year, I will incorporate these books in my yearly TBR, so I don’t add TBRs on TBRs on TBRs. I want to have a more relaxing reading year in 2023. My 23 for 2023 TBR will be made up of this challenge and a classics challenge and I won’t actually make my post for that until I knew the categories of the Classics challenge. That should make for a good mix of books.

By the way, I won’t read these in order in their specified months, but just as and when the mood takes me.

So, let’s look at the challenges and I will add some options below. All are books already on my owned TBR (some digital/some physical):

JANUARY: Life / Death

  • Still Life (Louise Penny
  • Death at the Opera (Gladys Mitchell)
  • The Death of Ivan Ilych (Leo Tolstoy)
  • The Painter of Modern Life (Charles Baudelaire)


  • The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea (Yukio Mishima)
  • The Silence that Remains (Ghassan Zaqtan)
  • Play It As It Lays (Joan Didion)
  • We Hunt The Flame (Hafsah Faisal)
  • Call Down The Hawk (Maggie Stiefvater)
  • What Lies Between Us (John Marrs)

MARCH: “Secret”

  • The Secret River (Kate Grenville)
  • The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  • Lady Audley’s Secret (Mary Elizabeth Braddon)

APRIL: Emotions (apparently very few of my books do emotions 🤣)

  • How To Be Happy (Eva Woods)
  • Malice (John Gwynne)
  • Happiness for Beginners (Carole Matthews)

MAY: Flavours/Seasonings/Herbs

  • Tasting Salt (Stephanie Dowrick)
  • Driving Over Lemons (Chris Stewart)
  • The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding (Carole Matthews)
  • Suite as Sugar and Other Stories (Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar)

JUNE: “Other”

  • My Family and Other Animals (Gerald Durrell)
  • Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories (R K Narayan)
  • Suite as Sugar and Other Stories (Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar)
  • The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories (Edgar Allan Poe)
  • The Enchanted Wanderer and Other Stories (Nikolai Leskov)

JULY: Weather

  • The Ninth Rain (Jen Williams)
  • Drinkers of the Wind (Carl Raswan)
  • Isle of Winds (James Fahy)
  • Embers on the Wind (Lisa Williamson Rosenberg)
  • Snow Like Ashes (Sara Raasch)
  • Lord of Snow and Shadows (Sarah Ash)

AUGUST: Body Parts

  • The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories (Edgar Allan Poe)
  • A Ghost in the Throat (Doireann Ni Ghriofa)
  • The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (Amin Malouf)

SEPTEMBER: Game-Related Words

  • The Angel’s Game (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)
  • My First and Only Love (Sahar Khalifeh)
  • Last Tang Standing (Lauren Ho)

OCTOBER: Magic and related words (all the Terrys! 😲)

  • Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold! (Terry Brooks) would be re-read
  • The Colour of Magic (Terry Pratchett)
  • Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)

NOVEMBER: “good” (I thought I would have more, but no… only two options, but that’s ok)

  • The Good Daughter (Karen Slaughter)
  • A Good Scot is Hard to Find (Angeline Fortin)

DECEMBER: sound-related

  • When All is Said (Ann Griffin)
  • The Screaming Staircase (Jonathan Stroud)
  • Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (Pablo Neruda)
  • Birdsong (Sebastian Faulks)


I am not quite sure which books I am going to read for the challenges. If you have particular books you see above that you should think I should read, let me know!


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