My Top 10 Must Read Books of 2023 That You Might Love

I’m sharing some of my favorite books of 2023, not all of them were written in 2023 but I read these and you might like them!

Are you a big fan of reading books? Do you pick out best sellers to read or do you check to see what the book clubs are reading?

The year before last I had been on a bit of dry spell with my reading. I always take a book or two when we travel but that was practically the only time I was reading so when summer was coming to an end this year I made a change.

When the weather cools off we tend to spend a little more time in front of the tv but instead of doing that this year I chose to read every night. We still went out with friends and we still caught some movies but I was definitely more intentional with my reading in the latter half of 2023.

I also started my kindle unlimited subscription this fall. I set an alarm to cancel it if I didn’t use it but I’ve decided to keep it and continue to try to read every night.

Now don’t get me wrong – sometimes I sit down to read and read the same page as I’m dozing off. Other nights I get in a chapter or two and I had one day this year that I read two books.

Two books in one day!

My List of Books of 2023

Just because my Kindle actually keeps track of it, I found it fascinating to see that I’ve read 85 titles in 2023 and have steadily read for 31 weeks in a row.

Were all the books good? Yes. Great? Not all of them.

That’s why I’m just sharing a few of my favorites!

I ventured into a few more fantasy series this year. That’s a completely new genre for me but I think that I’ve had a lot of recommendations for these so I gave a few a try.

These aren’t in any kind of order either – not the order that I read them or the order that I love them so be sure to peruse the entire list.

Weward a novel by Emilia Hart

Weyward by Emilia Hart

“We never thought of ourselves as witches, my mother and I. For this was a word invented by men, a word that brings power to those who speak it, not those it describes. A word that builds gallows and pyres, turns breathing women into corpses.”
This was a new genre for me and I feel like it started off a little slow and then I really enjoyed that so I’m not sure if it’s the writing or my own exploration but by the end I really enjoyed this book!

The Tattoist of Auschwitz - a novel

The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

This is based on a true story and it’s a heart and gut wrenching story so if you’re looking for a light beach read then save this one for another time. That being said, this is such a beautiful story of hope and survival amid such terrifying and unimaginable experiences. It’s a story that will stay with you.

The Echo of Old Books - a Novel

The Echo of Old Books by Barbara Davis

Imagine that you hold a book in your hands and you can feel what others who’ve held the book were feeling? This one is a bit of a mystery when Ashlyn finds two unpublished books and works to uncover the story of the author based on the echo she feels from the books.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Land - A Novel

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

I learned so much about tea and it was fascinating but this is truly a coming of age story. This a multi-generational story that talks about traditions and culture in a small village that is butting up against modern economics. Li-yan is the first in her village to realize a higher education and leave to join the modern world, only to find that she misses her remote village and family. It covers a lot of topics that will make you stop and think and I read this in one sitting.

The Keeper of Happy Endings - A Novel

The Keeper of Happy Endings by Barbara Davis

This is a story with two pov wound together and it’s a lovely and easy read. The story begins with Soline Roussel who comes from a family of seamstresses who have an exclusive bridal boutique in Paris. For generations, the Roussells have been schooled in the business of happy endings. Rumour has it that a bride who wears a Roussel gown is guaranteed a lifetime of joy. Forty years later, after a great career, circumstances force Soline to retire and she leases the shop space to Rory Grant who wants to open an art gallery. Their stories intertwine and of course there’s a happy ending (it’s in the title!).

The Lobotomists Wife - A Novel

The Lobotomist’s Wife by Samantha Greene Woodruff

Here’s another really fascinating historical fiction book. The lobotomy was thought to be a medical miracle until it wasn’t. This is the story of wife of the doctor who pioneered the lobotomy and how his obsession became his undoing. I love a book that leads me to doing some research on the subject when it’s over and can I just say Wow?

Daisy Jones and the Six a Novel

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is the story of the rise and fall of a fictional band from the 1970s. The book is written in the format of the transcript of an interview and when I read it I was intrigued but I felt that the book was a bit dry. And then the mini-series was released and now I love them both. But this is definitely a time that I might like the movie/tv version better than the book because when the music is actually brought to life it adds so much emotion.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides a novel

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Here’s a little thriller mystery for you. Alicia is a famous painter married to a fashion photographer. Their seemingly perfect life is shattered when her husband Gabriel comes home and she shoots him in the face 5 times and then refuses to speak another word. There’s a great plot twist and I can’t tell you anything more without spoiling it for you other than you probably won’t guess the plot twist!

Holly by Stephen King - a novel

Holly by Stephen King

I’m a huge Stephen King fan. I own all his books and I’ve read them all multiple times and I was excited for him to bring Holly back. She’s already been a character in several of his books and I love to see repeat characters. This might not be his strongest work but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (a novel)

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I enjoyed this book but I had very mixed emotions about reading it. It’s always tough to take a classic and then try to give it a new spin and by telling this story from Patroclus view and while I found his character a bit spineless and clingy, I enjoyed the story itself. If you’re looking for Greek mythology then skip this one but if you’re looking for a love story it’s pretty interesting.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - A Novel

The Poinsonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

This is an older book and it is really long. Like over 600 pages long so you’re definitely committing some time to this one. I have read it numerous times and I love to revisit it occasionally. This is the story of the Price family – their father uproots them to move them to the Begium Congo and if you can talk about culture shock then you’ll find it here. The plot moves slowly but get yourself a readers guide and when you’re finished do some research so you can learn some of the true stories of this time in history.

Well now that I’ve actually shared these I’m a little surprised at how much historical fiction I consumed this past year. I guess I enjoy getting a little more story to my history, which then leads me into a little research into the actual stories that I’ve read.

Most of the historical fiction books include their sources at the end so you can follow it up if you want to. I don’t always, I really enjoy reading for pleasure, but I do like to glance over some of the “facts” of a story.

What was your favorite book you read this past year? Do you have any on your list for next year?

Please send me all the recommendations!

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