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My 2023 Reading List And Book Reviews


Reading list and book reviews for 2023

I think the chances are good for that at least One Some of you are an avid reader on your gift list, so today I thought it might be helpful to write up a list of all the books I’ve read this year, along with my quick reviews. I won’t provide comprehensive reviews on every title because a lot of reading is subjective (and the internet is full of in-depth reviews ready to peruse, if need be), but I hope my insights below are helpful in case you need a good book for your book-obsessed loved one. These are literally all the books I’ve done this year (depending on how I read them), so there’s a big selection, but I think there’s something for everyone. From romance and thrills, to super nature and fantasy, here are 34 books I can’t wait to tell you all about!

Reading list and book reviews for 2023

Reading list and book reviews for 2023:

  1. Husband’s secret: This book is full of heart-wrenching secrets that will keep you guessing until the end – at least it was for me! I initially borrowed it from the library for my first read, but I just ordered it for my personal collection because I will definitely be rereading it again and again.
  2. The summer she turned beautiful: I started reading this after I found out it had been turned into a show, and I loved it. The book is of course better than the show.
  3. It’s not summer without you: Continuing from the previous item on my list, I couldn’t read this series fast enough! It’s the perfect, quick summer time (or, really, At any time) is reading.
  4. We will always have summer: I thought the finale of this series was really good. It’s definitely worth catching all of this, and then watching the show as well. I’m excited for next season.
  5. Where Crawdads Sing: This was a surprising departure from the “Summer” series I mentioned above. It’s dark, captivating, mysterious, and one of my all-time favorite reads of 2023.
  6. Sins of the father: I’ve loved Harry Clifton’s books for years, and decided to reread this title this year. It never fails to catch me. It’s great to listen to on CD, especially when you’re on a road trip. I borrowed the CD copy from the library.
  7. Chemistry lessons: This book is exactly as good as everyone made it out to be. It’s not an easy book to read (emotional, devastating, and infuriating for feminists), but the characters are so fascinating to follow. Oh my god, I love the dog…
  8. The people we meet on vacation: This was a really light read that I took with me on my beach vacation in May. It was nice!
  9. Love and other words: I felt like this book had a lot of similarities to The people we meet on vacationBut the character development seemed more emotional and went to a deeper level.
  10. Nantucket hotel: This was my first time reading a book by Elin Hilderbrand, and I was very impressed. I read this on our 8 hour drive from the beach and actually finished it! Yes, light-hearted, but it still attracts you.
  11. Gentleman in Moscow:This book is definitely my favorite read of the entire year. It’s amazing, and not at all what I expected. I will reread this forever and ever. It felt more intellectual than all the “beach reads” I’d devoured up to this point.
  12. Hot money: My mom got me into Dick Francis mysteries years ago, so I’d love to put one or two of his books on my reading list this year. This did not disappoint, complete with… Tons Of unexpected fluctuations. The final reveal of the culprit took me completely by surprise.
  13. Simple wilderness: I loved it. this. series. The book is one of three (list the others below), and I thought it was very good! The film takes place in Alaska, and I really loved getting to know that area of ​​the country better.
  14. Remarkably bright creatures: I can safely say that I have never read anything like this book. The characters were so beautifully intertwined, and I loved the octopus’s episodic narration – yes, really!
  15. Daisy Jones and the Six: I started this book a while ago, but couldn’t get into it. Then I saw the show, and decided to give the book another try. I ended up loving the book! I think watching the show helps you get a better understanding of the flow of a written book. You’ll see what I mean when you dive into it.
  16. Matchers: This is another book by Elin Hilderbrand, and I really enjoyed it! Her beach-themed books are so adorable that you can get lost in them if you want to escape the chill of the colder months of the year.
  17. Celebrants: What a sad and beautiful story…I picked this up on a whim, and I’m so glad I did. The multiple points of view are great, and add a sweeter touch to the idea of ​​death.
  18. Malibu height: I love pretty much anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and this book did not disappoint. The beach setting was truly amazing, and the bold characters charmed me from the start despite their obvious flaws.
  19. Happy place: I wanted to give Emily Henry another chance after reading The people we meet on vacationAnd I’ll be honest…I don’t love Written by. I like more depth in the books I read. If you like to have fun, this will probably appeal to you! Most people I know love Emily Henry, so don’t write this off just because I found it a bit forgettable.
  20. Monster at heart: This is the next second book Simple wildernessAnd I adore him. Once again, the Alaskan setting was very captivating for me, and it was fun to continue following the characters I fell in love with in the first book.
  21. I’m glad my mother died:I tore up this diary very quickly! I’m not usually a fan of non-fiction books, but this novel was very well written, in my opinion. Her memories of life events were very clear and evocative. I don’t consider Jennette McCurdy likable, however book He was.
  22. The four winds: I didn’t like the ending of this book and it’s definitely a “disappointment”, but I would honestly reread it even if I was immersing myself in Dust Bowl history. What a wonderful and devastating time…it left me speechless imagining living through that time.
  23. One true love: not mine favorite Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book, but it was a nice way to get rid of the drama that was The four winds. I loved the unexpected ending and the story felt very real throughout. A sort of spin on Castaway.
  24. Nancy’s mysterious letter: As you may have noticed, I love a good mystery! Nancy Drew books are some of my favorites from my childhood, so this was a really fun book to read in the middle of a year full of intense reading. It was fast paced, fast and absolutely magical.
  25. My life in France: It took me a while to read this book because, like I said, I’m not good at reading nonfiction, but this is still one of my favorite memoirs I’ve ever read. The writings and memories are so richly told, and the descriptions of decadent food left me hungry.
  26. Wild forever: This was the last book in the Alaska series that I keep mentioning, and it was a good book. I smile just thinking about it now! It’s a short book, all about Christmas, so it could be perfect to put in someone’s stocking (just make sure you give them the other two too).
  27. The house is across the lake: The supernatural aspect was completely unexpected, but I still absolutely loved this book. I think I read it in just a day or two.
  28. Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow: This book spans decades, and feels very large at times, especially as you witness the characters age and change. It delves into the world of video game design, which I found really interesting.
  29. Things we never overcome: If you like a good, lighthearted romance, this book is for you! I thought it hedged into sexual fantasy territory, though, which I found really misplaced. Just keep that in mind if you’re thinking about it. I liked the story and characters very much, but it was difficult for me to continue the series.
  30. A local woman is missing: I’ve really enjoyed including thrillers on my reading list over the past few months, and this book is at the top of my list. It’s on the edge of what I can handle in terms of violence, but I highly recommend it if you want to read a good suspense novel in the new year.
  31. Funny you should ask: I needed something light after reading the last book on this list, and Funny you should ask Fit the bill. It was cute and I loved how the true story slowly unfolded throughout the book so much of it was left guessing.
  32. A court of thorns and roses: Everyone was raving about this fantasy book, so I thought I’d give it a try. I like it very much! It’s kind of a mix of Twilight, Hunger Games, and Beauty & The Beast, in my opinion. I’ve added the following book to my Christmas wish list.
  33. The last thing he said to me: I devoured this thriller in less than two days. He was So Good, not bloody at all. I can’t wait to watch the show adaptation.
  34. Every summer after: I’m currently reading this book, and I’m loving it so far. It’s a great summer read, but it delves a little deeper into some of the superficial types of books you’ll find on most “beach reading” lists.

Have you read any of these books? Did you have a different interpretation of any of them than I did? I’d love to hear all about your views on these titles, I will also I’d love to hear if you left a good book off my list. I’m constantly adding more to my future reading list, so please let me know if you have a good recommendation as we head into the new year.

Reading list and book reviews for 2023

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