TTT #228 ~ Favorite Reads of 2023

Posted January 2, 2024 by Lillian in Features / 22 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookishย in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together

Happy Tuesday and New Year y’all! I know I’ve been quite absent this last year dropping off sometime in April and only posting sporadically the rest of 2023. Life kinda got chaotic so I just haven’t had a chance to post. I have however been reading ๐Ÿ˜‰ This week’s topic is “Favorite Books of 2023.” As always, covers/titles link to Blog, Goodreads, or Amazon (affiliate) and, this time, are listed in the order I read them last year.


January 2023

Audiobook Cover for "Year of the Reaper" by Makiia Lucier

Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucia

This one took me by surprise. I had this one on my TBR since early 2020, but just never got around to reading it. Y’all I listened to this one in almost one sitting. It was so good and so not what I expected! Set in a fictional Spain and loosely inspired by the Black Death of the 14th century, this fantasy is a dark read, broken up with a quirky sense of humor and beautifully written characters.

February 2023

Audiobook cover for "An Offer From a Gentleman" by Julia Quinn

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

I’ve slowly been making my way through the Bridgerton series this year (hopefully will have them finished before season 3 hits Netflix). This is my favorite story so far. It features Benedict and Sophie and is a true rags-to-riches, Cinderella story which is my favorite trope.

March 2023

Book Cover for "Bewitched" by Laura Thalassa

Bewitched by Laura Thalassa

Thalassa is a go-to, drop everything and read author for me. I auto-buy her books before I know what they are about ๐Ÿ˜‚ This one goes back to one of her first series and is set in the same world with different characters. It has a forbidden love element, curses, and ancient artifacts. It’s everything I could ask for in one book.

April 2023

Book Cover for "High Stakes" by Casey L. Bond

The High Stakes Saga by Casey L. Bond

I spent a majority of April reading this series. I love when I can binge a series from start to finish, so this was a treat for me. I thought I was getting a vampire historical romance, but I got SO MUCH MORE. This is like Outlander meets paranormal fantasy meets dystopian post-apocalypse. Unputdownable!

May 2023

A Light in the Flame by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Like April, I followed up in May by reading all of the Blood and Ash and its prequel series. This was my favorite book of that series binge. I loved learning about Sera and Ash. I couldn’t help falling in love with them. I did listen to this one (and the whole series) which I highly recommend if you enjoy audiobooks.

June 2023

Book Cover for "Under the Never Sky" by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Not to be left out, I binged another series in June. This is one of my all-time favorite series, and I was so excited to buddy read it with my friend Lenore at Celebrity Readers. If you enjoy YA dystopia/sci-fi, I highly recommend it.

July 2023

Book cover for "House of Roots and Ruin" by Erin A. Craig

House of Roots and Ruin by Erin A. Craig

I loved the first book in this series, and this one was just as good if not better. It’s haunting and leaves you with a questionable happy ending. This author will be one I pick up and read again and again.

August 2023

Book cover for "Exposing the Groom" by Rachel Van Dyken

Exposing the Groom by Rachel Van Dyken

I devoured this one in one sitting. It is such a fun, spicy, and entirely fluffy read. This is a second chance romance that starts unlike any other book I’ve read: the bride gets left at the alter. I laughed, I teared up, and I laughed some more. ๐Ÿ’ฏ recommend!

September 2023

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

My husband convinced me to start reading some of the Star Wars novels this year, and I’m sad I was so resistant. I’ve loved most of the ones I’ve picked up this year. This one is set during the original trilogy and follows two people who work their way through the Imperial Academy and up to officer status. It’s a Romeo and Juliet story with the exciting action of a galaxy at war.

October 2023

Book Cover for "This Cursed Light" by Emily Thiede

This Cursed Light by Emily Thiede

This was one of my most anticipated books of this year, and I’m so glad it lived up to my expectations. It was the perfect conclusion to the series. The characters are pushed and stretched in new ways. The romance is *swoon* and *chef’s kiss* Seriously, perfection!

November 2023

Book Cover for "What the River Knows" by Isabel Ibanez

What the River Knows by Isabel Ibaรฑez

To be completely honest, this was the only book I finished in November ๐Ÿ˜… However, it was fantastic. I enjoyed the magical element involved. The characters are well-written and beautifully flawed. I was captivated to say the least. Highly recommend!

December 2023

Book Cover for "Snowed In for Christmas" by Jaqueline Snowe

Snowed In for Christmas by Jaqueline Snowe

I adored this new holiday romance, reading it in almost one sitting. It’s all things naughty and nice ๐Ÿ˜‰ Two neighbors who cannot stand each other and are forced together during a snow storm. Grumpy meets sunshine trope all the way!

Your turn! What were your favorite reads in 2023? Any recommendations I should read this year? Share below

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22 responses to “TTT #228 ~ Favorite Reads of 2023

  1. These look great! I’m happy to see you sorted yours by month as wellโ€”so far I haven’t seen anyone other than me do that this week! Though I still need to read the first book in that Erin A. Craig series, I’m hopeful that I’ll like both books enough to add them to my “best books” list of whatever year I read them in. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy reading in 2024!
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    • I hope you enjoy them when you get a chance to read them. They are beautifully done, haunting gothic fantasies. I think book one was on my favorites list as well ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Ooooh nice ones! Did you read Roar of the Tides? I’m making it my next read and it continues the series a bit but you know, focusing on Roar! HORAR made my list as well! Loved that one! Dying for her to write another one after that ending! Lol. I also read ALITF this year too! Nearly forgot that! I’m hoping to read What the River Knows this year but since I now know it’s a series I might wait for the second one. Great picks all around!

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    • Roar is amazing!! Itโ€™s why I went back and binged the series. Canโ€™t wait to hear your thoughts on it.

      The ending of HORAR about killed me ๐Ÿคฏ Iโ€™m hoping she expands on what it all means in the next book.

  3. I loved the Under the Never Sky trilogy! I still haven’t read Roar of the Tides! I was so excited when she announced it and now it’s been out for almost a year! My husband also got me to read Lost Stars. lol.

    • Roar of the Tides was amazing! Itโ€™s why I binged the series. I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it. It was everything I didnโ€™t realize I wanted ๐Ÿ’—

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