Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish 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 😉 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.
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.
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.
Thalassa is a go-to, drop everything and read author for me. I auto-buy her books before I know what they are about 😂 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. 💯 recommend!
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.
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!
To be completely honest, this was the only book I finished in November 😅 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!
I adored this new holiday romance, reading it in almost one sitting. It’s all things naughty and nice 😉 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