A selection of the best books I read this year.
Can you believe that this is the 11th year I’ve done one of these top 10 round-ups on the blog? This year I managed to read more than one book a week, beating my reading goal of 52 books for the first time ever with a total of 55 books.
Strangely, despite my speedy reading, I actually didn’t have a huge number of books to choose from for this top ten because I read a fair few books that I ended up giving low ratings, and whilst I did give 10 books five stars, several of those were re-reads that I won’t count here.
Here’s the breakdown for the year:
2 Stars: 3
3 Stars: 18
4 stars: 24
5 stars: 10
Also, maybe for the first time ever, I can’t seem to choose the order these should be listed in! So this year I won’t be numbering my top ten or naming a number one because I just can’t decide. Maybe it’s because I have a newborn and my brain can’t cope with that decision right now.
Right, let me stop waffling and get on with it. Here’s my top 10 reads of 2023!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
It’s possible I’m the last person to read this, but I finally got round to it and I loved it. It’s thought-provoking and funny and heart-breaking and romantic. I need to read more from Jojo Moyes (any recommendations?) and also watch the movie for this one.
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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
An insightful and moving YA about a girl with OCD. Whilst there’s a solid and surprising plot, this book really shines thanks to its characters. You can read my full review over on my new blog, The Nookish.
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon was my favourite book of 2022, so it’s not too surprising that I also loved The Sun Is Also A Star. It’s a rollercoaster ride that follows two teenagers through NYC, one of which is facing deportation and the other is heading to a college interview. Their paths collide in the most unexpected way and it’s a joy to read.
My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
I loved Ketchup Clouds (one of my top 10 in 2014) and Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher, and the same can certainly be said for My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece. It’s been five years since Jamie’s sister Rose was killed by a terrorist attack in London. Now ten years old, Jamie is realising that things are not getting better at all, despite what the grown-ups said. In fact they’re getting worse. I’m not sure whether this is middle-grade or YA but it’s readable at any age and has some really important and thought-provoking messages throughout.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This was such a surprising one for me. I know it’s a favourite of many and is really popular, but so often I find that I don’t get the hype with adult books. I’m glad to report that this one I totally got, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know such a well developed and interesting character. I’ve never read a book quite like it.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman Jay Kristoff
I’m not sure why it took me so long to get round to reading Obsidio. Illuminae is one of my favourite books ever and I reread Gemina this year to prepare me for Obsidio too. I am always besotted by the way these are written – the story is told through mixed media like transcripts, maps, case files, instant messages and lots more. They’re set in space and action-packed from the very start. Obsidio wasn’t my favourite of the trilogy but I definitely still loved it, and it was so fun seeing the two sets of characters from the first two books come together in this finale. I’d highly recommend.
American Royals by Katharine McGee
This was one of the earlier books I read this year but it’s still fresh in my mind – I loved it. It’s a split narrative YA that gives gossip girl vibes, but with a royal touch. If you like The Selection series you’ll like this one.
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
This is one I’ve seen all over TikTok. My husband bought me it as a gift and I read it really quickly – it’s addictive and fun and easy to read. There’s also a generous helping of spice here, and it does sort of appear out of nowhere which is fine but a bit unexpected! I’m looking forward to reading more from this author, and I expect I’ll be picking up lots more of these trending books throughout 2024.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
This was an unusual one for me to enjoy. It’s quite a long book and not much really happens in it, yet it’s a joy to read slowly but surely and to really soak in. Think cosy weekends snuggled up reading this one, enjoying the vivid imagery conjured up by V.E Schwab’s descriptive writing. It’s technically a fantasy, as it’s about a girl that makes an accidental deal with the devil that leads to immortality but also the inability to be remembered by anyone, even her own family.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
I read this right at the start of the year whilst on holiday – it really was the perfect beach read. Swoon-worthy romance with both tear-jerking and laugh out loud moments plus a healthy helping of spice. I’ve got more Emily Henry lined up to read in 2024.
If you want to see my previous top 10s, check them out in the list below:
Top 10 Books of 2022
Top 10 Books of 2021
Top 10 Books of 2020
Top 10 Books of 2019
Top 10 Books of 2018
Top 10 Books of 2017
Top 10 Books of 2016
Top 10 Books of 2015
Top 10 Books of 2014
Top 10 Books of 2013