Top Ten Books of 2023!

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Top Ten Tuesday

Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl invited us to share our top ten books of 2023 this week. I got bogged down early in the year with a couple of long books that really did not catch my attention but I refused to give up on them. That put me in an odd sort of reading slump. I read a few standouts (including the ones below) but overall, this felt like a very lackluster reading year for me. As always, most of these were not published in 2023 but I did read them this year. I’ve noted if links go to my review; if I didn’t write one, the link goes to

Shubeik Lubeik, written, illustrated, and translated by Deena Mohamed (Link to my review)

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill, read by Kimberly Farr

How to be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery, illustrated by Rebecca Green (So good, I read it twice back to back!)

National Parks, written and photographed by Clyde Butcher

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

The Attack by Yasmina Khadra, translated by John Cullen

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening by Ari Shapiro (Link to my review)

Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation, written and read by Cokie Roberts

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger, read by Scott Brick

Bonus: My Husband’s Top Three Books of 2023

My husband doesn’t really consider himself a reader but he has a consistent goal to read one book per month. He surpassed his goal for the first time this year, reading 15 books! Considering that the median number of books read each year by Americans is four, I think he’s going to have to start calling himself a reader now. These are his top three picks for the year.

Circe by Madeline Miller (Link to my review)

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

That’s my list! Have you read any of these? Which books were your favorites this year? Link up every Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl!

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  1. I LOVE that you included your husband’s favorite books of the year. Mine also isn’t a huge reader, but he always has his favorite books he talks about. How to Be a Good Creature looks immensely adorable but also like it would make me cry.
    My Favorite Books of 2023

  2. I’ve only read one book by Ruta Sepetys, but will look for I Must Betray You. I think I have Salt to the Sea in my TBR stacks, too. Loved Circe, and thought The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue was pretty good, but not great.

    Happy New Year to you two. Can’t wait to see where you head next!

    1. Between Shades of Gray is my absolute favorite book by Sepetys but all her books are fantastic. I loved Circe too but haven’t read Addie LaRue. Happy New Year to you as well! May we all visit exciting places!

  3. I enjoyed I Must Betray You and Endurance. I also love everything William Kent Krueger.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Anne – Books of My Heart

  4. Three of your top books are ones I really enjoyed: I Must Betray You; Best Strangers; and This Tender Land. I hope 2024 brings you wonderful books.

  5. I’ve been really curious about When Women Were Dragons, though it doesn’t seem like 100% my thing… I always like trying new things. Looks like your husband has great taste, too!

    My TTT.

  6. I haven’t heard of any of these but they certainly sound interesting. The cover of When Women Were Dragons caught my eye, I may need to check that one out.

  7. I loved Circe too! I haven’t read any of the others in your list, though I’ve read some of your previous reviews and remember adding these to my TBR. Wish you some excellent reads in year ’24 as well!

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