My Favorite Books of 2023
I read a grand total of fourteen books in 2023. While that may not sound like much, my goal was twelve so I am thrilled to have met that goal and then some. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my favorite books of 2023.
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The Catch Me if You Can by Jessica Nabongo (2022)
A book written for those whose hearts are filled with wanderlust. Jessica recounts her time in her top 100 destinations as she worked to become the first black woman on record to visit all 195 countries in the world. It took me a bit longer than usual to read this book, but there are several reasons I liked it. Jessica describes her experiences in an open and honest way, without sugar coating the tough parts of travel. The beautiful photographs peppered through-out the book were one of the things I loved the most about it.
The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier (1957)
Recommended to me by my sister-in-law, The Scapegoat is a classic thriller with an ending that I couldn’t stop thinking about. The book begins when an Englishman comes face to face with his doppelganger, a Frenchman who has not only the same face but the same voice. I don’t want to give away too much, so you will just have to read it for yourself to find out how both men handle the situation.
The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak (2021)
This one was a Reese’s Book Club Pick, but that’s not why I chose to read it. This is one of the books I picked up while browsing in a local book store in Bristol, England last year and decided to buy. I’ll be honest, in the beginning there were a couple things I didn’t care for, but I am so glad I stuck with it. A beautiful story of love and loss intertwined with culture and history, the further into the book I got the more I liked it.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman (2002)
Coraline is actually a children’s book, intended for ages 8-12. It is a spooky story, perfect for spooky season, which is when I read it. To be honest, this book was never on my radar. I added it to my book list after taking Neil Gaiman’s MasterClass. I ended up enjoying it more than I expected, and I know I would have loved it as a kid too! In case you are not familiar with the story, it is about a little girl who goes through a magic doorway in her home and finds an alternate version of her life on the other side.
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920)
For my birthday I received a scratch off chart of 56 essential fiction books written by women. This was one of the first books I read from that list. Set in New York City in the 1870’s, the story follows a love triangle that simply can’t end well. Do they ever, haha? This book won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making the author the first woman to ever win.
Now that you’ve read through my list of my favorite books of 2023, are there any that you want to read? What were your favorite books that you read this year?
For more book recommendations check out the best books I read in 2022.
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