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2023 Books in Review



We made it, folks! What an absolutely joyful blur 2023 has been. I am filled with so much gratitude when I reflect on 2023 and am filled with so much anticipation for 2024.


If you haven't already, my new book, Break the Glass, makes a great end-of-year present! Thank you to everyone who has reviewed, tagged, and shared the past month. My heart is overflowing!


Without further ado, here are my favorite reads of 2023. This year I read 127 books; 84 fiction, 43 nonfiction. Reviewing books is such a personal endeavor, and there are many books that I absolutely loved that others passed on. So if a book has a lower "star" rating, that really just means it wasn't the book for me, but it might be for you!


Top 5 Fiction:

Maame

The Rachel Incident

Pineapple Street

Paper Names

Shark Heart


Top 5 Nonfiction:

River of Doubt

No Cure for Being Human

Hidden Potential

The Art Thief

Monsters


Top 5 Memoirs:

Paris

All My Knotted-Up Life

Finding Me

It Was an Ugly Couch Anyway

Everything I Know About Love


Top 5 Audiobooks:

All My Knotted-Up Life

You’re Not Listening

Everything Sad is Untrue

Tough


If you are still reading...keep scrolling for the full list of what I read this year:


Fiction:

Maame–5/5

The Swimmers–5/5

Paper Names–5/5

Recursion–5/5

The Rachel Incident–5/5

Pineapple Street–5/5

Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting–5/5

Mary Poppins–5/5

If We’re Being Honest–5/5

Good Material–5/5

The Leftover Woman–5/5

Shark Heart–5/5

Recipe for Second Chances–5/5

The Other Mothers—5/5

Remarkably Bright Creatures–4/5

Sorrow and Bliss–4/5

Everything Sad Is Untrue–4/5

Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club–4/5

Banyan Moon—4/5

Just Another Missing Person–4/5

Kill Show–4/5

The Whispers–4/5

Same Time Next Summer–4/5

None of This Is True–4/5

Fourth Wing–4/5

The Only One Left–4/5

Dear Committee Members–4/5

The Sweet Spot–4/5

Tell Me What I Am–4/5

A Flicker in the Dark–4/5

Happiness Falls–4/5

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies–4/5

The Family Upstairs–4/5

Comfort Me With Apples–4/5

The Ferryman–4/5

Flying Solo–4/5

Love Buzz–4/5

I Have Some Questions for You–4/5

Bright Young Women–4/5

The Writing Retreat–4/5

To Sir, With Love–4/5

The Otherside of Mrs. Wood–4/5

Now Is Not the Time to Panic–4/5

The Helsinki Affair–4/5

Iron Flame–4/5

No One Can Know—4/5

Romantic Comedy–3/5

This Is How You Lose the Time War–3/5

Social Engagement–3/5

Our Missing Hearts–3/5

The Wishing Game–3/5

Georgie, All Along–3/5

The Soulmate–3/5

Happy Place–3/5

My Monticello–3/5

Station Eleven–3/5

The Half Moon–3/5

Dolls of Our Lives—3/5

Hello Beautiful–3/5

Family Lore–3/5

If I Survive You–3/5

Under the Influence–3/5

Cassandra in Reverse–3/5

Adult Assembly Required–3/5

The Good Ones–3/5

What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez–3/5

The Survivors–3/5

The House in the Cerulean Sea–3/5

Friends Like These–3/5

Super Bloom–3/5

The Mystery Guest–3/5

Wine People–3/5

Love in Color–3/5

The House is on Fire–3/5

The House in the Pines–3/5

In the Woods–3/5

California Golden–3/5

Meet Me at the Lake–3/5

Hello Stranger–3/5

Age of Vice–3/5

The Long Game–3/5

The Bird Has Flown–2/5

The Intern–2/5

Adelaide–2/5



Non Fiction:

River of Doubt–5/5

Hearing God–5/5

Hidden Potential–5/5

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?–5/5

No Cure for Being Human–5/5

The Art Thief–5/5

Range–4/5

The Myth of Normal–4/5

Monsters–4/5

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone–4/5

You’re Not Listening–4/5

Brain Energy–4/5

Pathways–4/5

Bittersweet–4/5

Enchantment–4/5

The Kingdom of Prep–4/5

How to Think Like a Woman–3/5

Who Gets Believed–3/5

The Life Council–3/5

How to Stay Married–3/5

Celebrity Nation–2/5



Memoir:

The Woman in Me–5/5

Tough–5/5

All My Knotted-Up Life–5/5

Making a Scene–5/5

Finding Me–5/5

Paris–5/5

Everything I Know About Love–5/5

Tell Me Everything–4/5

It was an Ugly Couch Anyway–4/5

Beyond the Wand–4/5

Thicker Than Water–4/5

Live Wire–4/5

Surrender–4/5

All the Beauty in the World–3/5

Hello, Molly!–3/5

Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant–3/5

Superfan–3/5

Open–3/5

Spare–3/5

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