Friday, December 29, 2023

2023 top picks

There were so many great books published in 2023 that it was very hard to choose between the ones we read. Here are some of the books that topped our lists. (We limited ourselves to five each, at the most.) However, any book we gave glowing reviews and five stars to this year is definitely recommended for your TBR! 

**Links are to reviews**


Hello Stranger by Katherine Center

The Wife App by Carolyn Mackler

The Drowning Woman by Robyn Harding

Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon

The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise by Colleen Oakley

I read 100 books this year, most being contenders for these top five spots. I am featuring some other top picks for the year at my personal blog (those picks include YA reads, books that I also would have loved to include on this list, and books published in other years).


My Roommate Is a Vampire by Jenna Levine

Sammy Espinoza's Last Review by Tehlor Kay Mejia

The Blue Bar by Damyanti Biswas

When We Were Friends by Nancy Yeager

I'm Not Done with You Yet by Jesse Q. Sutanto

It was tough to narrow it down to just five!


How to Sell A Haunted House, Grady Hendrix: “Hendrix uses foreshadowing, symbolism, set-ups, repeating motifs and other literary devices to transcend genre and create a book that is a master class for other writers.  How to Sell a Haunted House might not be a handbook for Realtors, but it would be a great conversation piece at an open house!”

You Should Have Known, Rebecca Keller: “…  a compelling novel that, thematically, goes beyond the plot to ask deeper questions about the responsibilities people have to each other, and the ripple effects of their actions. While retirement gives folks ample time to ponder what they’ve done over the course of their lives, it’s never too soon to start asking these questions.”

Will They or Won’t They, Ava Wilder: “… a book readers will pick up over and over again, a book they’ll pass on to their TV-watching friends. It’s better than watching compilation videos on YouTube, which just reinforces the fact that your favorites rarely wound up together in the end.  

Gone Tonight, Sarah Pekkanen: “… a captivating story that upends reader expectations with every plot point.

The Second Chance Year, Melissa Wiesner: “Is it better to say what you feel, or keep your mouth shut and hope things get better? The Second Chance Year will make readers ask these questions, while entertaining them with a great story.”


Bad Men by Julie Mae Cohen

The other stand out ones I've read this year weren't published in 2023 unfortunately! 

Melissa S:

Blood Sisters by Vanessa Lillie

The Second Chance Hotel by Sierra Godfrey

What are your top picks from this year?

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