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23 Books I Loved In 2023

"“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr. Seuss

2023 was the year of reading for me; I would find myself picking up a book instead of turning on the TV!  I’ve always loved to read, always, always, always, but this year I felt like I really craved books.  I love getting lost in someone else's story; whether it be fiction or not, I like a little bit of everything. To me, a good author is someone who can write in such a way that steals my attention so profoundly, that it physically frustrates me to have to put the book down and do something else.  Here are 23 books (out of 70) that did that for me last year; in no particular order... 

Matilda as a young girl reading in the library

** I included their covers below and am linking their titles to, where you can also find my other lists I've created of ALL the books I've read, plus the ones I still want to!

  1. Verity by Colleen Hoover - holy plot twists batman! 

  2. The Knockemout Series by Lucy Score - anything by Lucy I devour; she’s the perfect blend of rom com and risqué.

  3. The Inheritance Games Series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - cannot WAIT for this to be made into a series, thanks Amazon! Think like an adolescent version of Knives Out meets Clue with a little love triangle action thrown in.

  4. The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren - I will admit I didn’t realize it was a series so I need to go back and read the first one.  

  5. Adelaide by Genevieve Wheeler

  6. The Shift: Change Your Perspective, Not Yourself by Tinx a.k.a everyone's big sister - Page turner for sure!

  7. Cover Story by Susan Rigetti - I kept trying to put myself in the characters shoes; it's a suspense meets 5th avenue ...Gossip Girl vibe maybe?? Can't go wrong, easy read!

  8. Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid - I will read anything Taylor Jenkins Reid that you put in front of me! This one was fun because it gave so many different perspectives, but for some it might be too jumpy?

  9. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer - this one I recommend buying your own copy so you can keep going back and make notes and highlights! 

  10. Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez

  11. Spare by Prince Harry - It's long, I know! But I cried several times with this one. Can’t imagine living the life he did. I probably cried because I tried to.

  12. We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter - just, omg. OH.MY.GOD. I've always had a soft spot for anything Holocaust or WWII related but this one takes the cake. The most beautiful, yet devastatingly tragic, family story. I say beautiful because the hope and faith this family held is absolutely astounding.

  13. When In Rome Series by Sarah Adams - like Lucy, I devour Sarah's books! Such easy reads that you can just sink into and really daydream about!

  14. The Echo of Old Books by Barbara Davis 

  15. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah - wasn’t sure about this one at first, I had it sitting on my shelf for quite a white but I love Kristin’s writing and sure enough, couldn’t put it down once I started!

  16. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley 

  17. The Drowning Woman by Robyn Harding 

  18. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown - I could read anything this woman writes.  The way she goes about breaking down science and human behavior is fascinating to me. She puts things in a way that you can really understand and tools you can use for your own situations.

  19. It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover - need I say more?? IYKYK

  20. Paris: The Memoir by Paris Hilton - I was never the biggest Paris Hilton fan, but since learning more about her and what she’s gone through I respect the shit out of her!

  21. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover - Ugly love = Ugly cry.  

  22. Tell Me Everything by Minka Kelly - I really like getting to know celebrities this way, through their own words and experiences.  You never know what someone else is going through.

  23. The Keeper of Happy Endings by Barbara Davis

What were some of your faves?!

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