Looking to get back in the habit of reading, but don’t know where to start? I’m sharing my list of Top 10 Reads of 2023. Mostly fiction, and with a bit of magic thrown in. Make sure to share your own favorites in the comments below!
Support Local Bookstores
Each of my Top 10 Reads of 2023 include a link to Amazon. I had intended to link to Bookshop.org, but the program I’m using wouldn’t allow to me link to that website. While I do earn commission on Amazon sales, if you purchase books online through Bookshop.org, you can assign credit to your favorite local bookstore. #SupportLocal
Support Your Local Libraries
All of my Top 10 Reads of 2023 were checked out of from my local library. For those of us in Michigan, we have the MeLCat system. This allows you to request books from other libraries outside of your own city.
(Also remember to take advantage of the Michigan Activity Pass. It allows you to use your library card to get discounts and free entry to fun Michigan places!)
How To Keep Track of What You’ve Read
Last year I joined GoodReads. It allows me to review all the books I’ve read, and keep track of what authors I enjoyed. Plus I can follow my friends, and see what other books they love and recommend. Follow me there!
Favorite Reads of 2023
I'm rediscovering my love of reading, and managed to read 29 books this year. Here are my top 10 favorites.
While I also read A Man Called Ove and the Beartown series this, it's the interesting turn of events in this book that makes it so endearing. While I love the movie A Man Called Otto, I really hope this book gets turned into a movie as well.
I am a huge fan of the "magic realism" genre. This book features a family who is famous for their small cafe. and specifically their pies. The matriarch passes, and a descendent takes up the mantle, and discovers the magic that is the community. I've since read most of the Hebber Webber novels.
The Book Charmer is the first book in Karen Hawkins' "Dove Pond" series. Each of the 7 sisters in the Dove family have a special gift that they use to help their community. I've read the two other published books in the series as well - A Cup of Silver LInings, and The Secret Recipe of Ella Dove.
I read this book after one of my other favorite authors recommended it in their social media feed. This book is definitely a page turner. It involves a bit of magic, a bit of time travel. and a whole lot of suspense.
Technically, I read this book at the end of 2022. But it's so good, that I want to make sure that it gets mentioned. Also, since reading his fiction books, I've become totally enamored with the author John Green (who also wrote The Fault in Our Stars) and his brother, Hank Green.
If you know anyone with OCD, this is a really good read.
Again, technically I reread this in 2022. However I read the last book in the series, The Shepherd's Crown, in 2023. This wonderful series is about a young teenage witch, Tiffany Aching, whose magical skills and compassion saves her family and community time and time (and time) again.
If you loved the show Good Omens on Amazon Prime, the first season was written by the author of this book, Terry Pratchett, and Neil Gaiman. I also highly recommend reading that original book as well.
Again, I technically read this in 2022. However, this was the book that jumpstarted my whole love of the "magic realism" genre. My friend Sarah sent me this book, and the sequel First Frost. And now I've read every single book that Sarah Addison Allen has written. And I recommend them ALL.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon is another great Sarah A. Allen book.
Other Books to Check Out
I have links to many other book lists on my site. New to gluten free cooking? Check out my list of favorite gluten free cookbooks. Trying to explain Celiac Disease to a small child? Take a peek at my list of wonderful Celiac Children’s books. Know an adult who needs to learn more about Celiac Disease? Check out these 5 books I recommend. Some are serious, and some have a much needed dose of humor.
What books did you read in 2023? What would you recommend to others?