Sunday, December 31, 2023

What I Read in 2023


2023 was filled with many memorable books and quite a few duds as well if I am being honest. lol I read (and listened) to a total of 63 books this year. Here is what they were...

For reference, here is how I rate my reads...

⭐did not like, would not recommend
⭐⭐it was ok, probably wouldn't recommend
⭐⭐⭐an entertaining read but nothing groundbreaking 
⭐⭐⭐⭐a great read! would highly recommend
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐LOVED it. will sing it's praises to anyone who will listen

1. Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane C. Ortlund ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
2. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
3. Inseparable by Simone de Beauvoir ⭐⭐
4. Layla by Colleen Hoover ⭐⭐⭐⭐
5. The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard ⭐⭐⭐.5
6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
7. Dorie: The Girl Nobody Loved by Erwin Lutzer ⭐⭐⭐⭐
8. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo ⭐⭐⭐⭐
9. Whiskey in aTeacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits by Reese Witherspoon ⭐⭐⭐
10. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave ⭐⭐
11. All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers ⭐⭐⭐.5
12. The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustain ⭐⭐
13. The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose ⭐⭐⭐
14. Spare by Prince Harry ⭐⭐⭐⭐
15. The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham ⭐⭐⭐.5
16. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
17. Nine Lives by Peter Swanson ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
18. If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin ⭐⭐
19. Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy⭐⭐⭐
20. The Whisper Man by Alex North ⭐⭐⭐⭐
21. The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo ⭐⭐⭐.5
22. Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney ⭐⭐⭐⭐
23. Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt ⭐⭐⭐⭐
24. The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand ⭐⭐⭐⭐
25. Little Fires Everwhere by Celeste Ng ⭐⭐⭐⭐
26. The Kind Worth Saving by Peter Swanson ⭐⭐⭐
27. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter ⭐⭐⭐⭐
28. Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson ⭐⭐⭐
29. Things I Wish I Told My Mother by Susan Patterson ⭐⭐⭐⭐
30. Faithful Women and Their Extroadinary God by Noel Piper ⭐⭐⭐⭐
31. Beyond That, The Sea by Laura Spence-Ash ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
32. Verity by Colleen Hoover ⭐⭐⭐⭐
33. Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune ⭐⭐⭐.5 
34. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han ⭐⭐⭐⭐
35. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 
36. Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover ⭐⭐
37. It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han ⭐⭐⭐⭐
38. We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han ⭐⭐⭐.5 
39. Maybe Now by Colleen Hoover ⭐⭐⭐
40. Where Coyotes Howl by Sandra Dallas ⭐⭐.5 
41. Happy Place by Emily Henry ⭐⭐⭐⭐
42. The Five Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand ⭐⭐⭐
43. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn ⭐⭐⭐⭐
44. The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther ⭐⭐⭐
45. Book Lovers by Emily Henry ⭐⭐⭐⭐
46. One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle ⭐⭐
47. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han ⭐⭐⭐⭐
48. It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐
49. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover ⭐⭐⭐.5 
50. The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry ⭐⭐⭐⭐
51. Counting the Cost by Jill Duggar ⭐⭐⭐⭐
52. I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jeanette McCurdy ⭐⭐⭐
53. Watching You by Lisa Jewell ⭐⭐⭐⭐
54. Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister ⭐⭐⭐
55. Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros ⭐⭐⭐.5 
56. Confess by Colleen Hoover ⭐⭐⭐⭐
57. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson ⭐⭐⭐.5 
58. The Murder House by James Patterson ⭐⭐⭐⭐
59. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
60. Never Never by Colleen Hoover ⭐⭐
61. Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros ⭐⭐
62. The Woman in Me by Britney Spears ⭐⭐⭐
63. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ⭐⭐

I'd have to say that my favorite read of 2023 was Beyond That, The Sea by Laura Spence-Ash. It was such a beautiful story that really drew me in and made me feel like the charcters were friends. It was one of those exquisite reads where you can envision it so clearly and only hope one day there will be a film adaptation. 

As always, you can read my full book reviews at my Goodreads account here. Let me know in the comments what your favorite book was this year! 

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