BOOKS I READ IN 2023

Thursday

2023 has been the year of books for me. I have read 102 books which is the most I've ever read in one year. After reading so many books, I thought I'd share with you what I read, what I would recommend reading, and which books didn't quite live up to the hype for me.


Most of these books were read on my Kindle, but some were physical books, and some were audiobooks.



Books read in 2023


1. The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

2. How Should One Read a Book? by Virginia Woolf

3. Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

4. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-joo

5. Dark Across the Bay by Ania Ahlborn

6. Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

7. The Panic Years by Nell Frizzell

8. I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

9. Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney

10. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

11. Foe by Iain Reid

12. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

13. Twisted Love by Ana Huang

14. Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid

15. The Housemaid by Frieda McFadden

16. The Housemaid's Secret by Frieda McFadden

17. The Inmate by Frieda McFadden

18. Run on Red by Noelle W. Ihli

19. The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

20. Never Lie by Frieda McFadden

21. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

22. What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

23. Verity by Colleen Hoover

24. Saving Noah by Lucinda Berry

25. The Chain by Adrian McKinty

26. The Best of Friends by Lucinda Berry

27. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

28. How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie

29. Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

30. No One Saw a Thing by Andrea Mara

31. You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry

32. Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman

33. Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

34. Solitaire by Alice Oseman

35. The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

36. Heartstopper Vol 2 by Alice Oseman

37. Heartstopper Vol 3 by Alice Oseman

38. Heartstopper Vol 4 by Alice Oseman

39. Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman

40. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

41. Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

42. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

43. It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover

44. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

45. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

46. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

47. This Winter by Alice Oseman

48. A Welcome Reunion by Lucinda Berry

49. Loveless by Alice Oseman

50. Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

51. Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak

52. Submarine by Joe Dunthorne

53. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

54. Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

55. Ward D by Frieda McFadden

56. Happy Place by Emily Henry

57. The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

58. Why Had Nobody Told Me This Before? by Julie Smith

59. Appetite for Innocence by Lucinda Berry

60. Spare by Prince Harry

61. The Good Samaritan

62. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

63. Fix the System, Not the Women by Laura Bates

64. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

65. The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

66. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

67. Drowning by T.J. Newman

68. The Villa by Ruth Kelly

69. Sisters under the Rising Sun by Heather Morris

70. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

71. The Woman in Me by Britney Spears

72. A Short Stay in Hell by Steven L. Peck

73. My Week with Him by Joya Goffney

74. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

75. Witches Get Stuff Done by Molly Harper

76. If You Read This by Kereen Getten

77. Eight Winter Nights by Liz Maverick

78. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

79. Pairs: The Memoir by Paris Hilton

80. The Only One Left by Riley Sager

81. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

82. One by One by Freida McFadden

83. Everything I Know about Love by Dolly Alderton

84. The List by Yomi Adegoke

85. A Winter in New York by Josie Silver

86. My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen

87. My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

88. I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

89. The Girlfriend by K. L. Slater

90. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

91. Under Her Care by Lucinda Berry

92. Five Survive by Holly Jackson

93. Maame by Jessica George

94. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

95. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

96. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

97. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

98. Keep it in the Family by John Marrs

99. November 9 by Colleen Hoover

100. Heartstopper Vol 5 by Alice Oseman

101. Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

102. Cat Lady by Dawn O’Porter



Books I rated 5 star that you should add to your reading list


  • Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney
  • I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Housemaid by Frieda McFadden
  • What Lies Between Us by John Marrs
  • Saving Noah by Lucinda Berry (trigger warning this is the most upsetting and dark book I've ever read)
  • The Chain by Adrian McKinty
  • Heartstopper by Alice Oseman (all volumes)
  • It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
  • Loveless by Alice Oseman
  • Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak
  • Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  • Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Julie Smith
  • Appetite for Innocence by Lucinda Berry
  • Fix the System, Not the Women by Laura Bates
  • The Woman in Me by Britney Spears
  • Paris: The Memoir by Paris Hilton
  • My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen
  • Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
  • Cat Lady by Dawn O’Porter


Books I expected to be better


  • The Housemaid's Secret by Frieda McFadden (sequel to The Housemaid)
  • Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
  • How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie
  • You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry
  • Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
  • The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
  • The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
  • Happy Place by Emily Henry
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

My authors of the year


  • Freida McFadden
  • Joya Goffney
  • Alice Oseman
  • Lucinda Berry
  • Colleen Hoover
  • Taylor Jenkins Reid

Have you read any of the books mentioned? Let me know what you thought because I love talking about books with people!

5 comments

  1. That's a LOT of books! I loved I'm Glad My Mom Died too, that was such an eye opening read.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh wow that's amazing you read 102 books in 2023! I read I'm Glad My Mom Died, and it was fantastic. I read Heartstopper Vol 1-4 in 2022, but I read This Winter in 2023 and I liked it! I also received Vol 5 as a Christmas gift, so I'm excited to read it! I did read Hidden Pictures amd Daisy Jones and the Six in 2023, and both were great too. I just finished Convenience Store Woman, and it was a bit weird, but I liked it.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow you really have read a lot of books in 2023! I read How To Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie and I did love it, but I know that there has been mixed reviews on that book x

    Lucy Mary

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a great list of books! I enjoyed a lot of the ones you listed as 5 star reads too, like Jennette McCurdy, Britney Spears & Paris Hilton's books were all really great! I didn't know Lily Allen wrote a book, I'm definitely going to check that out! Thanks for sharing this! :)

    https://melissakacar.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. That's a lot of books. I only read a couple of those - I'm trying to clear out all the ones I've read over the years so they're all older ones.

    ReplyDelete