The 2023 Book Releases I Loved This Year

This year turned out to be a great reading year! Looking back to all the books I read, there are six 2023 book releases that still stand out to me by the end of this year. These are the books that either made me think, feel, or laugh more than the rest. They’re the stories that I’ll be thinking about for a long time.

In no specific order, these are my six favorite books of 2023:

Five Winters by Kitty Johnson

Five Winters by Kitty Johnson

Publish date: January 1, 2023

This was such a heartbreaking and heartwarming story. I felt I really got to know the characters, and their difficult situations.

*See my book review here.


The Little Italian Hotel by Phaedra Patrick

The Italian Hotel by Phaedra Patrick

Publish date: June 6, 2023

This was a touching story about friendship, marriage, and new beginnings. I loved being transported to Italy by the descriptive writing style.

*See my book review here.


Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Goodreads Choice Award: Nominee for Best Mystery & Thriller (2023)

Publish date: March 14, 2023

This was such a fun story! It’s filled with charming characters and hilarious dialogue. I loved getting to know Vera Wong’s bold determination and unsolicited advice.

*See my book review here.


The Good Part by Sophie Cousens

The Good Part by Sophie Cousens

Publish date: November 7, 2023

This was a such a thought-provoking story, with magical realism and romance mixed in. Even towards the end, I couldn’t tell which direction it would all go.

*See my book review here.


A Winter in New York by Josie Silver

A Winter in New York by Josie Silver

Publish date: October 3, 2023

I loved this heartwarming romance story, with a focus on family and new beginnings. The setting in New York was fantastic, and the characters were endearing.

*See my book review here.


Tell Me Everything by Minka Kelly

Tell Me Everything by Minka Kelly

Goodreads Choice Award: Nominee for Best Memoir & Autobiography (2023)

Publish date: May 2, 2023

This was such a heartbreaking, yet hopeful memoir. The audiobook, read by the author herself, is truly captivating and impactful.

*See my book review here.


How about you? Do we have any favorite books in common?