Best of 2023 Books

As this was my best reading year yet, I had lots to choose from. This list does not include some rereads but I did include one in audiobooks. This was difficult especially the other fiction. All because it’s not here does not mean they weren’t the great. It’s been such a fantastic reading year.

Children and Middle Grade

  • The Tea Dragon trilogy by K. O’Neill
  • Garlic and the Witch series by Bree Paulson
  • The Only Child by Guojing
  • Marshmallow Clouds by Connie Wanet and Ted Kooser

Graphic novels

  • Ducks by Kate Beaton
  • Seance Tea Party by Reimena Yee
  • Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman
  • Monstress series by Marjorie Liu
  • The Night Eaters series by Marjorie Liu

Fantasy and Sci-Fi

  • Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett
  • Heart of the sun warrior by Sue Lynn Tan
  • A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers

Other Fiction and Literary Fiction

  • Yellowface by R. F. Kuang
  • The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies by Alison Goodman


  • Say Goodnight to Insomnia by Gregg D. Jacobs
  • Chinatown Pretty by Valerie Liu and Andria Lo
  • All the Living and the Dead by Hayley Campbell


I consumed 18 audiobooks which is the most I’ve ever done. I hope this continues for the next few years especially for nonfiction.

  • Better Living Through Birding by Christian Cooper, narrated by the author
  • These Precious Days by Ann Patchett, narrated by the author
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl, narrated by Kate Winslet – technically a reread but I needed to highlighted the narration
  • Graphic Audio’s A Court of Mist and Fury, narrated by a full cast

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