Top 10 Must-Read Books for 2023 / Recommended Books

  1. "Panesi" by Susanna Clark – An enigmatic marvel that will surprise you in the best way possible. It’s a book with layers upon layers, like a puzzle waiting to be solved. πŸ“šβœ¨
  2. "Yellow Face" by Becca Fwang – A razor-sharp, incendiary book that kicks your conscience and challenges the world we live in today. It’s a slap in the face that we need. πŸ‘ŠπŸ“–
  3. "Under the Whispering Door" by TJ Cloon – A cozy, queer, and emotional read with magical realism that feels like a warm hug and a fresh cup of tea. πŸŒˆπŸ“–
  4. "Project Hail Mary" by Andy Weir – A believable, science-driven story that sucks you in and takes you on a ride until the very end. πŸš€πŸ›Έ
  5. "As long as the lemon trees grow" by Zulfa Katu – A beautiful YA novel that hits you hard and close to home, a slap in the face and a punch in the gut. πŸ‹πŸ“–

Take your pick, but "Panesi" is the one you don’t want to miss!

πŸ“š Introduction

This year took it upon myself to compile my list of the top 10 best books of 2023. After much deliberation and literary pain, I have finally narrowed it down to these exceptional reads.

πŸ† The Rankings

1. The Woman, The Mink, The Cat, and The Donkey by Marjorie Swash

This affectionate parody and sassy satire takes aim at the big news stories of the past few years, delivering a fresh take on the well-loved classic. It’s witty, thought-provoking, and lands the 10th spot on my list.

2. Wayward by Amelia Heartt

Bringing together historical fiction and fantasy, Wayward offers a unique storytelling experience with feminist undertones and a touch of magic.

Takeaway: A refreshing blend of historical fiction and fantasy with compelling characters and an engaging narrative.

3. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Zein

This character-driven tale dives into the lives of individuals connected through their love of games and their pursuit of happiness. A deep exploration of the human condition.

  • At number seven I selected Women Grow by Alice Vincent presenting real and gripping stories of women and their connection to the soil.

4. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilka

A classic collection of thought-provoking advice and lyrical reflections, condensed into a powerful 64 pages.

5. As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zulfa

Set amidst the Syrian Revolution and War, this story presents a raw and impactful perspective on survival, trauma, and the human spirit.

6. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

A masterful blend of science and storytelling, weaving a believable narrative that immerses readers from start to finish.

7. Under the Whispering Door by TJ Clon

A cozy and emotional narrative that embraces elements of magical realism, offering a heartwarming and captivating reading experience.

8. Yellow Face by Rebecca Fwang

This thought-provoking narrative confronts issues of racism and cultural appropriation, holding a mirror to our modern world.

9. Panesi by Susanna Clark

An enigmatic and mesmerizing tale that layers upon layers of intertext, providing a reading experience that surprises and captivates at every turn.

πŸ“– Conclusion

As we close the chapter on 2023, these extraordinary books have left a lasting impression. I encourage you to explore these titles and share your thoughts in the comments. Thank you for joining me on this literary journey, and stay tuned for more bookish recommendations.πŸ“š

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