Top Picks for 2023’s Best Books with Honorable Mentions

  • A fantastic read, Haunted Places tells a gripping story with great plot and characters.
  • Archives covers the history of books bound in human skin, eerie and captivating.
  • Gory Details delves into creepy and dark daily occurrences, sparking curiosity and discomfort.
  • House of Hollow is a dark tale of sisters lost and found, with a fairy tale-esque writing style and captivating story.
  • The War is an epic historical fantasy with rich, politically driven storytelling and morally ambiguous characters.
  • Honorable Mentions: From graphic novels to slow burn mysteries, an eclectic mix of compelling and memorable reads in 2023.

Top 5 Books πŸ“š

Welcome back to my channel! I’m Jesse, and I’m excited to share with you the top five books that I read in 2023. It was incredibly difficult to narrow it down to just five, so I’ll also be including an honorable mentions section at the end of this video to make sure that all of my favorite books get the recognition they deserve.

A History of Odd Places πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

The first book on my list is "A History of Odd Places." This book follows a detective on a quest to track down a missing children’s author, only to find himself immersed in a community shrouded in mystery. Despite falling into some predictable tropes, the book delivers a fantastic blend of atmosphere, dialogue, and plot, making it a must-read for fans of culty books.

Key Takeaways
– Beautiful writing
– Solid plot and characters
– Captivating atmosphere

Archives πŸ“š

Next on my list is "Archives," a non-fiction book that delves into the history of anthropodermic bibliopegy, also known as books that are bound in human skin. Despite the eerie topic, the author treats it with utmost respect, using the book as a means to give a voice to those whose skin was used to create these unique books.

Favorite Quotes
"I love when a book is able to have me feeling so many things."
"I would love to see a docu-series on this topic."

Gory Details πŸ”¬

"Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science" is a non-fiction book that takes readers on a chilling exploration of the dark and creepy aspects of the world we live in. Each chapter delves into different topics, providing bite-sized bits of information that spark curiosity and reflection.

Dark Topics Covered
– Animals eating their prey
– Creepy bugs
– Necrofilia

House of Sisters πŸ‘­

The next book on my list is "House of Sisters," a dark tale following the lives of three sisters who went missing and have no recollection of the events. Full of nonsensical yet intriguing developments, this YA novel delves into the bonds of sisterhood and the lengths one would go to for protection.

Unique Elements
– Flowery writing style
– Complex characters
– Intriguing fairy tale-like story

The War βš”οΈ

"The War" is an epic historical fantasy that transports readers to a world filled with political intrigue and morally gray characters. This trilogy offers a rich and immersive experience that will leave the reader captivated from beginning to end.

Captivating Aspects
– Politically driven plot
– Morally gray characters
– Rich world-building

Honorable Mentions πŸ”–

In addition to the top five books, I’ve also compiled a list of honorable mentions that left a lasting impression. From heartwarming relationships to thought-provoking dystopian narratives, these books are worth mentioning.


Thank you for joining me in this exploration of the best books of 2023. Whether you’ve read any of these titles or have your own favorites to share, I look forward to hearing from you in the comments. Until next time, happy reading! πŸ“–

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