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The Ten Best Books of 2023

For a much longer title, “Attempting to Rank the Ten Best Books I Read in 2023”

In 2023, I read 24 books, and considering the tailspin that was this year, I am pleasantly surprised I made it past twelve. With that being said, instead of ranking every book I’ve read this year, I am only going to rank what I consider ten of the best—a task that hurt my brain with its impossibility.

10. Beach Read

Author: Emily Henry
Release Date: May 18, 2020
Genre: Contemporary romance, fiction
Initial SJ Rating: 92%
Quick Thoughts: Something about this felt like a young adult book that was so close to being an adult book, which makes it a little forgettable compared to Emily Henry’s other works.

9. Love & Other Words

Author: Christina Lauren
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Genre: Contemporary romance, fiction
Initial SJ Rating: 98%
Quick Thoughts: The only Christina Lauren book worth reading. Minus Elliot’s reasoning for a certain situation, this book is near perfection.

8. Every Summer After

Author: Carley Fortune
Release Date: May 10, 2022
Genre: Contemporary romance, coming-of-age
Initial SJ Rating: 89%
Quick Thoughts: A beautiful debut for Carley Fortune; she hooks you in halfway through the book and doesn’t let you go.

7. Opposite of Always

Author: justin a. reynolds
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Genre: Romance, time travel fiction
Initial SJ Rating: 97%
Quick Thoughts: This is one of those books where you stay in its euphoria longer than anticipated when you finish it for the first time.

6. Happy Place

Author: Emily Henry
Release Date: April 25, 2023
Genre: Contemporary romance, fiction
Initial SJ Rating: 91%
Quick Thoughts: An unforgettable book drowning in nostalgia that makes you want to find your friends and hold onto them forever.

5. Book Lovers

Author: Emily Henry
Release Date: May 3, 2022
Genre: Contemporary romance, fiction
Initial SJ Rating: 96%
Quick Thoughts: Nora and Charlie’s love story is so unforgettable. I can’t wait to see the movie for this one; I hope Hollywood doesn’t ruin it.

4. The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life

Author: Lauren Martin
Release Date: December 8, 2020
Genre: Self-help, nonfiction
Initial SJ Rating: 93%
Quick Thoughts: This is the perfect book to read when you’re going through a rough time. It reminds you of all the Pinterest quotes and goes a little deeper into their meanings.

3. Uphill

Author: Jemele Hill
Release Date: October 25, 2022
Genre: Autobiography
Initial SJ Rating: 96%
Quick Thoughts: Jemele Hill has experienced SO MUCH, and through it all, she remained herself, which got her to where she is today. This book was so inspiring without being a difficult read.

2. Love, Theoretically

Author: Ali Hazelwood
Release Date: June 8, 2023
Genre: Contemporary romance, fiction
Initial SJ Rating: 99%
Quick Thoughts: This was my introduction to Ali Hazelwood, and it was such an addicting read. As I’m typing this, I’m listening to the audiobook and falling in love with Jack Smith all over again.

1. The Silent Patient

Author: Alex Michaelides
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Genre: Crime fiction, psychological thriller
Initial SJ Rating: 100%
Quick Thoughts: Truly unforgettable. Like, wow.

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