Best of 2023

Best of 2023

A list by Emily, Customer Service Specialist

These were my top reads of 2023. Some of them I even read multiple times cause once just wasn't enough, and have lived rent free in my mind ever since. 


This was a book I read on a chance after getting it from Book of the Month. I knew it would have magic, and gave it a shot. I devoured this book, and the audiobook. I read it again later in the year and loved it so much, I annotated a copy for a friend. The world building is amazing, the characters are all dynamic. There are romantic relationships, friendships, familial relationships, just a little bit of something for everybody. 

This is the other book that I read multiple times, and it is another one that I checked out on a whim because we had copies available, and I heard it had dragons. This gave me all the feels of reading Divergent and Hunger Games back in the day, only there are dragons and magical powers, and enemies to lovers romance. Literally everything I could want in one book. Plus world building with nerdy history facts. 

After I read Hide by this author I immediately went to see if she had any other books in the horror genre written, saw this was coming, and put it on my to be read list. Placed a hold as soon as I could. Read most of it on release day, and I loved it. This one has similar themes to Hide, but with a dash more religious trauma that had me sobbing by the end. Loved it.

I read this on a whim, deciding to give Rachel Hawkins a second chance after I didn't really care for a previous book, and I'm glad I did. This converted me to a devoted reader of hers, and sent me on a spiral where I read her entire back catalog too. Covering two different timelines, you see two different infamous murders happen at the same Italian villa, and at the end it's up to you to decide what just is real.

This is a fluffier romance than I normally read, and cleaner, but the cover is so cute and the guy has tattoos so I gave it a shot. And it is so incredibly cute. I love a good fake dating vibe, and needing a guy to coach you on how to date and be datable it very fake dating adjacent. Guy falls first, hard, and it is just wonderful going between their point of views to see them falling for one another. Great audiobook.

When a book is marketed as "a story about vampires, ghosts, and death itself!" I am absolutely going to read it. This did not disappoint. I think it might have lost something if I read it instead of listening to the audiobook, but this book is just full of characters you can't help but fall in love with. Even horrible people are just excellent characters. There are so many dynamics and relationships at play, world building, and you just feel all of it. 

This was my first read of 2023, and it was a great way to start the year. Cute college romance, between an ice skater and a hockey player, with filthy dialogue and friendships that had me smiling and kicking my feet it just checked off every box for me.