Favourite Books of 2023
It’s time for my final favourite wrap-up of 2023. Today I’m sharing my Favourite Books of 2023. This is going to be a long one, so let’s dive in!
Favourite Books of 2023
Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase
Starting strong with the first book in the Lockwood & Co series. After watching the (sadly cancelled) TV show on Netflix I got addicted to reading these books. There are five in the series and they were all brilliant. I would highly recommend them!
The Foundling by Stacey Halls
I loved the audiobook edition of The Foundling by Stacey Halls, Hattie Morahan and Laura Aikman were brilliant as the narrators of Alexandra and Bess Bright respectively. This is a Bonnier book and the audio team smashed it out of the park, alongside Stacey who did a brilliant job crafting this story.
Love from the Pink Palace by Jill Nalder
A non-fiction book, based on the stories that inspired It’s a Sin. Jill Nalder is the real Jill from the series, but the other characters are based on her beautiful friends within the West End community who sadly passed away from Aids and the others who survived.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
I finally read A Little Life after planning to read it for eight years. It was hard and harrowing, and I’ll never read it again. But I’m glad I read it after so long.
Yellowface by Rebecca F. Kuang
This is a Marmite book, and whilst I didn’t care for the story I loved the reading experience of Yellowface. It’s set in the world of Publishing and it had surprising and biting accuracy about my beloved industry from both the perspective of a writer and that of a publisher.
A Town Called Alice by Nevile Shute
One of the only classics I read in 2023. After being told to read it for years I finally settled in and read this modern classic and I loved it. It’s out-of-date and should be taken with a pinch of salt, but this is a romance in WW2 with immense power and pace.
The Door-to-Door Bookstore by Carsten Henn
This is another Bonnier book I loved in 2023. It’s a German-translated novel about an elderly man who delivers books to his neighbours every day. One day a little girl offers – demands – to help and he has a sweet little companion. But she meddles in the affairs of his neighbours and things take a dark turn. It’s very sweet and an easy read, a great treat for book lovers.
Seventeen by Joe Gibson
This memoir caught me by surprise as I initially thought it was fiction. I was wrong! This is a sometimes difficult read about a teenage boy being publicly groomed by his female teacher. Joe Gibson is a pseudonym as the real author did not want to reveal his identity as his ‘groomer’ is also his ex-wife and mother of his two children. It asks a lot of very dark and important questions.
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
A tiny book with a lot of impact. This Irish novella focuses on a man who helps a young woman escape a Mother and Baby Home during Christmas.
Oh Miriam! by Miriam Margoyles
The hilarious Miriam Margoyles returns with her second memoir. Whilst not as moving as her first memoir, this rude, acerbic and intriguing memoir will still leave you in stitches.
Grimoire Girl by Hilarie Burton Morgan
As a fan of One Tree Hill, I was pleasantly surprised to discover Hilarie Burton Morgan has moved from acting full-time to writing and running a farm. Grimoire Girl is actually her second book and it’s part memoir, part grimoire (as the title suggests) about living a happy and healthy life. I particularly liked her chapter on the ghost that lived in her flat (Hester). A gentle, easy read.
Playing Under the Piano by Hugh Bonneville
After accidentally running into Hugh Bonneville at the theatre in the Summer (with Antonio Banderas?!) I felt I had to read his memoir. To be honest, I already had it on Audible so I dived in. He shares a lot of anecdotes about his time on stage – I had no idea he was such a prolific thespian of the stage – and a few from his time on major movie sets including Notting Hill and The Monuments Men. Of course, there is also a lot about Downton Abbey. My one bugbear was that his chapters weren’t necessarily in chronological order, but there’s no rule to say a memoir has to be chronological! Still a very enjoyable listen.
Heartstopper Vol. 5 by Alice Oseman
The fifth and not final installment of Heartstopper came out in December and I pre-ordered it so that I could read it on the day. It’s such a cute graphic novel series and this volume does not disappoint. I was ‘aww’ing’ every two pages.
Quite a few favourites this year! What were your favourite books of 2023? Let me know in the comments below.