Best and worst books of 2023?

What books have you read this year that have been your favorite and least favorite? You can also say why, too, if you’re interested. :wink:

My favorites this year (thus far):

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (4/5 stars)

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard (4/5 stars)

Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (4/5 stars)

Vengeful by V. E Schwab (4/5 stars)

A Broken Blade by Melissa Blair (4/5 stars)

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (4/5 stars)

Fable by Adrienne Young (4/5 stars)

Daughter of the Siren Queen (4/5 Stars)

If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy (4/5 stars)

As for the worst?

Better Together by Christine Riccio (3/5 stars)

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard (3/5 stars)

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (2/5 stars)

What Light by Jay Asher (3/5 stars)


None of these books came out in 2023 as far as I know, but here’s my list of the bestest books I read this year, in no particular order:

Beartown / Fredrik Backman
Big Swiss / Jen Beagin
Brokeback Mountain / Annie Proulx
Eileen / Ottessa Moshfegh
Ejaculate Responsibly / Gabrielle Blair
Generations / Jean Twenge
Howl’s Moving Castle / Diana Wynne Jones
Keeper of Enchanted Rooms / Charlie Holmberg
Legends and Lattes / Travis Baldree
Monsters: a Fan’s Dilemma / Claire Dederer
Night / Elie Wiesel
Play It as It Lays / Joan Didion
Room 1219: The Life of Fatty Arbuckle / Greg Merritt
The House in the Cerulean Sea / TJ Klune
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue / V. E. Schwab
The Light Pirate / Lily Brooks-Dalton
The Mother of All Questions / Rebecca Solnit
The Song of Achilles / Madeline Miller
The Virgin Suicides / Jeffrey Eugenides
This is How You Lose the Time War / Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Wired for Story / Lisa Cron

The ones I didn’t like so much:

At Swim-Two-Birds / Flann O’Brien
House of Gucci / Sara Gay Forden
I, Fatty / Jerry Stahl
Leave the World Behind / Rumaan Alam
Meander, Spiral, Explode / Jane Alison
Outlander / Diana Gabaldon
Outline / Rachel Cusk
Pod: a Novel / Laline Paull
The Last White Man / Mohsin Hamid
These Old Shades / Georgette Heyer
Thistlefoot / GennaRose Nethercott
Tom Brown’s School Days / Thomas Hughes
Troubling Love / Elena Ferrante
Why Read the Classics? / Italo Calvino

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I take the fact I don’t see any 1/5 or 0/5 a sign that you have a discerning eye.

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