Best of '23 Book List - December Bookish Bingo

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Some of my standouts (read in 2023 and published in 2023) –

A Stone Is Most Precious Where It Belongs A Stone Is Most Precious Where It Belongs / Gulchehra Hoja (nonfiction/Uyghur memoir)

The Talk The Talk / Darrin Bell (graphic nonfiction/memoir)

Family Style Family Style / Thien Pham (graphic nonfiction/memoir)

Blue Hour Blue Hour / Tiffany Clarke Harrison (fiction, short novel)

Meet Me Tonight In Atlantic City Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City / Jane Wong (nonfiction/memoir)

Give Me a Sign Give Me a Sign / Anna Sortino (teen fiction)

Chloe and the Kaishao Boys Chloe and the Kaishao Boys / Mae Coyiuto (teen fiction rom-com)


Here are my favorite books that I’ve read this year:

  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
  • Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington
  • The Spirit Bares Its Teeth by Andrew Joseph White
  • Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan

Some of my favorites in no real order:

The Hermes Protocol by Chris M. Arnone (which was a bookish first win! Adult sci-fi with some cool queer rep)

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge (YA fantasy with some cool Deaf rep)

Fenris & Mott by Greg Van Eekhout (MG magical realism, picked it up because the main character and I share the same name and I’ve never seen it elsewhere)

An Immense World by Ed Yong (Nonfiction, has tons of cool information about different animals and their unique senses)

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang (YA dystopia/kinda fantasy, I think the concept is unique and I loved the whole series)

I’ve read 46 books that were 5/5 so far this year, if you want a specific suggestion please feel free to ask! I have a lot to choose from.


My faves are heavy on romance this year, with a little fantasy, a little sci-fi, and some mystery, which matches my overall reading for the year. (I just got my library hold of Bookshops and Bonedust so that isn’t here, but it might be in a few days!)

In no particular order:

Something Wild and Wonderful by Anita Kelly
Godkiller by Hannah Kaner
System Collapse by Martha Wells
The Bell in the Fog by Lev AC Rosen
We Could Be So Good by Cat Sebastian
10 Things That Never Happened by Alexis Hall
Georgie, All Along by Kate Clayborn


These are a few of my favorites this year:
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer
A Brighter Flame by Christine Nolfi
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan Henry