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The best books of 2023

This list is part of the best books of 2023.

We've asked 1,679 authors and super readers for their 3 favorite reads of the year.

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My favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of Half a Soul

Cori Cooper Why did I love this book?

Half a Soul takes two of my most favorite things, fantasy and Regency England, and mashes them together into a fascinating tale that kept me thinking days after I finished the book.

Dora comes to live with her beloved cousin and best friend after her parents both passed away. As a child, she has an unfortunate run-in with a Fairy Lord who steals half of her soul, leaving Dora unable to feel anything.

Now quite grown up and ready to enter society, Dora and her cousin travel to England for the season. You can imagine what happens when a girl who has no concept of propriety encounters the infamous ton.

This book had me from the start and the ending was just fabulous. I love it when an author does something bold and does it well. 😊

By Olivia Atwater,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked Half a Soul as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 13, 14, 15, and 16.

What is this book about?

“Whimsical, witty, and brimming over with charm” (India Holton), Olivia Atwater’s delightful debut will transport you to a magical version of Regency England, where the only thing more meddlesome than a fairy is a marriage-minded mother!

It’s difficult to find a husband in Regency England when you’re a young lady with only half a soul.

Ever since she was cursed by a faerie, Theodora Ettings has had no sense of fear or embarrassment—an unfortunate condition that leaves her prone to accidental scandal. Dora hopes to be a quiet, sensible wallflower during the London Season—but when Elias Wilder, the strange, handsome,…

My 2nd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of Dealing with Dragons

Cori Cooper Why did I love this book?

Dealing with Dragons is so unexpected, I completely adored it! Though I love fantasy, I’m not usually a huge fan of dragons. (I know, I hope we can still be friends.)

This book changed my mind a bit.

How can I not love a princess who is bored out of her mind and gives herself up as a dragon slave to keep the princes from coming around, trying to marry her all the time? It’s just so adorable, I can’t even.

There were so many quirky moments similar to that. Wizards and soapy lemon water, dragon king as a title and not the gender… to name a few.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, great! Go read the book and find out! 

By Patricia C. Wrede,

Why should I read it?

5 authors picked Dealing with Dragons as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 8, 9, 10, and 11.

What is this book about?

Meet Princess Cimorene-a princess who refuses to be proper. She is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart . . . and bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon. And not just any dragon, but Kazul-one of the most powerful and dangerous dragons around. With a new look and new introduction from the author, this story is sure to acquire a new generation of fans. AGES: 10-13 AUTHOR: Patricia C. Wrede has written many novels, including all four books in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles as well as 'Sorcery and Cecilia', 'The…

My 3rd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting

Cori Cooper Why did I love this book?

I read A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting at the tale end of my yearly regency romance kick. It comes around on the regular and I just inhale the books until I’m done. It’s a weird phenomenon, but after a while, they all start to sound the same to me and I have to stop reading.

So, A Lady’s Guide was amazing because it didn’t follow the usual patterns.

Yes, it was predictable. I knew right away who she was going to end up with, but getting there was so interesting and made me question if I was right a few times. It was just super enjoyable.

Kitty Talbot needs to marry a fortune now that her father has passed away, to provide for her five sisters and keep them all together. Off to London she goes with the one purpose of snagging a rich husband. No love required.

I was so intrigued by all the ways Kitty did the wrong things for the right reasons and how it all came out right in the end. 

By Sophie Irwin,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

“Bridgerton fans will swoon over this entertaining romp through Britain’s Regency-era high society.”

"A Lady's Guide to Fortune Hunting is a sharp, modern, and absolutely delicious take on the marriage plot. Sophie Irwin's debut is one of the most fun, romantic books I've read in a long time. I cannot wait to see what she does next."
--Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising

A whip-smart debut that follows the adventures of an entirely unconventional heroine who throws herself into the London Season to find a wealthy husband.  But the last thing she expects is…

Plus, check out my book…

Sage Advice

By Cori Cooper,

Book cover of Sage Advice

What is my book about?

Pyper Lewis has all the answers to all the questions, just ask anyone. She knows exactly how to make this the most amazing senior year of all time for herself, and her friends.

There's only one problem. It has four ugly letters and causes her very worst memories. Prom.

When her efforts to cancel the prom backfire, Pyper has to face all the things she's been dodging for an entire year. With the help of her friends and family, Pyper begins to realize she doesn't have all the answers after all—and maybe that's okay.

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