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The best books of 2023

This list is part of the best books of 2023.

We've asked 1,651 authors and super readers for their 3 favorite reads of the year.

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My favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Nicole Audet Why did I love this book?

As an author, Stephen King's book was a great inspiration to me.

In the first part of the book, I learned the author's biography. Like all great authors who build an empire, he had to build it through perseverance, failures, and setbacks. This is at least the fifth time I've read this book, and I can't wait to read it again, especially the second part, which he calls "The Toolbox".

After explaining the road to his success, Stephen King talks about writing and the tricks of the writer's journey. This giant describes himself as the first reader of his stories. He has his own way of creating a story and letting his characters live in it by giving them the freedom to live as they please, to the delight of his readers.

By Stephen King,

Why should I read it?

23 authors picked On Writing as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King

ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S TOP 100 NONFICTION BOOKS OF ALL TIME

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the…


My 2nd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference

Nicole Audet Why did I love this book?

The authors wanted to understand why compassion and empathy had left the hearts of healthcare workers and find ways to revive them. To do this, Dr. Trzeciak took two years off work to study the literature on compassion and empathy in medicine. 

His book, full of powerful examples, makes us understand the importance of compassion as a therapeutic tool, which has the advantage of being free and universal. His approach leads him to conclude that it only takes a few seconds in a medical interview for compassion to live on with all its magical effects.

A must-read for all healthcare professionals and their patients.

By Stephen Trzeciak, Anthony Mazzarelli,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Compassionomics as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A 34-year-old man fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit is on an artificial respirator for over a month. Could it be that his chance of getting off the respirator is not how much his nurses know, but rather how much they care?

A 75-year-old woman is heroically saved by a major trauma center only to be discharged and fatally struck by a car while walking home from the hospital. Could a lack of compassion from the hospital staff have been a factor in her death?

Compelling new research shows that health care is in the midst of…


My 3rd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Nicole Audet Why did I love this book?

A great book is like a great song: you have to read it over and over again to grasp all its nuances and value.

This book is one of those great books. The author presents us with an original way of looking at life and adopting seven habits to become highly effective in all circumstances. I first read this book over twenty years ago, and I've reread it just as many times since. Each time I read it, I realize how easy it is to forget to put these good habits into action.

After so many readings, all I have to do is look at the diagram designed by the author to resume the good habits that have earned me the reputation of being an eternal optimist despite life's pitfalls.

By Stephen R. Covey,

Why should I read it?

13 authors picked The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

New York Times bestseller - over 25 million copies sold
The No. 1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century

"[Thirty] years after it first appeared, the wisdom of The 7 Habits is more relevant than ever. On an individual level people are burning out, and on a collective level we are burning up the planet. So Dr. Covey's emphasis on self-renewal and his understanding that leadership and creativity require us to tap into our own physical, mental, and spiritual resources are exactly what we need now." Arianna Huffington

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written,…


Plus, check out my book…

The Magic of Empathy: Theory and Practice

By Nicole Audet,

Book cover of The Magic of Empathy: Theory and Practice

What is my book about?

In this heart-warming and radically honest book, Dr. Nicole identifies the remedy for resolving the pain and distance caused by miscommunication: empathy. Discovering the power of empathy to heal and create connections dramatically improved Dr. Nicole’s life, both as a mother and a doctor. The initial chapters demystify the theory of communication, focusing on empathy in theory and practice. Dr. Nicole also shares numerous powerful stories from her own life and career that reveal how empathy has led to authentic connections and long-term healing. Lastly, she provides the reader with proven exercises that will allow you to practice listening without judgment, honoring silence, responding with wisdom, and speaking from the heart. Such communication skills will open the doors to moments of pure magic in your life. 

My 6-year-old's favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of Can I Be Your Dog?

Nicole Audet Why did they love this book?

The author gives his pen to a dog looking for a master. Without success, he writes to everyone on his street, offering his services.

The ending is as surprising and refreshing as all the pages of this book. Author, illustrator, and page designer created a fabulous picture book.

Children will love reading and rereading this gentle, emotional book. This book is sitting on my coffee table. My friends all smile as they read this book, which will touch the hearts of readers of all ages.

By Troy Cummings,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked Can I Be Your Dog? as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 3, 4, 5, and 6.

What is this book about?

The New York Times bestseller featured on THE TODAY SHOW!

A heart-tugging dog adoption story told through letters--deeply sincere and almost desperate pleas for a forever home--from the dog, himself!

This picture book shares the tale of Arfy, a homeless mutt who lives in a box in an alley. Arfy writes to every person on Butternut Street about what a great pet he'd make. His letters to prospective owners share that he's house broken! He has his own squeaky bone! He can learn to live with cats! But, no one wants him. Won't anyone open their heart--and home--to a lonesome…


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My 8-year-old's favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of The Long Journey of Mister Poop / El Gran Viaje del Senor Caca

Nicole Audet Why did they love this book?

This non-fiction bilingual English and Spanish picture book, translated from French, describes the magic of human digestion.

The book's creators have chosen the original point of view of a poop that goes on a journey. The book cover seduces readers at first glance with a funny turd and its suitcases. 

Great book to learn a second language and the human body while laughing.

This book is a great international success with its humorous and pedagogic approach. 

By Angele Delaunois, Marie Lafrance (illustrator), Daniel Zolinski (translator)

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Long Journey of Mister Poop / El Gran Viaje del Senor Caca as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 4, 5, 6, and 7.

What is this book about?

Caca. Poop. Number two. Kids have a thousand names for it. Don’t they want to know where it comes from? The Fantastic Voyage of Señor Caca shows kids the hows and whys.A smart wolf in a lab coat leads kids on a journey through their digestive system. A little girl eats an apple for a snack (crunch, crunch), and the apple drops into the esophagus (glug, glug) before a stop in the stomach. At each stop along the way the wolf explains in simple scientific terms what the body is doing. After the pit stop in the stomach, what remains…


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My 14-year-old's favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of 1001 Beasty Body Facts

Nicole Audet Why did they love this book?

These funny 200 pages gather a thousand human body facts, making teenagers laugh while learning. Bones, muscles, and skin reveal their secrets in this well-illustrated book. 

As a doctor writing children’s books on the human body, I love this book. I learned so much from reading it. I can imagine how long it takes to collect data to write it. 

As there are about five facts per page, it is easy to read. Open the book, read even one or two pages, and you learn something.

By Helen Otway,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked 1001 Beasty Body Facts as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Brand new book


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