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The best books of 2023

This list is part of the best books of 2023.

We've asked 1,681 authors and super readers for their 3 favorite reads of the year.

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My favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of Angels of the Pacific: A Novel of World War II

Gina Buonaguro Why did I love this book?

Wow. A part of WW2 that I knew absolutely nothing about. I’ve read so much that takes place in Europe but nothing at all in the Pacific, so it opened up a whole new setting for me.

Fascinating, sad, heroic. Wonderful, realistic characters. An important and beautiful book that takes place in the Philippines.

By Elise Hooper,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Angels of the Pacific as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"Absolutely riveting. A stay-up-all night read about two very different women who discover just how strong they can be-and just how much they'll dare-during the brutal Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II. This story of endurance and sisterhood will have you turning pages late into the night." -Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author

If you loved Beantown Girls by Jane Healey and Hazel Gaynor's When We Were Young & Brave, then you won't want to miss critically acclaimed author Elise Hooper's powerful new novel of the Angels of Bataan, nurses held as prisoners during the occupation…

My 2nd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of The Pull of the Stars

Gina Buonaguro Why did I love this book?

A beautiful, sad, poignant book about the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, taking place in Dublin, Ireland where it hit young pregnant women doubly hard.

Very timely as it was published in the first year of the recent pandemic, making it especially resonate. The author is a master at creating suspense in a tiny space, basically one room.

By Emma Donoghue,

Why should I read it?

7 authors picked The Pull of the Stars as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In Dublin, 1918, a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu is a small world of work, risk, death, and unlooked-for love, in "Donoghue's best novel since Room" (Kirkus Reviews).

In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders—Doctor Kathleen Lynn, a rumoured Rebel on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney.

In the darkness and intensity of this…

My 3rd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of The Admiral’s Wife

Gina Buonaguro Why did I love this book?

This book is just really good historical fiction, a page turner I could not put down.

I learned about an era and culture (early 20th century Hong Kong) I knew almost nothing about, and it was woven so well with the modern-day story. The author did a wonderful job with the plot, the history, the emotions, the family dynamics, and the nuance.

By M.K. Tod,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Admiral’s Wife as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Admiral’s Wife

The lives of two women living in Hong Kong more than a century apart are unexpectedly linked by forbidden love and financial scandal.

“Family secrets and personal ambitions, east and west, collide in this compelling, deeply moving novel." -- Weina Dai Randel, award-winning author ofTHE LAST ROSE OF SHANGHAI

“Irresistible and absorbing.” Janie Chang, bestselling author of THE LIBRARY OF LEGENDS

“A riveting tale of clashing cultures, ruthless corruption, and the consequences of corrosive lies.” James R Benn, author of ROAD OF BONES and other Billy Boyle mysteries

In 2016, Patricia Findlay leaves a high-powered career to…

Plus, check out my book…

The Virgins of Venice

By Gina Buonaguro,

Book cover of The Virgins of Venice

What is my book about?

Venice in 1509 is on the brink of war. The displeasure of Pope Julius II is a continuing threat to the republic. Amid this turmoil, noblewoman Justina Soranzo, just sixteen, hopes to make a rare love marriage with her sweetheart, Luca Cicogna. Her hopes are dashed when her father decides her younger sister, Rosa, will marry in a strategic alliance and Justina will be sent to the San Zaccaria convent. Lord Soranzo is not acting only to protect his family. He's in debt to both his trading partners and the most infamous courtesan in the city, La Diamante.

Secrets and scandals breach the convent walls, and Justina learns there may be even worse fates for her than the veil, if La Diamante makes good on her threats.