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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 The Dream of the Iron Dragon

J. Trevor Robinson Why did I love this book?

The premise of the story is this: the crew of a spaceship find themselves thrown back in time to the Viking Age, where they need to figure out how to build a new ship with their technological knowledge and return home. From there the crew face a constant struggle against the elements, the technological constraints of the time, Vikings, and the strange force of history itself.

It’s gripping, it’s funny at times, and always fascinating.

By the time I found Kroese’s Iron Dragon series, he had already published all five installments, which was great because as soon as I finished Dream of the Iron Dragon I went back to Amazon and bought the other four. The Iron Dragon series continues building up to some fantastic and unexpected payoffs. I’m looking forward to checking out some of Kroese’s other books.

By Robert Kroese,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Dream of the Iron Dragon as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

It is the year 2207. After a decades-long war with an alien race known as the Cho-ta’an, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable and the human race has been driven to the brink of extinction. Humanity survives in a handful of colonies scattered across the galaxy, connected by hyperspace gates. Things look dim for the human race when the crew of a scientific survey ship comes into possession of an incredibly destructive “planet-killer” bomb left behind by a long-extinct alien race. With this weapon, the human alliance could threaten to destroy the Cho-ta’an homeworld, changing the balance of the conflict.But as…


My 2nd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of Gun Magus

J. Trevor Robinson Why did I love this book?

Kenneth Jericho gets sucked into a magical otherworld while rescuing a little girl from human traffickers, and soon learns that his new surroundings have their own problems that he can’t turn away from.

Immediately it turns into a fast-paced adventure that made me nostalgic for the Dungeons and Dragons group I played with as a young man, where the guy running the game was perfectly happy to accept things like a high-powered magical rifle using the same stats as a longbow.

I never got into anime myself, but I still really enjoyed Gun Magus’s isekai vibe and any anime fan would probably appreciate it even more. Gun Magus has action, worldbuilding, big vibrant characters, and a lot of heart. I hope LaPoint has plans to go back and revisit this setting someday.

By N.R. LaPoint,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Gun Magus as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


My 3rd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of Hannibal Harken in: The Island of the Lost

J. Trevor Robinson Why did I love this book?

It’s a classic setting for a reason: a gentleman adventurer stranded on an uncharted island, contending with unexpected dangers while trying to keep his companions safe.

Island of the Lost starts in a sort of alternate Victorian era, where the country names are strange but their cultures are oddly familiar, and a world of science and industry has to adjust to the emergence of magic and monsters.

The action on the island is fun and fast-paced, the characters come together to feel like a well-rounded adventuring party, and the world Lane builds feels like it has a deep lore that I hope is explored further in future Hannibal Harken stories.

By Milton Lane,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Hannibal Harken in as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Plus, check out my book…

The Mummy of Monte Cristo

By J. Trevor Robinson,

Book cover of The Mummy of Monte Cristo

What is my book about?

In this swashbuckling tale of betrayal and revenge, a classic Alexandre Dumas adventure receives a supernatural twist. Framed for treason and left to rot forgotten in a cell, Edmond Dantes loses everything until he learns of a dark power hidden on the island of Monte Cristo.

Years later, a vengeful mummy descends on Paris to wreak havoc on those who had framed Dantes. But will his power be enough to match a man who can conjure flame, a zealous magistrate who feasts on innocent blood, and a savage plot to plunge the world into ravenous darkness?

My 4-year-old's favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of No More Secrets: The Candy Cavern

J. Trevor Robinson Why did they love this book?

My daughter loves the illustrations and feeling like she’s outsmarting the book by seeing through Mr Wooly’s disguise from his first appearance.

Every time we get to the climax of Rose’s father stepping in to help her, she recites “Stay away from my Rose!” in a big voice with me. Hopefully it helps the book’s message to sink in of “don’t trust people who want you to keep secrets from your family.”

By Chaya Raichik, James Scrawl (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked No More Secrets as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Chaya Raichik the face behind the popular Twitter handle libsoftiktok has come out with her first children's book. This kid's book for ages 4-8 reveals the dangers of keeping secrets from your parents. The conservative children's book is a modern twist to the familiar Grimm's-style fairy tale, even including a big bad wolf. No More Secrets: The Candy Cavern

Rose the Lamb was so excited to begin second grade. But when her new teacher focused more on candy than teaching, Rose knew that something was wrong.

Rose must decide whether to keep secrets from her parents or to listen to…


My 4-year-old's 2nd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of Very First Questions and Answers What's Inside Me?

J. Trevor Robinson Why did they love this book?

This book is great for a kid who is fascinated with the workings of the human body.

With plenty of lift-the-flap sections, it covers all the major bodily functions: what the organs do, how circulation and breathing work, bones and muscles, the brain… and of course the big one for kids, how do we poop? My daughter loves pointing at parts before I’ve read about them and declaring what they are, especially the fun ones to say like “esophagus.

By Katie Daynes, Marta Alvarez Miguens (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Very First Questions and Answers What's Inside Me? as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 3, 4, and 5.

What is this book about?

What gives me shape? How do I move? What's blood for? And where does my food go? Take a peek inside the human body and discover what's really going on - with help from a characterful cast of body parts!


My 4-year-old's 3rd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

J. Trevor Robinson Why did they love this book?

I’ve lost track of how many times my daughter has asked me to re-read the story of Jonah from this book.

It does a great job of presenting Biblical history in a simplified way for kids to understand, and showing how the Old Testament points forward to Jesus. The art style is dynamic and every now and then you have to turn it 90 degrees to see something like Goliath towering over teeny-tiny David.

By Sally Lloyd-Jones, Jago (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Jesus Storybook Bible as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

If you are a parent, grandparent, pastor, or teacher looking for a way to teach the children in your life about God's "Never Stopping, Never Giving up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love," look no further than The Jesus Storybook Bible.

What makes The Jesus Storybook Bible different from every other Kids' Bible?

While other Kids' Bibles contain stories from the Old and New Testaments, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible, pointing to Jesus as our Savior. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will clearly see…


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