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The best books of 2023

This list is part of the best books of 2023.

We've asked 1,639 authors and super readers for their 3 favorite reads of the year.

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My favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of Legends & Lattes

Kurt D. Springs Why did I love this book?

To any who would ask, I would describe this book as “a wonderful bit of fluff.”

Having recently started making my own espresso drinks, how could I resist a story of an orc named Viv trying to start a coffee shop? What sucked me into this book was the character interactions as unlikely characters try to start an unlikely business, where Viv’s biggest challenge is explaining to the people of the city what coffee is.

I’ve read a fair share of subverted troupes, and I find this novel is one of the better ones. I also tell people, “It’s a fun read.”

By Travis Baldree,

Why should I read it?

16 authors picked Legends & Lattes as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

High fantasy, low stakes - with a double-shot of coffee.

After decades of adventuring, Viv the orc barbarian is finally hanging up her sword for good. Now she sets her sights on a new dream - for she plans to open the first coffee shop in the city of Thune. Even though no one there knows what coffee actually is.

If Viv wants to put the past behind her, she can't go it alone. And help might arrive from unexpected quarters. Yet old rivals and new stand in the way of success. And Thune's shady underbelly could make it all…

My 2nd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of Dark Harvest

Kurt D. Springs Why did I love this book?

I found this book to be a fun, intense read.

Will Jordon spins a story about ex-army ranger Cameron Becker, who, like many in this genre, is more prone to following his instincts than orders. This book came out as the COVID pandemic ended, so I found the concept of a manmade pathogen that could lead to humanity’s extinction quite ironic.

I enjoyed how Will Jordan wove the 1959 incident of Dyatlov Pass into the story, so it became a lynchpin in the drama.

My 3rd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of Gravity's Heir

Kurt D. Springs Why did I love this book?

This book is so reminiscent of Andre Norton’s Solar Queen series, it made me nostalgic.

Helena (Lena to her friends) Lomasky, is the pilot of the cargo ship Aspasia when she and her friends find themselves in possession of plans for a gravity bomb designed by her estranged father.

I enjoyed Sara Bond’s mixture of political intrigue, interplanetary war, and a dash of a good old-fashioned game of “Hide the Macguffin.” I’ve had a hard time recently finding books that are hard to put down, so this one was a treat.

By Sara Bond,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Gravity's Heir as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

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