Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2023 #Top10of2023 #Top10 @SnyderBridge4 @sophiarose1816

Posted December 25, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Misc, Top 10 / 39 Comments



These are favorite reads in 2023, read and (mostly) published in 2023. (On the list in no particular order)



  1. Magic Tides and Magic Claims by Ilona Andrews
  2. The Thirteenth Month by Elizabeth Hunter
  3. 🎧An Inheritance of Magic by Benedict Jacka
  4. 🎧Saving Emma by Allen Eskens
  5. 🎧 The Last Orphan by Gregg Hurwitz
  6. North of Nowhere by Allison Brennan
  7. That Others May Live by Sara Driscoll
  8. 🎧 The Poisoner’s Ring by Kelley Armstrong
  9. Beneath Dark Waters by Karen Rose
  10. 🎧 Drowning by TJ Newman
  11. The First Death by Kendra Elliot
  12. Standing Dead by Margaret Mizushima
  13. 🎧 The Bitter Past by Bruce Borgos


This was the worst. I had some other 5 heart books I really wanted to include. Some of them will show up on the best Audiobooks list tomorrow, so I am cheating and having a Top 20+. Audiobooks where the narration played more of a factor ended up on that list, even if I would include them in my Top 10 favorites.  I had to eliminate the ones which were not published this year.


  1. The Malevolent Seven by Sabastien de Castell
  2. Magic Tides by Ilona Andrews
  3. An Inheritance of Magic by Benedict Jacka
  4. Esrahaddon by Michael J Sullivan
  5. Yumi and the Nightmare Painter by Brandon Sanderson
  6. A Match in the Making by Jen Turano
  7. City of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaeffer
  8. Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher
  9. Atomic Habits by James Clear
  10. Starter Villain by John Scalzi





  1. There Should Have Been Eight by Nalini Singh, thriller
  2. Rogue Mission by Kendall Talbot, romantic suspense
  3. Kyden by Veronica Scott, sci-fi romance
  4. A Traitor Among Us by Anne Perry, historical mystery
  5. Maelstrom by Cara Bristol, sci-fi romance
  6. Dragons Beyond the Pale by Maria Grace, Gaslamp fantasy
  7. The Lucky Shamrock by Carolyn Brown, women’s fiction
  8. Witch King by Martha Wells, fantasy
  9. A Wyoming Summer by Carla Kelly, Christine Sterling, Heather B. Moore, Inspirational Historical Romance
  10. Murder at Haven’s Rock by Kelly Armstrong, thriller



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Coming up this week:

Monday, December 25th–       Top 10 Books of 2023

Tuesday, December 26th       Top 10 Audiobooks of 2023

Wednesday, December 27th Top 10 Book Covers of 2023

Thursday, December 28th    Top 10 Book Characters of 2023

Friday, December 29th          Top 10 Your Choice Category ( Narrators, New to Me, Couples, Series,  Books I Meant to Read This Year, etc)  

Saturday, December 30th    Top 10 Books I Want in 2024


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Posted December 25, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Misc, Top 10 / 39 Comments

39 responses to “Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2023

  1. Haha…we all have such different favorites for the most part. Sophia, There should have been Eight was on a list of books I didn’t get to yet. Same with Anne’s favorite 🎧 The Poisoner’s Ring by Kelley Armstrong.

    Robin recently posted: Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2023
  2. I limited today’s post to ebooks only, so it would be easier to pick some books and even then I ended up with a top 15 instead. Lots of titles or author names I recognize in your top tens, but none I’ve actually read. I have the A Rip Through Time series by Kelley Armstrong on my to-read list, but haven’t started it yet. And the Badari Gladiators series is on my to-read list as well, maybe next year I can get to it.

    Thanks for hosting this! I am linking u for 3 days with my own posts :).

  3. Lorna

    I liked The Poisoner’s Ring and There Should have been Eight but those are the only ones I’ve read of these. I do love Allen Eskens’s books but hadn’t heard of that one. I picked books like The Seven Year Slip, Fourth Wing and Forevermore. Lots of others too. 5 of my favorites were posted on Maryse’s Blog today. I could have easily given her ten more. Like you say so many good books this year!

  4. I see that you got to quite a bit of romance this year and love seeing so many make your top list there. Definitely adding those to my tbr for the upcoming year! Veronica Scott especially I want to try out. Have you read her Egyptian books?

  5. Always fun to see what everyone’s favorite books are! I hope to read An Inheritance of Magic this year. So many of the other titles from the three lists are on my wish list. Here’s to a great year of books this new year as well!

    Literary Feline recently posted: First Sentences 2023
  6. I’m so stingy with my 5-star ratings, these top 10 lists are usually pretty easy for me 😀 The only author I’m familiar with from any of your lists is T. Kingfisher and I love her books! Happy New Year to all of you!

  7. Looking at your collective lists, I should probably move Ilona Andrews and Benedict Jacka higher up on my TBR list this year.

    I had a hard time picking just 10 this year, too. I didn’t have a ton of 5-star reads, but I had a whole lot of 4.5-star books! In the end, I eliminated rereads, let a single book stand in for an entire series in several cases, and went with the ones that still shone brightest in my memory, regardless of stars given at the time of reading. I can see rereading all the books I chose.

    Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard recently posted: My Favorite Books of 2023