5 Of The Best Books I Read in 2023

Helm of Midnight was one of my favourite books I read in 2023

I did not read as many books last year as I wanted to, life got in the way. I know, right? But these 5 stick out as probably my favourites. Although I may change the list at some point as I like to change my mind.

These Burning Stars 

"These Burning Stars" by Bethany Jacobs is the first book in The Kingdom Trilogy. This sci-fi epic caught my attention from the start and quickly became one of my favorite debuts in the genre.

The book takes us on a cat and mouse game across the galaxy, but it's so much more than that. It's a layered story filled with politics, diverse cultures, and compelling characters. June, a skilled hacker, finds herself in possession of valuable information that could change everything. The book explores themes of power, loyalty, and the complexities of a vast universe.

How High We Go in the Dark

"How High We Go in the Dark" by Sequoia Nagamatsu is a heartbreaking and bittersweet story left a lasting impact on me. Set in a world plagued by a released ancient virus, the book explores the aftermath and how society copes with the devastation.

Through a series of interconnected stories, we witness the resilience of humanity in the face of loss, loneliness, and difficult relationships. The book is a testament to our ability to persevere and dream, even in the darkest of times.

The Helm of Midnight

"The Helm of Midnight" by Marina Lostetter is the first book in the Five Penalties series. This genre-blending mystery, suspense, and fantasy novel kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.

The book introduces us to Krona, a regulator tasked with investigating a stolen mask containing the echo of a serial killer. As she navigates this dangerous world, we witness the intricate web of politics, religion, and justice. It's a thrilling and atmospheric read that leaves you hungry for more.


"Lightbringer" by Pierce Brown, the sixth book in the Red Rising Saga, is a science fiction series that continues to captivate  with its thrilling plot, intricate world-building, and complex characters.

As the story reaches its climax, loyalty is tested, friendships rekindled, and new alliances form. The book serves as a reminder of how far these characters have come and sets the stage for the epic conclusion in the seventh book, "Red God."

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

"The Grace of Kings" by Ken Liu, the first book in the Dandelion Dynasty series. This historical fantasy epic surpassed all expectations and has become my all-time favorite fantasy book.

Ken Liu's storytelling prowess is on full display in this book. The intricate plot, detailed world-building, and unforgettable characters make it a truly masterful read. It's a unique blend of history and fantasy that transports readers to a world of political intrigue, rebellion, and the pursuit of justice.

If you're a fan of epic fantasy, "The Grace of Kings" is a must-read. It sets the bar high for the rest of the genre and promises an incredible reading experience.

Let me know in the comments the best books you read in 2023 and why.

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Sam said…
I totally feel you on the point about not reading enough books. I need to up my game. Some of these wouldn't be the genre I would choose, but bet I would actually love them. Might be time to try something new.

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