What I Read in 2023

Happy New Year!

I’m already a couple of books into my reading for 2024, but it’s tradition for me to recap my year here on the blog, so here’s a summary of what I read in 2023.

My reading was up in 2023! I finished 90 books (versus 80 in 2022). I didn’t have a particular reading goal for 2023, but there ended up being a couple of trends.

  • First, since I was writing a mystery, I read a significant number of mysteries and thrillers, both young adult and adult.
  • Second, I made a point of reading books that caught my attention, just for fun. So if I saw a book everyone was talking about, I picked it up to read, even if I had a list of books I’d intended to read for research purposes. (Quite honestly, SO MUCH of my reading is for research.) Which leads me to my third point…
  • I read more non-fiction than I perhaps ever have in a single year. I generally only pick up non-fiction for research purposes, and as a result, it’s rare for me to read it cover to cover. All of these books grabbed my attention and kept me reading. Imagine my surprise when I wanted to read a book about plants from beginning to end!
  • Fourth, I made a concerted effort to reread books on my shelves. I used to alternate these every third book in order to try and weed out any I’d outgrown. I didn’t quite get through that many, but I rediscovered some books I still love and also found a few to take to the used book store or a Little Free Library.

Here are the stats breaking the books down by category, followed by the list with notes.

  • 6 middle grade
  • 51 young adult
  • 26 adult
  • 7 non-fiction

Total: 90 books, including 15 rereads (mostly among the adult books but a couple YA)

  1. The Betrayed by Kiera Cass
  2. The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber
  3. All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor
  4. Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
  5. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
  6. You Were Never Here by Kathleen Peacock
  7. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  8. The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
  9. The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
  10. One Last Shot by Kip Wilson – Added to my permanent collection 😊
  11. The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
  12. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  13. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  14. The House Swap by Yvette Clark – Received an ARC, which is now part of my permanent collection 😊
  15. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  16. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  17. One Girl in All the World by Kendare Blake
  18. Mindhunter by John E. Douglas
  19. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
  20. Seven Percent of Ro Devereaux by Ellen O’Clover
  21. Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson
  22. The Hand in the Wall by Maureen Johnson
  23. French Kissing in New York by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau
  24. The Cove by Catherine Coulter – Reread 
  25. The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella
  26. Days of Gold by Jude Deveraux – Reread
  27. Perfect Shot by Debbie Rigaud
  28. The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
  29. Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
  30. Flowerheart by Catherine Bakewell – Added to my permanent collection 😊
  31. The Scent of Jasmine by Jude Deveraux – Reread
  32. The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets by Nancy Springer
  33. Not An Easy Win by Chrystal D. Giles
  34. You Wouldn’t Dare by Samantha Markum – Added to my permanent collection 😊
  35. The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
  36. Lavender Morning by Jude Deveraux – Reread
  37. A Whole Song and Dance by Sarvenaz Tash – Added to my permanent collection 😊
  38. The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer
  39. Girl Forgotten by April Henry – Added to my permanent collection 😊
  40. Throwback by Maureen Goo
  41. Begin Again by Emma Lord
  42. Scarlet Nights by Jude Deveraux – Reread
  43. Nine Liars by Maureen Johnson
  44. Plants That Can Kill: 101 Toxic Species to Make You Think Twice by Stacy Tornio – This book was both fascinating and surprisingly funny, with entries like “You pretty much need to stay away from this one. There’s a reason people used it to poison others. The Bottom Line: No. Just no.” (About the strychnine tree.) After I talked about it so much, my husband bought it for me for Mother’s Day! 
  45. Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail
  46. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  47. When the Vibe is Right by Sarah Dass
  48. Luring a Lady by Nora Roberts – Reread
  49. Picture-Perfect Boyfriend by Becky Dean
  50. A Starlet’s Secret to a Sensational Afterlife by Kendall Kulper – Added to my permanent collection 😊
  51. The Night in Question by Kathleen Glasgow & Liz Lawson – Added to my permanent collection 😊
  52. Save the Cat! Writes A Young Adult Novel by Jessica Brody – Revolutionized my manuscript restructure! And yes, I read every single example, even the ones that didn’t apply to my book. Also added to my permanent collection.
  53. Something Close to Magic by Emma Mills – Added to my permanent collection 😊
  54. The Prince & The Apocalypse by Kara McDowell – Added to my permanent collection 😊
  55. Book Lovers by Emily Henry
  56. Well, That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto
  57. Borrow My Heart by Kasie West
  58. Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson
  59. The Blonde Identity by Ally Carter – Added to my permanent collection 😊
  60. Always Isn’t Forever by J.C. Cervantes
  61. Manslaughter Park by Tirzah Price
  62. Emma by Jane Austen – Reread
  63. The Brothers Hawthorne by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Added to my permanent collection 😊
  64. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood – Reread
  65. Reign by Katharine McGee
  66. Red Velvet by Carla Luna – Added to my permanent collection 😊
  67. Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas – Reread
  68. Seduce Me At Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas – Reread
  69. Tempt Me At Twilight by Lisa Kleypas – Reread
  70. Married by Morning by Lisa Kelypas – Reread
  71. Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas – Reread
  72. Once Upon Another Time by James Riley
  73. Once Upon Another Time Tall Tales by James Riley
  74. Once Upon Another Time Happily Ever After by James Riley
  75. Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert
  76. Weep No More, My Lady by Mary Higgins Clark – Reread
  77. A British Girl’s Guide to Hurricanes and Heartbreak by Laura Taylor Namey
  78. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt – Reread
  79. Enchanted Hill by Emily Bain Murphy – Added to my permanent collection 😊
  80. A Curse for True Love by Stephanie Garber
  81. A Smart Girl’s Guide: Babysitting, the Care and Keeping of Kids by Harriet Brown
  82. Witch of Wild Things by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
  83. Don’t Sit on the Baby: The Ultimate Guide to Sane, Skilled and Safe Babysitting by Halley Bondy
  84. Breaking Cover: My Secrety Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me About What’s Worth Fighting For by Michele Rigby Assad
  85. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  86. Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA by Amaryllis Fox
  87. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
  88. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  89. Tell Me What Really Happened by Chelsea Sedoti
  90. The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith

In previous years, I linked books on this list to reviews. However, I stopped writing reviews on the blog at the end of 2022. Instead, I often highlight books in my monthly newsletter. You can subscribe here, and my latest issue will be out later this morning.

Responses to “What I Read in 2023”

  1. Natalie Aguirre

    I loved seeing your list. It’s good to know that the new Save the Cat book is so good. And I think it also has a section on how to write a mystery, which I’m interested in.


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