My Top 7 Favorite Books of 2023

I read a total of 20 novels in 2023, and today I’m going to share my top 7 favorites in no particular order. In my opinion, every single one of these books is excellent, and I recommend all of them to those who enjoy speculative fiction.

Here are my favorite books from last year, with links if I wrote about them:

  1. The Will of the Many by James Islington
  2. Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
  3. Light Bringer by Pierce Brown
  4. In the Shadow of Lightning and Montego by Brian McClellan
  5. Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson
  6. Lords of Uncreation by Adrian Tchaikovsky

I’m SO excited for more books in these series!

What are a few of your favorite books you read in 2023? Are there any specific books you’re looking forward to in 2024?

Here’s last year’s list.

12 thoughts on “My Top 7 Favorite Books of 2023”

  1. Great list! I’m really interested in The Will Of the Many. Here’s mine in no particular order.

    Sword of Kaigen
    Lightbringer (Red Rising)
    Us Against you (bear town)
    Wrath (the faithful and the fallen)
    The Bone Ship’s Wake (Tide Child)

  2. I, like you, loved the latest book (Lightbringer) in the Red Rising series, and I can’t wait for book 7 – Red God.
    I’m a music lover, so I really enjoyed “Daisy Jones and the Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid – which reminded me of Fleetwood Mac in the 70’s – we’re also enjoying the TV series.

    From watching your YouTube channel I also started reading the Jade series by Fonda Lee (I’ve read Jade City and Jade War so far).

    Other books I’ve enjoyed in 2023 are:

    Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
    Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
    Novels by Lucy Foley – The Hunting Party, The Guest List and The Paris Apartment.

    I’ve got too many books on my shelves that I need to read, but the ones I’m looking forward to getting down and reading in 2024 are:

    Children in Time – Adrian Tchaikovsky
    Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
    Devil House – John Darnielle
    And finally trying to get to read the Dune series.

  3. I was about to ask if you have anything for the non fantasy lovers until I saw your last one.
    I only read 8 books this year, the lowest in the past fifteen years. Right now I’m about to finish Making It So, Patrick Stewart’s autobiography. I don’t usually like biographies but I HAD to read Picard’s. It’s really entertaining, I’m glad I picked it up.

    I see you also read Scalzi books (I just followed you on GoodReads). He is an author that I like his style so much, he can write about paint drying and I’ll enjoy reading. The only other in this category for me is Grisham. I read The Kaiju Preservation society, it was ok, I liked his style more than the story itself and also Travel by Bullet which is the third book in the excellent series The Dispatcher, also by Scalzi.

    Another good one this year was Earhtside by Ray Porter. If you like SciFi, definitely check him out. We are Legion (We are Bob) is still probably my favorite book (and series) I’ve read.

    Next year I plan to dive back into Legal Dramas which didn’t get much attention this year and some physiological thrillers. And some more Scalzi.

    • I really like Scalzi’s writing too, and his Starter Villain book from 2023 almost made my list. I’ll check out Earthside! I love the Bob books.

  4. Thank you for the list.
    I read 27 books this year. A selection
    Upgrade by Blake Crouch
    Rise of the Dungeon Master by David Kushner
    Expanse book 2 and 3
    The Last Colony and Zoes Tale by John Scalzi (Old Mans War-series)
    Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
    Odyssey by Homer

    I have always wanted to read Homers second epic poem. 5-6 years ago I read Iliad but after that it took some time to gather the spirit to take on Odyssey. Took me almost 3 months to read because of the dactylic hexameter the poem is written in. I also played a lot of games this autumn and I think that also kept me from taking the time to finish the book. Whats your opinion about classic books?

    I love the Expanse-series and after seeing your number 1 in 2021 I read Shards of Earth last year. Fantastic book. I will continue with Eyes of the Void 2024. But i saw that you already read the last in the trilogy. Lords of Uncreation. I never saw any mention about the middle book E. of the void. When did you read that and what did you think of it?

    As I wrote, I love space opera like The Last Architecture series and the Expanse. With your huge reading history can you recommend other space opera that I should look into? (books or series)

    I wish you a very happy new year!

    • Thanks for sharing your list, Jens! Upgrade was near the top of my honorable mentions, and I love the Old Mans War and Expanse series. It’s neat that you ventured into some classic fiction! I find them really difficult to read, though they’re still impressive tales.

      I loved all of the Final Architecture books; I can’t recall why the second book didn’t quite make my top books list last year. As for other space opera fiction, have you read Red Rising? It doesn’t start off as a space opera, but it quickly becomes one. There’s also the Bobiverse series.

      • Thank you for your answer.
        I have read the three first books of Red Rising. But I am afraid to continue. They ended so good 🙂
        I will look into the Bobiverse series.

  5. I really appreciate your book lists.
    Bought many of the ones you have read and said are very good.
    Found the recommendations to be excellent.

    Thank You.


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