Tuesday, January 02, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2023

 

 

 


 



Welcome to this week's edition of Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is Favourite Books of 2023.



I read four books that I rated 5/5 stars and they were 






The Lost Daughters of Ukraine by Erin Littekin - I hadn't read any WWII fiction set in the Ukraine before (my review)



The Book Binders of Jericho by Pip Williams - I went to hear Pip Williams speak at Melbourne Writers Festival this year which prompted me to read this book. I still need to read Dictionary of Lost Words, hopefully before I go see the play in a couple of months.






Dreaming in French by Vanessa McCausland - I loved this book so much! Haunting and evocative. (my review)



The Little Paris Toyshop by Lauren Westwood - I read this as part of a blog tour and I was blown away by it! (my review)



In exciting news, I have already read my first 5 star read for 2024!!



Here are just some of the books I rated 4.5/5 in 2023






The War Nurse by Anthea Hodgson - I was lucky enough to hear Anthea Hodgson talk about this book at the book club retreat I went to earlier this year.



Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus - I was a bit late to the party on this one, but I loved it. I just finished watching the TV adaptation too. (My review)






Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros - I expect to see this on quite a few lists this week!



The Martian by Andy Weir - After watching bits of the movie approximately 2,735,478 times I finally got around to reading/listening to this book. And it was good!!






The Last Train from Paris by Juliet Greenwood - I really need to read more of this author's books now. (my review)



Without Further Ado by Jessica Dettmann - When I read this book I felt like I really need to go and watch the Emma Thompson/Kenneth Brannagh version of Much Ado About Nothing. I still must do that!



This list is a bit of a mix of Australian and non-Australian authors, books I read for fun and for blog tours, some I reviewed and some I didn't and different genres!



Are any of these books on your list this week?

44 comments:

  1. I want to read the new Pip Williams book. I loved her Dictionary of Lost Words.

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    1. I still need to read Dictionary of Lost Words Anne

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  2. I don't read a lot of war fiction, so perhaps that's why I haven't heard of these book titles before... except for Lessons in Chemistry, whose TV adaptation I'd meant to watch. *off to check out your review* and wishing you happy reading in '24 as well.
    ~Lex (lexlingua.co)

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    1. I had to go and look at how many war titles I had Lex!!

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  3. The Martian was excellent!

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

    Lydia

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  4. Thank you for bringing the Pip Williams books into my viewfinder!

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  5. Ooooh, The Lost Daughters of Ukraine sounds like something I need to find!

    (My TTT is here for this week.)

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  6. Fourth Wing has certainly been on quite a few lists this week. I read The Martian when it first came out and really enjoyed it.

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  7. A great looking list. I want to read a few of those. I have Lessons In Chemistry and Fourth Wing on my TBR Shelves!

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

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  8. I also read The Martian after watching the movie (though only once), and I really liked the book. I liked Project Hail Mary even more! (It was my top book of 2021.)

    My TTT

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    1. Oh, I still need to read Project Hail Mary Kristi!

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  9. Fourth Wing was a lot of fun. :)

    Check out my TTT

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    1. It was! I am currently reading Iron Flame!

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  10. I see quite a few I loved. The Bookbinder of Jericho is in my wishlist at Audible. I think I will listen to it.I don't know if I could read a book set in Ukraine at present because of the war now. Ah one 5 star read already!!

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    1. There were definitely some echoes between the past and present Kathryn

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  11. I read Lessons In Chemistry and really enjoyed it as well. I'm intrigued by Without Further Ado!

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  12. Fourth Wing is winning it this year. I read it, so I completely understand why. Glad you loved it.

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    1. Definitely not a surprise to see Fourth Wing on so many lists!

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  13. I have LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY on hold at my library and I'm anxiously awaiting to read it. I also need to check out Rebecca Yarros's books. They're on almost everybody's list this week! Happy 2024!

    https://jennielyse.com/top-ten-tuesday-43/

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  14. I have not read any of these, but several look interesting to me. I am also interested in books with books on the cover, LOL! Cindy https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2024/01/top-ten-tuesday-favorite-books-of-2023.html

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  15. I loved the Dictionary of Lost Words but haven't read Pip Williams' next book -- which has a different title in the US, apparently, The Bookbinder. I still haven't managed to read Lessons in Chemistry and it does feel like I'm late to that party!

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    1. I felt like I was late to the party too Joy!

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  16. I'm hoping to read Lessons in Chemistry this year. The Emma Thompson/Kenneth Brannagh version of Much Ado About Nothing is such fun!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
    https://readbakecreate.com/my-twelve-favorite-reads-of-2023/

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  17. My mom really liked Lessons in Chemistry too. She read it with her book club and they all loved it. I like the sound of The Little Paris Toyshop and will have to check that one out. The Lost Daughters of Ukraine sounds really good too! Thank you for sharing, Marg! I hope you have a wonderful year in reading.

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  18. I saw THE WAR NURSES mentioned on someone else's blog today. It sounds excellent. I need to see if I can get myself a copy. Thanks for the heads-up!

    Happy TTT!

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  19. I really need to read Dreaming In French, I keep hearing REALLY good things.

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  20. Lessons in Chemistry, The Martian, Fourth Wing ... you have some great books here.

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  21. Fourth Wing is on all the lists. I'm glad you found so many good books!

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    1. It is definitely a high proflle book of 2023.

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  22. Nice! I have only read The Martian, loved it too.
    https://wordsandpeace.com/2024/01/01/year-of-reading-2023-part-1-my-top-26-books/

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