I Read Over 150 Books in 2023…Here Are My Top 40! (& One Tip For Your Reading Life This Year)

Reading isn’t a form of escape from life, rather it is a return.

A return to my essence. With each new character and riveting plot, I partake in the power of story. I am more convinced now than ever of their favorable effects on my health, my heart, and my relationship with all humans.

Research even backs up my hunch! Studies prove reading benefits us on practically every level from our brain to our body to our lifespan.

Books offer us friendship, a free education, and much-needed practice in our ability to focus (See book #1 in Personal Growth below.)

If I could encourage you with just one tip for your reading life this year it would be: Skip the books that don’t captivate you within the first few chapters!

And if this list or your current TBR stack is daunting- pick the one title that tugs at you the most!

Memoirs:

  1. I’m Glad My Mom Died, by Jenette McCurdy
  2. I Am Yours, by Reema Zaman
  3. Open, by Andre Agassi
  4. Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight
  5. Spare, by Prince Harry
  6. How To Stay Married, by Harrison Scott Key
  7. Idiot, by Laura Clery
  8. From Scratch, by Tembi Locke
  9. Everything All At Once, by Steph Catudal
  10. Educated, by Tara Westover

Personal Growth & Creativity:

  1. Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention–And How to Think Deeply Again, by Johann Hari
  2. The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard, by Ollivier Pourriol
  3. Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us, by Sue Magsamen & Ivy Ross
  4. Everyday Dharma: 8 Essential Practices for Finding Success and Joy in Everything You Do, by Suneel Gupta

Marriage & Motherhood:

  1. Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live), by Eve Rodsky
  2. To Have & To Hold: Marriage, Motherhood, and The Modern Dilemma, by Molly Millwood
  3. Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward, by Gemma Hartley

Religion:

  1. The Woman They Wanted: Shattering the Illusion of the Good Christian Wife, by Shannon Harris
  2. We Of Little Faith: Why I Stopped Pretending to Believe (and Maybe You Should Too), by Kate Cohen
  3. Giving Up On God: Resurrecting a Spirituality of Love and Wonder, by Sarah Henn Hayward

Non-Fiction:

  1. The Girl With The Louding Voice, by Abi Dare
  2. Black Cake, by Charmaine Wilkerson
  3. Verity, by Colleen Hoover
  4. The Light We Lost, by Jill Santopolo
  5. Love and Other Words, by Christina Lauren
  6. Hedge, by Jane Delury
  7. Identity, by Nora Roberts
  8. Reminders of Him, by Colleen Hoover
  9. After I Do, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  10. Carrie Soto is Back, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  11. One True Loves, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  12. It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover
  13. The Secret Book of Flora Lea, by Patti Callahan
  14. The Whispers, by Ashley Audrain
  15. This is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel
  16. Wish You Were Here, by Jodi Picoult
  17. All Your Perfects, by Colleen Hoover
  18. Every Summer After, by Carly Fortune
  19. We All Want Impossible Things, by Catherine Newman
  20. Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult

And before you go…If you need to jump start your reading life as the New Year begins, send me a message on Instagram, tell me your reading preferences, and I’ll give you a book recommendation!

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