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My year in books: A 2023 recap

My year in books: A 2023 recap

The Brattle Book Shop in Boston, MA

As I reflect on my 2023 book recommendations, I find myself immersed in a myriad of fictional worlds, each offering a unique escape and a new perspective on life. I love to champion the concept of living well, and for me, a significant part of that journey is delving into the pages of a good book. This year, my reading list has been a diverse mix of fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, and even insightful non-fiction, making for an exhilarating literary adventure.

“Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus was a highlight, captivating me with its blend of dry humor and poignant emotion. It’s a book that made me laugh and cry, often simultaneously. Ruth Ware’s “The Woman in Cabin 10” and “The IT Girl” provided suspenseful twists that kept me utterly engaged, while Emily Henry’s “Beach Read” and “Book Lovers” were the perfect escapades, blending romance and humor effortlessly. Diverging from popular opinion, I found Colleen Hoover’s “It Ends With Us” and “It Starts With Us” to be less impactful for me, a reminder of the subjective nature of our reading experiences.

Books on a coffee table with flowers

Amidst these fictional journeys, one non-fiction title stood out profoundly: “The Creative Act: A Way of Being” by Rick Rubin. This book, one of my favorites this year, was just gorgeous. Rubin’s insights into creativity and life resonated deeply, offering a refreshing perspective that complemented the fictional narratives beautifully.

These books have influenced my year in profound ways. They’ve spurred me to seek out new experiences, to embrace life wholeheartedly, and to value personal connections even more. The narratives I’ve explored this year have ignited my wanderlust, broadened my perspectives, and reinforced the importance of living a life brimming with passion and purpose.

Reading The Creative Act by Rick Rubin

If I were to recommend a few standout reads from this year, they would include “Lessons in Chemistry” for its exceptional storytelling, “Breath” by James Nestor for a fascinating exploration into the power of breath, “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah for its emotional depth, and Rick Rubin’s “The Creative Act: A Way of Being” for its profound insights into creativity.

Looking back on my 2023 book recommendations, I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the rich array of stories that have been my companions. These books have not only enriched my life but also added depth to my experiences, bringing countless hours of joy. As I eagerly anticipate 2024, I’m excited about upcoming releases from beloved authors like Emily Henry, Alex Michaelides, Lucy Foley, Rachel Hawkins, and Kristin Hannah.

The books I read in 2023...

If you’re interested in a few more recs, check out my favorite audiobooks from Spring 2021. 

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