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  • Writer's pictureMolly McTernan

My Top Ten Favorite Books Of 2023


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As I looked back over the books that I've read in 2023, I was reminded that yes, though this year felt like it simply flew by, there really were 365 days in it. As with everything in life, there were good books and some not so good ones, but I'm glad that I was able to read the amount that I did. Below, I have compiled a list of my top ten favorite books of the last year - each one of these had me thinking about them for weeks afterwards. Enjoy!




This book was so beautiful and raw and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to glorify God through their craft.



After reading this, my view on forgiveness has deepened and I will be revisiting its pages many, many times in the future.



Full to to the brim with friendships and betrayal; practice and competition; tents and trains, this book carries its readers straight to the circus!



This book was so sad, but it also was amazing to see how Gaskell could portray simple life and capture the reader.



This book... oh, it was heart-breaking - thoughtful, yet abrupt. My rating would have been higher if not for using His name in vain.


  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes (re-read) - 5 stars


I'd recommend this to anyone because not only is it an amazing, it also reveals something about our Father on a personal level - His playfulness.



I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did, but I was entertained the whole way through and think it's worthy of a re-read.



Sci-fi is not my favorite genre, but after reading this, I immediately wanted more. The intrigue and characters were so captivating!



This anthology was, all in all, outstanding. Inside, there is a tale for everyone and I felt that each was a peek into the author's heart.


Truly, only one word describes this book: epic.



Have you read any of these books? What were some of your favorite this year?

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Reagan
Reagan
Jan 06

I haven't read any on your list, but they do look very good. My favorite (and only) book I read that wasn't school assigned was The Hunger Games.


I really am interested in "The Hiding Place." Does it have to do with WW2?

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Molly McTernan
Molly McTernan
Jan 06
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Yes, it does! It takes place before, during and after, and knowing you, I think you'd actually really like it.

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Daniel Amador
Daniel Amador
Jan 06

This is a solid list, I've heard really good things about most of those books! The only one I've read is Fawkes, which was really good.

Adorning the Dark and the Labors of Hercules Beal are pretty high on my TBR list and I'm excited to get to them!

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Molly McTernan
Molly McTernan
Jan 06
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Ooh, yes, I re-read Fawkes every November and I get something new from it every time. Both of those are amazing - ATD is so raw and TLOHB is sure to make you feel for the characters.

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bella
Jan 06

Oh I love these reccs Molly!!! I read Voices Of The Future and I agree... it was golden!! And bunches more of those are on my TBR list!! :D

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bella
Jan 06
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Ooh and Adorning The Dark is SO good!! It's so beautifully written! I actually got his other book The God Of The Garden for Christmas and I'm excited to read it! 💫

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