So this is it. Of nearly seventy fiction and non-fiction titles I’ve read this year, which is the best book? Which ones will I be recommending, or have I been recommending, at my Craft Fair stall? Given that I’m still raving about Lessons in Chemistry which topped my list last year, I fully expect the top books to do the same in 2024.

The Candidates – my Five Star Reads

As usual, I’ll start by simply listing all those I gave a coveted 5 stars to — 28 in all. Strangely that’s only one more title than last year, so I must be getting a little pickier!

and from these… the shortlists and the winners!

MG and YA

The shortlist is: Influenced, Winters Keep, Magic at Midnight, Nightspark,

And the winner is…

Magic at Midnight

Fantasy, Science Fiction and Time travel

Shortlisted: Wreck of the Lanternfish, The Outskirter’s Secret, Monk & Robot 1&2, Half Life, Juicy Ghosts

And the winner is…

The Outskirter’s Secret

Crime, suspense, mystery, thriller

shortlisted: Death at the Asylum, The Diamond Eye, the Last Remains, You Think You Know Me

And the winner ( and best overall) is…

The Diamond Eye


Loot, The Atlantean Horse

And the winner is…


Non-fiction and Memoir

shortlist and joint winners: Tschiffely’s Ride, Vet at the End of the World

I think I’ll make this a tie!

Best Book of the Year 2023
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8 thoughts on “Best Book of the Year 2023

  • 30 December, 2023 at 7:52 am

    Absolutely a great list and worthy winners. I hope you had a good Christmas Jemima and I hope you have a happy, healthy and prosperus New Year 💜😊

  • 30 December, 2023 at 2:39 pm

    I’m honored to be included on your list, Jackie! And I’ve read a couple of the ones you recommend. Wishing you and the boys a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

  • 30 December, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    As usual, I’m gleaning the list for some of my next reads. And, with a big shift away from MG (no idea why, but I read very few this year) I only read about the same number of books as you.

    • 30 December, 2023 at 7:45 pm

      When I reviewed Coastal Corpse it still wasn’t on Goodreads, so it didn’t feature on my list at all. It is now, so I’ll add my review etc soon 🙂 Tonight would be good…

  • 1 January, 2024 at 12:25 pm

    I enjoyed Vet at the End of the Earth too – and of course Tschiffely’s Ride years ago.

  • 4 January, 2024 at 6:36 pm

    Aww, thanks for reading one of my books and liking it. I failed big time at reading this year, but there was so much personal life stuff going on that I was too exhausted to get into a book. (I’m making no assumptions about 2024 just to be safe.)


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