Top Five Books of 2023

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The year is coming to an end, and our December List of the Month is dedicated to LibraryThing members' Top Five Books of 2023. Please note that books don't need to have been published in 2023, just read this year. You can see the LT Staff picks on the blog: https://blog.librarything.com/2023/12/top-five-books-of-2023/, and you can join the conversation on Talk: https://www.librarything.com/topic/355740
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5,926 membres
337 critiques
½ 4.3
19 Members
knerd.knitter, mahsdad, kxn11, wanderlustlover, bigcurlyloz, ehough75, exfed, timetunnel, garylivingston, quondame, slittleson, Bubu1969, Kat_by, kyle555, Craftybilda, josie2479, melorafaelas, acristina00, revtizzy
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knerd.knitter: This book was so much fun to read. The kind of book that you simultaneously want to read as fast as possible and read slowly so it never ends!
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1,144 membres
65 critiques
½ 4.3
17 Members
kellyslist, majkia, mvo62, abbottthomas, jeanned, Copperskye, L-Anne, Sarielle, traceylkb, AbigailAdams26, garylivingston, hikarugenji, AnrMarri, AnaraGuard, tabareads, jlkbmcd08, yomnathefairy
Explications
traceylkb: Listened to the recorded book. Enjoyed it very much, but want to "re-read" the physical book, so it is still on my wish list.
AnaraGuard: All the books in the Thursday Murder Club series are a delight to read, but this one takes the characters to deeper places, and brings the reader along. Some serious topics of dementia and death are handled gracefully and generously. A good one to tide us over for a few years until he writes another one.
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4,569 membres
200 critiques
4.1
16 Members
wookiebender, schmootc, knerd.knitter, kxn11, Eat_Read_Knit, rebcamuse, specialkay, vwinsloe, Juneberry, AnrMarri, ijamiedee, NancyAK, smoore14, MaureenONeill, Tboehne, yomnathefairy
Explications
knerd.knitter: So many things in this book were familiar to me, having grown up in the 80s/90s and enjoying video games and online role-playing games. It’s always fun to read a book where you can relate to the experiences of the characters.
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1,402 membres
55 critiques
3.9
14 Members
raidergirl3, redbookforest, Violette62, vancouverdeb, FerneMysteryReader, DeborahJ2016, Kendra_Gale, AnrMarri, GinaHMM, zzora, roxrosengarten, CelticGreyWolf, acristina00, bdeforest
Explications
FerneMysteryReader: An author's debut that is stunning in storytelling and beautifully written, atmospheric, and immersive. I loved the strength of the women, the determination, reaching deep within themselves, confident that the natural world empowers them and that their legacy from the past is greater than the men who wish to control them. I found the women resilient and inspiring. They are women to remember not as characters but as the women who came before us and why their strength can become ours.
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1,200 membres
66 critiques
3.8
10
1,033 membres
66 critiques
4.1
11 Members
tardis, LadyUndomiel, Storeetllr, tabemono, okeres, corcra, BookLizard, oceancat, jennifergeran, quondame, hikarugenji
Explications
Storeetllr: Murderbot. What else needs to be said? Oh, right. ART. Murderbot and ART. And Three. And 2.0!!! Well, sort of. The saga continues.
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1,539 membres
91 critiques
4.2
12
2,490 membres
162 critiques
½ 4.3
13
1,868 membres
98 critiques
4.1
14
3,116 membres
118 critiques
4.2
8 Members
LadyUndomiel, Storeetllr, Eat_Read_Knit, merrystar, cabyrum, Constant2m, lovelypotato111, hiboutimide
Explications
Storeetllr: As advertised, this is high fantasy with low stakes, though the stakes are worth fighting for, just not in the way you might imagine, what with an orc involved. So much fun!
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12,398 membres
478 critiques
½ 4.3
8 Members
Ling.Lass, sundancer, lovelypotato111, josie2479, zzora, roxrosengarten, cheree_blossoms, Retired2006
Explications
sundancer: A delightful read- beautiful imagery, amazing storytelling, and excellent word building.
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962 membres
49 critiques
4.2
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469 membres
23 critiques
4.2
7 Members
tardis, amberwitch, Chatterbox, revbean, okeres, oceancat, quondame
Explications
oceancat: the imperial radch trilogy should be read first but this is an amazing story about personhood set in the same universe
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5,420 membres
360 critiques
4.1
20
797 membres
49 critiques
½ 4.3
21
251 membres
15 critiques
½ 4.5
22
2,974 membres
184 critiques
4.1
23
2,006 membres
93 critiques
3.9
24
1,892 membres
131 critiques
4.2
5 Members
thornton37814, CarltonC, SirThomas, bsmuts, airedalerd
Explications
CarltonC: Harrowing subject matter, but beautiful and clear storytelling.
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6,179 membres
321 critiques
½ 4.3
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1,646 membres
83 critiques
4
5 Members
erinclark, PaulCranswick, Boand, rfl22338, airedalerd
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Boand: Simply my favourite book of the year! A completely new way of looking at this period of history from a woman’s point of view. Excellent and intriguing stuff
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1,221 membres
43 critiques
½ 4.4
28
1,577 membres
76 critiques
4.1
29
1,162 membres
30 critiques
½ 4.3
30
2,939 membres
129 critiques
4.2
31
8,383 membres
351 critiques
4.2
32
5,286 membres
263 critiques
3.9
33
558 membres
35 critiques
3.9
34
1,433 membres
29 critiques
½ 4.4
35
636 membres
14 critiques
½ 4.3
36
216 membres
15 critiques
4.2
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660 membres
30 critiques
3.9
38
709 membres
30 critiques
3.8
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526 membres
18 critiques
½ 4.5
4 Members
seabelis, ReluctantTechie, YPlfl, rfl22338
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ReluctantTechie: A vivid, detailed true story from a child's point of view of a illegal immigrant's journey to the USA, without any politics mentioned. Powerful.
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1,298 membres
61 critiques
4
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990 membres
47 critiques
3.9
4 Members
TheoClarke, CarltonC, Boand, Tosta
Explications
CarltonC: Pure entertainment, on a par with Wodehouse, although there is more characterisation; a delightful confection.
Boand: Another wonderful novel by Kate Atkinson which really set the tone of the 1920’s in London. Based on true stories but woven into a completely captivating tale.
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10,762 membres
253 critiques
4
43
700 membres
46 critiques
4.1
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410 membres
33 critiques
4
4 Members
CarltonC, PaulCranswick, traceylkb, Boand
Explications
Boand: A many layered Irish novel which gradually peels back the years to reveal several shocking underlying truths. Very sad and beautifully written story of the Irish Republic’s history through the protagonist’s eyes.
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23,379 membres
423 critiques
½ 4.4
47
11,683 membres
779 critiques
4.1
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1,217 membres
40 critiques
½ 4.6
49
484 membres
26 critiques
4
50
6,631 membres
119 critiques
½ 3.7
51
2,355 membres
43 critiques
3.8
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2,355 membres
115 critiques
½ 3.7
53
2,579 membres
52 critiques
3.9
3 Members
elahrairah, zzora, alai3
Explications
elahrairah: Fantastic and heartbreaking story; a novel the same age as me that forsaw where capitalism was taking us at a time when most people couldn't even predict Reagan or Thatcher. A novel that showed us very clearly that our parents had a choice between utopia and dystopia, and they chose dystopia.
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1,523 membres
24 critiques
4.1
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212 membres
5 critiques
4
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13,205 membres
458 critiques
3.9
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1,980 membres
47 critiques
4.2
3 Members
lorax, FAMeulstee, birder4106
Explications
birder4106: A book that has influenced my view of nature and the world almost as lastingly as [The Origin of Species] by [Charles Darwin] and [The Origin of Continents and Oceans] [Alfred Wegener].
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3,149 membres
161 critiques
4
59
2,880 membres
223 critiques
4.2
3 Members
mahsdad, lscan2, exfed
60
9,177 membres
168 critiques
4.2
61
579 membres
39 critiques
4.1
3 Members
tardis, foggidawn, oceancat
Explications
oceancat: the best fairytale retelling (reimagining?) i have ever read, and my favorite book this year
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37,934 membres
505 critiques
4.1
3 Members
Minthe, nojod, alai3
63
623 membres
42 critiques
½ 4.3
64
2,217 membres
129 critiques
4.2
65
2,849 membres
57 critiques
4.2
3 Members
Minthe, nx74defiant, alai3
Explications
nx74defiant: Favorite Trollope so far. The focus on greed is still relevant. I really enjoyed Paul Montague growth from a push over to standing up for himself and what he believed was right.
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17,703 membres
330 critiques
4.2
2 Members
zhejw, sinki
67
1,854 membres
110 critiques
3.8
68
746 membres
44 critiques
4
69
132 membres
6 critiques
½ 4.4
2 Members
Aquila, Euryale
Explications
Aquila: I've waited nine years for the second book about Hild of Whitby and it's even better than the first. 7th Century Britain.
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739 membres
38 critiques
4
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671 membres
35 critiques
3.9
72
383 membres
21 critiques
4.2
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353 membres
19 critiques
4
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303 membres
25 critiques
3.9
76
20,661 membres
275 critiques
4.1
77
292 membres
16 critiques
½ 3.7
78
5,483 membres
343 critiques
4.1
79
1,393 membres
59 critiques
4.1
80
350 membres
15 critiques
½ 4.5
81
6,202 membres
392 critiques
3.9
2 Members
RBeffa, Carrieida
82
4,366 membres
230 critiques
4.2
2 Members
pitjrw, BookLizard
83
64,407 membres
3,481 critiques
½ 4.3
2 Members
cbl_tn, Bubu1969
84
4,172 membres
162 critiques
½ 4.4
85
1,335 membres
25 critiques
4.2
2 Members
acceptance, alai3
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750 membres
51 critiques
3.9
2 Members
rosalita, Macbeth
Explications
Macbeth: A brilliant conclusion to the Jane Harper's trilogy with a twist I didn't see coming.
87
741 membres
46 critiques
4.2
88
300 membres
14 critiques
4
2 Members
lizzy50usa, L-Anne
89
181 membres
4 critiques
3.9
90
175 membres
21 critiques
3.9
91
136 membres
11 critiques
4.2
2 Members
edgewood, exfed
92
4,894 membres
236 critiques
3.9
2 Members
kleo, aethercowboy
93
2,369 membres
113 critiques
½ 4.4
94
1,236 membres
53 critiques
3.8
95
984 membres
28 critiques
3.8
2 Members
karenb, dhaxton
96
547 membres
19 critiques
3.9
2 Members
kleo, Boand
Explications
Boand: This is the first book I have read by Rushdie and I found it an amazing an inspiring read. I adored the way he wove ancient myths and legends and history into this deeply engrossing tale.
97
401 membres
19 critiques
½ 3.4
2 Members
revbean, edgewood
98
935 membres
40 critiques
3.9
2 Members
schmootc, L-Anne
99
699 membres
30 critiques
3.8
2 Members
Euryale, noveltea
100
398 membres
15 critiques
3.2