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If your goal for 2023 was to read more – then you’re in the right place! We’ve compiled a list of books you’ll be sure to love or pass on to a loved one!
From fiction to autobiographies – join us for a walk through each genre. If you’re like most avid readers, then your TBR (to be read) list is pretty long. The lists are at least 200 books long and our screenshots of books we glazed over is abysmal and in the thousands. So we’ve taken the guesswork out and found three books in each category to help you meet your reading goals for 2023.
For the Fiction Fans:
Olga Dies Dreaming – Xochitl Gonzalez – Sasha seal of approval!
A blazing new talent debuts with the story of a status-driven wedding planner grappling with her absent mother, her glittering career amongst New York’s elite, and her Puerto Rican roots in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Two friends—often in love, but never lovers—come together as creative partners in the world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality
An exuberant, bighearted novel about two teenage misfits who spectacularly collide one fateful summer, and the art they make that changes their lives forever
For the Mystery & Thriller lovers:
A Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different—and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.
Ray McMillian is a Black classical musician on the rise when he’s sent on a desperate quest to recover his great-great-grandfather’s heirloom violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world.
All Good People Here – Ashley Flowers – Sasha seal of approval!
Twisty, chilling, and intense, All Good People Here is a searing tale that asks: What are your neighbors capable of when they think no one is watching?
For Historical Fiction buffs
A fight for autonomy in Renaissance Italy sheds light on a teenager forgotten in history.
Black Cake- Charmaine Wilkerson – Sasha seal of approval!
Two estranged siblings delve into their mother’s hidden past—and how it all connects to her traditional Caribbean black cake
In Japanese-occupied Shanghai, two people from different cultures are drawn together by fate and the freedom of music
For a moment in Fantasy
House of Sky and Breath – Sarah J. Maas – Sasha seal of approval!
If you’ve read House of Earth and Blood, this sequel is equally as thrilling and exciting. As their world gets ready to implode – join the main characters as they do anything to save it.
Reimagine the life of the infamous queen from the ancient epic the Ramayana, giving voice to an extraordinary woman determined to leave her mark in a world where gods and men dictate the shape of things to come.
(Book 4 of 6) As Poppy and Casteel embrace both old and new traditions, are prophecies meant to be fulfilled? Or can Poppy break through and end what the Blood Queen has started?
Autobiography & Memoir
Finding Me- Viola Davis – Sasha seal of approval!
Finding Me is a deep reflection, a promise, and a love letter of sorts to self. My hope is that my story will inspire you to light up your own life with creative expression and rediscover who you were before the world put a label on you.
A young poet tells the inspiring story of his migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine through bravery, hope and finding his family.
In this honest, inspiring and relatable memoir, newly-minted superhero Simu Liu chronicles his family’s journey from China to the bright lights of Hollywood with razor-sharp wit and humor.
A Little Bit of Romance
Book Lovers- Emily Henry – Sasha seal of approval!
Fall in love with Nora and Charlie. One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming… Classic enemies to lovers book trope with humor!
A clever and steamy queer romantic comedy about taking chances and accepting love—with all its complications!
Just as Bee lands her dream job at NASA she realizes she doesn’t hate Levi all that much, if at all. Science and love at its best, we’ll leave you to it!
Chills, Thrills & All of the Horror:
As Teddy becomes more sinister, Mallory begins to question just how much she knows. Join her as she deciphers the images Teddy has created and save him before it’s too late.
The Hacienda- Isabel Cañas – Sasha seal of approval!
In the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, Beatriz will do anything to escape the clutches of Hacienda San Isidro.
Aided by a redoubtable British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unravel the secret of the House of Usher before it consumes them all.
Connection, growth, second chance & bravery. Brené Brown maps out how to create a framework for connection
Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? – Dr. Julie Smith – Sasha seal of approval!
Join Dr. Smith as she guides us through a journey of embracing the now through actionable steps using the right tools for any given situation.
Begin transforming the power of our most misunderstood yet potentially most valuable emotion: regret.
Now, it wouldn’t be a Milhousing Network blog if we didn’t share something for the families right? Keep reading for a look into our favorite Young Adult & Children’s Books!
Join us as we embark on a new journey of magic, mystery, and heartbreak.
The finale. Avery has to survive a few more weeks but secrets, riddles and a visitor could change it all.
This is the funny, honest, messy, completely relatable story of Georgia, who learns that love can be found in many ways.
A breathtaking novel of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness—one that’s both tragic and poignant in its tender ferocity.
Bloodmarked- Tracy Deonn – Sasha seal of approval!
Sequel! If Bree has any hope of saving herself and the people she loves, she must learn to control her powers from the ancestors who wielded them first—without losing herself in the process.
And last, but certainly not least, children’s books! Here are our favorite books to read with your families. All of these have Sasha’s Seal of Approval!
Imagination meets mindfulness as two siblings face their challenges with confidence.
An ode to motherhood reminding her little one that she is always there when they need her most!
Join Hattie as she overcomes her own fears! Managing anxiety and teaching self-care.
Believing in yourself just like Fox does! Determined and ready, join Fox as he tries a recipe he’s always wanted to try: Gingerbread Cookies!
Keiko repeats the same words each night and over time she believes them, she reminds herself through strength and determination that she is wonderful, special and able to shine.
When Jarell discovers a hidden portal in the barbershop, he’s transported to a magical world that’s unlike anything he’s seen before. A world where everyone believes he is the hero they’ve been waiting for.
Join three unlikely animals who solve unpredictable mysteries with friendship, teamwork, and humor.
What is hiding under the bed? What is scratching at the window? Just enough to keep them reading!
Can you tell we love to read? There are a lot of books on this list – so if you’re in the shopping mood head on over to our Amazon #MHNReadingList and “add to cart” (you won’t regret it, promise!)
Make it even more fun to get through your long to-be-read list by joining a challenge or two! You can set a goal of number of books to read, you can finish Oprah’s Book Club List, join a book club (or three) or head on over to Google and search “Book Challenge 2023” and get started!
Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell us which book(s) you’re planning on picking up!
Wherever your reading journey leads you, we hope you have fun & fall into a world of beautiful.