7 Best Reads of 2023

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As with every year, in 2023, I continued to enjoy reading as one of my favourite hobbies. I came across several excellent books, but a few of them stood out from the rest. Narrowing down my choices to just seven was a challenging task, but I managed to do it.

These are the seven books that I loved the most out of all those I read last year and so find a place in my 2023 Book Favourites.

1. The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

The size of this book may deter you from picking it up, but don’t let that happen to you. It may take you a while to finish reading the book, but it will be worth the effort.

The book is a work of historical fiction that follows the lives of three generations whose paths become intertwined through various life events such as death, accidents, tragedies, and more. It is set in the southern Indian state of Kerala and offers a vivid insight into the lives of the people living there and their customs and traditions. The characters are relatable, the descriptions vivid, and the author’s attention to detail, combined with a lyrical writing style, immerses the reader in the book’s pages.

2. Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

Hello Beautiful is a modern-day take on Little Women that tells a moving and engaging story about families, relationships and the various ebbs and flows of life.

The story delves into the intricacies of the relationship between three sisters and continues into the next generation. The book is skillfully written, with characters that readers can relate to and who confront difficult situations. The author brings the characters to life while depicting the multifaceted layers of their relationships. The characters feel authentic, and you become engrossed in their joys and challenges as you read.

3. The Paris Daughter by Kristin Harmel

This book is a work of historical fiction set in the backdrop of World War II. It narrates the emotional and heart-touching story of two friends who are compelled to make unimaginable decisions for their children’s safety. The book takes you through a captivating journey of a mother’s profound love for her daughter and the lengths she goes to ensure her survival. It also delves into the friendship between the two women and the adversities they faced during the war.

It’s a gripping story of friendship, survival, and perseverance and is one of the best historical fiction novels written by Kristin Harmel.

4. Western Lane by Chetna Maroo

This is a captivating debut novel that explores themes of grief, sisterhood, family, and the struggles of a young athlete. It follows the story of Gopi, an eleven-year-old girl who has been playing squash since she was able to hold a racket. The novel explores how a sport can consume one’s life and become their entire world.

Chetna’s writing style is simple yet captivating from the very first page. You find yourself deeply connected with the sisters and their individual ways of coping with the tragedy that has struck them. The story also explores the bond between a father and his daughters and how love can manifest in various forms.

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5. The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley

This beautifully written historical fiction novel covers four generations. It takes you from the opulent palaces of the Indian Maharajas to the grand estates of England, spanning from 1911 to the present day. It is the story of Anahita and all the people she touched in her life.

This multi-generational story is a well-researched, thoughtfully written novel that delves deep into its subject matter. It tells a heart-wrenching and moving story with multiple layers, featuring unforgettable characters caught in history’s pages. The writing is captivating and keeps the reader engaged until the end.

6. The Woman In Me by Britney Spears

It is easy to be fascinated by the life of a celebrity, but have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes? Most of the time, we can’t even imagine it! This celebrity memoir provides an insight into the life of a female celebrity who has worked hard to achieve the level of fame she has. Her fans adore her, following her every move – from her music to her clothes, makeup, and more.

However, the reality is heartbreaking. It’s a world dominated by men, from those in the family to the ones in the celebrity space. The book brings out how, despite all kinds of progress, men still rule the roost. These are misogyny, harassment and victimisation. Men can get away with even murder, but women have to pay for even a minor error of judgment.

7. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

This book touches a chord and makes you pause from the mundane of life. The book is a student’s tribute to his teacher and brings out the emotional connection between the two, a connection that made Mitch go back to Morrie after so many years. It speaks of his feelings of gratitude and good fortune to have been taught by him twice in his life.

This life lessons book is a must-read in a world where most of us run like headless chickens from one point to another without any idea of the ultimate destination. It makes you think about your end goal in life. Is it only about material possessions or something more profound? While touching on some critical issues, the book does not lose the simplicity of its style, which enables the lessons to go deep. It is indeed a thought-provoking and uplifting read.

This is a mix of different kinds of books, though historical fiction, my favourite genre, does dominate the space.

I hope you enjoy reading these books as much as I did!

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Hello! I’m Sangeeta Relan. Aside from being an educationist teaching at the university level for the last 28 years, I have been a corporate wife and a mother to two boys who have now flown the nest. I love cooking, singing, travelling and exploring new places.

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