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Top 5 books I’m thankful for in 2023

Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books I’m thankful for in 2023!!

Now, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia… But, I do know how to appreciate things in my life. And according to Industry Hollywood, that’s what this holiday is all about. That and family screaming matches and yams (what ARE yams??). Oh, and some horrible looking thing with gummy candy and mashed potato. Look, I don’t make the rules.

Anyway, the below are 5 books that I am grateful for this year. And instead of a synopsis, I’m going to tell you why. But I will link the goodreads page. You know, in case you want to know what the book is actually about.

If you missed the October-December 2023 topics, they are out now!! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted (albeit very terribly) here @ Meeghan reads.

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top 5 books I’m thankful for in 2023

Some Girls Bite — Chloe Neill

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

If you’ve been following my Goodreads (or you’re in the discord group), you might have seen that I’ve read the ENTIRE Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill this year. And it starts with Some Girls Bite.

It’s basically a more normal version of The Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris. And by “more normal”, I mean I didn’t want to punch the characters or roll my eyes at the shenanigans. (Don’t get me wrong, I loved Sookie and co. when I read the books, but Bill has always been an entitled wanker with no redeeming features. And the plotlines were wild. At least the a$$hole in this has a compelling reason.)

Anyway, this series is probably the reason I’m going to hit my Goodreads goal of 100 books this year. Because even when work has been a lot (and by god has it been a lot this year), this series was fun and easy to read. And FUN. Even when I wanted to rip the books because Merit and Ethan were driving me insane.

Kulti — Mariana Zapata

Every since I read The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, I’ve been reading one Mariana Zapata book per year. I know she probably also releases one per year, so I’m not sure I’ll ever catch up… But they’re long and they’re great.

The thing is though, they’re never as good as what Winnipeg is in my head. Maybe it’s just that I read her best book first and now nothing will live up to that expectation. Maybe it’s just me. I don’t know. It just always seems like there’s something missing… (Locke was my saddest one because I really wanted a tattooed bikie soft-marshmallow romance and I felt cheated.)

However, last year I just didn’t read one. I read Rhodes in May 2021, and then I quit. And then this year someone reminded me how good Winnipeg was, and so I decided to find another sports-based one. And I found Kulti. And I loved it. Not as much as Winnipeg, but I genuinely enjoyed reading it. And now I’m back on the Zapata bandwagon!

Kulti by Mariana Zapata

The Dead Romantics — Ashley Poston

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

I have an odd kind of love affair with Ashley Poston books.

When I read them, I genuinely love them. But sometimes when they’ve been sitting on my shelf unread and I look at them, I worry that this might be the one to end that affair.

But thankfully, The Dead Romantics was not that book. In fact, I think I loved it more than I’ve loved any other Poston book. This book is going to hold a very special place in my heart, and do not be surprised to see it on other ‘best of’ lists for the rest of this month.

I’m also really glad that I held out and waited for one of the book companies to do a special edition.

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries — Heather Fawcett

There is a very specific reason that Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries is on this list. And that reason is that this is the first ‘cozy fantasy’ book I’ve ever read. You know, unless you count half of the Discworld books, or unnecessary filler fantasy books part way through a series. But this is intentionally cozy. And I’m now hooked.

I’m so grateful that ‘cozy’ in general has become a thing. Between cozy fantasy books and cozy games, I’m just trying to attract as much anxiety-free pleasure into my life as possible.

Not to say that I don’t still love a whole gleaming sword, massacre-inducing, cataclysmic, world-ending epic story. It’s just sometimes I really enjoy sitting in my armchair, with a thunderstorm raging outside, while I read about people hunting the woods for mushrooms, or baking pastries. But, in a fun fantasy world as opposed to a boring text book. And this ticks all of my boxes.

Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett

The Scorpio Races — Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Ah yes, my love affair with The Scorpio Races book continues. And once again, I am delighted to say that I have reread it this year. And also that I still love it just as much this time around as I did the first. Maybe even more.

Now that I think about it, maybe this was the first cozy fantasy book that I really loved. You know, as much as a story about murderous water horses (kelpies) can be cozy. I’ve always maintained that it’s a not really high-action, and that most of the story is told in the soft, quiet moments.

Whatever this book truly is though, it’s my all-time favourite. I love the way that the mythology of kelpies has been twisted in the way only Stiefvater seems able to do. I love the characters and how their relationships evolve with each other. I love the magical prose of the story itself.

And I’m very thankful that I can read it every year.

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What top 5 books are you thankful for in 2023?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


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