Best 5 books of 2023

Best 5 books of 2023: the best books I read this year
Published by Sofia on 2023-12-22 in Nerd
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Hello nerdy and non-nerdy friends!

My name is Sofia and I love reading. Since 2023 is coming to an end, I figured I could review the best 5 books I've read this year. Maybe you could start your 2024 with them. Let's get into it, shall we?
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1- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is a very well-known book and a TikTok sensation, but I assure you it's worth it.

Evelyn Hugo is a Hollywood icon who starred in many successful movies and lived a glamorous life. She got married seven times. Now, at 79 years old, after retiring from Hollywood, she's finally ready to tell the truth about her life. The thing is, the person she chooses to write her story is Monique Grant; an unknown magazine reporter.

This book really takes you to old Hollywood, you feel all the vibes, and the way Evelyn tells her story, how she explains everything she's done... it's really incredible. She's so ambitious; a real Slytherin.
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2- The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This book is so mysterious and dare I say... intelligent? It's full of riddles and anagrams and it also has so many twists and turns that will make you gasp out loud.

It all starts when Avery Grambs; a sixteen-year-old girl from New Castle who basically lives in her car and is very good at chess, receives a letter saying she's been mentioned in a dead billionaire's will.

Avery doesn't think she's going to inherit that much, but then, at the reading in the enormous Hawthorne House, she discovers that Tobias (the billionaire) left her EVERYTHING. BILLIONS of dollars.

Also, he left his own family basically nothing. Then Jameson Hawthorne (one of Tobias's grandsons) approaches Avery and tells her that his grandfather loved puzzles and games. He thinks her mention in the will is the start of a new game. Tobias's last big game.
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3- Percy Jackson and the Chalice of the Gods by Rick Riordan 

This is the latest book of the super-famous series Percy Jackson. In this one, Percy is in his final year of high school and he wants to go to New Rome University to finally be with Annabeth. The problem is that he's Percy Jackson and he's very unlucky. As a son of Poseidon; one of the Big Three Gods, he needs to 'apologize for his existence' (harsh, I know) and send three recommendation letters along with his presentation letter in order to get accepted.

And, of course, he has to get recommendation letters from gods, BUT he can't ASK them to write them for him, but they need to approach HIM with, as you've probably already guessed, A QUEST! Yes, three new quests for Percy Jackson, folks! But, of course, he's going to have help, since, as we all know, quests have to be done by three people. That's the rules. So, Annabeth and Grover are back and the original trio is reunited!

Their first quest will be for Ganymede; the cupbearer of the gods, who has lost his chalice! This book reminds me of the good old days and it's amazing to see my heroes all grown up!
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4- Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

Grace Porter just completed her PhD in astronomy and she goes on a girls' trip to Vegas to celebrate. There, she gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn't know.

This was the first time she does something outside her life plan and she starts wondering why she doesn't feel more fulfilled after getting her degree. She's feeling burned out and under too much pressure, so she decides to spend her summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.

There, she can ignore all the constant questions about her future plans and falls in love with her creative wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But then reality comes crashing in and Grace face what she's been running from all along. This book reads like poetry. It can get a little heavy at times, but it's beautifully written and it takes you on a wonderful and messy journey.
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5- I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston 

This book is the story of an unlikely alliance forged from three kisses. Omg, what an epic line. Basically, prom queen Shara Wheeler; the classic blond daughter of the principal, kisses Chloe, Rory, and Smith, and then disappears.

She then sends them on a scavenger hunt to find out where she's hidden. This book feels like a big hug and it's a beautiful story about finding yourself. It has a pretty big cast of characters who are all different and unique, all with their own journey.

So, these were my favourite books I've read this year! What do you think? Will you read them? I hope you'll start your 2024 with them.

This being said, I'll see you next year!