Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2023

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Arty Reader Girl. Each week, we are given a bookish topic to discuss. This week’s theme is Favorite Books of 2023. After reading quite a few books from my TBR, I knew I had found quite a few phenomenal books. Yet, I always struggle to decide which are my favorites. This year was a bit easier and this list came together fairly quickly.

Favorite Books of 2023


The Saviors Book Cafe Story in Another World by Kyouka Izumi

I read this entire 5 manga series in 2023 and I loved every volume. With main characters in their 30s, a reluctant savior who wants to spend her time reading, a rich world, and a host of fun side characters, this series was fantastic. Tsukin and Il make a great couple and watching them navigate the many challenges of life, and especially enjoying quiet time with each other while reading books, gave this series a super cozy feeling.

This is a must-read for all book lovers.

Related: Book Review: The Saviors Book Cafe Story in Another World Vol. 1 by Kyouka Izumi & Oumiya

The Lost Queen by Signe Pike

I picked this audiobook up on a whim when looking for books with a medieval setting. This book took me by surprise. The story grips you from page one, the characters are well-fleshed out and have great development throughout, and the world-building makes it feel like you are right there with the characters. The narrator did a wonderful job of bringing the story and characters to life. You could truly feel the emotion in her words and this experience really made the book shine.

My Happy Marriage Vol. 1 by Akumi Agigoti

This Japanese Cinderella-esque story with fantasy elements caught my attention and I’m glad I picked it up. Miyo is a broken person cast off by her family because she doesn’t possess any powers. Kiyoka her new fiance is known for his cruelty and usually sends any woman running away after only a few days. Yet these two slowly hit it off and learn that life is better with each other. I truly enjoyed the first two volumes of this series and cannot wait to continue reading it in 2024.

Watership Down by Richard Adams

After spending over 2 decades on my TBR, Watership Down finally had its moment in 2023. This story about a group of rabbits journey to a new home was incredibly rich with wonderful storytelling, great character development, and solid world-building thrown in.

My only regret was not reading this sooner.

Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura

Initially, I wouldn’t have considered this one of my favorite books of the year. However, I kept thinking about this story long after finishing the book and realized I had enjoyed it more than I first thought. The way the story is written and how the mystery of the castle is solved is truly brilliant. The mix of characters in this adds plenty of depth to the story and watching them open up and discover themselves and friendship was a big draw to this book.

Exile by A.J. Calvin

I was lucky enough to join the blog tour for Exile and I am so glad I did. This was such a pleasure to read. This book represents everything I love about the fantasy genre and Calvin’s writing sucks you into the story from page one. I look forward to continuing this series in 2024.

Related: Blog Tour & Review: Exile by A.J. Calvin

A Bride’s Story Vol. 14 by Kaoru Mori

Fourteen volumes in and I’m still blown away by this series each time. The rich illustrations, vibrant characters, and expansive story blend together to create a truly epic experience. Each volume tends to focus on a different couple and their daily lives, along with hints of war. This volume was amazing, especially the horse race that took up a large chunk of the book.

I highly recommend everyone check out this series.

Green Rider by Kristen Britain

I may be cheating with this a bit, as I first read Green Rider about 20 years ago. However, I reread it this year and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Karigan’s journey throughout this book is fantastic. I love all the characters she meets along the way, some who help and others who hinder her progress. The world-building throughout brings everything together.

This is a series I feel is underrated and more people should read it.

Yashahime Vol. 1 by Takashi Shiina

After enjoying the anime series, I decided to pick up the manga. Yashahime takes the essence of the anime series and delivers it differently. Honestly, I feel like the manga brings the story to life better, and in this version, Towa is far less annoying. I have only read the first 3 volumes of this series, but I look forward to continuing with it in 2024.

Nina the Starry Bride Vol. 1 by Rikachi

One of the last books I read in 2023 and wow was it phenomenal. After seeing this book everywhere, I decided to check it out. I was lucky enough to be able to read the first 3 volumes for free during Kondansha’s holiday event and I was blown away with how good it was. The first volume stands out the most. It is probably one of the best first volumes I have read in a very long time.

I hope you enjoyed my Favorite Books of 2023. What books were your favorite reads of 2023?


  1. Lol! I feel so called out about Watership Down. I’ve got it on my TBR forever too and I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’m quite sure I’m gonna have the same regret of not reading it sooner, so I better get to it!

  2. THE LOST QUEEN looks like one I’d enjoy. I’m glad you loved all of these! Happy 2024!

  3. I am definitely adding The Savior’s Books Cafe Story in Another World series to my wish list and Lonely Castle in the Mirror. My daughter is really into the My Happy Marriage series, both the light novels and the manga. I haven’t tried them yet. I am so excited to see manga on your list. All your favorites sound good! I hope you have a wonderful reading year.

    1. Author

      I’m glad you are adding those books to your list, they are so good. I would definitely recommend checking out My Happy Marriage as well, your daughter has good tastes. I read a ton of manga so it had to make my list. Thank you.

  4. Great list! I am also glad I’m not the only one with books lingering in my TBR Pile. Hope the new year brings tons of wonderful books your way.

    1. Author

      I’m trying to get better about getting to those long neglected books but I’m sure inevitably I will always have a few. Thank you.

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog. Do you realize there is another Exploring All Genres website that says it is on hiatus? I got all thrown off thinking it was yours. Sigh.

    Happy New Year.

  6. I’m thrilled to see The Lost Queen by Signe Pike on this list – it’s one of the first books that I was approved for on NetGalley, and I loved it. I’ve been anticipating the third book in the series, and hope it comes out this year. Great list this week, and happy new year!

  7. I don’t think I’ve seen it on others lists or on Goodreads, but Signe’s looks interesting. I love the colors and design of the cover, so that made it stand out. 🙂 Glad you found some great reads in 2023, and I hope 2024 has more great things in store! Thanks for visiting my list on this week, too!

    1. Author

      Thank you. The book really does stand out with the cover. I’m sure 2024 will have some amazing reads as well.

  8. I truly love your book recommendations. I’d have to pick up and read the lost queen. It interests me so much. Awesome post!

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