My favorite books so far in 2023

Posted July 7, 2023 by katrinamarieauthor in Journal / 0 Comments

This has been a super slow reading year for me. Though, I’m ahead on my reading goal, so there’s that. But I wanted to share with you some of the books I’ve read this year, and absolutely loved. All of these books have made it to my favorites shelf.

Young Adult

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

I absolutely loved everything about this book. It’s cute, sweet, and an amazing sapphic romance in the YA category. It was a quick read that gives all the butterfly feelings.

Legendborn by Tracy Deon

I’ve never read an Arthur retelling. Well, not that I know of. But this one had it all. Mystery, romance, and a girl trying to figure out where she fits in her new school. She discovers so many secrets. I’ve been putting off reading the second one until it’s closer to the release of the third book.

The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes

This was another sapphic romance that had me in a chokehold. I felt for all the characters, and the pressure put on Yamilet…I understood that. I love how her friendship with Bo begins, and the way the book ends. I will say check your trigger warnings for religious trauma and unaliving.


A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Andriana Herrera

What’s that people of color living their best lives in historical romance? Yes!!! I was here for it. The chemistry between Luz & James is off the charts. I loved seeing a woman in a powerful position and being unafraid to go after what she wants.

Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

It’s a cozy fantasy that felt like a warm hug. It’s honestly the best way I can describe it. The elements of found family were also amazing.

How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams

I loved the banter between Naya and Jake. I love even more the way it felt a little forbidden and grew from something short term and playful into something more. This one is another you should check your trigger warnings with.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

I loved the entire plot line of this. Witches aren’t supposed to gather, but when a set of sisters won’t be separated, you have to bring in a witch to teach them how to use their magic. This entire book is the found family trope, and I’m a sucker for those.

After Hours on Milagro Street by Angelina M. Lopez

This one starts off hella spicy. I loved every second it. The strong Latina women, and them being unapologetic for taking up space at the table. It’s very much an enemies to lovers with Alejandra and Jeremiah. She doesn’t want to give up her family bar, and he wants to buy it. I also really enjoyed the pieces of history that were intertwined in the story itself. Absolutely amazing!

A Proposal They Can’t Refuse by Natalie Caña

This book was just plain fun. What do you do when your grandpa and the grandpa of your ex-best friend tell you that in order to keep doing what you love, you have to get married. Honestly I hope I’m as interfering when I get older. I could have so much fun. The banter and the push/pull between Kamilah and Liam is chef’s kiss.

Mystery Paranormal

White Horse by Erika T. Wurth

This book had me freaked out. I couldn’t figure out what was real and what wasn’t. This book has a lot of twists and turns. Kari has visions and dreams of her mother, but doesn’t know what really happened to her. Not until she starts poking around for the truth.

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