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A few weeks ago, I covered my most-listened-to songs of the year, and today I’m excited to share my favorite reads of 2023! Let’s get to it!
I think this is the shortest fiction list I’ve ever had! I don’t put books on this list unless I would give them five stars out of five, so these were the books that made the cut this year. Most of the books I read this year were just so-so, and I’m hopeful for more five-star reads in 2024!
Only the Beautiful by Susan Meissner. This book was captivating! Susan Meissner pens historical novels like no one else, and I was outraged to learn through this book about the power government held over certain groups of people just a few decades ago – not only overseas, but in America.
A Midnight Dance by Joanna Davidson Politano.A friend recommended this author to me (shoutout to Johanna if you’re reading this!), and I was hooked after reading the first one. This book kept me invested the whole time and I was surprised in a good way at the resolution. I almost want to reread the whole thing and look for the clues I missed along the way!
Next Wave: Worship in a New Era by Bob Sorge. This was a free Kindle book that I didn’t really expect to be up my alley, assuming it was written for worship leaders. I was surprised to find it relevant and full of insight about both past eras and the current church landscape.
As a classroom teacher and substitute, these were a few of the books my students LOVED this year! It’s often a struggle to find clean, age-appropriate books that students actually enjoy reading, but these fit the bill.
3. Bad Kitty Gets a Phone by Nick Bruel. My students adore the Bad Kitty books. The only one I’ve read so far that I dislike is the Christmas one, which contains a reference to a same-sex “partner” that I don’t find appropriate for children. All the other books are so funny and make every student grin!
6. The Cool Bean by Jory John. A cute book that weaves humor into a lesson about kindness and including others. There are several related books, and though I haven’t gotten to them all, I’ve found each one so far to be a similar mix of entertainment and moral counsel.
Hey! I'm Brianna and I'm a millennial. I'm also a reader, writer, God-lover, introvert, and recovering perfectionist. ☺️
I want to inspire millennials to retain their morality, hope, and faith as they transition into adulthood and full-fledged "adult."