2023 | Book Reviews & Recommendations

Find out what my top book recommendations are for 2023, and read the reviews of the books I finish.


Will I beat last year's total of 24? Stay tuned to find out!

book cover of THe Fifith Woman by Henning Mankell


Detective Kurt Wallander is on the case of a sadistic serial killer, but things aren't quite as clear as they seem. | Read Review


book cover of A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam with image of a womens face in profile

After the partition of India, Bangladesh was known as East Pakistan. This is a novel about the Bangladesh Liberation War told through the eyes of one family. | Read Review

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The Nobel Prize winner's magical novel about a small Oklahoma town and the lengths the inhabitants will go to to stop change. A feminist novel about the strength of women. Read Review

Book cover of the order of the day by Éric Vuillard. Black and white photo of Hitler standing over a desk

Winner of the 2017 Prix Goncourt, this book is a fictionalised account of the key events that led to Hitler's rise to power and the business owners who helped him. | Read Review

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Harry, Ron and Hermione are back at Hogwarts, and this time they must to stop the monster that has been released from the Chamber of Secrets before it's too late!  Read Review

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Maali Almeida wakes up dead. He must find his photographs and find our who killed him before his seven moons run out. Read Review

Copy of Spies and Traitors lying on drak grey material

A real life Cold War thriller about the relationship between Kim Philby and James Angleton | Read Review

The Collector by John Fowles lying on dark grey material

A claustropobic, dark thriller about an obssession that gets out of hand. | Read Review


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Told from the point of view of Nico & Ellen, this novel is about the price of fame and loss. | Read Review

book cover of Black Dogs by Ian McEwan lying on blue material

A fictionalised memoir about a couple who's ideologies keep them apart. | Read Review


Percival Everett's book, The Trees lying on blue fabric

A scathing, darkly humorous book about racism in the US. An absolute MUST READ! Read Review



Weimar Republic Berlin is the setting for this novel.  A must read for all Cabaret fans! | Read Review

Hand holding the book, The Director by Brendan Nash

We're back in Weimar Republic Berlin and some very special people make an appearance in part two of the series  |  Read Review

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Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban Prison. Can Harry, Ron and Hermione catch him before it's too late? | Read Review

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The climate crisis has changed everything, but are we and our governments prepared to make the real changes needed? | Read Review

Cold War East Berlin. Oberleutnant Karin Müller investigates a mysterious death in a society rife with political intrigue and secrets. | Read Review

Book cover of Yellowface by Rebecca F. Kuang on blogandbooks spiral background

This novel takes a satirical look at the publishing industry and social media. Read Review

Book cover of Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams with blog and books logo as background

A novel that explores themes of identity, self-discovery, and the power of resilience.  Read Review

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Elizabeth and the gang return for part four in The Thursday Murder Club series | Read Review

Book cover of Doppelganger by Naomi Klein on the Blog and Books grey spiral background

Behind the scenes of the mirror world. Klein takes us on a disturbing journey into the world of fake news. | Read Review

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Harry is an unexpected participant in the Triwizard Tournament and has to face his biggest enemy so far | Read Review

The Post_office Girl by Stefan Zweig on the Blog&Books spiral background

A deeply moving novel about post-World War I Austria | Read Review

The 2023 Booker Prize winner is a dark, dystopian novel set in the Republic of Ireland | Read Review

A feminist retelling of Orwell's dystopian classic, 1984 | Read Review

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