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December 2023 Reading List – 12 Books

December 2023 reading list – Which books are worth the read and which should you skip?

One of my 2023 goals is to read 50 books this year. Yes, it’s the same as last year and, yes, that’s okay. You can review a list of all the books I rate 5 stars in 2022.

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

1. Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Category: Fantasy

Yarros weaves a gripping tale of love, danger, and redemption against the backdrop of adrenaline-pumping aerial feats. The chemistry between the characters is electric, and the aviation details add a unique thrill. With a perfect blend of romance and suspense, “Fourth Wing” is a page-turner that keeps you hooked from takeoff to landing.



Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

2. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Category: Science Fiction

Dick’s exploration of humanity, empathy, and the blurred lines between man and machine is thought-provoking. The novel, which inspired “Blade Runner,” is a captivating journey through a post-apocalyptic world where reality is questioned at every turn. If you crave a sci-fi classic that challenges perceptions and raises existential questions, this is a must-read.



A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Category: Fantasy

Maas introduces Feyre Archeron, a huntress forced into a mystical realm as punishment. The novel weaves a spellbinding tale of love, betrayal, and the blurred lines between good and evil. Maas’ rich world-building and complex characters make this a captivating read.



Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

4. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Category: Fiction

Garmus introduces us to the fierce and unforgettable protagonist, Elizabeth Zott, a chemist with an unyielding passion for her work in a man’s world. The novel is a celebration of resilience, intelligence, and the unapologetic pursuit of knowledge. With humor and heart, Garmus crafts a narrative that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.



Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Category: Fiction

Maas introduces us to Celaena Sardothien, a deadly assassin with a sharp wit and a complex past. The richly detailed world, intricate plot, and strong, multi-dimensional characters make this novel an absolute page-turner. With elements of magic, political intrigue, and a touch of romance, Maas weaves a tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat.



High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out by Amanda Ripley

6. High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out by Amanda Ripley

Category: Nonfiction

Ripley delves into the psychology of high-stakes conflicts, providing invaluable insights on understanding, managing, and ultimately resolving them. Her engaging storytelling, backed by research, offers practical strategies for breaking free from destructive patterns.



The Coffin Confessor by William Edgar

7. The Coffin Confessor by William Edgar

Category: Nonfiction

Edgar, a real-life confessor, unveils a fascinating world where he fulfills the final wishes of the deceased by sharing their confessions. The book blends suspense, intrigue, and a touch of the supernatural, offering a unique perspective on life, death, and the human experience.



The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

8. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Category: Mystery

Set in a retirement community, this witty and charming mystery unfolds as a group of seniors forms the Thursday Murder Club to solve cold cases. Osman’s clever writing and endearing characters make for a hilarious yet poignant read. The blend of humor, camaraderie, and a gripping mystery plot keeps you hooked from start to finish. If you’re in the mood for a cozy and clever whodunit, join the club and dive into this entertaining page-turner!



Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

9. Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

Category: Mystery

The intricate web of secrets and the moral dilemmas faced by the characters make for a compelling read. Gripping and emotionally charged, this novel keeps you guessing until the very end. If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers that delve into the complexities of human choices, this one is a must-read.



Filthy Beautiful Lies by Kendall Ryan

10. Filthy Beautiful Lies by Kendall Ryan

Category: Romance

If you’re a fan of spicy with a side of mystery, this book is a must-read. The plot was thrown out the window in favor of spice.



Flood Watch by Christy Barritt

11. Flood Watch by Christy Barritt

Category: Mystery

Barritt seamlessly blends suspense, romance, and a touch of faith in this thrilling novel. As the floodwaters rise, so does the tension, making it a pulse-pounding read. The characters are well-drawn, and the plot is intricately woven with surprises at every turn. If you’re a fan of heart-racing suspense with a side of romance, Flood Watch is a must-add to your reading list.



Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

12. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Category: Fiction

This novel is a compassionate exploration of anxiety, love, and the unexpected connections that bind us all. Backman’s storytelling is both heartwarming and hilarious, making it impossible to put down. If you’re in the mood for a captivating and emotionally resonant read, Anxious People is an absolute gem.



December 2023 Reading List Wrap Up

December 2023 Reading List Wrap Up

I ended 2023 on a total of 12 books for the month and 51 total books for the year!

What’s on your reading list? Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO,
Katie

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Katie Kinsley

Katie Kinsley

Hailing from the great state of Wisconsin, Katie Kinsley is a content creating, email marketing, overambitious plant-lover (read: killer). She's obsessed with planning detailed vacations and finding and building an affordable wardrobe. She's an individualist at heart discovering self-growth, a parent to a dog and a cat and in love with productivity hacks.
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