Best Books of 2023

Best Books of 2023

I read a lot of good books in 2023.

I have had several favorite books, but now I would like to highlight the first volume of Miss Mary-Kate Martin’s Guide to Monsters series by Karen Foxlee. The story completely captivated me and I can’t wait to hold the next volume of the series in my hands, since I have already bought it…

My new favorite author is Jennifer L. Holm. Three books I read this year from her and I loved them all, but two became my favorites (The Lion of Mars and Turtle in Paradise). I loved them so much that I will definitely read them again and more of the author’ books will follow then in 2024.

Simon Farnaby’s series also became my favorite, because the story is very humorous, exciting and nice. Unfortunately, so far, only two stories of Merdyn the Wild have been published (and a short one for World Book Day).

In 2022, Dutch writer Jonne Kramer’s book The Riddle of the Sea was first published in English translation. The tone of the book was special and the animal characters played an important role in it. I hope to read another of her books in English translation soon.

The story of the special Swift family by Beth Lincoln takes place at an even more special meeting of the family. It is a true ode to the English language. I can’t wait for the next volume.

I read some of my favorites again: The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson and Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono have been my favorites so far, but now I could read them in Hungarian as well. Every year at Christmas I read How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but this year I also re-read Ulrich Hub’s lovely story The Last Sheep, which I read for the first time last year. Stepfather Christmas by L.D. Lapinski will be my new Christmas classic.

I look forward to see what books 2024 has to offer for me…