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2023 Winter Book Recommendations
2023 Winter Book Recommendations

2023 Winter Book Recommendations

2023 Winter Book Recommendations

My goal for 2023 is to read and/or listen to at least 10 books per month. So far I am on track. Since I will be consuming about 30 books per quarter, I want to share my top 5 book recommendations for each season. Here are my reviews of my top 5 2023 Winter Book Recommendations!


  1. Made Honey by Jodi Picot
  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  3. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tokien
  4. American Duchess by Karen Harper
  5. 100 Side Hustles by Chris Guillebeau
  6. Nala’s World by Dean Nicholson
  7. Under the Whispering Door by TJ Kline
  8. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
  9. The 1776 Report by Larry P. Aron
  10. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Grams
  11. We were liars by E. Lockhart
  12. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  13. Getting Good with Money by Jessi Fearon


  1. A Lesson in Secrets – Jacqueline Winspear
  2. Effortless by Greg McKeown
  3. The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
  4. Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
  5. The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews
  6. Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson
  7. Duel in the Sun by John Brant
  8. The Adventurer’s Son by Roman Dial
  9. The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner
  10. Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid


  1. Sunkissed by Katie West
  2. American Like Me by America Ferrera
  3. The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alice Saenz
  4. I’m Glad my Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
  5. The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain
  6. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  7. American Cozy by Stephanie Pedersen
  8. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
  9. It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover

Table of Contents

Top 5 Books of the 2023 Winter

Mad Honey by Jodi Picot

#1 Book - 2023 Recommendation
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Why did Mad Honey make it to the top of my winter read list? Well it is simple really, I learned a lot about a perspective that I was completely ignorant of before. I didn’t read the summary of the book before starting, I just put it on my list because I generally enjoy all books by Jodi Picoult. This book starts out from the perspective of Olivia and her son Asher. They live on an old farm in New England and she is a beekeeper, hints “mad honey”. As the story unfolds, the reader is introduced to the second main character Lily, Asher’s girlfriend, and newcomer to the small New England community. 

Life gets complicated when Asher is suspected of murdering Lily. Since both are/were high school seniors, the case becomes nationally known and complicated as Lily’s backstory emerges. 

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Grams

#2 Book - 2023 Recommendation
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Hands down one of the best portrayals of the struggle women face in the USA since the 1960s. As a brilliant chemist, Elizabeth Zott, is never taken seriously for her work or her interest, but instead men are continuously concerned with her appearance and home life. Although she would prefer to work on genetics research, she loses her job and hosts an afternoon cooking show. 

Although her boss and producer attempt to control her language, clothing, and set, Zott will not be deterred. She speaks to her audience open and honestly about chemistry and cooking. The women who watch her show are inspired and begin believing in themselves instead of doing what society around them expects.  Imagine what you can do if you see someone like you telling you what you are capable of. 

American Like Me by America Ferrera

#3 Book - 2023 Recommendation
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I chose this book based on a podcast recommendation from a co-worker. The podcast, I am America by Tracee Ellis Ross has a similar concept and it piqued my interest. In American Like Me, America Ferrera collects stories from Americans that inspire her. If you are born in the United States, you are American and you have your own unique American experience. This book tells the stories of dozens of Americans growing up here. Being American does mean that we all share the same experience or have the same background. It is a beautiful book that makes the reader laugh and cry and recognize many similar experiences of their own. If I were an English teacher, I would very likely choose this collection of short stories to read with my students. 

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

#4 Book - 2023 Recommendation
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The main reason I love reading so much is I get to put myself in someone else’s perspective for a period of time. I will always be a straight, white, American woman from the midwest, but for the brief period of reading a book I can follow the lives and emotions of someone completely different from myself. Reading opens the heart and mind to empathy for lives different from your own. The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle follows the life of a gay, white, British man as he nears retirement and realizes for the first time in many years that he is lonely. For the first time in 50 years, he begins to love and accept himself for who he is. It is a sweet and lovely book about friendship, kindness, and love. 

The Adventurer’s Son by Roman Dial

#5 Book - 2023 Recommendation
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It was really difficult to choose a 5th top book this winter. I really loved so many of the books that I read and listened to. The Adventurer’s Son took the last top spot, because I loved the life of adventure that the author lives. I strive to build as much of the same type of fun and challenge into my own life and hope to do more long term traveling in the future. Despite the loss and tragedy of the book, it high-lights the beauty in the world. It is truly amazing out there and we all have the ability to grasp that which inspires us. 

Have fun reading!

What were the best books you read so far this year? What should definitely make it on my list? For more book recommendations, check out my top ten books of 2021 and 2022! Thanks for reading. – KiteBikeVan

P.S. For more recommendations check out my 2024 winter, spring, summer and fall recaps!

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