I Read 45 Books in 2023. Here Are My Top 5

My year of poetry and gentle reading

Eliza Lita
Coffee Time Reviews

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Hello, dear readers! I’m back with a bookish column today and we’re talking all about my favourite books of 2023, why I rated them so highly, and why you should consider reading them too.

Last year, I chose to set myself free of reading challenges and just see where reading takes me. I learned a lot from that decision, but the main thing is that it didn’t make me enjoy books any less. On the contrary, having no challenge meant I had no destination. It was all about the journey. And, what do you know, I ended up reading 45 books, which is the exact same number as in 2022.

I dabbled in many genres I normally would avoid and pushed myself out of my comfort zone a lot last year. I also strived to read more poetry, which ended up being a huge success, as four of the nine books I rated five stars were poetry books.

Today, I’m talking about five of those nine absolute favourites, choosing not to include rereads and an anthology from 2022.

‘Night Sky With Exit Wounds’ and ‘Time Is a Mother’ by Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong’s debut collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, is what got me back into poetry this year. For context, I’m a poet and I used to be a…

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Eliza Lita
Coffee Time Reviews

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