Hello everyone! I'm Scarlett – an avid reader and book fanatic, and our Suburban Square store manager. I'm here to share my top 10 books of 2023 with you. Some of these I rated low initially, but they left a lasting impact, earning a spot in my top 10. Others are all-time favorites that have occupied my thoughts for months after reading. Each book on this list has the power to melt your heart, whether through strong female leads or captivating stories that give you a brief escape from reality. Let's dive in…

"Carrie Soto is Back" by Taylor Jenkins Read

Honestly, I was initially unsure about this one, considering my history of playing tennis in high school. However, this book, centered around Carrie Soto, a determined tennis player who comes out of retirement at thirty-seven, goes beyond the sport. It weaves an incredible father-daughter story, and despite initially disliking Carrie, her diligence and discipline make her endearing. A strong reminder that age is just a number, this book is a solid 5 out of 5. The audiobook is also stellar if you're short on time.

"Normal People" by Sally Rooney 

This book isn't for everyone, especially if you're into epic plots with a linear storyline and a happy ending. "Normal People" focuses on character development and human connection. The story revolves around Marianne and Connell, who pretend not to know each other despite a unique and unexpected connection. It's not a fairytale, but it's worth exploring how it challenges your perspective on relationships and first love.

"Fourth Wing" by Rebecca Yarros

For fans of dragons and immersive fantasy, "Fourth Wing" is a captivating story that pulled me out of the worst reading slump. Follow Violet Sorrengail's journey as she navigates the ruthless tests to become a dragon rider in Navarre's military, despite being frail and the commander's daughter. Will she graduate or die trying? I loved this one for a different read!

"Iron Flame" by Rebecca Yarros

The second book of the Fourth Wing Series, this one is the same concept and I was itching for more after reading the first one!! The second book has so many twists and turns that I never saw coming. It is action packed from start to finish. Don’t miss out on this, it is all the rage!

"An Absolutely Remarkable Thing" by Hank Green

Ever wondered about becoming viral on the internet? This book delves into the reality of fame through April, the main character. It explores whether the human race can come together when it matters most. A gripping story about April's unexpected viral journey after encountering mysterious metal statues named Carl.

"Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" by Gabrielle Zevin

If you loved the new show ‘One Day’ on Netflix, you will love this one. It is about two video game partners who were in love, but never lovers. Devastating but brilliant. You watch Sam and Sadie throughout their lifetime creating one thing they love most -  video games. Their first blockbuster hit Ichigo makes them successful, but doesn't save them from each other's betrayals and ambitions. This one was an emotional rollercoaster but one of my faves.

"People We Meet on Vacation" by Emily Henry

For a great beach read, Emily Henry delivers with this one!! Best friends since college, Poppy and Alex’s friendship faces challenges until Poppy musters the courage to ask Alex for one last vacation together. A delightful romance that makes you want to travel the world and reinvent yourself on vacation. Perfect to pack on Spring break!

"Alone With You in the Ether" by Olivia Blake

This book, which lived rent-free in my head, explores the depths of love and challenges. Similar to "Normal People," it lacks a defined plot but prompts deep reflection on how you approach love. Go in blind; it's so worth it.

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

Even if you're not into mystical faeries, this book takes you on an unexpected journey. Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, triggering a demand for repayment from a terrifying creature. Her life for the faerie's life, but is the fae world safe? With a total of five books and two other series in this universe, there's plenty to read of this captivating series.

"Atomic Habits" by James Clear

If you haven't read this self-help book, it offers a logical approach to building good habits. James Clear provides numerous ideas on how to structure your life positively and make habits that stick. I am a huge fan of self help books and think everyone should pick one up at some point in their year!
I hope you reach for one of these books at your local bookstore and you love them as much as I did! Let me know your book recommendations and your favorites from 2023!!