"There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away..." - Emily Dickinson
We love a good book, and nothing soothes our soul more than a long journey into night with some beloved characters, fantastical world-building, and sentences woven together like an astonishing tapestry.
There are a few books collecting dust on our shelves – purchased at the prompting of a trusted friend or a rave review – that have been unleashing a relentless siren's call for us to finally dive beneath its pages. Still others, (like in Jumanji) have managed to keep our minds half in the story by refusing to release us from its world until we take it for another spin. Then of course, there are the new releases that we have only just gotten into our hands, that demand a bit of attention too.
Either way, it is time to indulge in that delicious read that has been calling our name. But if you find yourself scrolling BookTok trying to figure out what new book will be worth your time, take a look at a few of the books we're reading (or re-reading) in 2023.
The Starless Sea is a mesmerizing tale that weaves a web of stories into one breathtaking masterpiece while following a graduate student who discovers a mysterious book and a world of enchanting, hidden libraries. Filled with lyrical prose and intricate storytelling, the novel explores themes of love, fate, and ultimately, the power of storytelling itself.
Yes, we seem to be on a Morgenstern kick this year, but once you've drunk her words, it's inevitable you will thirst for more. We can't wait to take a second journey through the mystical world of magicians, contortionists, fortune tellers, and circus performers of Night Circus. Truth be told, we were so saddened when the last page turned, that we knew we would read this spell-binding novel again (and again).
TikTok seems to think that this book is better than George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones, and well, that's a pretty tall claim. Unlike Thrones, however, Samantha Shannon's The Priory of the Orange Tree is a stand-alone novel—not a series—but builds a world where matriarchs rule, dragons exist and are either worshipped or feared, and complex relations defy even Martin to guess the ending. Challenge accepted.
Animal by Lisa Taddeo is another recommendation from a bookish friend that we've been meaning to pick up since last year. We read her other novel, Three Women – which we also recommend – and feel pretty sure that Animal is another treat we are sure to enjoy. Her writing is enviable and her characters are viciously human. We can't wait to tuck into this one.
Alright, we admit it. We are curious. We want to know the "big bombshells" dropped by the Prince who grew up knowing intimately the ins and outs of the very notoriously tight-lipped family. Frankly, we want to read his words for ourselves (rather than hearing about it secondhand) and keep everything in context without bias in either direction. Prince Harry may have sold a million copies within the first week he released his very personal tell-all memoir, Spare, but oh well, what's a million and one?
To be perfectly honest, we are not the biggest fans of Colleen Hoover novels. A bit like a Nicholas Sparks book, we're usually taken on a wobbly ride through long traumas and we don't appreciate the catharsis. However, Queen of Cool Blake Lively has just been tapped to star in the movie version of It Ends With Us, so well, we guess now we all have to read the darn book. Hopefully, it will surpass our expectations and we won't be let down. Or maybe our relationship with Hoover will begin and end with the same book. We'll let you know how it goes.