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5 Books to Read Before the End of 2023

The end of the year is fast approaching (seriously, how did 2023 just fly by?!) and this is the perfect time to take stock of our TBR lists. If you're like me, your to-be-read stack probably fluctuates throughout the year, which means there's no chance of actually capping it off before December 31st. That's okay! One of the beauties of a TBR list is that you're never quite done with it.

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So, whether you're looking to add some great books to your TBR this year or want to get a few excellent reads in before the end of 2023, I've got a few suggestions for you. Check out these 5 great books to read (or add to your reading list) this year.

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If you're a fan of Papa and want to learn a little bit more about his early years as a writer and the final years before his death, then this is the book for you. Hemingway in Love was one of my favourite non-fiction reads in 2023. It's short and sweet and written in a casual conversational tone that's easy to read. Hotchner was a long-time friend of Hemingway's and offers a fascinatin peek into the great writer's life.

If you'd rather read Hemingway than read about him, then you can't go wrong with The Sun Also Rises. This was the novel that put Hemingway on the map and cemented his signature style. The book takes you on a whirlwind journey from the wild parties of Paris to the bloody bullfights of Pamplona. As one of Hemingway's shorter novels, it's the perfect read to cap off 2023 and a great introduction to Papa's work.

If you enjoyed The Sun Also Rises, then you'll love our literary art print created using the entire text of Ernest Hemingway's novel!

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This is another quick read and another favourite of mine this year. In the novel, Yagi's main character pretends to be pregnant in order to stop her male colleagues from assigning her menial tasks like making coffee and cleaning the break room. As you can imagine, things escalate as her hoax becomes larger than life. Yagi serves up a sharp feminist commentary in this immersive, gripping read.

Who doesn't love a contemporary retelling of a popular classic? The Wife Upstairs is an atmospheric suspense novel about a dog walker named Jane who falls in love with one of her wealthy clients: the mysterious Edward Rochester. Ringing any bells? That's right, it's a retelling of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre! Rachel Hawkins gives this classic a fresh twist. Not only is Jane is a bit more acerbic and morally gray in The Wife Upstairs, but you'll get to hear from Bertha's (Rochester's former wife) persepctive too! Definitely a fun read to finish out 2023.

If you haven't already (and you're a fan of horror), I'd highly recommend giving The Fall of the House of Usher a watch. This Netflix show very cleverly incorporates a lot of Edgar Allan Poe's lore into a contemporary retelling of some of the iconic horror writer's spooky tales. Undoubtabely the show will inspire you to check out the original source material, including:

  • "The Black Cat"

  • "The Cask of Amontillado"

  • "The City in the Sea" (poem)

  • "The Tell-Tale Heart"

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