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Books for Lunch: Top 3 Books of 2023

What books are you looking forward to in 2024? At the latest Books for Lunch gathering members shared their top three reads from 2023. How many have you already read? And which ones will you add to your 2024 reading list?



1.      Wellness by Nathan Hill (witty, modern, reflective)

2.      Exiles by Jane Harper (mysterious, tense, character-driven)

3.      Book Lovers by Emily Henry (lighthearted, contemporary romance, humorous)



1.      The Orphan Train Saga Series by Sherry A. Burton (historical fiction, emotional, compelling)

2.      The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi (informative, empowering, bold)

3.      Workin' Our Way Home: The Incredible True Story of a Homeless Ex-Con and a Grieving Millionaire Thrown Together to Save Each Other by Ron Hall (heartwarming, wise, insightful)



1.      The Lives We Actually Have: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days by Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie (uplifting, warm, creative)

2.      I Take My Coffee Black: Reflections on Tupac, Musical Theater, Faith, and Being Black in America by Tyler Merritt (illuminating, touching, laugh-out-loud funny)

3.      Poppy and Mary Ellen Deliver the Goods: Book One of the Frankenmuth Murder Mysteries by Roz Weedman and Susan Todd (comedic, quirky, endearing)



1.      The Flame and Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (passionate, adventurous, romantic)

2.      And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hoover Santmyer (evocative, enchanting, amusing)

3.      The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe (honest, reflective, beachy)



1.      The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz (intriguing, deceptive, psychological)

2.      Family Life by Akhil Sharma (heartbreaking, intimate, resilient)

3.      Fatherland by Robert Harris (suspenseful, alternative history, powerful)



1.      The Sandman by Neil Gaiman (fantastical, adventurous, dark)

2.      Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Baztericca (dystopian, challenging, tense)

3.      Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe (empowering, emotional, reflective)



1.      Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (inspirational, gritty, historic)

2.      Rattler One-Seven: A Vietnam Helicopter Pilot’s War Story by Chuck Gross (harrowing, authentic, gripping)

3.      Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women by Roseanne Montillo (pioneering, resilient, inspiring)



1.      Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (scientific, humorous, empowering)

2.      Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo Moyes (empathetic, heartfelt, insightful)

3.      Holly by Steven King (suspenseful, supernatural, gripping)



1.      The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni (heartwarming, unforgettable, redemptive)

2.      Braving the Wilderness: Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown (courageous, insightful, transformative)

3.      The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (whimsical, enchanting, quirky)



1.      Normal Rules Don’t Apply by Kate Atkinson (intriguing, unpredictable, witty)

2.      A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg (charming, festive, nostalgic)

3.      Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt (delightful, surprising, endearing)


Whether you seek the warmth of heartwarming tales, the thrill of suspenseful plots, or the magic of whimsical narratives, these suggestions provide a roadmap for your literary journey in 2024. A special thanks to our members for sharing their insights and favorites. Happy reading, and may the pages of 2024 be filled with captivating stories, diverse voices, and literary adventures!

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