top ten tuesday

Here are the books that I rated 5 stars in 2023. I’m a super picky rater so they need to be special to get that from me. I’m really surprised that there are this many.

I loved the way this book was written. This is the story of two sisters who have been estranged because of misunderstandings over several decades. Now they are brought back together and are forcing themselves to reconcile even though it is hard.

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If I had to pick one I’d say this was my best book of the year. It is the story of the Ku Klux Klan in the Midwest U.S. in the 1920s. The leader was a sexual predator. One of his victims died but not before she was able to give sworn testimony about what happened to her. It shows amazing parallels to what is happening in the U.S. now.

My review that highlights my family’s dirty laundry

This was just a fun audiobook to listen to. He tells his story with such emotion – anxiety and hope and joy. He’s continuously amazed at how his life has turned out.

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I had been reading a lot of trans and intersex women in sports and then Caster Semenya’s memoir came out. It was great to be able to see her point of view of the events that I’d been reading about.

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I’ve loved this series so I’m really upset that I’ve HATED the follow up series. I didn’t review this one because it is part of a series but I highly recommend checking this series out.

Sporting Gender: The History, Science, and Stories of Transgender and Intersex Athletes Joanna Harper

I learned a lot in this book even if the end started to get bogged down in minutiae of trials.

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This was a surprise. It was historical fiction I found through Kindle First Reads. It was so good. It is about a Jewish girl sent to live with her matchmaker aunt in the 1960s after she gets caught in a compromising position with the rabbi’s son. It doesn’t go quite like anyone expects.

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To Shape a Dragon's Breath Moniquill Blackgoose

This is a dragon school fantasy book from a Native American perspective. I loved it and can’t wait for a sequel.

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We Could Be So Good Cat Sebastian

This was an amazing male/male romance set in an 1950s newsroom. The banter was charming.

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Off the Map Trish Doller

This is book three in the series that have all been 5 stars for me.

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Ana María and the Fox Liana De la Rosa

I loved this historical romance because it weaved Mexican history into a typical historical English romance.

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I loved this whole series because it pulled together magic and finding your own way in the world and defying expectations and tea. It was cozy and wonderful. My Review

This was such a good series. It covers a lot of political intrigue that threatens to tear apart a group of friends. They have come together to help provide cover for each other because they are homosexual in a society where that is ruinous. The writing is so good.

I love this whole series but I think this one was my favorite. You need to read the rest of the series to fully understand it. There is an intergalactic matchmaking competition in the Inn. The world making and games playing is spectacular!