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November 2023

Picture of CaseyDear Readers,

This year, books transported me in time, place, and viewpoint. Although an impossible task, I narrowed down the list of all the books I read this year to the ones I loved the most. Here are my top 10 books of the year. I hope you enjoyed some of them or, if you are lucky enough not to have read them yet, I hope this helps build your holiday gift list.

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store
by James McBride

Tom Lake
by Ann Patchett

The Caretaker
by Ron Rash

Between Two Moons
by Aisha Abdel Gawad

North Woods
by Daniel Mason

King: A Life
by Jonathan Eig

The Sun Walks Down
by Fiona McFarlane

Rough Sleepers
by Tracy Kidder

Good Night, Irene
by Luis Alberto Urrea

Hello Beautiful
by Ann Napolitano


Since it's almost impossible to narrow down my favorites to the top 10, I want to share with you all the books that I enjoyed this year. Here are lists of those titles so you can discover some hidden gems:

Hope to see you over the holiday season so we can talk about all your favorite books from this year and more.  

Happy reading,

Casey Coonerty Protti
Owner, Bookshop Santa Cruz