My Eclectic Literary Journey: My Top Three Reads of 2023
BY Loren Mayshark

Hey there, fellow book enthusiasts! It’s been a literary rollercoaster, and today, I reflect on 2023 and I want to share the best books I’ve read.  These are the ones that have kept me up at night, fueled my imagination, and made this past year an unforgettable literary journey.

I was asked to curate a list of my top three reads for, an innovative platform that connects readers with personalized book recommendations, it’s the perfect time to explore some gems that have captured the attention of book enthusiasts.

Today, we delve into my top three favorite reads in 2023, crafted by diverse authors – from the entertaining to the profound.

Below is a taste, but head over to Shepherd for a more detailed account.

Let’s delve into these literary treasures that have left a lasting impact on me and could potentially become your next favorite books as well!

Slumberland by Paul Beatty

This avant-garde novel takes readers on a surreal journey with its protagonist, DJ Darky, as he ventures into post-Wall Berlin in pursuit of the perfect bebop saxophonist. Beatty’s writing is a kaleidoscope of satire, humor, and cultural critique, creating a narrative that challenges conventions and invites readers to question the boundaries of reality.

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Set in the picturesque backdrop of Monterey, California, this novel captures the essence of a diverse community brought together by the ebb and flow of life on Cannery Row. Steinbeck’s masterful prose weaves a tapestry of characters and their interconnected lives, offering a poignant exploration of friendship, empathy, and the human experience.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Rounding off this eclectic trio is the intellectual tour de force, “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking. In this groundbreaking work, Hawking takes readers on a journey through the cosmos, unraveling the complexities of the universe in a way that is accessible and engaging.

From the avant-garde musings of “Slumberland” to the timeless charm of “Cannery Row” and the intellectual depth of “A Brief History of Time.” In the past year, these reads stand out as noteworthy recommendations for those seeking intellectual stimulation, personal reflection, and timeless wisdom (no pun intended). As we celebrate our literary journeys, these recommendations serve as an invitation for readers to embark on their exploration of and discover the hidden gems that await in the world of literature as we move into 2024!