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’Tis the season for book recommendations!

What are your favorite books of the year? What are you wishing for this holiday season?

Here are some to consider (with links to buy on or, which both support independent bookstores!):

National Bestsellers

There are so many different bestseller lists out there, but we love, so here’s their top five of 2023:

Ripe by Sarah Rose Etter

Cross-Stitch by Jazmina Barrera

Chain Gang All Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Western Lane by Chetna Maroo

The Maniac  by Benjamin Labatut

My Personal Favorites

Not counting Indigo books (see below), some of my favorite reads this year were:

Sleeping Giants (available for preorder) by Rene Denfeld

Family Family (available for preorder) by Laurie Frankel

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Daisy Woodworm Changes the World by Melissa Hart

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Wish List: Soul Jar, edited by Annie Carl

Indigo Client Hot Topics

Of course, this is my favorite list because I’m so dang proud of the hard work Indigo clients put into launching incredible books. Check out these ones, out new in 2023:

The Wrong Kind of Spy by Rhiannon Beaubien

Voyage of No Return by Dorian Clay

Garden of Earthly Delights by Carly Sasha Cohen

Make Your Mark, Make a Difference by Joan Marie Galat

Solo Passage: 13 Quests, 13 Questions by Glenda Goodrich

Dear Sylvia, Love Jane by Erin Hall

The Darkness Surrounds Us by Gail Lukasik

Lest She Forget by Lisa Malice (available for preorder)

A Body Tangled in Time: A Tapestry of Self-Love and Shadow Work by Nastashia Minto

Love, Lies, and Cryptids by M. L. Nolan

Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge, 2nd edition by Craig Romano

The Nine: The Tectonic Forces Reshaping the Workplace by Phil Simon

Angolin by C. E. Taylor (available for preorder)

Kill Call by Jeff Wooten (available for preorder)

Altogether Alien by Lauryne Wright

Tools and Treats for Writers

You know we love our writing community, and we would welcome your beloved writers with open arms. If you know someone who’s nearly ready for editing, design, or submission support, consider an Indigo gift certificate to support them in their goals.

And if they’re still in the writing process, here are some other excellent gift ideas:

This beautiful grid journal

This free-flowing fountain pen

A destination writing retreat

Ali Shaw grew up sneaking reading time after dark with a flashlight under her blankets. She still sneaks it in while dinner is simmering on the stove. Despite her best efforts, her to-be-read pile (TBR) is still far too large and always growing. She knows she’s in good company for that dilemma, though! Ali specializes in editing memoir and nonfiction, and she reads fiction on the side for entertainment.

* None of these are paid placements. Aside from Indigo gift certificates, we make no financial gain by recommending any of these books or products.