A Year in Review: 2023


During this past year, our Monthly Book Club Members have made huge leaps as we have continued to read our way through the classics together in 2023.

We've read different perspectives.

We've explored different genres.

We've read different genders.

We've devoured 12 classics.

We've read 2,728 pages.

We've traveled to 8 countries.

We've experienced 9 (+/-) time periods.

And girl, that number is even higher for those of us that treated ourselves to one or more of the Seasonal Book Boxes!

As I've looked back over the past 12 months and scrutinized the feedback I've received with an eye to building an even better experience for us in 2024, I thought it would be good for us to reflect back over the past year as a community, as well.

I asked Pretty Literate's MBC Members this question:

Of the 12 authors and titles we've enjoyed this year -

- which would you say were your Top 3 favorites? Why?

Here's what a few of our members thought.


Top 3 favs (in no particular order):
  • I Capture the Castle
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Picture of Dorian Gray - just wow!

Overall I enjoyed the way each story was told. Each involved some emotion in me and I still think about each of these.

I do like the variety you offer. It has helped expand my reading and introduced me to new authors.


I second this, and agree with all of these picks! These are my favorites as well.

  • I Capture the Castle
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Picture of Dorian Gray


I will definitely remember Laughing Boy for years to come. As I mentioned in the LIVE last Monday, I think this is my favorite {Monthly Book Club} selection of the year!

Here's my two cents.

For me personally, this is akin to picking a favorite child.

I loved Miss Cayley’s Adventures because I loved how she morphed a desire to be financially independent into travel with an entrepreneurial bent. Inspiring! (Plus, it was FUN to read!)

Three Men in a Boat has become an obsession my husband and I are still enjoying via longboat/houseboat shows we watch (not to mention adding boating around England to our Bucket List).

The Picture of Dorian Gray has been sooooo long on my TBR that it feels satisfying to have read it (twice even!) this year and I loved how thought-provoking it was.

The novel treasures definitely don't make the choosing easier because this year we've had perfectly curated book boxes with top notch bookish souvenirs tucked inside each one, but I think my all-time favorite was the Miss Marple handmade by Heather (one of our Monthly Book Club Founding Members) inside A Caribbean Mystery Book Box.

What do YOU think?

If you've enjoyed one of Pretty Literate's 2023 Book Boxes from the SHOP, I invite you to take a moment to share your thoughts in the comments.

I also invite you to join us as we read our way through some stellar classics in 2024 by joining us inside the Monthly Book Club - and save on shipping in the process! Check out which level of the Monthly Book Club hits your sweet spot here.


  • I joined the group with Miss Caley’s Adventure so I missed some books but my 3 favorites were So Big, I was curious about Edna Feber, it was a great read. Second was Three Men in a Boat, so quirky, for years I have dreamed about cruising English canals, to read their experience was fun! Third was Laughing Boy, a wonderful book. I will remember it forever and it led to reading several other classics from or about native Americans. I love this group and the unusual choices !

    Anne Gould
  • My top three faves from this year:

    Laughing Boy
    I Capture the Castle
    A Separate Peace

    There were things I that I enjoyed about every book this past year, whether it was absurdity or deep emotional experiences or even the beauty of descriptive writings. I am happy to have read books and authors that have been on my TBR list as well as to be introduced to new ones. I’m looking forward to what PL has planned for next year.

    Lynda A.

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