The Best Books of 2023

Amazon Editors

Hello Beautiful by Ann NapolitanoAll the Sinners Bleed by S A CosbyGenerations by Jean M TwengeRomantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
You Have to be Prepared to Die Before You Can Live by Paul KixWeyward by Emilia HartPomegranate by Helen Elaine LeeFourth Wing by Rebecca Yaros
Age of Vice by Deepta KapoorThe Wager by David GrannThe Covenant of Water by Abraham VergheseThe Running Grave by Robert Galbraith
Happy Place by Emily HenryKing by Jonathan EigLady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa SeeUltraprocessed People by Chris van Tullekan
Symphony of Secrets by Brendon SlocumbSmall Mercies by Denis LehaneWarrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline BoulleyTom Lake by Ann Patchett
Yellowface by R F KuangThe Great Reclamation by Rachel HengPoverty, by America by Matthew DesmondElon Musk by Walter Isaacson
The Fraud by Zadie Smith5 Ingredients Mediterranean by Jamie OliverThe Creative Act by Rick RubinStrong Female Character by Ruby Fern
My Husband by Maud VenturaQuietly Hostile by Samantha Irby

Barnes and Noble Best Fiction and Non Fiction

Tom Lake by Ann PatchettBright Young Women by Jessica KnollHello Beautiful by Ann NapolitanoHang the Moon by Jeanette Walls
Yellowface by RF KuangThe God of Endings by by Jacqueline HollandI Have some Questions For You by  Rebecca MakkaiThe Rachel Incident by Caroline O’Donoghue
Chain Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-BrenyahThe Berry Pickers by Amanda PetersDetermined: A Science of Life Without Free Will by Robert M. SapolskyPoverty, by America by Matthew Desmond
Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World by Naomi KleinPunished for Dreaming: How School Reform Harms Black Children and How We Heal by Bettina L. LoveMonsters by Claire DedererAmerican Ramble: A Walk of Memory and Renewal by Neil King Jr.
Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of ‘Latino’ by Héctor TobarTo Free the Captives: A Plea for the American Soul by Tracy K. SmithA Woman I Know: Female Spies, Double Identities, and a New Story of the Kennedy Assassination by Mary Haverstick

BBC Culture

The Fraud by Zadie SmithThe Bee Sting by Paul MurrayNorth Woods by Daniel MasonThe Glutton by A K Blakemore
Tom Lake by Ann PatchettHangman by Maya BingmanThe Wren, The Wren by Anne EnrightAfter the Funeral by Tessa Hadley
August Blue by Deborah Levy  The East Indian by Brinda CharryCrook Manifesto by Colson WhiteheadMrs S by K Patrick
The Postcard by Anne Berest (translated by Tina Kover)Victory City by Salman RushdieBirnam Wood by Eleanor CattonShy by Max Porter
Pineapple Street by Jenny JacksonMaame by Jessica GeorgeThe Survivalists by Kashana CauleyWandering Souls by Cecile Pin
The Garnett Girls by Georgina MooreOld Babes in the Wood by Margaret AtwoodOld God’s Time by Sebastian BarryThis Other Eden by Paul Harding
Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld

BookList Queen

Hello Beautiful by Ann NapolitanoEvil Eye by Etaf RumYellowface by R F KuangThe Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
Before we Were Innocent by Ella BermanTom Lake by Ann PatchettMaame by Jessica GeorgeThe Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff
The Connolley’s of County Down by Tracey LangePineapple Street by Jenny JacksonThe Five-Star Weekend by Elin HilderbrandThe Last Word by Taylor Adams
The Only Survivors by Megan MirandaAll the Dangerous Things by Stacy WillinghamThe Whispers by Ashley AudrainDark Corners by Megan Goldin
The River we Remember by William Kent KreugerBeyond that, The Sea by Laura Spence-AshLady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa SeeRiver Sing me Home by Eleanor Shearer
The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBrideSpare by Prince HarryGood for a Girl by Lauren FleshmanPoverty, by America by Matthew Desmond
The Wager by David GrannOutlive by Peter AttiaHappy Place by Emily Henry


Chain-Gang All-Stars, by Nana Kwame Adjei-BrenyahThe Rediscovery of America by Ned BlackhawkA Living Remedy by Nicole ChungMonsters: A Fan’s Dilemma by Claire Dederer
Poverty, by America by Matthew DesmondThe Wager by David GrannThe Possibility of Life by Jaime GreenThe Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff
Doppelganger by Naomi KleinYellowface by RF KuangBiography of X by Catherine Lacey
Lone Women by Victor LaValle
Wednesday’s Child by Yiyun LiAbsolution by Alice McDermottWrong Way by Joanne McNeilAmerica Fantastica by Tim O’Brien
Saving Time by Jenny OdellThe Late Americans by Brandon TaylorCrook Manifesto by Colson WhiteheadLand of Milk and Honey by C Pam Zhang

The Guardian

The Bee Sting by Paul MurrayProphet’s Song by Paul LynchBirnam Wood by Eleanor Catton
The Fraud by Zadie SmithTremor by Teju ColeAugust Blue by Deborah Levy
Blackouts by Justin TorresCuddy by Benjamin MyersThe Long Form by Kate Briggs
Fire Rush by Jacqueline CrooksWandering Souls by Cecile PinKala by Colin Walsh
The Glutton by AK BlakemoreThe Vaster Wilds by Lauren GroffCahokia Jazz by Francis Spufford
The Ghost Theatre by Mat OsmanVictory City by Salman RushdieThe New Life by Tom Crewe
Julia by Sandra NewmanLord Jim at Home by Dinah Brooke

Caffe Nero Awards

The Bee Sting by Paul MurrayBirnam Wood by Eleanor CattonThe New Life by Tom Crew
The Swifts by Beth LincolnStrong Female Character by Fern BradyUndercurrent by Natasha Carthew
Bitterthorn by Kat DunnOrdinary Human Failings by Megan NolanFifteen Wild Decembers by Karen Powell


The Door to Door Bookstore by Carsten HennCrook Manifesto by Colson WhiteheadReally Good, Actually by Monica HeiseyWinter Lights by Deborah Jenkins
Gas Light by Femi KayodeDeath Valley by Melissa BroderDecolonising my Body by Afua HirschThe Winter Spirits by Bridget Collins
Palace of Shadows by Ray CelestinEve by Cat BohannonPast Lying by Val McDermidBedside Companion for Food Lovers by Jane McMorland Hunter
The Vaster Wilds by Lauren GroffJoe Nuthin’s Guide to Life by Helen FisherAbsolutely and Forever by Rose TremainNorth Woods by Daniel Mason
The Pit by Peter PapathanasiouBefore we Say Goodbye by Toshikazu KawaguchiThe Words of Kings and Prophets by Shauna LawlessThe Crash by Robert Peston
The Last Devil to Die by Richard OsmanThe Secret Hours by Mick HerronThe Seventh Son by Sebastien FaulkesThe Land of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Winter List by S G MacLeanIn Bloom by Eva VerdaDeath of a Lesser God by Vaseem Khan The Applicant by Nazli Koca
The Hollow Tree by Tim LeachThree Fires by Denise MinaA Game of Lies by Clare MackintoshThe List by Yomi Adegoke
My Husband by Maud VenturaEarth by Chris PackhamBad Men by Julie Mae CohenThe Housekeepers by Alex May
The Blood of Others by Graham HurleyZero Kill by M K HillBrotherless Night by V. V. GaneshananthanThe God of Good Looks by Breanne McIvor
The Illusions by Liz HyderThe Quiet Tenant by Clemence MichallonRural by Rebecca SmithThe Devil’s Playground by Craig Russell
The Fallen by John SutherlandThe People Watcher by Sam LloydAn Afterlife for Rosemary Lamb by Louise WolhuterThe Summer Skies by Jenny Colgan
Mrs S by K. PatrickRadical Love by Neil BlackmoreThe Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone
Audrey Burges
Blue Machine by Helen Czerski
Vita and the Birds by Polly CrosbyThe Last Dance by Mark BillinghamThe Ghost Theatre
Mat Osman
Atlas of Imagined Cities by Matt Brown
When things are alive, they Hum by Hannah BentChrysalis by Anna MetcalfeSparrow by James HynesFourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
The Maiden by Kate FosterHappy Place by Emily HenryFire Rush by Jacqueline CrooksOld God’s Time by Sebastian Barry
Maame by Jessica GeorgeWeyward by Emilia HartThe Drift by CJ TudorJulia by
Sandra Newman
The Fraud by Zadie SmithSomeone Else’s Shoes by Jojo MoyesVladimir by Julia May JonasDemon Copperhead by Barbara kingsolver
Super-Infinite by Katherine RundellRomantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld

The New Yorker

The Bee Sting by Paul MurrayBiography of X
by Catherine Lacey 
Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton
The Country of the Blind
by Andrew Leland 
A Day in the Life of Abed Salama
by Nathan Thrall 
Fear Is Just a Word by Azam Ahmed 
Fire Weather by John Vaillant The Fraud by Zadie SmithThe Guest by Emma Cline
I Am Homeless if This Is Not My Home by Lorrie MooreKing: A Life by Jonathan Eig Master Slave Husband Wife
by Ilyon Woo
Ordinary Notes by Christina SharpeRoman Stories by Jhumpa LahiriBrooklyn Crime Novel
by Jonathan Lethem
Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward 

New York Public Library

Above Ground by Clint SmithThe Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi
By Shannon Chakraborty
Against the Currant
By Olivia Matthews
Age of Vice
By Deepti Kapoor
All the Beauty in the World
By Patrick Bringley
Bad Kids
By Zijin Chen
The Bee Sting
By Paul Murray
Biting the Hand by Julia Lee
Black Observatory: Poems
By Christopher Brean Murray
By Justin Torres
Chain-Gang All-Stars
By Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
The Deep Sky By Yume Kitasei
Do a Powerbomb
By Daniel Warren Johnson
Eight Billion Genies Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1
By Charles Soule
By Cat Bohannon
Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone
By Benjamin Stevenson
Everything Is Fine, Vol. 1
By Mike Birchall
A Fever in the Heartland
By Timothy Egan
The Glutton
By A.K. Blakemore
The Great Displacement
By Jake Bittle
A Guest in the House
By Emily Carroll
The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store
By James McBride
The Hive and the Honey: Stories
By Paul Yoon
An Island Princess Starts a Scandal
By Adriana Herrera
The Kingdom of Surfaces
By Sally Wen Mao
By Sarah MacLean
Land of Milk and Honey
By C Pam Zhang
Last on His Feet: Jack Johnson and the Battle of the Century
By Adrian Matejka
The Last One
By Will Dean
The Man in the McIntosh Suit
By Rina Ayuyang
The Maniac
By Benjamín Labatut
Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers
By Jesse Q. Sutanto
White Cat, Black Dog: Stories
By Kelly Link

Obama’s Best Books

The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBrideThe Maniac by Benjamin LabututPoverty, by America by Matthew DesmondHow to say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair
The Wager by David GrannChip War by Chris MillerThe Vaster Wilds by Lauren GroffHumanly Possible by Sarah Blakemore
King by Jonathan EigThe Covenant of Water by Abraham VergheseThe Best Minds by Jonathan MillerAll the Sinners Bleed by SA Cosby
The Kingdom, The Power and the Glory by Tim AlbertaSome People Need Killing by Patricia EvangalistaThis Other Eden by Paul Harding

Oprah Best of Books

Happiness Falls by Angie KimAbsolution by Alice McDermottHeaven and Earth Grocery by James McBrideLucky Dogs by Helen Schulman
The Last Animal by Rachel AusubelUnsettled by Ayana MathisDeath Valley by Melissa BroderAge of Vice by Deepti Kapoor
Fireworks Every Night by Beth RaymerThe Fraud by Zadie SmithOwner of a Lonely Heart by Beth NguyenA Man of Two Faces by Biet Thanh Nguyen
George by Frieda HughesYou Could Make this House Beautiful by Maggie SmithHow to Say Babylon by Safiya SinclairDon’t Think., Dear by Alice Robb
Orbital by Samantha HarveyYou are There by Karin Lin-GreenbergBreaking and Entering by Don GillmoorThe Three of Us by Ore Agbaye Williams
Mrs S by K PatrickMonsters by Claire DedererThe Ferguson Report by Nicole SealeyMarry Me a Little by Rob Kirby
The Teachers by Alexandra RobbinsMaster Slave Husband Wife by Ilyon WooPoverty, by America by Matthew Desmond

Publisher’s Weekly

Biography of X by Catherine LaceyThe Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight
Andrew Leland
Flee North: A Forgotten Hero and the Fight for Freedom in Slavery’s Borderland
Scott Shane
The Maniac
Benjamin Labatut
My Work
Olga Ravn, trans. from the Danish by Sophia Hersi Smith and Jennifer Russell
Ordinary Notes
Christina Sharpe 
The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History
Ned Blackhawk 
Same Bed Different Dreams
Ed Park
The Talk
Darrin Bell
The Wren, the Wren
Anne Enright 


Romantic Comedy by Curtis SittenfeldWe All Want Impossible Things by Catherine NewmanTom Lake by Ann Patchett
Maame by Jessica GeorgeThe Future by Naomi AldermanMinor Disturbances At Grand Life Apartments by Hema Sukumar
The Happy Couple by Naoise DolanPreloved by Lauren BravoYellowface by RF Kuang
You, Again by Kate Goldbeck

Real Time Best of 2023

The Sweet Spot by Amy PoeppelSam by Allegra GoodmanRiver Sing Me Home by Eleanor ShearerAge of Vice by Deepti Kapoor
Maame by Jessica GeorgeGo As A River by Shelley ReadStash by Laura Cathcart RobbinsI have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai
Pineapple Street by Jenny JacksonThe House of Eve by Sadeqa JohnsonThe Do Over by Suzanne ParkHomecoming by Kate Morton
Life and Other Love Songs by Anissa GrayCamp Zero by Michelle Min SterlingAmerican Mermaid by Julia LangbeinThe Three of us by  Ore Agbaje-Williams
The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan HenryThe Last Animal by Ramona AusubelRomantic Comedy by Curtis SittenfeldThe Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
My Father’s List by Laura CarneyMy Murder by Katie WilliamsLate Bloomers by Deepa VaradarajanI am Homeless if This is Not My Home by Lorrie Moore
Quietly Hostile by Samantha IrbyDeep As the Sky, Red as The Sea by Rita Chang-EppigFamily Lore by Elizabeth AcevedoThe Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by james McBride
Little Monsters by Adrienne BrodeurBanyan Moon by Thao ThaiTalking at Night by Claire DaverleyGone Tonight by Sarah Pekkanen
You Were Always Mine by Christine Pride and Jo PiazzaTom Lake by Ann PatchettEverything/Nothing/Someone by Alice CarrièreThe Hike by Lucy Clarke
Amazing Grace Adams by Fran LittlewoodHappiness Falls by Angie KimThe Fraud by Zadie SmithLearned by Heart by Emma Donoghue
One Blood by Denene MillnerLet Us Descend by Jesmyn WardHow to Save Babylon by Safiya SinclairNorth Woods by Daniel Mason
What we Kept to Ourselves by Nancy Jooyoun KimWellness by Nathan HillAbsolution by Alice McDermottFamily Meal by Bryan Washington
The Leftover Woman by Jean Kwok

The Smithsonian Best History Books

The Wager by David GrannMadame Restell by Jennifer WrightEmperor of Rome by Mary BeardKing by Jonathan Eig
The Sisterhood by Lisa MundyAnne Bolyn and Elizabeth I by Tracy BormanMaster Slave Husband Wife by Ilyon WooI Saw Death Coming by  Kidada E. Williams
The World: A Family History of Humanity by Simon Sebag MontefioreOn Savage Shores: How Indigenous Americans Discovered Europe by Caroline Dodds Pennock

The Times

My Father’s House by Joseph O’ConnorFyneshade by Kate GriffinBrutes by Dizz Tate
The Warlock Effect by Jeremy DysonSoldier Sailor by Claire KilroyThe Wide World by Pierre Lemaitre
Tremor by Teju ColeThe New Life by Tom CreweThe Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCracken
Caret by Adam Mars JonesThe Happy Couple by Naoise DolanThe Seventh Son by Sebastian Faulkes
Absolutely and Forever by Rose TremainYellowface by RF KuangThe Wren The Wren by Annie Enright
Bee Sting by Paul MurrayThe Fraud by Zadie SmithOrdinary Human Failings by Megan Nolan
Crook Manifesto by Colson WhiteheadOld God’s Time by Sebastian BarryVictory City by Salman Rushdie
Thunderclap by Laura CummingTom Lake by Ann Patchett


A Living Remedy by Nicole ChungOur Share of Night by Mariana EnriquezThe Wager by David GrannBiography of X by Catherine Lacey
After Sappho by Selby Winn SchwartzY/N by Esther LiKing by Jonathan EigThis Other Eden by Paul Harding
Greek Lessons by Hang KanLone Women by Victor LaValleThe Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

The Washington Post

The Bee Sting by Paul MurrayThe Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride.Loot by Tania James.The MANIAC by Benjamín Labatut.
North Woods by Daniel Mason.The Bathysphere Book: Effects of the Luminous Ocean Depths by Brad Fox.


Raw Dog by Jamie LoftusPig by Sam SaxAll the Sinner’s Bleed by SA CosbyI am Homeless if this is Not My Home by Lorrie Moore
How to Say Babylon by Safiya SinclairPaolo Alto by Malcolm HarrisBiography of X by Catherine LaceyWhen Crack was King by Donovan X. Ramsey
Enter Ghost by Isabella HammadDoppelganger by Naomi Klein

The Week

Tackle by Jilly CooperJulia by Sandra NewmanThe Pole and Other Stories by J.M. CoetzeeThe Glutton by A.K. Blakemore
Western Lane by Chetna MarooAbsolutely & Forever by Rose TremainBeasts of England by Adam BilesHolly by Stephen King
Prophet Song by Paul LynchThe Fraud by Zadie SmithThe Wren, The Wren by Anne EnrightCaret by Adam Mars-Jones
Open Throat by Henry HokeTom Lake by Ann PatchettThe Bee Sting by Paul MurrayOrdinary Human by Megan Nolan
Be Mine by Richard FordI Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home by Lorrie MooreBig Swiss by Jen BeaginDeath Under a Little Sky by Stig Abell
Time Shelter by Georgi GospodinovThe Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece by Tom HanksThe Guest by Emma ClineSoldier Sailor by Claire Kilroy
August Blue by Deborah LevyA House for Alice by Diana EvansPineapple Street by Jenny JacksonShy by Max Porter
Romantic Comedy by Curtis SittenfeldTo Battersea Park by Philip HensherDr. No by Percival EverettQueen K by Sarah Thomas
Old God’s Time by Sebastian BarryCursed Bread by Sophie MackintoshBirnam Wood by Eleanor CattonBrutes by Dizz Tate
Victory City by Salman RushdieThe Birthday Party by Laurent Mauvignier (translation by Daniel Levin Becker)White Riot by Joe Thomas

The New Life by Tom Crewe
Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor

Crime and Thriller

Guardian best crime and thriller

The Last Devil to Die by Richard OsmanMurder in the Family by Cara HunterThe Turn Glass by Cara Hunter
Death and the Conjuror by Tom MeadWord Monkey by Christopher FowlerSqueaky Clean by Callum McSorley
In the Blink of an Eye by Jo CallaghanScorched Grace by Margot DouaihyThirty Days of Darkness by Jenny Lund Madsen
Case Sensitive by AK TurnerOzark Dogs by Eli CranorAll the Sinners Bleed by SA Cosby
I Have Some Questions For You by Rebecca MakkaiEverybody Knows by Jordan HarperThe Secret Hours by Mick Herron
The Scarlet Papers by Matthew RichardsonThe Translator by Harriet CrawleyOther Women by Emma Flint
The Square of Sevens by Laura Shepherd-RobinsonPalace of Shadows by Ray CelestinThe Winter List by SG MacLean
Death of Lesser God by  Vaseem KhanAge of Vice by Deepti KapoorThe Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff

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