A stack of 3 closed books (left); an open notebook with a pen on top (right). Title: The Best Books I Read in 2023

The Best Books I Read in 2023

I was very picky about the books I chose to read this year. As a result, I read a lot of good books—so many that putting together this list was an agonizing process.

In past years, I’ve kept my best books list to a total of 15, usually a top ten list plus five honorable mentions. But this year’s list just didn’t fall out that way. I’ve kept the total to 15, but I’ve divided the two parts differently. 

You’ll find all my year’s best books list—going back to 1996—here.

As usual, the books are arranged alphabetically by author’s last name.

The Top Six

Diaz, Hernan. Trust

Jewell, Lisa. None of This Is True

Kuang, R.F. Babel

Lacey, Catherine. Biography of X

Lehane, Dennis. Small Mercies

Ward, Jesmyn. Sing, Unburied, Sing

The Other Nine

Collins, Sara. The Confessions of Frannie Langton

Cosby, S.A. Blacktop Wasteland

Dave, Laura. The First Husband

Harper, Jane. Exiles

Harrow, Alix E. The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Howey, Hugh. Wool

Montimore, Margarita. Oona Out of Order

Pochoda, Ivy. These Women

Quinn, Kate. The Rose Code

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I look forward to reading other bloggers’ best books lists.

© 2023 by Mary Daniels Brown

2 thoughts on “The Best Books I Read in 2023”

    1. Mary Daniels Brown

      I know what you mean about Babel, Anne. I read it early in 2023 and still haven’t written a review. It’s so jam-packed with discussable stuff that I have no idea where to start. Soon, I tell myself, soon . . . Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you and family are enjoying the holidays.

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