The best books of 2023: fiction, poetry, memoirs, non-fiction

The best books of 2023


Maybe it’s because we’re all emerging from our burrows and starting to look at the world around us again, but for whatever cosmic reason there are plenty of great books this year. By “great” we don’t mean great authors, although there are some with upcoming releases; or size, although there are also some doorstop books on the way; but purpose. The 2023 books are bold, ambitious, and do their best to make sure they’re worth your time.

Exciting releases arriving this year include novels that span eras, cross continents, and contain a multitude of characters. They include nonfiction books that ask big questions, about who we are, how we live, why we love… You know, the good stuff. Whatever your personal take – whether it’s top-notch crime fiction, insightful reporting, or literature at its most lyrical or experimental – there will be great picks for you this year, and in the list below, we’ll help you find them.

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The Shards, Bret Easton Ellis (Out Now)


The World and All in It, Aleksandar Hemon (February 2)


Victory City, Salman Rushdie (February 13)


Hungry Ghosts, Kevin Jared Hosein (February 16)


The Real Work: On the Mystery of Mastery, Adam Gopnik (March 2)


Shy, Max Porter (April 6)


The host, Emma Cline (May 11)


Small Worlds, Caleb Azumah Nelson (May 11)


The Wager, David Grann (May 11)


The making of another great cinematic masterpiece, Tom Hanks (May 9)


Ordinary Human Failures, Megan Nolan (June 15)


The Late Americans, Brandon Taylor (June 22)

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