The best books of 2023

This list is part of the best books of 2023.

We've asked 1,651 authors and super readers for their 3 favorite reads of the year.

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My favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of The Passenger

Audrey Wick Why did I love this book?

The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy is his long-awaited final novel, published shortly before his death. 

Fans of McCarthy (of which I am, as I wrote my master’s thesis on McCarthy in graduate school) will find a lot to like in this work of literary fiction. What makes this book especially unique is its companion, Stella Maris, can also be read to extend the experience of the novel.  

By Cormac McCarthy,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Passenger as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A sunken jet, a missing body, and a salvage diver entering a conspiracy beyond all understanding. The Passenger is a dark, hallucinogenic novel from Cormac McCarthy, the legendary author of Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men and The Road.

'What a glorious sunset song . . . It's rich and it's strange, mercurial and melancholic' - Guardian

1980, Mississippi. It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips the jacket of his wet suit and plunges into the darkness of the ocean. His dive light illuminates a sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats, hair floating,…


My 2nd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of The Comfort Book

Audrey Wick Why did I love this book?

The Comfort Book is a perfect pick-up-and-put-down book. Short, easy-to-read sections provide uplifting advice as well as entertaining musings.

I kept this on my bedside and read it a few pages at a time, in between other longer books. What fun! There’s something for everyone to enjoy in this unique little collection. 

By Matt Haig,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Comfort Book as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

THE INSTANT NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'Profound, witty and uplifting' Observer
'Full of eloquent, cogent and positive reminders of the beauty of life' Independent

The Comfort Book is a collection of consolations learned in hard times and suggestions for making the bad days better. Drawing on maxims, memoir and the inspirational lives of others, these meditations offer new ways of seeing ourselves and the world.

This is the book to pick up when you need the wisdom of a friend, the comfort of a hug or a reminder that hope comes from unexpected places.


My 3rd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of Girl in Translation

Audrey Wick Why did I love this book?

Girl in Translation is Jean Kwok’s debut novel. After hearing her speak in person at the 2023 San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival, I learned the personal connections she has to this work of fiction are striking—and heartbreaking.

On its own, this story is a poignant coming-of-age novel, but learning more about Kwok will help readers appreciate this book even further. 

By Jean Kwok,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Girl in Translation as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

New York Times bestseller Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok is a powerful story about a Chinese immigrant family in Brooklyn.

Kimberley Chang and her mother move from Hong Kong to New York. A new life awaits them - making a new home in a new country. But all they can afford is a verminous, broken-windowed Brooklyn apartment. The only heating is an unreliable oven. They are deep in debt.

And neither one speaks one word of English.

Yet there is hope. Eleven-year-old Kim goes to school. And though cut off by an alien language and culture and forced by…


Plus, check out my book…

Seeing Us

By Audrey Wick,

Book cover of Seeing Us

What is my book about?

A sweet love story between a patient looking for new glasses and the town's optometrist 

Danica Lara hasn't been seeing clearly. Blinded by the lure of profit in a partnership with her best friend’s ex, she's also battling changes in her vision, which prompts a visit to Dr. Grady Urban, the new optometrist in town. Yet the hunky doctor who looks deep into her eyes senses that she needs more than glasses

Grady offers more than just optometry expertise as he plays armchair psychiatrist to clients who need some quiet hand-holding. With Danica, Grady finds himself attracted not only to helping her but also to partnering with her in a public school charity outreach. But mixing business and pleasure results in blurred vision for them both.