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The best books of 2023

This list is part of the best books of 2023.

We've asked 1,199 authors and super readers for their 3 favorite reads of the year.

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My favorite read in 2023…


By Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (translator),

Book cover of Earthlings

Biff Mitchell Why did I love this book?

This is one of the most compelling magical realism stories I’ve read lately.

Set in Japan, mostly in a family home in the mountains (once used as a breeding ground for silkworms, the young Natsuki forms a bond with her childhood friend, Yuu, that’s swiftly ended when the two children are caught having sex and then separated until, years later as adults, they are brought back together (this time with Natsuki’s husband.

The three want to escape the life-stifling hold of the Earthlings and their baby-producing factory, and take refuge in Natsuki and Yuu’s childhood fantasy of being aliens. Isolated in the mountain when winter cuts them off from the rest of the world, they subject themselves to a horrifying attempt to shed their Earthling selves with murder and the ultimate self-sacrifice.

Earthlings is a compelling adventure into magical realism. I could have kept reading this book well beyond the end. It was captivating writing and an immensely consuming story.

By Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (translator),

Why should I read it?

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

What is this book about?

Natsuki isn't like the other girls. As youths, she and her cousin Yuu spent the summers in the wild Nagano mountains, hoping for a spaceship to transport her home. When a terrible sequence of events threatens to part the cousins for ever, they make a promise: survive, no matter what.

Now, Natsuki is grown. She lives quietly in an asexual marriage, pretending to be normal, and hiding the horrors of her childhood from her family and friends. But dark shadows from Natsuki's past are pursuing her. Fleeing the suburbs for the mountains, Natsuki prepares for a reunion with Yuu. Will…

My 2nd favorite read in 2023…

Book cover of Just One Damned Thing After Another

Biff Mitchell Why did I love this book?

Madeleine Maxwell is recruited by a historical research organization where historians study and visit the past. Unfortunately, some people want to use the organization's ability to time travel to make money.

This sets up a rebellion outside the organization and internally. But Madeleine thwarts an internal insurrection and chases off the evildoers from outside.

This book reads smoothly and quickly with lots of action balanced with some crazy time travel theory and characters you could probably enjoy an afternoon tea with.

This was light reading and the kind of thing to take to the beach or on vacation. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

By Jodi Taylor,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Just One Damned Thing After Another as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Time Travel meets History in this explosive bestselling adventure series.

`So tell me, Dr Maxwell, if the whole of History lay before you ... where would you go? What would you like to witness?'

When Madeleine Maxwell is recruited by the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research, she discovers the historians there don't just study the past - they revisit it.

But one wrong move and History will fight back - to the death. And she soon discovers it's not just History she's fighting...

Follow the tea-soaked disaster magnets of St Mary's as they rattle around History. Because wherever the…

My 3rd favorite read in 2023…

The Constant Rabbit

By Jasper Fforde,

Book cover of The Constant Rabbit

Biff Mitchell Why did I love this book?

A quirk of nature has caused some animals to evolve so that they think and communicate like humans but still look like animals (only bigger) than they were.

As they try to integrate into normal human society, they are met with prejudice to the point of genocide.

The slow, precise way this is done is disturbingly like the rise of Nazism in Germany in the 30s and has, even more disturbingly, many parallels in today’s world.

The story is fast-paced and entirely credible, even though the main characters are animals that talk and think like humans. I particularly liked the ending while, at the same time, wishing that it could have been different. But it fits the reality we live in.

This book says so much about the world we live in and the deterioration of the more decent side of our species as the world sinks into a right-wing and neo-Nazi quagmire.

By Jasper Fforde,

Why should I read it?

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

What is this book about?


'Sheer inventiveness, wit, complexity, erudition, unexpectedness and originality' The Times


The village of Much Hemlock has always been a right-wing stronghold. British. Solid. Traditional.

Then they move in. They're different from everyone else: they have a weird religion, an aggressive vegan agenda, and too many children. They may seem quiet and peace-loving, but who knows where it could lead?

They are a family of human-sized rabbits, the result of an inexplicable anthropomorphising event half a century before.

With a mass rehoming to Wales for 1.2 million rabbits looming,…

Plus, check out my book…

Blowing Up

By Biff Mitchell,

Book cover of Blowing Up

What is my book about?

In Blowing Up, Biff Mitchell shakes the foundations of a world gone bad with outrageous dollops of inappropriate humor. Nothing is sacred; nothing is spared. Nothing is safe in a world accumulating too much ammunition for too few targets.

So welcome to Mitchell's world of ghosts who have to get the last word, ball-busting muses who torture for the hell of it, a woman who sheds rabbits from her eyes instead of tears, an office of petty-minded workers fused together in a nuclear holocaust and a world where you write grammatically correct essays or starve to death.

But there will be laughter.

I read 39 books this year.