2023’s Best Books

All of these come to me through NetGalley, where you can read eARCS (electronic Advance Reading Copies) of forthcoming books in exchange for writing reviews of those books. This year I gave a 5/5 rating to 75 books. They include non-fiction and memoir and poetry and thrillers and speculative fiction and historical fiction and graphic novels in a variety of genres and romance and more .Here they are, in no particular order.

The Morningside by Téa Obreht
The Garden by Clare Beams
Winter’s Gifts by Ben Aaronovitch
Our Moon by Rebecca Boyle
The Book of Love by Kelly Link
Whale Fall by Elizabeth O’Connor
Orbital by Samantha Harvey
King Nyx by Kirsten Bakis
Shakespeare in Bloomsbury by Marjorie Garber
The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose
The Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden
The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years by Shubnum Khan
Ghosts, Monsters and Demons of India by Rakesh Khanna; J. Furcifer Bhairav
Nordic Visions: The Best of Nordic Speculative Fiction, ed. by John Ajvide Lindqvist; Maria Haskins; Karin Tidbeck
Carole by Clément C. Fabre
The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles by Malka Older
Octavia E. Butler: The Last Interview by Octavia E. Butler, Samuel R. Delany
This Country by Navied Mahdavian
The Fox Wife by Yangsze Choo
Watership Down by Richard Adams (graphic novel adaptation)
The Tainted Cup by Robert Jackson Bennett
Sheets, Delicates, and Lights by Brenna Thummler
The Future by Naomi Alderman
Black Caesars and Foxy Cleopatras by Odie Henderson
System Collapse by Martha Wells
Learned by Heart by Emma Donoghue
Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward
The Untimely Undeath of Imogen Madrigal by Grayson Daly
Sleep No More by Seanan McGuire
Small Change by Jo Walton (reprint)
The Search for Us by Susan Azim Boyer
Pig by Sam Sax
A New History of the American South, ed. W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Laura F. Edwards, Jon F. Sensbach
Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett
Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz by Garth Nix
A Season of Monstrous Conceptions by Lina Rather
What You Want by Maureen N. McLane
Exits by Stephen C. Pollock
Menewood by Nicola Griffith
You or Someone You Love by Hannah Matthews
Unpapered, ed. Diane Glancy and Linda Rodriguez
Owner of a Lonely Heart by Beth Nguyen
Loot by Tania James
Wonder Drug by Jennifer Vanderbes
We Are Light by Gerda Blees
Lilith by Nikki Marmery
Tomb Sweeping by Alexandra Chang
Excavations by Hannah Michell
A Most Tolerant Little Town by Rachel Louise Martin
Wrath Becomes Her by Aden Polydoros
Numinous Stones by Holly Lyn Walrath
Fever House by Keith Rosson
Batman: One Bad Day: Catwoman by G. Willow Wilson
The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women, ed. Kami Ahrens
Translation State by Ann Leckie
Thinning Blood by Leah Myers
The Translations of Seamus Heaney by Seamus Heaney
Still Life with Bones by Alexa Hagerty
Voices of Freedom: Contemporary Writing From Ukraine, ed. Kateryna Kazimirova & Daryna Anastasieva
Abeni’s Song by P. Djèlí Clark
The Ghost Theatre by Mat Osman
Tauhou by Kōtuku Titihuia Nuttall
The Postcard by Anne Berest
Mine Mine Mine by Uhuru Portia Phalafala
Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Trackers by Charles Frazier
Gravity and Center by Henri Cole
The World and All That It Holds by Aleksandar Hemon
Unshuttered by Patricia Smith
Frontier by Grace Curtis
Knot of Shadows by Lois McMaster Bujold
Ways We Hide by Kristina McMorris

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