These Are the Best Books of 2023, According to Barnes & Noble

published Oct 25, 2023
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Whether you’re an occasional reader or a die-hard bookworm, finding your next read can be difficult. If you’re seeking additions to your TBR, Barnes & Noble has you covered. 

The bookstore chain recently unveiled its picks for the top books of 2023. Although the Best Books of 2023 page also includes winners within specific genres like horror, fantasy, and romance, the retailer chose 10 books in the general categories of fiction and literary non-fiction. 

Winners within these overall category winners feature popular contemporary authors like R.F. Kuang, who is back on the list for her novel Yellowface after previously appearing on Barnes & Noble’s Best Books of 2022 list for her novel Babel.

In no particular order, here are Barnes & Noble’s top 10 fiction books of 2023:

  1. Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
  2. Bright Young Women by Jessica Knoll
  3. Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano
  4. Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls
  5. Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
  6. The God of Endings by Jacqueline Holland
  7. I Have Some Questions For You by Rebecca Makkai
  8. The Rachel Incident by Caroline O’Donoghue
  9. Chain Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
  10. The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters

Likewise, here are Barnes & Noble’s top 10 literary nonfiction books of 2023: