In a sea of countless books, one might ask: Which books are must-read? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of the best books of 2023, catering to a wide array of interests. From captivating novels with engaging characters to modern fairy tales, there’s something for everyone on this list.
Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton
This must-read novel transports readers to a world of suspense and intrigue. Mira leads a guerrilla gardening group, Birnam Wood, in New Zealand, and they may finally have the opportunity to achieve solvency thanks to unprecedented access to abandoned farmland. However, American billionaire Robert also wants the land. Although he and Mira are often at odds, they may also have common enemies that will make readers question who is trustworthy and reflect on the strength of our basic survival instincts.
The Lights: Poems by Ben Lerner
In The Lights: Poems, Ben Lerner masterfully merges lyric poetry with the modern world, creating an immersive experience that oscillates between fiction, reality, and dreams. This poetry collection challenges conventional ideas of boundaries and evokes a deep sense of wonder that will make you want to burn a candle and read all night. Through its exploration of various themes, from love to loss, Lerner encourages readers to examine their inner worlds and the connections between their lives and art.
Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Fairies by Heather Fawcett
Heather Fawcett’s modern fairy tale introduces readers to a captivating world of enchantment in which a dedicated professor, Emily Wilde, just might discover the truth about magical fae. However, a handsome but frustrating academic rival and the elusive mystery of Emily’s subject material keep this discovery from being anything but easy. Readers will love this dark yet fun book about fantasy magic and the magic of the heart.
Happy Place by Emily Henry
Brimming with intrigue and sparkling wit, Happy Place is the definition of a fun-filled romance. It focuses on once-perfect couple Harriet and Wyn, who, for the sake of their best friends and their annual beach trip tradition, pretend they haven’t been broken up for months. However, close quarters and closer friendships may make it harder for them to pretend than they think. You will laugh, and you might just cry, over this delightful read.
After immersing yourself in the best books of 2023, you’ll have to decide for yourself: Which of them are must-reads? Take the time to put together an epic to-be-read list for 2024 so that you don’t miss anything. While you’re at it, invest in a literary candle that you can burn to enjoy the coziest reading vibes.