Top Ten Book Lists for 2023

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When you look at the top ten non-fiction titles, 2023 was a year of yearning to understand ourselves and others. People were looking for hope and answers with some of the hard questions in life. Important best-sellers from Gabor Maté, Brené Brown, and Michelle Obama offered help thriving in these uncertain times.

Biographies from Pamela Anderson, Simu Liu, Stanley Tucci and Jeanette McCurdy flew off the shelves. But the biggest non-fiction book of the year was Matthew Perry’s biography, which is now even more poignant. Little did we know that we’d lose one of our favourite Friends to a terrible accident in the same year.

Murder and criminal investigations dominated the top ten fiction titles with half of the titles read being plucked from the Mystery section. It’s not a shock that perennial favourites such as Louise Penny, John Grisham, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, and Stephen King all made the list.

2023 was also the year for some surprises: Bonnie Garmus’ debut book, Lessons in Chemistry, continued to dominate. Colleen Hoover’s popularity exploded this year, sending her rocketing into the top three. Finally, Gabrielle Zevin scored a surprise hit with the ambitious Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow.

Top Ten Adult Non-Fiction titles 

  1. Friends, Lovers and the Big, Terrible Thing: A Memoir by Matthew Perry 
  2. I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy 
  3. The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama 
  4. How to Keep House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing by KC Davis 
  5. Love, Pamela: A Memoir of Prose, Poetry and Truth by Pamela Anderson 
  6. The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture by Gabor Maté 
  7. Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brené Brown 
  8. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel A. Van der Kolk 
  9. We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story by Simu Liu 
  10. Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci

Top Ten Adult Fiction Titles 

  1. A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny 
  2. It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover 
  3. The Boys from Biloxi by John Grisham 
  4. Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan 
  5. Long Shadows by David Baldacci 
  6. Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng 
  7. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin 
  8. Desert Star by Michael Connelly 
  9. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus 
  10. Fairy Tale by Stephen King



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