Essential and Interesting “Best of 2023” Book Lists

Essential and interesting year-end book lists.

For the past fifteen years, I have aggregated every online year-end book list I have discovered into one post.

This year, I will collect essential and interesting year-end book lists in this post and update it daily.

Please feel free to e-mail me with a magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed.

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10,000 Birds (favorite bird books)

Alternative Press (best music books)
Amazon (best books)
Architectural Record (notable books)
Art Guide Australia (art books)
The Art Newspaper (best art books)
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia authors’ favorite books)
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (the South’s best books)
Atlantic (best books)
AudioFile (best books)

Barnes & Noble (best books)
Belfast Telegraph (local writers’ best books)
Bill Gates (favorite books)
Book Riot (best book covers)
Book Riot (best books)
Book Soup (best books)
BookPage (best books)
Boston Globe (best cookbooks)
Brittle Paper (notable African American books)
Broadway World (best books for theatre lovers)

California Review of Books (best books)
Chicago Public Library (best books)
Colossal (best art books)
The Conversation (best books)

Debutiful (best debut books)
delicious. (best cookbooks)

Eater Chicago (best Chicago cookbooks)
Economist (best books)
Electric Literature (best fiction)
Electric Literature (best nonfiction)
Electric Literature (best short story collections)
ELLE (best books)
Emma Straub (favorite books)
Epicurious (best cookbooks)
Esquire (best books)

Financial Times (best books)
Five Books (book lists)
Forks Over Knives (favorite vegan books)

GalleriesWest (best art books)
TheGamer (best video game cookbooks)
Gizmodo (underrated fantasy books)
Globe and Mail (best books)
Globe and Mail (books)
GQ UK (best cookbooks)
The Growth Equation (best books for sustainable excellence & well-being)
Guardian (best books)
Guardian (best books lists by genre)
Guardian (best graphic novels)

Harper’s Bazaar (best books you can’t put down)
History Today (books)

Independent (best books)
Indigo (best books)
Irish Times (best books)

The Kitchn (best cookbooks)
Kirkus (best books)
Kirkus Prize (books)
Kobo (best books)

Largehearted Boy (favorite poetry collections)
Largehearted Boy (favorite short story collections)
Latin Times (top Latin Books)
The Lesbrary (favorite Sapphic books)
Librarie Drawn & Quarterly (staff picks)
Library Journal (best books)
Literary Hub (best books)
The Local Palate (best cookbooks)
Los Angeles Times (best cookbooks)
Los Angeles Times (best fiction)
Louder Than War (best music books) (best Medieval books)
Modern Mrs. Darcy (favorite books)
Mombian (best books for LGBTQ parents, prospective parents, and parents of LGBTQ kids)

National Book Awards (books)
National Translation Awards (books in translation)
New Scientist (best non-fiction & popular science books)
New Scientist (best science fiction)
New Statesman (best books)
New Statesman (books)
New York Times (best books)
New York Times (best California books)
New York Times (best children’s books)
New York Times (best crime novels)
New York Times (best historical fiction)
New York Times (best horror books)
New York Times (best wine books)
New York Times (best romance books)
New York Times (best science fiction & fantasy books)
New York Times (notable books)
New York Times/NYPL (best illustrated children’s books)
New York Public Library (best books)
New Yorker (best books)
The Next Big Idea Club (best psychology books)
NPR (books)
NPR – Maureen Corrigan (best books)

Observer (best poster books)
Observer Food Monthly (best books)
Oprah Magazine (best novels)
Our Queerest Shelves (best queer books)

Photo-Eye (favorite photobooks)
Pitchfork (best music books)
Planetizen (top planning books)
Powell’s (best books)
Publishers Weekly (best books)

Red Sauce America (Italian cookbooks)
resident (books)
The Root (favorite books by Black authors)
Rough Trade (favourite music books)
The Rumpus (most beautiful books)

San Diego Union-Tribune (best books)
San Francisco Chronicle (best books)
The Scholarly Kitchen (chefs’ best books)
School Library Journal (best books)
Science News (best books)
Scientific American (best books)
Seminary Co-op (best books)
Shelf Awareness (best adult books)
The Skinny (best books)
Slate (best books)
Smithsonian Magazine (best books)
Spitball (best baseball books)
The Sweet Science (best books about boxing)
Sydney Morning Herald (best books)

Tattered Cover Book Store (best books)
Telegraph (best books)
Telegraph (best fiction)
them (favorite LGBTQ+ books)
TIME (best fiction books)
TIME (best nonfiction books)
TIME (must-read books)
The Times (best books)

Vanity Fair (best short books)
Vulture (best books)
Vulture (best comedy books)

Wall Street Journal (best books)
Washington Post (best books)
Waterstones (best books)
Wendy Perron (notable dance books)

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also at Largehearted Boy:

Online “Best Books of 2022” Lists
Online “Best Books of 2021” Lists
Online “Best Books of 2020” Lists
Online “Best Books of 2019” Lists
Online “Best Books of 2018” Lists
Online “Best Books of 2017” Lists
Online “Best Books of 2016” Lists
Online “Best Books of 2015” Lists
Online “Best Books of 2014” Lists
Online “Best Books of 2013” Lists
Online “Best Books of 2012” Lists
Online “Best Books of 2011” Lists
Online “Best Books of 2010” Lists
Online “Best Books of 2009” Lists
Online “Best Books of 2008” Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists

2020 Year-End Online Music Lists
2019 Year-End Online Music Lists
2018 Year-End Online Music Lists
2017 Year-End Online Music Lists
2016 Year-End Online Music Lists
2015 Year-End Online Music Lists
2014 Year-End Online Music Lists
2013 Year-End Online Music Lists
2012 Year-End Online Music Lists
2011 Year-End Online Music Lists
2010 Year-End Online Music Lists
2009 Year-End Online Music Lists
2008 Year-End Online Music Lists
2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

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