Goodread’s Best Books of 2023 so Far

The month of June means that we are halfway through 2023. The first six months of the year have flown but authors have been busy releasing books since January 1st. Luckily for us, we have Goodreads best books of 2023 so far list so you can see which books are worth reading!

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Goodread’s Best Books of 2023 so Far

The list was compiled by using data of the most reviewed books as well as which books have been added to users’ Want to Read shelves. As any reader knows, it may take days or even years to get around to reading our to-read books. There are so many books that we want to read and the list of books we want to read just keeps growing!

You can see the full list below. It is separated by genres so you can easily sort through it.

Goodread’s Best Books of 2023 so Far

Contemporary Fiction

Historical Fiction

  • Weyward
  • The House of Eve
  • River Sing Me Home
  • The Covenant of Water
  • The House Is on Fire
  • Hang the Moon
  • Did You Hear About Kitty Karr?
  • The Trackers
  • Lady Tan’s Circle of Women


  • All the Dangerous Things
  • The Housemaid’s Secret (The Housemaid, #2)
  • What Lies in the Woods
  • I Have Some Questions for You
  • Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers
  • Homecoming
  • The Maid’s Diary
  • I Will Find You
  • The Bandit Queens


  • Fourth Wing (The Empyrean, #1)
  • Hell Bent (Alex Stern, #2)
  • A Day of Fallen Night (The Roots of Chaos, #0)
  • Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries (Emily Wilde, #1)
  • Tress of the Emerald Sea (The Cosmere)
  • Atalanta
  • Witch King
  • Victory City
  • Clytemnestra

 Science Fiction

  • In the Lives of Puppets
  • The Ferryman
  • Chain-Gang All-Stars
  • Ascension
  • The Marriage Act
  • Some Desperate Glory
  • Children of Memory (Children of Time, #3)
  • Meru (The Alloy Era, #1)
  • The Endless Vessel


  • How to Sell a Haunted House
  • Lone Women
  • A House with Good Bones
  • Don’t Fear the Reaper (The Indian Lake Trilogy, #2)
  • Sisters of the Lost Nation
  • Natural Beauty
  • Bad Cree
  • The Haunting of Alejandra
  • Looking Glass Sound


  • Happy Place
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Yours Truly (Part of Your World, #2)
  • Final Offer (Dreamland Billionaires, #3)
  • Things We Hide From the Light (Knockemout, #2)
  • Exes and O’s (The Influencer, #2)
  • Meet Me at the Lake
  • The True Love Experiment
  • The Right Move (Windy City, #2)

Young Adult

  • The Stolen Heir (The Stolen Heir Duology, #1)
  • Chain of Thorns (The Last Hours, #3)
  • Song of Silver, Flame Like Night (Song of the Last Kingdom, #1)
  • Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute
  • These Infinite Threads (This Woven Kingdom, #2)
  • The Davenports (The Davenports, #1)
  • Divine Rivals (Letters of Enchantment, #1)
  • Warrior Girl Unearthed
  • Forget Me Not


  • Spare
  • The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder
  • Poverty, by America
  • A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan’s Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them
  • The Creative Act: A Way of Being
  •  You Could Make This Place Beautiful: A Memoir
  • Quietly Hostile: Essays
  • A Living Remedy: A Memoir
  • King: A Life


That is all for Goodread’s best books of 2023 so far. How many of these books have you read or plan to read? Are you excited for the remaining six months? Let us know in the comments below!

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