Better Reading Top 100 Books of 2023

Better Reading is a Facebook page that I follow. I always enjoy their discussions about books and authors. A few weeks ago, they listed their list of Top 100 Books for 2023. I do love a book list and the best books of 2023 immediately called to me. The 100 books on this list were voted for by readers.


Following is a list of the 100 books on the list. Those in bold, are the books from this list that I’ve read. When I look at the list and think about all those 100 stories, I am amazed at how many different stories writers are able to come up with. I am in awe of writers and am grateful for the joy their books bring to my life.

Honey Bee by Craig Silvey
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Tilt by Chris Hammer

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Still Life by Sarah Winman
The Soul Mate by Sally Hepworth
The Dry by Jane Harper
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The Godmothers by Monica McInerney
The Orphans by Fiona McIntosh
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
How To Mend A Broken Heart by Rachel Johns

Seven Skins of Esther Wilding by Holly Ringland
A Court of Thorns and Roses by S.J. Mass
The Couple Upstairs by H. Wainwright
The Butterfly Collector by Tea Cooper
A Man Called ove by Fredrik Backman
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
You Need To Know by Nicola Moriarty
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Good Wife of Bath by Karen Brooks
Horse by Geraldine Brooks
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
Before the Storm by Di Morrissey
Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult
The Lost Flowers of Alice Heart by Holly Ringland
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Devotion by Hannah Kent
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The Angry Women’s Choir by Meg Bignell
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Otherside of Beautiful by Kim Lock
Broad River Station by Fleur McDonald
Ice Station by Matthew Reilly
Scrublands by Chris Hammer
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Nurses War by Victoria Purman
The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison by Meredith Jaffe
Everyone in My Family Halled Someone by Benjamin Stevenson
The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Torrent by Dinuka McKenzie
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Keeping Up Appearances by Tricia Stringer
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Prodigal Sister by Darry Fraser
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
The Liars by Petronella McGovern
The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Tomorrow & Tomorrow & Tomorow by Gabrielle Zevin
The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
The Last Station by Nicole Alexander
Fairy Tale by Stephen King
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Wife & the Widow by Christian White
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
No Plan B by Lee Child
Paperbark Hill by Maya Linnell
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
1984 by George Orwell
The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

The Unbelieved by Vikki Petraitis
Exiles by Jane Harper
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Normal People by Sally Rooney

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

Dirt Town by Hayley Scrivenor
This Has Been Absolutely Lovely by Jessica Dettman
Killing Floor by Lee Child
Dune by Frank Herbert
All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton
Lying Beside You by Michael Robotham
Again, Rachel by Marian Keyes
All That’s Left Unsaid by Tracey Lien
It by Stephen King
Khaki Town by Judy Nunn

The Good Mother by Rae Cairns
The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

I was surprised to realise that I have read only forty seven books from this list.. After giving it some thought, I realise that the good thing about that, is that there are 53 great books on the list left to be read.

How many books from the Better Reads Top 100 list have you read? I’d be very interested to hear and promise to reply to all comments left. f you decide to make your own list, please leave a link to it in the comments as I’d love to read it.

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15 thoughts on “Better Reading Top 100 Books of 2023

  1. Thanks for sharing this list. I’ve read even less than you though I’ve heard of most of them. Need to make time to get through the remainder. Oh the joys of reading ❤

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  2. Jennifer, Thank you for your weekend coffee share. I have read many of the authors listed but less from this list than you. Happy reading!


  3. Oh goodness, I’ve only read 10 from that list…but wonder if Outlander only counts as one or if we should count all nine she has written 😉 I agree with you though, each writer’s creativity is such an amazing thing to contemplate, isn’t it? And, I just have to add, King’s newest, Fairy Tale, is *such a good read!


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