The Best Novels of 2023, According to 20 ‘Books of the Year’ Lists

A consensus cloud of the most mentioned novels in best-books-of-the-year polls.

Which literary novels do the critics agree are the best of 2023?

We’ve been updating this the last few years. It currently covers 2020-2023.

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Sources: Time Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, The Guardian, Esquire, NPR, The New Yorker, Harpers, Kirkus, GoodReads, Booker Prize, Book Riot, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Publisher’s Weekly, Oprah’s Book List, Chicago Public Library, New York Public Library, Vogue.

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