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The King County Library System (KCLS) has released its 2023 Best Books list. The annual list reveals KCLS’ top 125 books of the year and includes 25 titles in each of the following categories: show more fiction, nonfiction, children, teen — and, new this year — audiobook.

Best Books are nominated by KCLS librarians and staff members who, collectively, read thousands of books each year. A selection committee then reviews the submissions and determines the final list. The 156 nominations received this year span a range of genres, from history to fantasy and science fiction.

“KCLS is thrilled to present our 2023 Best Books list," stated KCLS Director of Collection Management Services Tracey Thompson. "We’re pleased to offer the new audiobook category this year, and we hope you enjoy all of these fantastic titles as much as we did!”
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Categories:
All, Audiobooks (25), Children's Books (221), Fiction Books (378), Nonfiction Books (320), Teen Books (220)
Years:
All, 2023 (25), 2022 (25), 2021 (25), 2020 (25), 2019 (25), 2018 (25), 2017 (25), 2016 (25), 2015 (20)
WorkYear
Imogen, Obviously by Becky Albertalli
2023
Those Who Saw the Sun: African American Oral Histories from the Jim Crow South by Jaha Nailah Avery
2023
Blood Debts by Terry J. Benton-Walker
2023
The Stolen Heir by Holly Black
2023
Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow
2023
Reggie and Delilah's Year of Falling by Elise Bryant
2023
Ander and Santi Were Here by Jonny Garza Villa
2023
Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim
2023
The Davenports by Krystal Marquis
2023
Your Freedom, Your Power: A Kid's Guide to the First Amendment by Allison Matulli
2023
Those Who Helped Us by Ken Mochizuki
2023
The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz
2023
Different for Boys by Patrick Ness
2023
Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim by Patricia Park
2023
Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam by Thien Pham
2023
Lion's Legacy by L. C. Rosen
2023
A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat
2023
The Next New Syrian Girl by Ream Shukairy
2023
Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account and the Teenagers Whose Lives It Changed by Dashka Slater
2023
An Echo in the City by K. X. Song
2023
¡Ay, Mija! (A Graphic Novel): My Bilingual Summer in Mexico by Christine Suggs
2023
Darkhearts by James L. Sutter
2023
She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran
2023
Brooms by Jasmine Walls
2023
That Self-Same Metal by Brittany N. Williams
2023
Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf
2022
Himawari House by Harmony Becker
2022
Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen
2022
Sunny G's Series of Rash Decisions by Navdeep Singh Dhillon
2022
Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy
2022
Murder Among Friends: How Leopold and Loeb Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime by Candace Fleming
2022
Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American by Laura Gao
2022
Boys I Know by Anna Gracia
2022
Icebreaker by A. L. Graziadei
2022
The Red Palace by June Hur
2022
The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson
2022
One for All by Lillie Lainoff
2022
A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin
2022
Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier
2022
Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore
2022
Our Shadows Have Claws: 15 Latin American Monster Stories by Yamile Saied Méndez
2022
The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
2022
Northwind by Gary Paulsen
2022
The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes
2022
You Truly Assumed by Laila Sabreen
2022
Victory. Stand! Raising My Fist for Justice by Tommie Smith
2022
Breathe and Count Back from Ten by Natalia Sylvester
2022
All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
2022
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer
2022
Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk
2022
Indivisible by Daniel Aleman
2021
The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold
2021
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
2021
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
2021
In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks by Don Brown
2021
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim
2021
Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert
2021
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass
2021
Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo
2021
The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur
2021
Before We Disappear by Shaun David Hutchinson
2021
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
2021
Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee
2021
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
2021
A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
2021
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
2021
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon
2021
Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
2021
The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore
2021
The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris
2021
The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag
2021
The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer
2021
Jade Fire Gold by June C. L. Tan
2021
Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
2021
From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo
2021
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
2020
Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold
2020
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
2020
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
2020
Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown
2020
Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti
2020
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
2020
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
2020
Flamer by Mike Curato
2020
The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming
2020
Lobizona by Romina Garber
2020
Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir by Robin Ha
2020
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
2020
Drawing the Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Voting in America by Tommy Jenkins
2020
All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson
2020
This Is My America by Kim Johnson
2020
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
2020
Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
2020
Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier by Jim Ottaviani
2020
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds
2020
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
2020
We Are Not from Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
2020
Kent State by Deborah Wiles
2020
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
2020
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi
2020
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
2019
Internment by Samira Ahmed
2019
SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson
2019
Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson
2019
This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
2019
Lovely War by Julie Berry
2019
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
2019
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
2019
A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending by India Desjardins
2019
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
2019
Dig by A. S. King
2019
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
2019
Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis
2019
Bloom by Kevin Panetta
2019
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
2019
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
2019
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
2019
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
2019
Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
2019
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
2019
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
2019
Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A. F. Venable
2019
A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by Elizabeth Wein
2019
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
2019
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America by Ibi Zoboi
2019
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
2018
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
2018
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
2018
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
2018
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
2018
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
2018
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu
2018
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
2018
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
2018
American Panda by Gloria Chao
2018
Illegal by Eoin Colfer
2018
Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling
2018
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
2018
My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope by Diane Guerrero
2018
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
2018
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
2018
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
2018
All Summer Long by Hope Larson
2018
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
2018
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
2018
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi
2018
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
2018
Sadie by Courtney Summers
2018
Check, Please! Year One by Ngozi Ukazu
2018
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
2018
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
2017
City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
2017
A Crack in the Sea by H. M. Bouwman
2017
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
2017
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle
2017
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
2017
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
2017
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen
2017
Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
2017
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
2017
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
2017
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
2017
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
2017
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
2017
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
2017
Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell
2017
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
2017
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
2017
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
2017
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
2017
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
2017
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
2017
Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
2017
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
2017
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
2017
Booked by Kwame Alexander
2016
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
2016
Dan Versus Nature by Don Calame
2016
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
2016
Black Panther Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book One by Ta-Nehisi Coates
2016
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
2016
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
2016
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman
2016
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
2016
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
2016
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
2016
The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
2016
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston
2016
Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
2016
Still Life with Tornado by A. S. King
2016
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
2016
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
2016
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
2016
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
2016
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
2016
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
2016
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner
2016
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
2016
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
2016
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
2016
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
2015
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
2015
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
2015
Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
2015
Tommy: The Gun That Changed America by Karen Blumenthal
2015
Untwine by Edwidge Danticat
2015
Boys Don't Knit by T. S. Easton
2015
First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race by Tim Grove
2015
The Truth Commission by Susan Juby
2015
Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham
2015
Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani
2015
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
2015
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
2015
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
2015
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
2015
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
2015
More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera
2015
Nimona by ND Stevenson
2015
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
2015
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
2015

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