Mid-Continent Public Library Best BooksAdult Fiction

Given by Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL)

149 Works 120,237 Books 4,917 Reviews 4.0
It’s every reader’s favorite time of year. December rolls around and every media outlet from NPR to the New York Times shares their best books of the year. We can check off those we’ve read, show more debate over the omissions, and add plenty of books to our to-be-read list for the following year!

This year, we surveyed MCPL staff about their favorite reads of 2023 and we’re sharing the results here and in our MCPL Readers’ Lounge Facebook group throughout the month of December and January. We’d love to hear your favorite reads of the past year—join us in the Facebook group and/or share your feedback on our website! If you’d like to see last year’s lists, check out our Best Books of 2022 page.
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Years:
All, 2023 (80), 2022 (69)
Announced:
December 2023: 2023 Recent
WorkYear
Chain Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
2023
Old Babes in the Wood: Stories by Margaret Atwood
2023
The Whispers: A Novel by Ashley Audrain
2023
The Last Animal by Ramona Ausubel
2023
Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo
2023
Big Swiss by Jen Beagin
2023
The House Is on Fire by Rachel Beanland
2023
Death of a Traitor by M. C. Beaton
2023
The First Ladies by Marie Benedict
2023
To Shape a Dragon's Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose
2023
A Shadow Crown (The Halfling Saga) by Melissa Blair
2023
Seven Girls Gone by Allison Brennan
2023
The Blonde Identity by Ally Carter
2023
A Nobleman's Guide to Seducing a Scoundrel by KJ Charles
2023
Where Are the Children Now? by Mary Higgins Clark
2023
Georgie, All Along by Kate Clayborn
2023
The Senator's Wife by Liv Constantine
2023
All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby
2023
The Ferryman by Justin Cronin
2023
Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett
2023
The Dangerous One (Osborn Brothers Book 1) by Lori Foster
2023
The Running Grave by Robert Galbraith
2023
Maame by Jessica George
2023
The Weaver and the Witch Queen by Genevieve Gornichec
2023
The Late Mrs Willoughby by Claudia Gray
2023
The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff
2023
Into the Fire (Undaunted Courage Book #1) by Irene Hannon
2023
Weyward by Emilia Hart
2023
Really Good, Actually by Monica Heisey
2023
How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
2023
Happy Place by Emily Henry
2023
This Bird Has Flown by Susanna Hoffs
2023
Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez
2023
Do A Powerbomb by Daniel Warren Johnson
2023
Star Wars: The High Republic: Cataclysm by Lydia Kang
2023
The River We Remember by William Kent Krueger
2023
Yellowface by R. F. Kuang
2023
Roman Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri
2023
Everyone Here Is Lying by Shari Lapeña
2023
The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren
2023
Translation State by Ann Leckie
2023
That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon by Kimberly Lemming
2023
The Death I Gave Him by Em X. Liu
2023
Thirst for Salt by Madelaine Lucas
2023
Assistant to the Villain by Hannah Nicole Maehrer
2023
Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars by Sam Maggs
2023
Maybe Next Time: A Novel by Cesca Major
2023
I Have Some Questions For You by Rebecca Makkai
2023
Murder and Mamon by Mia P. Manansala
2023
Our Hideous Progeny by C.E. McGill
2023
Lost in the Moment and Found by Seanan McGuire
2023
Only the Beautiful by Susan Meissner
2023
Kissing Kosher by Jean Meltzer
2023
Walking Practice by Dolki Min
2023
That Summer Feeling by Bridget Morrissey
2023
Homecoming by Kate Morton
2023
Excavations: A Novel by Kate Myers
2023
The Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman
2023
Fractal Noise by Christopher Paolini
2023
Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
2023
The London Séance Society by Sarah Penner
2023
The Foghorn Echoes by Danny Ramadan
2023
On Fire Island by Jane L. Rosen
2023
Remnants of Filth: Yuwu, Vol. 1 by Rou Bao Bu Chi Rou
2023
The Only One Left by Riley Sager
2023
Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson
2023
Things We Left Behind by Lucy Score
2023
Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See
2023
The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer
2023
Lore Olympus: Volume One by Rachel Smythe
2023
Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto
2023
Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh
2023
Bewitched by Laura Thalassa
2023
Alaskan Mountain Search by Sarah Varland
2023
The Body in the Back Garden by Mark Waddell
2023
Zero Days by Ruth Ware
2023
The House on Prytania by Karen White
2023
The Road to Roswell by Connie Willis
2023
Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
2023
Bookworm by Robin Yeatman
2023
Midnight on the Marne by Sarah Adlakha
2022
The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout
2022
A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong
2022
The Winners by Fredrik Backman
2022
My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey
2022
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
2022
A Broken Blade by Melissa Blair
2022
Find Me by Alafair Burke
2022
The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
2022
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers
2022
The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan
2022
Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini
2022
The Lovers by Paolo Cognetti
2022
Curfew by Jayne Cowie
2022
Upgrade by Blake Crouch
2022
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
2022
Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson
2022
The Night Shift by Alex Finlay
2022
All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers
2022
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
2022
Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey
2022
The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith
2022
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
2022
Stay Awake by Megan Goldin
2022
Such Sharp Teeth by Rachel Harrison
2022
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
2022
Just Like Mother by Anne Heltzel
2022
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
2022
Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
2022
Never Been Kissed by Timothy Janovsky
2022
With Love from London by Sarah Jio
2022
Vladimir by Julia May Jonas
2022
The Blame Game by Sandie Jones
2022
Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
2022
What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
2022
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
2022
Fairy Tale by Stephen King
2022
Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour
2022
Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese
2022
All That Fills Us by Autumn Lytle
2022
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas
2022
Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra
2022
The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon
2022
Darling Girl by Liz Michalski
2022
The Change by Kirsten Miller
2022
Razzmatazz by Christopher Moore
2022
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
2022
Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
2022
The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell
2022
The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman
2022
Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult
2022
The Road to Christmas: A Sweet Holiday Romance Novel by Sheila Roberts
2022
Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan
2022
The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
2022
What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline
2022
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
2022
This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
2022
Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
2022
Dark Objects: A Novel by Simon Toyne
2022
Honor by Thrity Umrigar
2022
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
2022
The It Girl by Ruth Ware
2022
The Wife Before by Shanora Williams
2022
A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
2022
Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson
2022
A Sunlit Weapon by Jacqueline Winspear
2022
Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dao Zu Shi (Novel) Vol. 1 by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
2022
To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara
2022
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
2022

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