The 10 Best Books of 2023 (So Far)

By Andrew Buckner

*Please note that the inclusion of the books on this list is based on the criteria of an original publication date in 2023.

10. The Cabinet of Dr. Leng

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

9. The House at the End of the World

by Dean Koontz

8. Feast

by Ina Carino

7. Mothered

by Zoje Stage

6. The Donut Legion: A Novel

by Joe R. Lansdale

5. How to Sell a Haunted House

by Grady Hendrix

4. Still Life at Eighty: The Next Interesting Thing

by Abigail Thomas

3. The Creative Act: A Way of Being

by Rick Rubin

2. Poverty, by America

by Matthew Desmond

1. The Curse of the Marquis de Sade: A Notorious Scoundrel, A Mythical Manuscript, and the Biggest Scandal of Literary History

by Joel Warner


Don’t Fear the Reaper

by Stephen Graham Jones

The 22 Best Books of 2021

By Andrew Buckner

*The books included in this list are based on the criteria of an original publication date in 2021.*

22. My Heart is a Chainsaw

By Stephen Graham Jones

21. The Final Girl Support Group

By Grady Hendrix

20. The Scorpion’s Tail

By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

19. The Plot

By Jean Hanff Korelitz

18. Getaway

By Zoje Stage

17. Rovers

By Richard Lange

16. Survive the Night

By Riley Sager

15. Sooley: A Novel

By John Grisham

14. The Other Emily

By Dean Koontz

13. Bloodless

By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

12. Jesus: A New Vision

By Whitley Strieber

11. Distance from Avalon: When the Dying and the Young Unite

By Mike Messier

10. Because He’s Jeff Goldblum: The Movies, Memes and Meaning of Hollywood’s Most Enigmatic Actor

By Travis M. Andrews

9. Later

By Stephen King

8. The Judge’s List

By John Grisham

7. These Fists Break Bricks: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World

By Chris Poggiali, Grady Hendrix.

6. Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood

By Leonard Maltin

5. Chasing the Boogeyman

By Richard Chizmar

4. Billy Summers

By Stephen King

3. A Bright Ray of Darkness

By Ethan Hawke

2. Project Hail Mary

By Andy Weir

1. Vibrate Higher: A Rap Story

By Talib Kweli