Most Popular Books of 2023

The Ottawa Public Library has posted lists of the most borrowed books in various categories. For Adult Books (English)

    1. Spare by Prince Harry
    2. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
    3. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
    4. Happy Place by Emily Henry
    5. Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
    6. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
    7. The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
    8. Ducks by Kate Beaton
    9. Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune
    10. Everyone Here is Lying by Shari LaPena

See comments and the other lists at

The items bolded are recommendation from the Halifax Public Library staff.

Here’s the list from the Vancouver Public Library

    1. 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think by Brianna Wiest
    2. Spare by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
    3. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
    4. I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
    5. The Myth of Normal by Gabor Maté
    6. A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny
    7. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
    8. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
    9. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
    10. It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover

Item in red are also on the Ottawa list, one is on the Halifax staff list, none are on all three.

Want another opinion? Here are lists of the “best” books of 2023 from the New York Times and the Telegraph.

Which book would you put at number one? Are there any outstanding books from 2023 missed out?

4 Replies to “Most Popular Books of 2023”

  1. I’ve read three of these from the two lists and intend to read more. My choice for good books are these:
    Knowing what we know: the transmission of ancient knowledge to modern magic by Simon Winchester and Shakespeare was a woman and other heresies by Elizbeth Winkler. (admitted Oxfordian here). So many great books, so little time, as the saying goes.

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