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20 of the Best Book Club Books of 2023

collage of book covers from 20 of the best book club books of 2023

2022 was an amazing year for book club books, and 2023 is shaping up to be just as great, if not even better! If you’re looking to scope out some of the best picks for your book club reads for 2023 (or maybe you want to start your own book club and are looking for books to excite and inspire), you need look no further than the best book club books 2023 has to offer (plus one from late 2022) that are sure to be hits with your book club members! These are the most anticipated book club books of the year, along with a few that might not be on your radar.

Looking for backlist titles? Check out the best book club books of 2022. Need a hand setting up a new book club? Check out our guide on how to run a book club! And now, here’s 20 of the best book club books of 2023.

Book cover of THE LIGHT WE CARRY by Michelle Obama

The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama’s second memoir, following 2018’s Becoming, is the perfect book club book. 

The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff

Everyone thinks Geeta killed her husband. She didn’t — he disappeared — but there are perks to people thinking you’re a black widow. Then the local women start asking Geeta for help getting rid of their husbands.

Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor

A rich man’s car, driven by confused servant Ajay, jumps the curb and kills five people. In the aftermath, Ajay’s life intersects with Sunny, the playboy heir, and Neda, a journalist.

Bad Cree by Jessica Johns

Mackenzie’s dreams are blurring the line with reality, and they may be trying to tell her something about her sister Sabrina’s death. She feels called home, but on her arrival the dreams only become more intense…and dangerous.

Book cover of Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

June is jealous of Athena’s literary success, so when she witnesses Athena’s death she makes an impulsive decision: she steals Athena’s newest manuscript and passes it off as her own, even though Athena is Chinese and June is white. 

In The Upper Country by Kai Thomas

In the Canadian town of Dunmore, where enslaved Americans flee, a young woman named Lensinda works for a Black journalist. When an old woman fresh off the Underground Railroad kills a slave hunter and refuses to flee, Lensinda attempts to interview her, but the woman proposes an exchange of stories.

Moonrise Over New Jessup by Jamila Minnicks

In the all-Black community of New Jessup, Alabama, newcomer Alice falls in love and tries to balance her support for Raymond’s organizing with her longing to keep the town together and protected from both outside forces and turmoil within.

Maame by Jessica George

Maddy is tired of being the only Black woman at work and the only caregiver for her father, who has Parkinson’s. She’s ready to do something for herself, so when her mother returns from a trip to Ghana, Maddy starts saying yes to things like friendships and dating.

Book cover of River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer

River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer

Following the Emancipation Act of 1834, a Barbados landowner informs his enslaved workers that they are now free, and must work for him as apprentices. Seeing that nothing will change, Rachel runs away and begins the search for her five children who were sold away from her.

The House of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson

Ruby’s chances of escaping poverty and being the first in her family to attend college are dashed by a love affair. Eleanor falls in love with William, and hopes that having his baby will convince his family to accept her.

A Spell of Good Things by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

Eniola is from a poor Nigerian family, working to keep his family together. Wuraola is a doctor from a wealthy Nigerian family, in love with a politician’s son. When Eniola is targeted by a local politician, the families’ paths cross.

Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson

The Stockton family on Pineapple Street in Brooklyn Heights comes from old money. This novel follows the three daughters — eldest Darley, who won’t ask her husband to sign a prenup; daughter-in-law Sasha, who feels shut out from the family; and youngest daughter Georgiana, who falls in love with the wrong man.

Book cover of I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai

I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai

From the author of The Great Believers. Bodie is invited to teach at her former boarding school, where her roommate was murdered and the school’s athletic trainer convicted. But once she’s back, she begins to wonder if he was accused and convicted too quickly.

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

From the author of Dear Edward. William’s basketball scholarship is his ticket away from an unhappy home life, and when he meets Julia he is welcomed into her family by her parents and sisters. But then secrets from his past cause a rift in his new family.

The London Séance Society by Sarah Penner

From the author of The Lost Apothecary. Lenna comes to Paris to try to solve her sister’s death. She apprentices herself to spiritualist Vaudeline, who is renowned for helping spirits find their murderers, and the two women travel to London to work with the all-male Séance Society.

The Perfumist of Paris by Alka Joshi

In this trilogy concluding novel, Radha is living in Paris, working for a perfumer and raising her daughters. She travels to India in search of new fragrances when she learns that the son she gave up years ago, but never stopped grieving, is in Paris looking for her.

Book cover of The Cuban Heiress The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton

The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton

Catherine and Elena board the Morro Castle in New York, destination Havana. Catherine is a fake heiress whose lies are catching up with her, and Elena has been wronged and is seeking revenge. Their paths will cross.

The Half Moon by Mary Beth Keane

When bartender Malcolm buys The Half Moon, the bar he works at and loves, he has big plans to bring in new customers and more money — but the existing clientele doesn’t like change. Meanwhile, Malcolm’s lawyer wife Jess is struggling to accept that she may never be a mother, and trying to decide what comes next.

Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley

Native teen Perry teams up with her new friends from Team Misfit Toys — and her twin sister Pauline — to fight the legal loopholes that have allowed the local university museum to keep the remains of Warrior Girl and 12 other Indigenous warriors away from their ancestral people. But it might take a heist to set things right.

The Collected Regrets of Clover by Mikki Brammer

Clover is a death doula whose life revolves around the dying, leaving her little time for living. To fulfill a client’s dying wish, she sets off across the country hoping to uncover a love story, and in the process she begins living.

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