Booktopia’s Best Books of 2023!

by |November 30, 2023

The year 2023 has brought forth a rich tapestry of literary delights, and Booktopia is proud to share the best of the best!

Whether you’re drawn to historical sagas, epic romantasy, psychological thrills, dark satirical novels, cultural reflections, or heartwarming tales, our curated list of books is sure to offer something for every reader. Dive into these captivating narratives and let the pages transport you to new worlds, ideas, and emotions. Happy reading.

Booktopia’s Best Overall Book of 2023

This is always such a difficult decision and 2023 was no exception.

‘A boldly feminist novel that sings with the joy of life and the miracle of the printed word. Williams’ second novel was absolutely worth the wait.’ – Ben Hunter, Fiction Category Manager

Booktopia’s Best Debut Book of 2023

and the award goes too…..

‘I was giggling through 95% of this novel, only stopping to become unexpectedly VERY WEEPY. Everyone and Everything is everything you want in contemporary fiction.’ – Ben Hunter, Fiction Category Manager

Booktopia’s Best Books of the Year 2023

Want more book recommendations? We have you covered with our extensive best books of the year list, as curated by our team of book experts. We have categorised them for you below!

Australian Fiction:

Our team read piles of great local fiction in 2023. Australian fiction reflects the vast landscapes, unique cultural blend, and diverse history of the continent. Renowned for its distinct voice, Australian literature captures the essence of the nation’s identity, exploring themes of belonging, displacement, and the intricate relationship with the land.

International Fiction:

2023 was an excellent year for new fiction globally as we saw books rise in levels of popularity and dominate our #ForYou pages.

Crime & Thriller

Crime and thriller fiction, a gripping genre that keeps hearts pounding and minds racing, immerses readers in a world of suspense and intrigue. Both local and international mystery and thriller releases were stellar in 2023.


The bar for 2023’s biographies was set high when Prince Harry released his highly anticipated memoir! But the hits didn’t stop coming and we also were wowed and moved by the stories behind other famous faces.


2023 has been a cracker year for non-fiction; Leigh Sales, Stan Grant Holly Ringland, Julia Baird, Clementine Ford, Tyson Yunkaporta are just some of the incredible authors feeding our brains with challenging and cutting edge ideas, First Nations knowledge, feminist rallying cries, history from new perspectives, healing through grace and more.

Kids & YA:

From the last in the record-breaking Treehouse series through to Christopher Paolini’ highly anticipated return to the world of Eragon in Murtagh, 2023 brought us a spectacular lineup of new children’s books!

Food & Drink:

Every year there are so many incredible cookbooks released into the world, and 2023 was no exception. Alison Roman, Tilly Pamment and Kristen Tibballs flew the flag for sweet treats, showcasing everything from simple cakes to complex chocolate creations. We celebrated the release of two hatted restaurant Ester’s eponymous cookbook.

Beautiful Books:

2023 brought us beautiful books both inside and out.

These books are a celebration of creativity through visually inspiring interiors, Australian art, fashion & music greats, and floral artistry.

As the pages of 2023 turn and the literary landscape evolves, the selection of books that have graced us stands as a testament to the enduring power of storytelling. Each book, with its unique voice and narrative prowess, has contributed to a rich tapestry of literary experiences that captivated readers across genres.

Whether delving into the realms of love and loss, navigating the frontiers of science, unravelling gripping mysteries, exploring the complexities of identity, or savouring heartwarming tales of second chances, these books have sparked conversations, inspired contemplation, and left an indelible mark on our hearts and minds.

Check out the Best Books of 2023 here!

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Kass is Booktopia's resident Comms and Social Media Specialist. She spends her day scrolling TikTok, picking up the latest trends, and posting content. When she isn't on social media, you can find her on BookTok, reading the latest contemporary romance, or playing with her dog, Leia.


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