The 15 Best Books of 2023, as Chosen by 'Marie Claire' Editors

From mind-blowing thrillers and glossy tell-alls to scathing depictions of today's media industry.

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As 2023 comes to an end, it's time for Marie Claire's voracious team of book-loving editors to look back on a standout year for literature. The past 12 months have included major pop culture moments within the publishing industry, including Prince Harry's Spare starting off a notable year for celebrity memoirs and several jaw-dropping scandals showing that even the most well-written satire often can't match up to real-life audacity. Throughout it all, each of us encountered some notable favorites that stood out among the new releases.

Below, read on for our favorite books of 2023, from intricate crime novels and propulsive young adult thrillers, to mesmerizing biographies and heart-wrenching fiction stories.