It’s hard to encapsulate a year in books. When looking at 2023, the obvious standouts are a slew of major, much-anticipated celebrity memoirs – Britney Spears, Prince Harry, Barbra Streisand, just to name a few. It appears we have a new buzzy fantasy series in the form of Rebecca Yarros’ The Fourth Wing. But what makes the literary world so exciting and engaging is that there is truly something out there for everyone, you just have to know where to look. Lucky for you, we’ve got some recommendations.

Join Great Pop Culture Debate panelists Bob Erlenback, Jennifer Chen, Kara Austin, and Michael Schwarz as they share their favorite reads of the past year in our Best of 2023 Books special.

Bob Erlenback Pick #1: Lose You to Find Me

By Erik J. Brown (Balzer + Bray)

Jennifer Chen Pick #1: Pageboy

By Elliot Page (Flatiron Books)

Kara Austin Pick #1: Spare

By Prince Harry (Random House)

Michael Schwarz Pick #1: The Ferryman

By Justin Cronin (Ballantine Books)

Bob Erlenback Pick #2: The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos

By James Tynion IV (w), Tate Brombal (w) and Isaac Goodhart (a) (Dark Horse Comics)

Jennifer Chen Pick #2: Yellowface

By R.F. Kuang (William Morrow Books)

Kara Austin Pick #2: The Hurricane Wars

By Thea Guanzon (Harper Voyager)

Michael Schwarz Pick #2: The Terraformers

By Annalee Newitz (Tor Books)

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! For each panelist’s No. 1 picks, listen to the episode now! We absolutely saved the best for last.

Did we miss your favorite books? Do you disagree with some of our picks? Leave a comment below.

Looking for more related content?

Check out these other episodes from Great Pop Culture Debate:

Best of 2022: Books

Best of 2023: TV

Best of 2023: Music

Best of 2023: Film

Also make sure to check out Harry Loizides’ Top 10 list of the best video games of 2023.

Have a say in future episodes!

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Host: Eric Rezsnyak

Panel: Bob Erlenback, Jennifer Chen, Kara Austin, Michael Schwarz

Producer: Curtis Creekmore

Editor: Eric Rezsnyak

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