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Vox’s Favorite Books of 2023: Complete List

In the world of literature, staying updated with the latest releases and discovering remarkable reads is a constant pursuit for book enthusiasts. Vox, a renowned platform for literary news and reviews, recently unveiled their list of the best books of 2023 so far.

Curated by Vox senior correspondent Constance Grady, the list features a diverse range of fiction and nonfiction titles that have captivated readers around the globe.

Let’s explore some of the standout works from this compelling collection:

The Guest by Emma Cline

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Emma Cline, acclaimed author of “The Girls,” delivers yet another enthralling narrative with “The Guest.” Set against the backdrop of Long Island, the story follows a woman who finds herself adrift after being cast out by an older lover. Grady commends Cline’s masterful use of understated language and elegant prose, which add depth and richness to this introspective tale.

White Cat, Black Dog by Kelly Link

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Kelly Link’s collection of updated fairy tales, “White Cat, Black Dog,” casts a mesmerizing spell on its readers. Link’s imaginative storytelling takes readers on a surreal journey, where reality blends with the mystical. Grady describes the experience of reading this book as stepping into a world that is both stranger and more beautiful than our own.

Big Swiss by Jen Beagin

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Jen Beagin’s “Big Swiss” offers a compelling exploration of human connections and personal growth. Through the lens of a complex and charismatic protagonist, Beagin weaves a tale that combines humor, poignancy, and a profound understanding of the human condition. Grady’s inclusion of this novel highlights its unique and engaging storytelling.

Vintage Contemporaries by Dan Kois

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Dan Kois’ “Vintage Contemporaries” is a remarkable work that transcends traditional boundaries of genre and storytelling. With a blend of wit, creativity, and insightful commentary, Kois crafts a narrative that delves into themes of identity, art, and the passage of time. Grady recognizes the book’s exceptional qualities and its ability to captivate readers.

Spare by Prince Harry


Prince Harry’s memoir, “Spare,” finds itself among Vox’s best books of 2023 so far. Grady describes the book as a fascinating and occasionally unsettling exploration of the royal’s life. Prince Harry’s personal account offers a unique perspective on the experiences and challenges he has faced. “Spare” promises to be a thought-provoking memoir that reveals layers of the prince’s complex journey.

The Wager by David Grann

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David Grann’s “The Wager” is a nonfiction work that skillfully combines adventure, history, and true crime. Grady highlights Grann’s remarkable narrative ability, seamlessly shifting between different scales to create a compelling and immersive reading experience. “The Wager” is a testament to Grann’s storytelling prowess and meticulous research.