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Brooklyn Public Library Staff Unveils Its Favorite Books of 2023

Consisting of over 100 literary works, the list was compiled by BPL's roster of librarians and other staff members

With 2024 swiftly approaching, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has revealed its “Favorite Books of 2023” list, giving Brooklynites with reading-related resolutions a number of interesting literary works to check out in the new year.

Consisting of over 100 reads in total, the honorary books were handpicked by BPL’s roster of librarians and other staff members.

In an effort to provide appealing options for all tastes, the library’s list includes everything from memoirs to mysteries, coming of age tales to engaging graphic novels, and much more.

Among the books chosen for this year’s list include How To Be Eaten by Maria Adelmann (a dark twist on classic fairy tales); This Book is Banned by Raj Haldar (which explores the dangers of book banning); Radical: My Year with A Socialist Senator by Sofia Warren (graphic novel that explores state and local politics in New York); A Life of One’s Own: Nine Women Writers Begin Again by Joanna Biggs (essay collection about nine female authors); and Station eleven by Emily St John Mandel (apocalyptic novel that inspired the HBO show of the same name); to name a few.

The Brooklyn Public Library has made its catalog of page-turning picks available for view online via its website

Local bookworms can sort through the list using a variety of filter choices such as age group, genre, availability at library locations, among others.

For residents that are seeking out even more recommendations outside of the list, BPL recommends taking a look at its Bklyn BookMatch program, a free service in which BPL’s librarians will create a curated reading list based on participants’ interests.