Our Top 100 of 2023!


1. Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty

2. The Midcoast by Adam White

3. Maine, A Love Story by Blue Butterfield

4. Several Short Sentences about Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg

5. The Guest List by Lucy Foley

6. The Creative Act by Rick Rubin

7. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

8. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

9. Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane

10. The Wager by David Grann

11. Democracy Awakening by Heather Cox Richardson

12. Trust by Hernan Diaz

13. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

14. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

15. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

16. Downeast by Gigi Georges

17. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

18. This Other Eden by Paul Harding

19. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

20. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

21. Northeaster by Cathie Pelletier

22. Big Truck Little Island by Chris Van Dusen

23. Dead Man's Wake by Paul Doiron

24. In Other Words, Leadership by Shannon A. Mullen

25. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

26. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

27. Portland Maine: Connections Across Time by Paul J. Ledman

28. North Woods by Daniel Mason

29. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

30. Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

31. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

32. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

33. Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

34. Braiding Sweetgrass Robin Wall Kimmerer

35. Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

36. The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

37. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

38. The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

39. The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

40. I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley

41. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohter & Max Gladstone

42. Walking Through History: Portland, Maine on Foot by Paul J. Ledman

43. American Breakdown by Jennifer Lunden

44. Reading the Glass by Elliot Rappaport

45. Take It Easy: Portland, Maine in the 1970s by John Duncan

46. The Fraud by Zadie Smith

47. Happy Place by Emily Henry

48. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

49. The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

50. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, MD

51. Penny by Karl Stevens

52. The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

53. Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman

54. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

55. Circe by Madeline Miller

56. All About Love: New Visions by Bell Hooks

57. One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey

58. The Spy Coast by Tess Gerritsen

59. Little Weirds by Jenny Slate

60. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

61. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

62. Bunny by Mona Awad

63. Good Night Maine by Adam Gamble

64. Venomous Lumpsucker by Ned Beauman

65. Somebody's Fool by Richard Russo

66. What's In My Truck by Roger Priddy

67. This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

68. Big Swiss by Jen Beagin

69. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

70. We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

71. The Bee Sting by Paul Murray

72. Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

73. When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

74. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

75. The Lobster Coast by Colin Woodard

76. Otherlands by Thomas Halliday

77. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders

78. I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

79. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

80. Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

81. The Skull by Jon Klassen

82. Severance by Ling Ma

83. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

84. Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

85. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

86. Poverty, By America by Matthew Desmond

87. The Urge by Carl Erik Fisher

88. Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

89. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

90. The Twilight World by Werner Herzog

91. Small Mercies by Dennis Lehane

92. On Great Fields by Ronald C. White

93. What an Owl Knows by Jennifer Ackerman

94. The Ministry For the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

95. The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

96. The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow

97. The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

98. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

99. The Book of Delights by Ross Gay

100. The Life Between the Tides by Adam Nicolson