In the fast-paced world of literature, where new titles are constantly vying for attention, Amazon's Best Sellers List stands as a definitive guide to what's capturing readers' interests. Recognizing the significance of this list, we embarked on a meticulous journey to track the very pulse of the literary world.

Throughout 2023, we noted the first book from Amazon's Best Sellers List every single day.

This methodical approach has culminated in an intriguing collection. Our aim is to offer a comprehensive glimpse into the books that resonated most with readers this year.

The following selection is a curated window into the most sought-after titles of 2023, ensuring that you don't miss a beat in the ever-evolving world of books.

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2023 January

Spare, by Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex (2023)

Prince Harry's story, as narrated in “Spare,” begins with his childhood marked by the tragic loss of his mother. As a young boy, Harry was the spirited ‘Spare' to his brother, the ‘Heir,' but his mother's death profoundly altered his life. He faced challenges in school, struggled with anger and loneliness, and harbored resentment towards the press, blaming them for his mother's death. Seeking direction, he joined the British Army at twenty-one, where he found structure and briefly became a national hero after serving in combat. However, this period also intensified his inner turmoil, leading to post-traumatic stress and severe panic attacks. Throughout these struggles, Harry's quest for love remained unfulfilled until he met Meghan.

Their relationship, initially celebrated as a modern fairy-tale, quickly turned sour due to relentless media scrutiny, racism, and falsehoods. Harry's painful memories of his mother's similar struggles with the press and his concern for Meghan's and his family's well-being ultimately led him to make the unprecedented decision to step back from royal duties, echoing his mother's past actions. “Spare” represents Harry's first-person account, offering a candid, introspective narrative. The book is not just a tale of his personal journey but a reflection on the broader themes of love's triumph over grief, the impact of media on personal lives, and the pursuit of mental health and safety against public and institutional pressures.

It Ends with Us, by Colleen Hoover (2016)

Lily's journey is marked by perseverance and ambition, starting from her humble beginnings in a small town to achieving her dreams of college graduation, relocating to Boston, and establishing her own business. Her life takes an exciting turn when she encounters Ryle Kincaid, a charming and brilliant neurosurgeon. Despite Ryle's apparent aversion to relationships, their connection is undeniable, and he shows a unique tenderness towards Lily, making her the exception to his rule against dating. However, Ryle's reluctance to engage in relationships raises concerns for Lily, leading her to question the reasons behind his attitude.

As Lily navigates her budding relationship with Ryle, she is confronted with her past when Atlas Corrigan, her first love, reappears. Atlas represents a significant part of Lily's history, having been a source of protection and a companion during her earlier years. His sudden return brings about a tumult of emotions and memories, putting Lily's current relationship with Ryle at risk. This resurgence of her past forces Lily to confront her feelings and the impact of her history on her present and future, especially as she grapples with the complexities of her relationship with Ryle.

Little Blue Truck's Valentine, by Alice Schertle (2020)

Little Blue Truck is a popular series suitable for Valentine's Day reading for kdis. Little Blue Truck is shown spreading love by delivering Valentine's Day cards to his farm animal friends. However, he begins to question whether he will receive any cards himself. The book is described as featuring colorful foil accents and a large gatefold, making it an ideal Valentine's Day gift.

2023 February

Stone Maidens, by Lloyd Devereux Richards (2012)

In Lloyd Devereux Richards' thrilling novel, FBI agent Christine Prusik confronts a hauntingly personal case as a serial killer targeting young women in southern Indiana leaves behind stone figurines resembling those of Papua New Guinea tribes, a stark reminder of Prusik's traumatic past field research with these tribes. As the chief forensic anthropologist for the FBI’s Chicago field office, Prusik grapples with the eerie, potentially personal connection of these figurines to her own harrowing experiences, blurring the lines between her nightmares and reality.

Young Forever, Mark Hyman M.D. (2023)

Dr. Mark Hyman presents a revolutionary guide to reversing disease, easing pain, and promoting longevity, challenging traditional views on aging. He argues that aging should be seen as a treatable condition, not an inevitable decline. By understanding and addressing the root causes of aging, Hyman suggests we can not only live longer but also prevent and reverse common age-related diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and dementia.

The book delves into the biological aspects of aging, offering practical strategies for a healthier life. These include dietary advice based on his Pegan Diet, lifestyle changes, stress management, and recommendations for supplements. Hyman's guide is backed by scientific research and aims to empower readers to actively improve their health and extend their lifespan.

The Courage to Be Free, by Ron DeSantis (2023)

This section describes Governor Ron DeSantis' achievements and political philosophy. A Yale baseball player and Harvard Law graduate, DeSantis served in Iraq and Congress, distancing himself from what he saw as the leftist elite. As Florida's governor, he prioritized state residents, tackling challenges from political opponents and media criticism. His COVID-19 approach, focused on evidence and freedom, led to a strong economy and lower senior mortality rates compared to most states. He also enacted policies to exclude leftist political concepts from education, gaining support from Florida parents. Despite media attacks, DeSantis continued to secure victories for Floridians, including a historic electoral win in 2022.

2023 March

Daisy Jones & The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid (2019)

Daisy Jones & The Six tells the story of the iconic but mysterious band, particularly focusing on Daisy, a young woman growing up in 1960s L.A., who is deeply passionate about rock ‘n' roll. Living a life filled with the era's typical sex, drugs, and rock ‘n' roll, Daisy's extraordinary voice and beauty gain attention. Simultaneously, The Six, led by Billy Dunne, rises to fame, with Billy grappling with the challenges of fame and impending fatherhood.

How to Catch a Leprechaun, by Adam Wallace (2016)

This lively children's picture book, perfect for St. Patrick's Day, encourages young readers to embrace the fun tradition of building leprechaun traps. Filled with shamrocks, pots of gold, and rainbows, it sets the stage for an exciting wait to catch a leprechaun. The book not only offers a humorous and zany story with vibrant illustrations and rhyming text, but it also integrates STEAM concepts, making it an engaging read for kids at home or in the classroom.

Saved: A War Reporter's Mission to Make It Home, by (2023)

Benjamin Hall, a seasoned war reporter for Fox News, experienced a life-altering event on March 14, 2022, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Having reported from conflict zones like Syria and Afghanistan, Hall had hoped to step away from such dangers, especially with three young daughters at home. However, drawn to cover the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he volunteered to report from the front lines.

Tragically, Hall and his crew were caught in a Russian strike, leaving him gravely injured and stranded in Kyiv. His memoir, Saved, recounts not only his harrowing experience and dramatic rescue but also his ongoing recovery. Hall’s narrative extends beyond his personal ordeal, highlighting the collective effort of many across different countries who helped saving him.

Little Daymond Learns to Earn, by Daymond John (2023)

Meet Little Daymond and his friends, characters in a story crafted by bestselling author and Shark Tank star Daymond John, designed to spark children's interest in financial literacy. In the narrative, Daymond devises a small business plan to earn enough money to purchase a desired music poster.

This entrepreneurial kids journey not only brings his friends together, leveraging their individual talents, but also teaches fundamental financial concepts such as saving, spending, budgeting, and borrowing. Through this engaging tale, young readers are encouraged to understand and manage money, laying a foundation for future financial success.

2023 April

Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea (Dog Man #11), by Dav Pilkey (2023)

Dog Man, the globally beloved canine superhero from the #1 bestselling series by Dav Pilkey, returns in a new graphic novel, Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea. This latest adventure features the villainous Piggy with his most evil plot yet, along with the emergence of new villains, challenging the Supa Buddies to save the city. The story is infused with themes of friendship and heroism, blending action and humor.

It includes a new song ‘Chomp-O-Rama,' a monstrous Mighty Mite, and more. Additionally, fans can explore more adventures in the Cat Kid Comic Club series and a new edition of ‘The Adventures of Captain Underpants' featuring a Dog Man comic.

Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity, by Peter Attia MD (2023)

Dr. Peter Attia's longevity manual offers a fresh perspective on increasing lifespan and improving quality of life. Critiquing mainstream medicine's limited progress against aging-related diseases like heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and type 2 diabetes, Attia advocates for a proactive, personalized approach to longevity, rather than relying on late-stage treatments.

This science-based strategy focuses on innovative nutritional interventions, exercise optimization, sleep techniques, and emotional and mental health tools. Dr. Attia emphasizes understanding long-term health and customizing plans for individuals, covering topics like the limitations of traditional cholesterol tests, an underdiagnosed liver condition, the importance of exercise as a pro-longevity tool, and the need to focus on nutritional biochemistry over diets.

He also highlights the critical role of emotional health in physical well-being. The book Outlive aims to empower readers to actively shape their aging process, outliving their genetic predispositions.

The Last Thing He Told Me, by Laura Dave (2021)

Before Owen Michaels vanishes, he leaves a cryptic message for his new wife, Hannah, urging her to protect someone. Hannah understands that Owen is referring to his teenage daughter, Bailey, who is still grappling with the loss of her mother and is resistant to her new stepmother. As Hannah's attempts to reach Owen fail, his boss is arrested for fraud, and the police begin to question her, prompting her to realize that Owen's identity and past are shrouded in mystery.

Bailey emerges as a crucial figure in uncovering Owen's true identity and the reasons behind his disappearance. As Hannah and Bailey collaborate to unravel Owen's past, they uncover startling truths that irrevocably alter their lives.

Happy Place, by Emily Henry (2023)

Harriet and Wyn, once considered an ideal couple, have secretly broken up six months ago but continue to portray themselves as together. They decide to maintain this facade during their annual holiday with close friends, fearing the heartbreak it might cause their friends to learn the truth.

This year holds particular significance as it's the last time they'll gather at the cottage, which is now for sale. The challenge they face is convincingly feigning their love in front of those who know them intimately.

2023 May

Taylor Swift: A Little Golden Book Biography, by Wendy Loggia (2023)

This children's Little Golden Book is about Taylor Swift, an immensely popular singer-songwriter known for her storytelling skills in both country and pop music.

It serves as an inspiring read for young children and their parents who are fans of Swift, making it a delightful family read-aloud experience.

2023 June

The Legend of Zelda™: Tears of the Kingdom – The Complete Official Guide (2023)

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is an expansive game that immerses players in a world filled with diverse quests, intricate puzzles, formidable monsters, and captivating environments. In collaboration with Nintendo®, an exhaustive, official guide has been crafted to complement the richness of the game. This guide aims to assist players in fully exploring and enjoying every aspect of “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom,” ensuring a thorough and rewarding gaming experience.

Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus (2022)

Elizabeth Zott, a chemist in the early 1960s, defies the norms of her time. Facing gender bias at Hastings Research Institute, she resigns and becomes the host of a cooking show, “Supper at Six.” Her unique, scientific approach to cooking, combined with insightful commentary, captivates the nation.

This leads to a transformative movement among housewives, who begin to challenge the status quo, inspired by Zott's example to make changes, one molecule at a time.

Why a Daughter Needs a Dad, by Gregory E. Lang (2019)

This picture book, ideal for children aged 3-7, beautifully captures the unique bond between fathers and daughters. It's an ideal gift to celebrate this special relationship.

The book features endearing animal illustrations and heartwarming rhymes that focus on the shared moments and experiences between a father and his daughter, making Why a Daughter Needs a Dad a touching story that strengthens the father-child connection.

2023 July

Unbroken Bonds of Battle, by Johnny Joey Jones (2023)

Unbroken Bonds of Battle goes beyond seeing military service as just a job. It shows how it becomes a way to find a close-knit community. Jones, who worked with veterans for over a decade and suffered a major injury in Afghanistan, shares stories of the deep friendships he and others formed in the military. These stories cover life's big issues, including loss and hobbies like hunting, told through unfiltered talks with heroes from all military branches.

The book is more than stories; it's a reminder of the sacrifices made for freedom, filled with real, personal tales and a collection of candid photos, making it a heartfelt tribute to military camaraderie.

Leigh Howard and the Ghosts of Simmons-Pierce Manor, by Shawn M. Warner (2023)

Leigh's life undergoes a drastic change when she becomes an orphan and moves in with affluent relatives previously unknown to her. Amidst the challenge of adapting to her new, opulent surroundings, Leigh grapples with persistent grief. Her quest for closure intensifies when the police hit a dead end in investigating her parents' murder. Determined to uncover the truth, Leigh, aided by new family, friends, and a uniquely troubled ghost, embarks on a perilous journey to solve the mystery and find peace.

Beyond the Story: 10-Year Record of BTS, by BTS (2023)

This book published in celebration of BTS’s 10th Anniversary, offers a comprehensive look into the iconic K-pop group’s journey since their debut on June 13, 2013. This official book presents unreleased photos, QR codes for exclusive videos, and detailed album information, capturing BTS's evolution into global artists.

Authored by Myeongseok Kang, who has extensively covered K-pop and Korean pop culture, the book chronicles BTS’s experiences through interviews and three years of in-depth coverage. It is structured into seven chronological chapters, from pre-debut to the present, and includes personal narratives, candid interviews conducted without cameras or makeup, and insights into BTS's musical journey.

Fourth Wing (The Empyrean Book 1), by Rebecca Yarros (2023)

In Basgiath War College, Violet Sorrengail, a 20-year-old originally destined for a life among books, is thrust into the perilous world of dragon riders by her commanding general mother. Despite her frail stature, Violet must navigate a cutthroat environment where cadets, desperate to bond with scarce dragons, view her as an easy target – either for her vulnerability or her mother's notoriety.

Survival hinges on her wit as she faces escalating external war threats, a failing kingdom's defenses, and a potentially devastating secret within the college leadership. In this treacherous setting, alliances shift, betrayal is common, and the only exits are graduation or death.

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin (2005)

Authors Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin meticulously chronicle the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, emphasizing his significant contribution during the Cold War era.

The book is celebrated for its engaging narrative and thorough historical context, providing a captivating and informative exploration of Oppenheimer's career and impact on history.

Bird and Sherwin's narrative skillfully intertwines personal details with pivotal historical events, painting a vivid picture of Oppenheimer's complex character and his ethical dilemmas in the atomic age. Their work not only sheds light on his scientific achievements but also delves deep into the political and social intricacies of the time, offering readers a nuanced understanding of his legacy in shaping modern history.

2023 August

Tasting History: Explore the Past through 4,000 Years of Recipes, by Max Miller and Ann Volkwein (2023)

Max Miller's Tasting History with Max Miller channel, born during his Covid-19 furlough, has become a YouTube hit, blending culinary arts and historical storytelling. Miller revives historical dishes, often from ancient texts, adapting them for today's kitchens, and narrates the cultural and historical context of each.

His show spans diverse eras, from ancient Rome to medieval Europe, and showcases beloved global recipes. His book, “Tasting History,” features over sixty recipes with stunning photographs and historical art. It includes diverse dishes like Tuh’u, a 1740 BC beet stew, Globi, honeyed cheese balls, Soul Cakes from 1600, and a 1570 pumpkin cheesecake, illustrating a rich tapestry of historical cuisine.

2023 September

Things We Left Behind, by Lucy Score (2023)

Lucian Rollins, a driven mogul, is determined to obliterate his abusive father's legacy, dedicating himself to growing his empire for a sense of security. His path intersects with Sloane Walton, a spirited small-town librarian, linked by a shared dark secret and mutual distrust.

Their antagonistic interactions unexpectedly ignite a passionate connection, but their differing life goals—Sloane's desire for a family and Lucian's aversion to marriage and children—create a deadlock. This enemies-to-lovers dynamic reaches a turning point when Lucian realizes he can't leave Sloane, prompting him to at least ensure her safety.

Build the Life You Want, by Oprah Winfrey and Arthur C. Brooks (2023)

Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey guide readers on a journey to achieve greater happiness, regardless of life's challenges. They leverage cutting-edge science and their extensive experience in transforming ideas into action, emphasizing the importance of immediate self-improvement over waiting for external changes.

The book focuses on the significance of emotional self-management and recommends practical, research-backed strategies for strengthening the four pillars of happiness: family, friendship, work, and faith. Brooks and Winfrey share insights from their own lives and others who have found joy amidst adversity, underscoring that with these tools, individuals can actively shape their present and future rather than passively waiting for circumstances to change, offering a blueprint for a more fulfilling life.

Enough, by Cassidy Hutchinson (2023)

Cassidy Hutchinson's journey from a childhood aspiration to serve her country in government, despite coming from a working-class family with no Washington connections, led her to a significant role in the Trump White House. However, her life took a dramatic turn on January 6th, 2021, when she had to choose between loyalty to the Trump administration and loyalty to the nation, ultimately becoming a pivotal witness in the House January 6 investigations.

In her memoir, Hutchinson recounts her struggle between party loyalty and upholding her oath to defend American democracy, highlighting how her courage and determination changed the course of history. Enough is not just an insider political account but a story of personal growth and the impact of one person's bravery on a nation.

2023 October

The Woman in Me, by Britney Spears (2023)

This groundbreaking book by Britney Spears, written with notable candor and humor, details her incredible journey, highlighting the pivotal moment in June 2021 when her open court speech captivated the world, altering her life and influencing many others.

The book not only sheds light on Spears's strength as one of pop music's greatest performers but also emphasizes the power of music, love, and the significance of a woman narrating her story on her own terms.

2023 November

Iron Flame (The Empyrean Book 2)

Violet Sorrengail, having surpassed expectations by surviving her first year at Basgiath War College, faces increasingly perilous challenges. The initial year, known for its Threshing phase, was just a prelude to more intense and maliciously brutal training, designed to push the riders to their limits. Violet is not only grappling with the physically demanding regimen, but also with a new vice commandant who seeks to assert his dominance and force her into a vulnerable position, challenging her to betray her love.

Despite her physical frailty compared to others, Violet's sharp intellect and iron will remain her strengths. She recalls a crucial lesson from Basgiath. Dragon riders are not bound by conventional rules. However, her fierce determination and resilience, while commendable, might not suffice for the trials ahead.

Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, by Matthew Perry (2023)

This book stands as a poignant and enduring memoir by the late Matthew Perry. In it, he recounts his evolution from a young dreamer to a celebrated actor, alongside his battles with addiction and his journey towards recovery.

The book traces his early life, from his childhood split between parents in Montreal and Los Angeles, to his achievements as a teenage tennis prodigy in Canada, and eventually his rise to fame as a leading actor in the renowned TV show “Friends.”

Perry offers a deeply personal account of his challenging upbringing, the relentless pursuit of fame, and the emptiness that persisted despite his success. The memoir also covers his sobering path to recovery, his thoughts on the lasting impact of “Friends,” and his experiences with fellow cast members and celebrities. Marked by candor, self-awareness, and his characteristic humor, Perry's narrative provides an intimate glimpse into his life, offering insight and support to those facing similar struggles, and leaving a memorable legacy for his fans.

2023 December

Oath and Honor, by Liz Cheney (2023)

Oath and Honor is a compelling firsthand narrative by Liz Cheney, detailing the January 6th, 2021, insurrection in the US Capitol. It provides an inside look from Congress, tracing the event from its origins to the aftermath, highlighting Donald Trump and his allies' betrayal of the American people and the Constitution.

The book reveals how Trump and some Republican officials breached their constitutional oaths by disregarding court rulings, attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and inciting a violent attack on the Capitol.

As a key Republican figure opposing these actions, Cheney not only witnessed the attack but also played a significant role in the Congressional Select Committee's investigation into the incident. Her account sheds light on the individuals who propagated the false narrative of a stolen election, those who defended the constitutional order, and the ongoing risks to American democracy.

Final Thoughts on the Best Amazon Books of 2023

As we close the chapter on this enlightening exploration of 2023's most coveted books, it's clear that the year has been a vibrant tapestry of diverse narratives and compelling storytelling. The books that topped Amazon's Best Sellers List are not just titles; they are reflections of the moments and emotions that resonated with readers throughout the year. They remind us that, despite our differences, there are stories that can unite us, challenge us, and take us on unforgettable journeys.

Check also our selection from the top New York Times Best Sellers last year.

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