It’s that time again! The time for the Powell’s Staff Top Fives — when we look back at our year in reading and choose our top five favorite reads that published in 2023. It’s extraordinarily difficult to narrow our favorites down to five, but for this program, we were forced to. Please applaud our efforts!
On this list, you’ll find gay werewolves and Vikings, dragons and mushroom fae, love letters to cities and strong female friendships, fearsome apples and mythical female warriors, cheese puns and an owldog named Potroast. These books explore sapphic longing, loneliness and forgiveness, gender and love and acceptance, healing and rage and the search for connection; they left us glassy-eyed, devastated, inspired, called to action, satisfied, curious, grateful, and so much more.
We love these books! And we’re sure you’ll find books on this list to love, too.