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In 2023, bookclique traveled from the 18th century Kingdom of Mysore in India to the trailer parks and football fields of the Appalachian Mountains, from the South Island of New Zealand to the fictional Quebecois village of Three Pines. We time traveled back to a homecoming dance in the 1990s and ahead to a near future of dystopian theme parks and erased memories. We dallied with royal queer romance and devoured the compelling story of a real prince. We met modern-day urban witches, a quietly heroic Irish coal merchant, Sydney the disobedient AI Chatbot, fierce mothers with extraordinary children, and a playwright who lost her ability to smile. We were provoked, comforted, enticed, and transported. The poetry, memoirs, short stories, mysteries, romances, and literary fictions we reviewed won prizes and made their way onto many “best of” countdowns. Reading is essential for us, and we love to share our recommendations with you. Buy, borrow, lend, download, gift, donate, and most of all, immerse. We’ll see you next year.

Smile: The Story of a Face by Sara Ruhl

Spare by Prince Harry

Spoiled Brats, Hits and Misses, and New Teeth by Simon Rich

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Bing’s AI Chat Transcript by Kevin Roose and Sydney

A Play for the End of the World by Jai Chakrabarti

Foster and Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

Liberation Day by George Saunders

The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems to Open Your World by Pádraig Ó Tuama

Really Good, Actually by Monica Heisey

VenCo by Cherie Dimaline

The Whalebone Theater by Joanna Quinn

Hello, Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

Throwback by Maureen Goo

Remedies for Sorrow by Megan Nix

Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

Loot by Tania James

Great Exodus, Great Wall, Great Party by Chessy Normile

Sam by Allegra Goodman

The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li

The Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Series by Louise Penny

Worn: A People’s History of Clothing by Sofi Thanhauser

Laura Dickerman

Laura Dickerman taught high school English for many years; has a couple of master's degrees in Fiction and English; and has lived in Vermont, New Haven, New York City, Philadelphia, Brussels, and currently Atlanta. She is bossy in two book clubs, opinionated about even things she knows very little about, believes you can put down a bad book, and passionately supports re-reading Middlemarch every five years.