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2023 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards Shortlist
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2023 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards Shortlist

Each year, booksellers nominate their favourite books, and shortlists across six categories are curated by a panel from bookshops. Voting is then handed over to the book loving public, with a seventh and final category – Readers' Choice – chosen entirely by readers.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

A novel

By: Gabrielle Zevin
Narrated by: Jennifer Kim & Julian Cihi
Length: 13 hours 51 minutes

“An enjoyable listen and the author did a great job with Sam and Sadie's collaboration in gaming. True collaborators are a rare thing and this captures that importance over a romantic relationship. The author did an excellent job showcasing Sam and his drive and pain from an injury as well as Sadie's selfishness and narcissism, along with her... Read more

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Demon Copperhead

A Novel

By: Barbara Kingsolver
Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
Length: 21 hours 2 minutes

“Barbara Kingsolver intentionally wrote this novel as a 'modern day David Copperfield' story. Fans of Kingsolver will be pleased to find her usual wonderful word-smithing and soulful storytelling. Read more

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Sea of Tranquility

A novel

By: Emily St. John Mandel
Narrated by: John Lee, Dylan Moore, Arthur Morey & Kirsten Potter
Length: 5 hours 46 minutes

“I highly recommend this book! Emily is amazing! I love that this book incorporates characters and elements from her previous two books, but with a completely new plot: time travel. It’s also very meta in that one of the characters is an author who is on a book tour to promote her bestseller about a pandemic. And, as it happens, there is a... Read more

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Yellowface

A Novel

By: R. F. Kuang
Narrated by: Helen Laser
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

“I hated every character in this book but could not put it down. It was so compelling and truly made you think about how awful people can be. The main character basically murdered her friend and stole her manuscript. Wanting the celebrity that her friend afforded, she is overwhelmed with the publishing world. Such great storytelling Read more

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Strong Female Character

By: Fern Brady
Narrated by: Fern Brady
Length: 6 hours 43 minutes

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • “Witty, dry, and gimlet-eyed, this is a necessary corrective in a world where Autistic women are all either written off as quiet and docile, or erased entirely.” —Devon Price, Ph.D., author of Unmasking Autism

Scottish comedian Fern Brady was told she couldn't be autistic because she'd had loads of boyfriends and is...
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Pageboy

A Memoir

By: Elliot Page
Narrated by: Elliot Page
Length: 8 hours 23 minutes

Pageboy is a quietly powerful, captivating memoir with a small amount of salacious-ness. Elliot Page is so earnest, vulnerable and generous with his heartbreak, dysphoria, pain and healing. I was particularly struck by the many poignant and relatable moments Page describes, yet we, as a society, have only recently come up with the language to... Read more

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Ultra-Processed People

Why We Can't Stop Eating Food That Isn't Food

By: Chris van Tulleken
Narrated by: Chris van Tulleken & Dr. Xand van Tulleken
Length: 11 hours 35 minutes

The Omnivore's Dilemma meets Fast Food Nation from a global perspective in this game-changing look at the science, economics, and history of ultra-processed food and the industry's effect on our health and planet.

It’s not you, it’s the food.

How much of our daily caloric intake comes from ingesting substances that, technically speaking, do not... Read more

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Greenwild

The World Behind the Door

Greenwild: Book #1

By: Pari Thomson
Narrated by: Sophia Nomvete
Length: 9 hours 5 minutes

The thrilling first book in the most extraordinary new fantasy series from debut author Pari Thomson.

Open the door to a spellbinding world where the wilderness is alive and a deep magic rises from the earth itself . . .


Eleven-year-old Daisy Thistledown is on the run. Her mother has been keeping big, glittering secrets, and now she has vanished.... Read more

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The Skull

A Tyrolean Folktale

By: Jon Klassen
Narrated by: Fairuza Balk & Jon Klassen
Length: 22 minutes

Winner of the 2024 Audie Award for Young Listeners

In a big abandoned house on a barren hill lives a skull. A brave girl named Otilla has escaped from terrible danger and run away, and when she finds herself lost in the dark forest, the lonely house beckons. Her host, the skull, is afraid of something too, something that comes every night. Can... Read more

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I'm a Fan

By: Sheena Patel
Narrated by: Sheena Patel
Length: 4 hours 30 minutes

I stalk a woman on the internet who is sleeping with the same man as I am.Sheena Patel’s incandescent first novel begins with the unnamed narrator describing her involvement in a seemingly unequal romantic relationship. With a clear and unforgiving eye, she dissects the behavior of all involved, herself included, and makes startling connections... Read more

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Chain Gang All Stars

National Book Award Finalist

By: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Narrated by: Shayna Small, Aaron Goodson, Michael Crouch & Lee Osorio
Length: 13 hours 38 minutes

“Listened to the audio. Well done, author and narrator - 10/10! Read more

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Lessons in Chemistry

A Novel

By: Bonnie Garmus
Narrated by: Miranda Raison, Bonnie Garmus & Pandora Sykes
Length: 11 hours 55 minutes

“Talented scientist Elizabeth Zott is thwarted at every turn in the male-dominated science world of the 1950s. But Elizabeth will not let anything stop her. Armed with a Number Two pencil piercing her bun, she is determined to complete her research project and enlighten women about the importance of science (even if it appears to be a cooking... Read more

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Promise Boys

By: Nick Brooks
Narrated by: Alfred Vines, Anthony Lopez, Brad Sanders, Christopher Hampton, Eliana Marianes, Hannah Church, Henriette Zoutomou, Jaime Lincoln Smith, Maria Liatis, Renier Cortes, Suehyla El-Attar & Xenia Willacey
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

“Just listened to Promise Boys and WOW! There is a murder at Promise Prep School in Washington DC and 3 students are accused. Heart rending on its own, but when they get together to solve the crime, it becomes a whole other story. I was hanging on until the very end and rooting for JB, Trey, and Ramon. Read more

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Gwen & Art Are Not in Love

A Novel

By: Lex Croucher
Narrated by: Alex Singh & Sarah Ovens
Length: 10 hours 47 minutes

“WHAT A ROMP! This YA romance is full of fun and friendship and butterflies, with some great feats of knightly courage and teenagers coming into themselves and learning to love and be themselves throughout the story. It's such a ride to watch the betrothed couple learn to trust each other with hard secrets. The friendship is almost more... Read more

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The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School

By: Sonora Reyes
Narrated by: Karla Serrato
Length: 9 hours 27 minutes

National Book Award Finalist * William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist * Goodreads Finalist for Best Teen Book of the Year * Walter Honor Award Winner * Pura Belpré Honor Book * Lambda Literary Award Winner for LGBTQ+ Young AdultA sharply funny and moving debut novel about a queer Mexican American girl navigating Catholic school, while falling... Read more

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