Most Requested Books of 2023

Here are the 15 books that BDS book clubs around the country requested the most in 2023. As in 2022, NZ authors make a strong showing — while around 19% of our total catalogue is NZ books, eight of the top 15 most-requested books for 2023 are by NZ authors. And the most requested book for 2023 was The Axeman's Carnival by Kiwi author, Catherine Chidgey — Ka rawe! Awesome!

While these titles may be in high-demand, remember BDS have over 1,000 titles for clubs to choose from — and we add around 60 new titles each year. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram or sign up to our quarterly newsletter to be the first to know when a new book hits our shelves.

1. The Axeman's Carnival (NZ)

The Axeman's Carnival Book Cover

2. Call Your Daughter Home

Call Your Daughter Home Book Cover

3. Lessons in Chemistry

Lessons in Chemistry Book Cover

4. Birnam Wood (NZ)

Birnam Wood Book Cover

5. After the Tampa (NZ)

6. Music of Bees, The

The Music of Bees Book Cover

7. To Be Fair (NZ)

To Be Fair Book Cover

8. Honey Bus, The

9. The Island of Missing Trees

The Island of Missing Trees Book Cover

10. Remember Me (2022) (NZ)

Remember Me Book Cover

11. Accidental Teacher, The (NZ)

The Accidental Teacher Book Cover

12. Still Life

Still Life Book Cover

13. All the Broken Places

All the Broken Places Book Cover

14. Before You Knew My Name (NZ)

Before You Knew My Name Book Cover

15. Harbouring (NZ)

Harbouring Book Cover