Our 2023 Most Anticipated!
Somehow, we've reached the end of 2022 already. It feels like this year has just FLOWN by! There are TONS of amazing new books releasing next year, and I couldn't quite narrow down my personal Most Anticipated list to just 10.... so here's my Top 15 Most Anticipated Releases of 2023!
- How to Sell a Haunted House
- This was on my most anticipated list for 2022 and the release date was pushed to January. I've become quite the Grady Hendrix fan over the last few years, so I'm really looking forward to this one.
- Spice Road
- I don't read much YA these days, but Spice Road really drew me in with its beautiful cover (oops). It's also a debut novel and the first in a series based on an Arabian-inspired land that utilizes spice magic. This sounds like a really immersive world that I can't wait to jump into.
- Don't Fear the Reaper
- This is the 2nd of my most anticipated of 2022 that was delayed until 2023. Stephen Graham Jones is a wonderful, indigenous writer and I've been waiting extra long for the 2nd installment in this horror series since this was originally due in Summer 2022!
- Indigenous author Cherie Dimaline (of The Marrow Thieves fame) is back with Venco, which combines witches, magic, and indigenous folklore. Sign me up.
- Evil Eye
- My 3rd delayed from 2022. Etaf Rum is back with her first book since A Woman is No Man (in 2019!). I'm very excited to get my hands on this one.
- In the Lives of Puppets
- TJ Klune, author of the universally beloved The House in the Cerulean Sea and personal favorite of mine Under the Whispering Door is back with a brand new novel. Sign me up for a release day read please. Especially since this has been pushed back from its initial launch day to being perfectly timed as a Happy Birthday to me! I'm ready to feel all the feelings.
- The Golden Doves
- Martha Hall Kelly (author of the Lilac Girls series) is back with a brand new novel - The Golden Doves. I loved her previous historical fiction trilogy so much, I can't imagine I won't be sucked right in to this new setting.
- The Celebrants
- Steven Rowley, author of one of my favorite books ever, The Guncle, is back with a brand new novel. The Celebrants looks like it's going to be another sneakily-gives-you-all-the-feels book and its going to make a great spring read.
- The Collected Regrets of Clover
- Billed for fans of The Midnight Library, this debut novel promises to explore the side of life no one wants to think about.... death. Main character Clover Brooks is a "death doula", helping people smooth the transition from life to death. After having a wonderful doula who helped bring my kiddo into this world, I can't wait to jump into this really cool idea. I'll bring some tissues.
- R.F. Kuang is coming out swinging with Yellowface. After Babel absolutely blew me away this year as my favorite book (and, honestly, maybe all-time favorite) with its beautiful in depth look at language, colonialism, and the industrial revolution, I can't believe she has another book already coming! And she's actively getting her Ph.D. at Yale. AND she's been on the line for the Harper Collins Publishers Union strike. What?!! Anyway, she's tackling bigger fish (actually... the publishing industry!) in Yellowface and I just cannot wait.
- Lady Tan's Circle of Women
- Lisa See, who is the author of one of my all-time favorite books The Island of Sea Women, is back with Lady Tan's Circle of Women. This one is inspired by the true story of a female physician from 15th century China. I'm really glad I got an ARC from the publisher, because I don't know if I can wait until June!
- The First Ladies
- Author duo Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray, who put out another favorite read of mine, The Personal Librarian) are back with The First Ladies. Tackling not just 1 historical figure, but 2 - I can't wait to be drawn into the partnership of Eleanor Roosevelt & Mary McLeod Bethune.
- The Memory of Animals
- While I haven't read any of author Claire Fuller's previous novels, The Memory of Animals is looking to be my first. A marine biologist searching for a cure to a global pandemic, octopuses, survival and suspense... what doesn't this book have?
- The Deep Sky
- While I, myself, love sci-fi, I initially put this on my radar to show my partner. Then I realized I couldn't stop thinking about how interesting this one sounded and before I knew it, it ended up in my top list too. A mission sent into deep-space to try and save humanity from environmental disaster is, itself, destroyed by an explosion leaving few survivors. Now, in the extreme locked room setting of deep-space travel, we must unravel this deadly mystery before its too late. Sounds like an awesome thriller to read poolside.
- Vampires of El Norte
- Isabel Cañas, who's debut title, The Hacienda, made it onto my Most Anticipated of 2022 list and ended up being one of my favorites of the year, is back with her sophomore effort, Vampires of El Norte. I just can't believe I have to wait all the way until AUGUST to get my hands on this one.
Will I snatch up all these books ASAP? Yes. Will I let them languish on my shelf for an undetermined amount of time? Maybe.
What releases are you most looking forward to in 2023? Leave a comment below! Need to see what's up-and-coming? Check out our Pre-Order Collection!