In 2022, I made a conscious effort to prioritize my mental health by purchasing physical books instead of digital ones. Although I intended to buy 12 books, I ended up with 20, but unfortunately, five of them got lost in transit. I was disappointed with the seller’s lack of action, which led me to avoid purchasing books online except Amazon, a bookseller that cares about their customers.
As a book lover since childhood, I only started building my physical library last year. However, I noticed the stigma surrounding book collectors and non-readers, which is unfair. Reading is a daily activity, and the number of books you read should not be a competition.
Moving on to the books set to release in 2023, I have taken the liberty to categorize them by month, which I will update regularly. Stay tuned for my upcoming blog post on the topic of book collecting and reading.
- This list is not exhaustive as we did not include tons of books. The best way to stay up to date with new books throughout the year is by subscribing to our newsletter here.
- Each book listed below was carefully selected and a link will be provided along with the image.
- Please remember that for all 2023 book releases, publishing dates are subject to change.
- The Last Hours #3 Chain of Thorn this book is the conclusion to the Last Hours series from the author Cassandra Clare where James and Cordelia must save London—and their marriage.
- Song of Silver, Flame Like Night is an epic fantasy series inspired by the mythology and folklore of ancient China of one girl who carries the key to discovering the secrets of her nation’s past and unleashing the demons that sleep at its heart.
- The Love Match is a rom-com about a Bangladeshi American teen whose meddling mother arranges a match to secure their family’s financial security—just as she’s falling in love with someone else.
- Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute is a romance book by Talia Hibbert about a quirky content creator and a clean-cut athlete testing their abilities to survive the great outdoors.
- Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim is a fantasy book about sixteen-year-old Imani who has an affinity for iron and is able to wield a dagger and must fight to find her brother, whose betrayal is now the country’s greatest threat.
- River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer is a literacy fiction about a mother’s gripping journey across the Caribbean to find her stolen children in the aftermath of slavery.
- The Survivalists by Kashana Cauley is about a single Black lawyer who puts her career and personal moral code at risk when she moves in with her coffee entrepreneur boyfriend and his doomsday-prepping roommates.
- Friday I’m in Love by Camryn Garrett is an LGBT+ book about Mahila who was struck with the idea of a coming-out party without worrying about things like bills or snide remarks and pitying looks.
- They’re Watching You by Chelsea Ichaso is a mystery book about Mauren, the search for her friend ‘Polly’ who was considered a runaway and the secret society always watching.
- A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon is the standalone prequel to The Priory of the Orange Tree that shows you a course of events that shaped it for generations to come.
- The Thick and the Lean by Chana Porter is a fantasy book about three people: an aspiring chef, a cyberthief, and a kitchen maid each wanting to break free of a society that wants to constrain them.
- Sorry, Bro by Taleen Voskuni is a queer contemporary book about an Armenian-American woman on a journey to rediscover her roots and embrace who she really is after her non-Armenian boyfriend’s proposal.
- Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor is a fiction thriller where money, pleasure, and power are everything, and the family ties that bind can also kill.
- Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo is the second book in the Alex Stern series, where Alex is determined to break Darlington out of purgatory with a simple plan that might cost her, a future at Lethe and at Yale.
- The Neighbor Favor by Kristina Forest is a book about a shy bookworm ‘Lily Greene’ who enlists her charming neighbour ‘Nick Brown’ to help her score a date, not knowing he’s the obscure author she’s been corresponding with.
- The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi is a fantasy gothic about a marriage that is unravelled by dark secrets, a friendship cursed to end in tragedy and the danger of believing in fairy tales.
- The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill is a fantasy book about a pragmatic teenage girl forced to grow up faster than was fair and do whatever it takes to protect her family — when her mother brings home a six-foot-tall crane with a menacing air.
- Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood is a Young Adult book about an Eighteen-year-old Victoria who was kidnapped at six and manipulated — has to decide, if a promotion at a corrupt company is really what she wants.
- She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran is a Vietnam Horror book. Jade and her family are hunted by a house with a terrifying appetite.
- Delicious Monsters by Liselle Sambury is a psychological thriller that follows two teen girls navigating the treacherous past of a mysterious mansion ten years apart.
- Full Exposure by Thien-Kim Lam is a romance book about two people ‘Josie and Spencer’ who are connected over their artistic pursuits — each with a life of their own in different states as they find a way to choose between personal and professional passion.
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- Always the Almost by Edward Underhill is about a trans pianist who makes a New Year’s resolution to win regionals and win back his ex, but a new boy complicates things.
- For Her Consideration by Amy Spalding is an LGBT+ Romance book about bad breakups, finding families, and embracing life.
- Seven Faceless Saints by M.K. Lobb is the first book in the Seven Faceless Saints series, where our main character is willing to do whatever it takes to dismantle the corrupt system — tapping into her powers as a disciple of Patience, joining the rebellion, and facing the boy who broke her heart
- Our Share of Night is a horror book about a grieving father and his young son who discover that they’ve inherited a terrible legacy when their extended family turns out to be a cult of brutal vampires and In-laws.
- Black Candle Women by Diane Marie Brown is a book about the Generations of Montrose women with the secret of a decades-old family curse that any person they fall in love with dies.
- The House of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson is a book that explores what it means to be a woman and a mother, and how much one is willing to sacrifice to achieve her greatest goal.
- Chaos Theory by Nic Stone is a book about mental illness, loss and discovering you are worthy of love between two teens: a certified genius living with bipolar disorder and a politician’s son who is running from his own addiction and grief.
- Feed Them Silence by Lee Mandelo is a science fiction about Dr Sean Kell-Luddon, who wants to carry out an experiment to see the world through animal eyes.
- Rootless by Krystle Zara Appiah is a heartrending love story about motherhood and sacrifice, providing an intimate look at what happens after a marriage collapses, leading two people to rediscover what they ultimately want–and if it’s still each other.
- Love and Other Flight Delays by Denise Williams is a book around three airport-themed romantic stories: An airport groomer falls in love with a frequent flyer and enters into a fake-dating situation, two strangers have a romantic night and later find out they are professional rivals, and two best friends work up the courage to confess their love before one leaves the country.
- My Dear Henry: A Jekyll & Hyde Remix by Kalynn Bayron In this gothic YA remix of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, a teen boy tries to discover the reason behind his best friend’s disappearance—and the arrival of a mysterious and magnetic stranger—in misty Victorian London.
- The Foxglove King by Hannah F. Whitten: Lore, with death magic powers, taken by the Presque Mort to find out why villages are dying randomly. She must navigate the King’s court, deal with politics, and have forbidden romance. Meanwhile, her past is catching up with her.
- A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon by Sarah Hawley: Mariel Spark, a witch who prefers baking and gardening to witchcraft, accidentally summons a demon while casting a spell to summon flour. The demon, Ozroth the Ruthless, offers a soul bargain to restore his reputation, but Mariel refuses. They end up as roommates and must pretend to date, leading to a real attraction.
- Hotel of Secrets by Diana Biller In this historical romance, Maria Wallner wants to restore her family’s hotel in Vienna, despite obstacles including masked assassins and an attractive American foreign agent, Eli Whittaker. Eli is on a mission to find the source of a secret code being sold across Europe but gets swept up in Vienna’s chaotic ball season and his growing attraction to Maria.
- Mr. & Mrs Witch by Gwenda Bond A couple, one a powerful witch and the other a witch hunter, discovers at the altar the surprising secret identities they’ve kept from each other.
- The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen by K.J. Charles Sir Gareth Inglis, abandoned by his father as a child, craves connection and falls into an affair. His father’s death and an encounter with the Doomsday smuggling clan change his life forever.
- Infamous by Lex Croucher 22-year-old Eddie Miller visits the Gothic estate of renowned poet Nash Nicholson, where eccentric artists indulge in pure hedonism. But Eddie might find that the world of famous literary icons isn’t all poems and pleasure.
- Real Love by Rachel Lindsay Maya Johnson turns down the opportunity to appear on the reality dating show Real Love and suggests her best friend Delilah instead. But as she watches Delilah’s experience, Maya starts to question her own life choices and considers a new path.
- Hello, Beautiful by Ann Napolitano Having grown up in a family that treated him poorly, William Waters finds solace when he meets Julia Padavano in college. Julia and her sisters, Cecelia, Sylvie, and Emeline, share an unbreakable bond, which William admires. However, William’s troubled past casts a shadow over their relationship, and as Julia’s plans and the sisters’ bond are put to the test, their lives are forever altered.
- Greymist Fair by Francesca Zappia In this book, a young tailor discovers a body on the road, and her search for the culprit reveals even more strange and dark happenings around her town.
- The Witch and the Vampire by Francesca Flores Is a queer Rapunzel retelling where a witch and a vampire who trust no one but themselves must journey together through a cursed forest with danger at every turn.
- Dear Medusa by Olivia A. Cole Follows a sixteen-year-old girl coping with sexual abuse as she grapples with how to reclaim her story, her anger, and her body in a world that seems determined to punish her for the sin of surviving.
- Blood Debts by Terry J. Benton-Walker On the anniversary of a magical massacre and murders, twin heirs Clement and Cristina Trudeau discover their mother is cursed by someone on the magic council that dethroned their family.
- Never Vacation with Your Ex by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka Volleyball star Kaylee and Dean, the son of her family’s vacation friends, broke up, and Kaylee plans to teach Dean how to get over her during their summer trip to Malibu.
- Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens In this young adult romantic adventure, apprentice sorcerers Edison Rooker and Sun, rivals working for Antonia Hex and Fable, must team up to protect their teachers and magic.
- Sizzle Reel by Carlyn Greenwald Luna Roth, an aspiring bisexual cinematographer, tries to come out while juggling a job under an abusive manager and her attraction to A-list actress Valeria Sullivan.
- The House Is on Fire by Rachel Beanland tells the story of four individuals from different walks of life whose lives become intertwined when a theatre fire breaks out during a performance.
- The Plus One by Mazey Eddings Indira’s perfect life goes up in flames when she catches her boyfriend cheating. Meanwhile, Jude, a doctor returning from years of humanitarian work, struggles to adjust to a friend’s elaborate wedding. The duo becomes fake dates to ease the wedding stress, but their fake affection turns real.
- Bewitched by Laura Thalassa Selene hopes to be accepted into a witch academy, but her quest to connect with her powers in South America awakens an ancient evil, Memnon the Cursed.
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- What are your anticipated 2023 releases?
- Spot any on the list?
- Did you find any new books to add to your collection?
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