The best new books to read in 2023

Book covers of some of the best books of 2023

Courtesy / Leah Romero

The new year has already brought with it a slew of impressive and headline-grabbing books (see: Prince Harry’s explosive memoirs additionaland the creator of Kashana Kohli survivors), but another 2023 library promises to be just as captivating. Apologies in advance for the mile-high TBR List; It’s about to get a lot longer.

Ahead, you’ll find 65 hand-picked titles, many of which have already had a chance to flip through and rate. These recently published and soon-to-be-released books come from a wide range of categories, including fantasy novels, historical fiction, celebrity memoirs, essay collections, romance, and literary fiction. (One thing you won’t find here are books and series for young adults, which we reserve for other, more specific lists.)

Narrowing down the most anticipated titles from a list of thousands is never a daunting task, so to make up for any gems we missed, you can check back on this page as we update it throughout the year with the best of it. Best. Better prepare your pre-orders and happy reading.

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soft skull

survivors By Kashana Kohli

Riverhead Books

Half of the Known Life: The Search for Heaven by Pico Iyer

random house

additional by Prince Harry

Harper

vintage contemporaries by Dan Koise

William Morrow and Company

Really good, actually by Monica Hessey

Henry Holt and Company

End of drum time By Hanna Pylväinen

Ballantine Books

Central places by Delia Kaye

Riverhead Books

What Napoleon could not do by DK Nnuro

Catapult

Savages by DizzTate

random house

Victory City by Salman Rushdie

Hogarth Press

Our share of the night By Mariana Enriquez and translated by Megan McDowell

William Morrow and Company

Vinco By Sherry Demaline

WW Norton and Company

Culture: A Story of Us, from Cave Art to K-Pop by Martin Buechner

Viking

I have some questions for you by Rebecca Mackay

Harper

The Oscar War: Hollywood’s History of Gold, Sweat, and Tears by Michael Shulman

soft skull

users by Colin Wynette

Bloomsbury Publishing

A day of fallen night by Samantha Shannon

Zando

Monstrillo By Gerardo Samano Córdova

Simon & Schuster

Confidence by Raphael Fromkin

random house

Save time: discover life outside the clock by Jenny Odell

Farrar, Strauss and Giroux

Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

Pamela Dorman Books

Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson

Grand Central Publishing

What happened to ruthie ramirez By Claire Jimenez

William Morrow and Company

Now you see us by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Viking

Take what you need by Edra Novi

Click on the request

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

Crown Publishing Group

Poverty of America by Matthew Desmond

Astra House

Yes No by Esther Yee

Little, Brown and Company

above the ground by Clint Smith

Catapult

The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts By Soraya Palmer

Scribner’s Book Company

hang moon by Janet Walls

Eco Press

Live Cure: A Memoir by Nicole Chung

random house

romantic comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld

Mariner Books

homecoming by Kate Morton

Pantheon Books

All-Star Gang Series By Nana Kwame Adje Preneh

J.B. Putnam Sons

the one by Julia Argy

Doubleday Books

The Bet: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder by David Gran

Berkeley Books

Happy place by Emily Henry

Harper

homebodies By Tempe Denton-Hurst

the interview

you are here By Karen Lynn Greenberg

Viking

Oh Mom!: A Memoir in Nine Adventures by Connie Wang

random house

guest by Emma Klein

classic

Quietly Hostile: Essays by Samantha Irby

William Morrow and Company

yellow face by RF Kuang

Ballantine Books

A Renaissance of Our Own: A Memoir and Manifesto on Reimagining By Rachel E. Cargill

One world

dances by Nicole Covey

Riverhead Books

The departed Americans by Brandon Taylor

Flatiron Books

Pageboy: A Memoir by Elliott Page

Scribner Books / Marysue Rucci

Myth makers by Kezia Ware

Harper One

Wannabe: The accounts with pop culture that shape me by Aisha Harris

Hanover Square Press

Adult Drama: And Other Essays by Natalie Beach

Viking

Watch us dance Leila Slimani, translated by Sam Taylor

Written by Gillian Flynn

center By Ayesha Manazil Siddiqui

Farrar, Strauss and Giroux

vegetarian By Andrew Lipstein

Doubleday Books

Scammer statement By Colson Whitehead

Scribner’s Book Company

The Spectators: Stories by Ann Beatty

Hanover Square Press

bellies by Nicola Dinan

Twisted media reads

Mobility By Lydia Kiesling

Henry Holt and Company

peach seeds By Anita Gail Jones

Eco Press

family traditions by Elizabeth Acevedo

Ballantine Books

Congratulations, The Best Is Over!: Essays by R. Eric Thomas

Exhibition books

Under the effect of by Noel Crooks

Little, Brown and Company

rote learning by Emma Donoghue

The land of milk and honey By C Pam Chang

If you fell in love How many of these hills of goldyou, like me, are eagerly awaiting C Pam Zhang’s next book, The land of milk and honey. We don’t know much about the story yet, but Zhang described it on Twitter as “a novel about food, female appetite, class, culinary hierarchies, and the piquant sensual imperative to find one’s own pleasure in a world that has grown weary.” Looks delicious.

Release date: TBD 2023.

Okay, one more disclaimer: I’m biased about this one. Our beloved webmaster, Jessica Roy, is releasing her first book later this year, one that expands on an ELLE.com story she published in 2019. (You may remember the title: “Two Sisters and the Terrorist Who Came Between them.”) We’re still waiting for all the details. , including the name and release date, but given the level of reporting and the nuances of Roy’s feature, I expect the next book to be impressive.

Release date: TBD 2023.

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