Make room on your bookshelf – here are the new releases we’ll be adding to our 2023 reading list.
A new year is upon us, and you know what that means – New Year’s resolutions! If you’ve added “read more books” to your list of aspirations this year, then you’re in luck because 2023 has some fantastic new books that will help make this goal an absolute breeze.
Head on down to your local bookstores to find a tome that catches your fancy. Whether you’re looking for a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat with enough twists and turns to give you emotional whiplash, or wanting to get lost in a sweeping romance that makes your heart beat faster, there will be something for you to savour in our round up of books we look forward to reading in 2023.
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How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
Release date: Tuesday, 17 January, 2023
Horror and comedy don’t often go together but that is exactly what you can expect in Grady Hendrix’s upcoming novel, “How to Sell a Haunted House”. Equal parts horrifying and hilarious, Hendrix weaves a tale about a pair of estranged siblings who are unwillingly brought back together to battle over selling their late parents’ house. But things are not as they seem, and the duo will have to battle some literal ghosts in addition to demons from their past. How very spooky…
Available for pre-order on Book Depository for $140.50
I Have Some Questions For You by Rebecca Makkai
Genre: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: Tuesday, 21 February, 2023
Rebecca Makai’s “The Great Believers” broke readers’ hearts everywhere (in the best possible way!) with her tale of friendship and loss set in 1980s Chicago at the height of the AIDs epidemic. She returns with a new book about a woman trying to forget a traumatic event that took place when she was a teenager in an elite New England boarding school, and it sounds just as searing and intense as her previous novel.
Available for pre-order on Book Depository for $132.70
What Have We Done by Alex Finlay
Release date: Tuesday, 7 March, 2023
Alex Finlay is quickly becoming one of the most prolific mystery-thriller authors in recent years, with his propulsive debut “Every Last Fear” in 2021, followed by his sophomore effort, “The Night Shift”, in 2022. If his first two books are any indication, “What Have We Done” is shaping up to be yet another suspenseful nail-biter, following the story of three friends tied by trauma – and who share a deadly secret. This one is sure to have you flipping pages up until 3am to find out what happens.
Available for pre-order on Book Depository for $218.50
The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi (Amina Al-Sirafi #1) by S.A. Chakraborty
Release date: Thursday, 2 March, 2023
Those who love fantasy are no stranger to S. A. Chakraborty. The epic Daevabad Trilogy cemented the author as a first-rate fantasy writer and world builder, and Chakraborty is back with another series that follows Amina Al-Sirafi, an ex-pirate who is looking forward to retirement. But the pull of one last adventure to rescue her former crewman’s kidnapped daughter – and get well paid for it too – proves to be too much, but of course, there is more to the job than meets the eye.
Available for pre-order on Book Depository for $159.70
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Homecoming by Kate Morton
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: Tuesday, 4 April, 2023
Fans of Kate Morton, rejoice! It’s been over four years since she has released a new book and this is not only one for the author’s fans, but also fans of historical fiction in general. “Homecoming” has all the classic makings of a great historical story – a journalist protagonist, a house full of secrets and a mysterious crime with connections to the main character’s family history. What’s not to like? Grab a cup of tea and get ready to travel back in time to 1959, Sydney.
Available for pre-order on Book Depository for $148.50
Happy Place by Emily Henry
Release date: Tuesday, 25 April, 2023
Is there anything sweeter than a good romance? If you’re looking for something light and airy to read, Emily Henry’s “Happy Place” is The One for you (get it?!). Our story’s protagonists, Harriet and Wyn, have been the perfect couple since they met in college… or so it seems to their friends. They actually broke up six months ago but in order to not jeopardise their friend group’s yearly getaway, they decide to pretend they’re still together, even though things between them are totally over… crazy right? Well, you’ll just have to read the book to see if they work things out!
Available for pre-order on Book Depository for $132.70
Imogen, Obviously by Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: Tuesday, 2 May, 2023
Becky Albertalli is the queen of LGBTQ+ young-adult fiction. Even those who aren’t fans of YA will have heard of “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”, which was turned into the 2018 film starring Nick Robinson. Her latest novel, “Imogen, Obviously”, follows Imogen Scott, hopeless heterosexual and LGBTQ+ ally until her friend Lili, who is newly out, proceeds to tell her new college friends that she and Imogen used to date. Add in Tessa, Lili’s best friends and things start to get a little confusing for Imogen…
Available for pre-order on Book Depository for $84.50
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The Half Moon by Mary Beth Kane
Release date: Tueseday, 2 May, 2023
For those of you who were swept away by Mary Beth Kane’s beautiful family saga, “Ask Again, Yes”, you’re in luck. “The Half Moon” follows long-time bartender Malcolm, who buys the titular bar from his boss after he retires. While Malcolm struggles to make the bar profitable, his wife Jess’ battle with infertility causes tension in their relationship. “The Half Moon” is sure to showcase Kane’s talent in exploring marriages in crisis, along with her trademark lyrical writing.
Available for pre-order on Book Depository for $149.20
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Yellowface by R. F. Kuang
Release date: Thursday, 25 May, 2023
We love an author who can cross genres and eras as deftly as R. F. Kuang. While her last book, Babel, was set in 1828 Oxford, her upcoming book, “Yellowface”, moves to contemporary times, and follows a fraudulent Asian-American best-selling author who not only lies about writing her own books, but also about her very own identity. This is already expected to be a morally grey tale that will provoke all sorts of debate literary debate.
Available for pre-order on Book Depository for $140.90
Pageboy by Elliot Page
Release date: Tuesday, 6 June, 2023
Penned by Academy Award-nominated actor and one of the world’s most influential trans activists, Elliot Page shares his coming-of-age story of growing up in Hollywood’s spotlight, as well as his thoughts on gender, love, mental health and relationships. Page himself said on Instagram that he hopes this book will “help someone feel less alone, feel seen, no matter who they are or what path they’re on.”
Available for pre-order on Book Depository for $188
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