Wondering what to read now? Here are all the hot new February 2023 book releases for you. I’ll let you know what I’ve read, what I can’t wait to read, and what’s getting all the attention this month.
In case you’re new to Booklist Queen, every month I cover all the hottest new book releases. I try to read as many new book releases as I can to give you an honest perspective on what to read and what to skip.
However, I realize that my to-read list might not exactly match yours. That’s why I’ve also included some of the most popular February 2023 book releases from your favorite authors.
Enough from me. Let’s get on to the February 2023 book releases so you can fill up your to-read list.
Top February 2023 Book Releases
When Bodie Kane, a film producer and podcaster, is invited back to teach a two-week course at her high school boarding school, she is reluctant to accept. Bodie has mostly tried to forget her miserable four years and the murder of a classmate. Yet, when she returns, Bodie can’t seem to wonder if the police actually arrested the correct person … or if the killer is still out there.
Globetrotting Nisha Cantor has the perfect life money can buy until her husband divorces her and cuts her off. Scrambling to hold on to her previous lifestyle, Nisha’s distress hits a peak when even her gym bag is stolen. Meanwhile, Sam Kemp is desperately trying to keep her family afloat. When she tries on a pair of expensive shoes from a gym bag she took by accident, the jolt of confidence inspires her to change her life.
At the end of the First World War, Pauline Deng runs away from her Chinese family in Paris to escape an arranged marriage back in Shanghai. In the French countryside, Pauline finds shelter with Camille, a French woman planning to escape her own abusive marriage. Until Pauline finds out a terrible secret about Camille, forcing them to make a decision that will bind them together forever.
In 1946, Vincenzo and Giovana fall desperately in love in Genoa, Italy. Although they come from different worlds, they find themselves inseparable, until politics forces them to choose opposite sides. Now in 2017, Cassandra and Luca are in love although their families don’t get along. When Cass’s grandmother and Luca’s grandfather pose for a painting, a long-buried secret changes everything.
Jill Santopolo’s post-World War II tale was an utterly predictable feel-good story with overly simplistic writing. Santopolo goes into inane detail about everything, yet fails to give any proper depth to any of the characters. Like many historical fiction books with dual timelines, the modern story felt forced. Unless you are in the mood for a mindless cute historical fiction, I’d give this one a pass.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from G. P. Putnam’s Sons through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Early in life, identical twins Arcade and Daffodil form an unbreakable connection, clinging even tighter to each other as they are plagued by the generational trauma that plagues their Ohio town. As an adult, Arcade wrestles with her early childhood memories. When women begin dying, Arcade is forced to confront her past to keep her sister safe from the killer. Just so you know, McDaniel is a brilliant writer, but her topics are usually extremely heavy and full of trigger warnings, so just be aware of this if you pick up her latest novel, which is based on the true story of the Chillicothe Six.
Book of the Month – February 2023
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Here’s how it works – each month, they pick 5 books and you get to choose one book or skip until the next month. If you want to add any extra books, then you get them at a discounted price.
Each month is usually a mix of new releases and advance copies of unreleased books. If you are interested in joining, right now you can use my Book of the Month Club affiliate link to get your first book for $5!
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GMA Book Club February 2023
At a Barbados plantation in 1834, the master gathers his slaves together and announces that they have all been emancipated. Now they are to be his apprentices instead of slaves, although they must now work for him for another six years. Instead, Rachel decides to leave, searching for her five children who were sold away.
Read With Jenna Book Club February 2023
In London, Maddie spends most of her time either at home taking care of her father with advanced Parkinson’s or at work in a job she hates where she is the only Black employee. When her mother returns from Ghana, Maddie is thrilled to move out and experience life for herself. After tragedy strikes, Maddie begins to understand her unconventional family and the joys and fears of putting her heart on the line.
Reese’s Book Club February 2023
In 1950s Philadelphia, fifteen-year-old Ruby Pearsall is on track to become the first person in her family to go to college until a taboo love affair derails her plans. Meanwhile, in Washington DC, Eleanor Quarles falls madly in love with William Pride at Howard University. Yet his wealthy Black family are not too keen on adding her to the fold. Hoping a baby will help, Eleanor is desperate to get pregnant, but when she crosses paths with Ruby, she feels like she’s found the perfect solution.
Oprah’s Book Club February 2023
After showing the power of introverts in Quiet, Susan Cain uses the same mix of science and storytelling to explore what bittersweet feelings of sorrow and longing can teach us about creativity, compassionate leadership, and love. Cain shows that bittersweetness isn’t just a fleeting emotion but a powerful way of being that can lead to transcendence.
The Most Anticipated February 2023 Book Releases
In 1942, Hannah is desperate to escape occupied Europe. Unable to get out, Hannah settles at her cousin Lily’s in Brussels and joins the Sapphire Line, a secret resistance group. When Hannah’s mistake causes Lily’s family to be arrested, destined for Auschwitz, Hannah must decide what she is willing to sacrifice for her loved ones.
In a contemporary retelling of “The Crane Wife,” Kelly Barnhill paints the story of a teenage girl forced to take care of her family. While her mother is a talented artist who weaves beautiful tapestries, her teenage daughter must deal with the practical matters of taking care of the household and her little brother. When her mother brings home a beautiful crane and spends all her time weaving cranes into tapestries, her daughter must do whatever it takes to protect the family.
In a standalone prequel to The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon tells the tale of three women who shaped the world for generations to come. Tunuva Melim has been raised to slay wryms, but with their disappearance, people are questioning the purpose of the Priory. In the north, Glorian hides in the shadows of her parents’ politically expedient marriage. Finally, to the East, Dumai has spent a lifetime in the mountain temple hoping to awaken the gods.
Haunted by the violent attack of her brother Chris years ago, Katie Shaw sees threats everywhere. When her brother disappears, Katie leaps into action to help her brother once more. Meanwhile, Detective Laurence Page’s investigation of a brutal murder of a professor leads her to suspect the case is connected to Chris’s attack .. and to a serial killer said to be able to predict the future.
Tom Rob Smith
When a mysterious force conquers Earth, mankind has only 30 days to retreat to the one place they will be allowed to live – Antarctica. Now the band of humans who managed to escape to Antarctica struggle to survive in the harsh subzero weather. Can they change and evolve to build a society that will last? Having loved Smith’s historical thriller, Child 44, I can’t wait to see how he tackles science fiction in his February 2023 book release.
Online marketing expert Amy Porterfield knows just how scary it is to leave a 9-5 corporate job to step out on your own. Now the owner of a successful business and host of the Online Marketing Made Easy podcast, Porterfield gives you a detailed blueprint to show you just what it takes to build your own business.
I’ve listened to Porterfield’s podcast for years, and have found that she gives great marketing advice applicable to all kinds of online businesses. However, Two Weeks Notice has a very focused target audience: corporate girls ready to leave their 9-5 jobs. If that’s you, you’ll find great advice on how to start your own online company – how and when to transition, how to find your niche and target audience, and how to earn money (with an emphasis on creating courses). Else, I’d pass on this one in favor of a book that will speak more to your situation.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hay House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
When Alex is invited to attend a month-long writing retreat at the estate of feminist horror writer Roza Vallo, she knows it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Upon arrival, Roza explains that each attendee has a month to write a novel from scratch and the winner will receive a large publishing deal. As strange things begin to happen and one of the writers vanishes in a storm, Alex goes from wanting to be published to wanting to make it out alive.
One of my biggest pet peeves: when the publisher’s description doesn’t prepare you for a book. The previous paragraph is how the publisher describes The Writing Retreat. However, the publisher fails to mention that The Writing Retreat is a spicy sapphic thriller with major horror vibes.
Our protagonist Alex spends the first part of the novel obsessing over Wren, her ex-best friend who ditched her after they hooked up. As Alex gets over her writer’s block, she feels like she is almost channeling the house’s spooky history and her dreams are full of sexy hookups with the other writers.
It doesn’t bother me that The Writing Retreat is a sexy sapphic thriller/horror novel. It bothers me that it isn’t well-advertised as one. If that’s what you want to write, then sing it loud and proud. That way you can pull in readers who would love to read your book. And detract readers, like me, who are looking for something with less steam.
Though, I think I would have still hated this book even with less steam.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Atria Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Popular February Upcoming Releases
What February 2023 Book Releases are You Most Excited to Read?
What books can you not wait to get your hands on this month? Did I miss any February 2023 book releases that you are anticipating? As always, let me know in the comments!
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