Wondering what to read now? Here are all the hot new January 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 January 2023 book releases from your favorite authors.
Enough from me. Let’s get on to the January 2023 book releases so you can fill up your to-read list.
Top January 2023 Book Releases
Lauren Fleshman is one of the most-decorated distance runners in the United States. In Good for a Girl, Fleshman tells of how she fell in love with running as a girl and shares her own running journey. Yet, Good for a Girl isn’t just a memoir. It’s a powerful look at how competitive sports are designed for men and boys and routinely fail female athletes, leading to injuries, eating disorders, and mental health issues.
Let me just warn you that Good for a Girl will be making ALL of my top lists in 2023. I was blown away by Fleshman’s fantastic memoir. I love how she was able to take her personal experience and expand it to a larger narrative about women in sports. It makes me so angry how badly our society has failed women of my generation with our obsession with weight and thinness. Yet by bravely addressing these issues, books like Good for a Girl make me hopeful that we can make the world a better place for my daughters. I’m going to apologize in advance, I am going to be talking about this must-read book for the next year, at least.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Penguin Press. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Of all the January 2022 Book Releases, none is more anticipated than the memoir of Prince Harry. The second son of King Charles III and his first wife, Diana, Princess of Wales, Harry felt the eyes of all the world on him when he had to walk behind his mother’s coffin. In his own words (including narrating the audiobook version), Prince Harry tells about his life as the second child in line for succession and about his marriage that has lead to much drama with the British press and in the royal family.
A year ago, Aaron Falk traveled to the South Australian wine country to celebrate the christening of his godson, his friend sheriff Raco’s son. But the event was canceled when Raco’s sister-in-law vanished that weekend, leaving her baby asleep in the stroller. Now Falk has returned for the rescheduled christening, noticing cracks in this once well-knit group prompting the disclosure of long-kept secrets.
Although I loved the first Aaron Falk mystery, the second book in the series had almost nothing to do with Aaron Falk’s character. Not so with this third book. Aaron Falk is front and center as he gets caught up in the mystery and reexamines his own life. I will say, the beginning of Exiles was a struggle. I had a hard time getting into the setup and was often confused by the initial flashbacks. However, once I was into the mystery, I thought it was perfectly executed, slowly peeling away clues layer by layer.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Flatiron Books. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Although they were inseparable growing up, Emily and Chess have begun to grow apart in their 30s. Now Chess is a bestselling self-help author and influencer while Emily is going through a nasty divorce. They hope to reconnect on a girls’ trip to a gorgeous Italian villa that was the setting of a celebrity murder and the inspiration for a bestselling horror novel and a platinum album. The further Emily tries to solve the long-ago murder, the more Chess becomes uncomfortable and their hidden secrets come spilling out.
Though the luxurious Italian setting was utterly perfect, The Villa didn’t have the same unputdownable factor that made Reckless Girls a bestseller last year. The beginning is slow, going light on suspense and heavy on drama. Although I enjoyed the past timeline, the unlikeable characters made this an easy-to-read, yet forgettable mystery.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
In a sequel to the dark academia fantasy, Ninth House, Alex Stern is back and determined to rescue Darlington from purgatory. Without the aid of Ninth House, Alex and Dawes must dive into the society’s deepest secrets to find a portal to the underworld. When Yale faculty members begin to die, Alex realizes that something more is going on in New Haven.
A year ago, Isabelle Drake’s life was dramatically changed when her toddler was taken while she and her husband slept in the next room. Now suffering from crippling insomnia, Isabelle is obsessed with finding Mason. When she turns to a true crime podcaster for help, Isabelle begins to doubt her memories of the day Mason disappeared.
Five years ago, Geeta’s no-good husband simply walked away and she never heard from him again. However, in her small Indian village, the rumor persists that Geeta killed him. Geeta doesn’t mind since no one wants to mess with a black widow. Until women start asking Geeta for advice on how to off their own husbands and they won’t take no for an answer.
In a wealthy New England neighborhood, the death of Eden Perry puts the residents under a spotlight. Quickly, suspicions fall upon the three teenagers Eden was partying with – sweet but unstable Hannah, popular bully Jack, and outsider Christopher. However, their affluent parents are willing to risk anything for their kids, causing rifts through the normally idyllic town.
The Most Anticipated January 2023 Book Releases
Ana Montes was one of the US government’s top experts on Cuba, working her way up the ranks to the Defense Intelligence Service. The daughter of an Army Colonel, Ana’s family was full of patriots; her siblings were FBI agents, and her sister Lucy was responsible for hunting out Cuban spies. Yet, even Lucy was shocked when, in the days after 9/11, Ana was arrested as a secret agent for Cuba. With Ana Montes’s release from prison scheduled in January 2023, Jim Popkin details the opposite routes two sisters took and how one turned into the most-damaging spy against America.
In a new duology set in the same world as The Cruel Prince trilogy, Holly Black takes up the story of Jude’s brother Oak. The reluctant prince must embark on a dangerous quest with the changeling queen Suren. Details are thin, so I’ll update with more once the full book description is available.
In between WWI and WWII, the six Mitford sisters were the talk of English society, each sister more beautiful and talented than the last. However, rumors begin to spread when Diana divorces her wealthy husband and marries a fascist leader and Unity follows suit. Suspicious of her sisters’ frequent trips to Germany, novelist Nancy Mitford must decide where her loyalties lie as Great Britain goes to war with Germany.
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.
Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed a bold meeting with Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill to build a crucial strategy for the war. As soon as Hitler’s regime learned of the meeting, the Nazis hatched a plot to assassinate the three world leaders. Full of political intrigue and daring rescues, The Nazi Conspiracy details a close call that could have changed history forever.
Estranged siblings Louise and Mark Joyner are devastated when their parents die at the end of the pandemic. With their bank accounts ravaged by the economic uncertainty, their only hope is to sell their childhood home. Yet when strange things begin to happen in the home, they worry the only way to get away from their past is to burn it all down.
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What January 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 January 2023 book releases that you are anticipating? As always, let me know in the comments!
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