Most Anticipated New Book Releases of 2023

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What are our most anticipated book releases of 2023 you don’t want to miss? Uncover new books by month to take you across the world from The Uncorked Librarian’s team of avid readers, book bloggers, and librarians.

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We don’t love being late to the party, especially the book party – which leads to long wait times at the library, especially for hot-off-the-presses 2023 book releases.

And, with the plethora of books coming out, how do you choose correctly, especially if you have limited reading time? What if you are looking to read something not mentioned on a celebrity book club list?

While we devour bookish hype, we also want to be the ones creating the excitement, especially when lists showcasing book releases tend to share the same titles. Below, find new books that are lesser-known along with a few favorite and bestselling authors, big and small. See repeat authors we’ve reviewed, and meet debut writers.

These books promise to teach you more, make you cry, take you around the world, and help you read outside of your norm. Find books by month – in all genres – that are perfect for our magnificent Uncorked Readers and work well with our 2023 Uncorked Reading Challenge themes.

We’ll frequently update this list, especially as we start reviewing advanced copies. Be sure to check back, and let us know your most anticipated books in the comments. 

P.S. See what top books you might have missed in 2022 – from Christine, Dagney, and Jeremy. We all have very different tastes.

2023 Book Releases We Loved

With 2023 almost over and our newly posted 2024 most-anticipated book releases, we wanted to give you a quick recap of our favorite books in 2023 since reading and reviewing them. Some were on this most anticipated book list, while others we found along the way – think BookTube, BookTok, and our Facebook Group, Uncorked Readers.

For Christine, her favorite new books include:

Upcoming & New Book Releases of 2023

Summaries by Dagney with book reviews from Christine

Please remember that for all 2023 book releases, publishing dates are subject to change; these are estimated release dates.

*Books marked with an asterisk are advanced reader copies (ARCs) that we requested or received from the publisher/author/marketing team in exchange for a fair and honest review. If you are a bit behind in what’s new, you might also like these 2022 book releases.


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Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert

YA contemporary romance set in the Great Outdoors in the UK
Publication date: January 3, 2023
TUL Rating: 3.5 stars

Start your reading this year with one of our most anticipated winter 2023 book releases from a romance author we love: She’s a conspiracy-theory-obsessed outsider with a strong social media following. He’s a star football player with OCD who’s at the top of (almost) all of his classes.

Together, they are ex-best friends, ever since he – Bradley Graeme – ditched her – Celine Bangura – to hang out with the in-crowd. According to Celine, anyway. These days, they just trade insults and test scores until fate seemingly brings them back together as co-competitors in an outdoor survival competition. Will they be able to work together to win?

This frenemies-to-lovers tale is fun and entertaining. Christine appreciated the experienced, vulnerable, and intuitive representation of Celiac Disease, OCD, and mental health and wellness/therapy. However, the immaturity of one of the MCs got to her just a tad.

Read Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Survivalists by Kashana Cauley

Dark comedy set in Brooklyn, USA
Publication date: January 10, 2023

Aretha is a Black lawyer who has always been driven to succeed, happy to remain single for the chance to make partner. All that changes, though, when she meets coffee entrepreneur, Aaron, and moves in with him and his roommates.

What she didn’t count on is that his roommates are doomsday-preppers, convinced there is a doomsday just around the corner. But the more time Aretha spends with them, the more she gets sucked into their surreal underground world of end times and gun stockpiles… and the more it might be making a kind of sense.

The Survivalists is one of the most intriguing upcoming books of 2023 and a great way to kick off the reading year, especially if you enjoy books set in New York.

Read The Survivalists: Amazon | Goodreads

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Vampire Weekend by Mike Chen

Fantasy horror set in Oakland, California
Publication date: January 31, 2023

Did you know that almost everything you’ve heard about vampires is wrong? They can’t fly, they don’t like to murder people, and they definitely don’t turn into bats. In fact, they like to keep a low profile at all times. This makes things very difficult for Louise Chao because she just wants to join a band – and not be discovered.

She can play guitar and has way more underground punk rock knowledge than you’d think from looking at her. She just needs to find the right group so she can feel some connection again. When her surly teenage grand-nephew shows up, she finally finds a kindred spirit. But not for long.

Vampire Weekend is one of the most exciting upcoming book releases of 2023 for fantasy readers and lovers of both vampire books and stories with musicians.

Read Vampire Weekend: Amazon | Goodreads


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VenCo by Cherie Dimaline

Fantasy road trip set across North America
Publication date: February 7, 2023

VenCo is a must for anyone interested in Indigenous literature: One evening, while still reeling from the news of her upcoming eviction from her Toronto apartment, Métis millennial Lucky St. James feels something calling to her from the kitchen wall. She manages to dig out an old spoon, marked with a crooked-nosed witch and the word SALEM.

Little does she know, she has just discovered one of the lost 7 spoons that will help return the witches of North America to their rightful place of power. Embarking on a road trip with her cantankerous grandmother Stella, Lucky must head to the darkly magical city of New Orleans for a showdown that will decide the fate of the world.

Read VenCo: Amazon | Goodreads

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Always the Almost by Edward Underhill

Queer romance set in the American Midwest
Publication date: February 14, 2023

For YA LGBT book lovers: Sixteen-year-old Miles Jacobson wants two things: to win back his ex-boyfriend Shane and to beat his awful rival at the Midwest’s biggest classical piano competition. Unfortunately, things aren’t going so well. For one thing, Shane dumped him two weeks after Miles came out as trans, and now, he won’t even look him in the eye.

The last thing Miles needs when he should be practicing piano is a distraction, but that’s precisely what strolls into town. Eric Mendez is queer, proud, outgoing, asks for pronouns, and gives Miles butterflies in his stomach. Will he think Miles is more than “almost enough?”

Read Always the Almost: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz

LGBT+ dark thriller set in a remote mansion around New York
Publication: February 21, 2023
TUL Rating: 4 stars

TWs for violence, sex, and drink spiking: If you looking for thrilling and spooky books coming out in 2023, Bartz’s The Writing Retreat might just give you nightmares – it did for us!

Acclaimed author Roza Vallo invites five women to her secluded mansion for a high-stakes writing retreat. The writer with the best story will get their book published. Sounds pretty intense but cool, right?

However, Roza is just as dark, f’ed, and fake as her stories. Plus, add in a haunted mansion, two best friends fighting, romances, a blizzard cutting them off from the world, and a mysterious disappearance.

These writers might not survive the month. From creepy charm necklaces to manipulation and desperation, The Writing Retreat is a book about books and the struggles of being a creative. How far would you go to succeed?

Discover even more ghost story books and haunted houses.

Read The Writing Retreat: Amazon | Goodreads


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Feed Them Silence by Lee Mandelo

LGBT Sci-Fi Horror set in Minnesota
Publication date: March 14, 2023

For her long life, Dr. Sean Kell-Luddon has had one burning desire: to feel what it’s like to see and feel the world through a wolf’s eyes. Through her tireless research, she has been working towards creating a neural interface to transmit a wolf’s experiences into her own mind.

When she finally gets positive results, it is both glorious and catastrophic, as the lines between scientist and animal subject begin to blur. Sean’s wife becomes more and more shut out as she slips further into her obsession. Will she lose her mind to the pull of the wolf pack?

Having read and loved Mandelo’s Southern gothic LGBT horror book, this is one of our most anticipated 2023 book releases. At 112 pages, Feed Them Silence will also appeal to readers of horror novellas.

Read Feed Them Silence: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Next New Syrian Girl by Ream Shukairy

YA contemporary Halal romance set in the Syrian community of Detroit, US
Publication date: March 14, 2023

Khadija Shaami is a spirited Syrian-American boxer who is tired of the overwhelming expectations placed on her. She longs to get out of Detroit and see the world. Leene Taher is a Syrian refugee haunted by her past and looking to make her new home in Detroit amongst the local Syrian community. When the two girls meet, it will challenge everything they know about the world and their place within it.

One of the most unique books coming out in 2023, The Next New Syrian Girl is about the far-reaching effects of the Syrian war and what it means to be Syrian abroad.

Read The Next New Syrian Girl: Amazon | Goodreads

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Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Cozy mystery set in San Francisco’s Chinatown
Publication date: March 14, 2023
TUL Rating: 3.75 stars

Vera Wong is not an old lady; she’s just probably older than you. And she’s perfectly happy leading a quiet life living above her tea shop and spying on her Gen-Z son through the internet.

She’s a little surprised one morning to find the body of a man in her tea shop, with a flash drive in his cold dead fingers. Of course, she called the cops, but rather than let them try and deal with the flash drive, she keeps it. Surely she can solve this case faster than them? But which of her lovely customers is the murderer?

The trend of cozy mysteries solved by older people is fortunately still strong in the upcoming books of 2023. And just in time for the July through September 2023 Reading Challenge prompt of middle-aged protagonists! Plus, we loved Sutanto’s Dial A For Aunties, which you can find on our Indonesia and hotel-set novels reading lists.

Read Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers: Amazon | Goodreads

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Off the Map by Trish Doller

Road trip book set in Ireland and Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Publication date: March 7, 2023
TUL Rating: 4 stars

TWs for parental death and aging (not a spoiler)

We love road-tripping books as well as stories that will transport us to Ireland: Meet Carla Black, who isn’t afraid to drop truth bombs and waitresses during Florida snowbird season, traveling the rest of the year. Ever since her mother left them, she and her father have off-roaded and explored the world on their days off.

But, Carla’s dad now has dementia, pushing her out of the nest to explore on her own. Is she truly adventuring or running, though?

Headed to her best friend’s wedding, Carla meets up with the best man, Eamon. Let’s just say that they get pretty distracted on their way over to the wedding, taking a few road trips in the Irish countryside. There’s lots of steamy love-making, but Carla insists this is all just a fling…

Trish Doller is now a must-read author for us. Her books are engaging, funny, and fluffy with some serious and thought-provoking scenes. In fact, we balled our eyes out at the end of this one.

If you enjoy feisty characters, animals who are always rescued and loved, and life-altering lessons learned from travel, Doller is for you. Just know that for the 2023 book releases, Off the Map is part of the Beck Sisters series but can easily be read as a standalone.

Read Off the Map: Amazon | Goodreads


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I Went to See My Father by Shin Kyung-sook

Translated into English by Anton Hur
Literary fiction set in South Korea
Publication date: April 11, 2023

In an effort to reconnect with her elderly father, Hon has returned to her home in the countryside following the tragic and accidental loss of her daughter. At first, she finds him frail and quiet, awkward yet still kind. But once she finds a chest – and starts reading all of the letters inside – the family history she thought she knew begins to be rewritten.

From wartime horror and financial hardship to affairs and cult activities, Hon learns things she never knew about the extraordinary lives of her father and siblings. Covering some of the most tumultuous times of Korean history, this is one of the best upcoming book releases of 2023 for anyone interested in Korean culture.

Read I Went to See My Father: Amazon | Goodreads

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Sisters of the Lost Nation by Nick Medina

Social horror set on a Native American reservation
Publication date: April 18, 2023

Anna Horn is being haunted – and possibly hunted – by an entity from an old tribal myth that follows her wherever she goes. What’s more, women are disappearing in alarming numbers across the reservation where she lives.

Does the entity have anything to do with the disappearances, or is it something newer and potentially more sinister? Anna isn’t the only one searching for answers, but when her sister, Grace, also disappears, she will do whatever it takes to get her back.

Sisters of the Lost Nation is one of the 2023 book releases we are most looking forward to as it deals with important issues like Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Find more incredible books about sisters.

Read Sisters of the Lost Nation: Amazon | Goodreads

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Happy Place by Emily Henry

Fake dating rom-com set in Maine
Publication date: April 25, 2023

Wyn and Harriet broke up 6 months ago, and they still haven’t told anyone. Mostly because that would mean discussing why they broke up. Plus, they’ve always been considered couple goals to all their friends, and they wouldn’t want any of them to lose faith in love, right?

Instead, Wyn and Harriet are choosing to fake it through the annual get-together with their friends in Maine. Even if it means lying to everyone and sharing a bed. What could possibly go wrong?

At TUL we loved Beach Read, and have picked up every Emily Henry since. So naturally, Happy Place is one of our top new book releases of 2023 for romance readers. You might also enjoy Henry’s Book Lovers, which was loosely set around Asheville, NC.

Read Happy Place: Amazon | Goodreads

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Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld

Fictionalized SNL-like romantic comedy set in NYC
Publication Date: April 4, 2023
TUL Rating: 3.5 Stars

TWs for pandemic and C19: Travel to NYC for a late-night show that resembles Saturday Night Live (SNL). Sally Milz is one of the show’s best writers, and her skits tend to have an agenda and feminist flair. In her latest write-up, she creates the “Danny Horst Rule” about how successful and gorgeous women go for “average” guys but the reversal is rare.

Sally believes she is just a “regular” catch so when hunky music star Noah Brewster starts flirting with her, she pushes him away. Years later, they reconnect, but can Sally overcome her insecurities?

We enjoyed the coverage of relevant topics in an intuitive way, SNL vibes, non-swoony romance, and all of the strong character introspection. However, we didn’t necessarily care for the 100-page chapters (more a personal preference) and one chapter full of tedious back-and-forth “getting to know you” emails. The “Danny Horst Rule” also wasn’t our jam…

Read Romantic Comedy: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Only Survivors by Megan Miranda

Murder mystery and suspense novel in the Outer Banks, NC
Release Date: April 11, 2023
TUL Rating: 4 Stars

TWs for suicide, teenage death, drugs, and addiction: One of our most anticipated book releases of 2023 – we love that Miranda writes books set in North CarolinaThe Only Survivors is full of spooky twists and turns. Plus, we can never resist a story set in a vacation rental and around hotels and campgrounds.

Cassidy Bent is one of the survivors of a high school van crash. Each year, she and the remaining survivors meet up to take care of each other, atone, and keep their secrets amongst themselves. What happened that night, and why did they survive? How did the others die, and were all of the deaths from natural causes? Are they good people?

Cassidy wants this reunion to be their last, but a mysterious text and a friend’s death bring her back. This year, it feels like someone is watching the house and asking more questions. Is someone targeting them and looking for the truth?

The Only Survivors starts as a slow burn but works its way up to a suspenseful and satisfying conclusion. This is one of Miranda’s most thought-provoking books with just the right edge of light horror and terrific characterization.

Read The Only Survivors: Amazon | Goodreads


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Fear and Lovely by Anjana Appachana

Contemporary lighthearted drama set in India
Publication date: May 9, 2023

Mallika lives in a close-knit community with her family in a New Delhi colony. Everyone knows everything about everyone there, so it can be difficult to keep secrets. One secret Mallika tries to keep under wraps is the fact that she suffered a trauma when she was nineteen; a trauma that left her depressed and with three days of memory loss.

Hiding her mental illness from the community takes a lot of effort. But when people begin to voice their secret troubles, the floodgates open and the healing can begin. Mixing humor with drama, Fear and Lovely is one of the most uplifting and cathartic new book releases of 2023 perfect if you are looking to read more dynamic books set in India.

Read Fear and Lovely: Amazon | Goodreads

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Of Light and Shadow by Tanaz Bhathena

YA fantasy romance inspired by 17th-century India
Publication date: May 23, 2023

Having been abandoned at birth and raised by the leader of a ruthless group of farmers turned bandits, Roshan Chaya is seeking revenge for the murder of her adopted father. Now the leader of the Shadow Clan, she will stop at nothing to avenge his death and liberate her people from the poverty brought upon them by the corrupt governor.

Meanwhile, as the unimportant 2nd in line to the throne, Prince Navin is not entirely missed when he is kidnapped by the Shadow Clan. But his plan to escape by befriending their fearless leader comes awry when they both start genuinely falling for each other.

Read Of Light and Shadow: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Celebrants by Steven Rowley

*LGBT+ friendship story set in California, New York, and beyond from beloved The Guncle author
Publication Date: May 30, 2023
TUL Rating: 5 Stars

TWs for suicide, drug addiction, and more: If you are looking for middle-aged protagonist books for 2023 Uncorked Reading, Rowley’s newest is a must. We cried. We laughed. We really f’ing cried. The Celebrants is officially one of our top books of 2023.

There’s a Ouija board, skydiving, mushrooms, sharks, and more. Reminiscent of the movie Big Chill – a classic friendship film – five friends form a lifetime pact with the potential suicide and death of a friend in college. They reunite across the decades for each other’s living funerals.

Anyone may call on the pact, usually during a life crisis – divorce, parent death, jail, and illness – and especially when they need their friends to show them how much they mean to the world.

For 2023 book releases, The Celebrants will most appeal to you if you fall right into slow-burn friendship novels that tackle seriously heavy topics in a still humorous way. Rowley is a must-read author for us, and while The Celebrants is quite different from The Guncle, it exceeded our very high expectations; we never wanted the story to end.

Read The Celebrants: Amazon | Goodreads


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Lady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa See

Historical fiction set in 15th Century China
Publication date: June 6, 2023

Based on a true story, this is one of the most compelling feminist tales among the new book releases of 2023: Born into an elite family, Tan Yunxian is nonetheless marginalized due to her gender and sent to be raised by her grandparents so she can be “of use” in later life. However, her grandmother is one of the few female doctors in China, and she teaches Yunxian about medicine.

When Yunxian is separated from her best friend Meiling and sent into an arranged marriage, she is forced to act like a proper wife and forbidden to leave the grounds. But she will not stay stifled forever.

Read Lady Tan’s Circle of Women: Amazon | Goodreads

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Northranger by Rey Terciero & Bre Indigo

*LGBT YA gothic horror graphic novel set in Texas
Expected publication: June 6, 2023
TUL Rating: 5 Stars

TWs for misogyny, homophobia, racism, and domestic violence: For YA 2023 book releases and queer graphic novels, you cannot go wrong with Northranger. Austen’s Northanger Abbey inspires the story.

Cade is horror movie-obsessed, using films as a way to escape and relate to the horrors he faces daily as a gay and Latino teen growing up in rural Texas. When his family sends him off to a farm with his stepdad to make some extra cash, he knows his summer is ruined. Until he meets Henry…

Although leading very different lives, Cade and Henry fall for each other in the sweetest way imaginable. Both are cautious and still growing as individuals with parents who don’t quite say or do the right things.

Not to mention that something mysterious and spooky is going on within Henry’s family, especially since generations of women have died in their home, including Henry’s mother and grandmother. Henry’s sister thinks she is next. What is Henry hiding from Cade?

From heart-shaped eyes to reddish, maroon, and brown coloring, fall in love with the detailing and atmosphere of everyday farm life and rural summers. Yet – and true to gothic romance – misogyny, sexism, racism, and homophobia exist throughout, reminding us that behind all of this love and beauty, hate still simmers. We’ve come a long way but the work is not over.

If you enjoy Heartstopper, Northranger is a perfect read alike. We just loved it. Discover even more great graphic novels for teens.

Read Northranger: Amazon | Goodreads

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She Started It by Sian Gilbert

A thriller set in the Bahamas
Published: June 13, 2023
TUL Rating: 5 Stars

TWs: self-harm, suicide, bullying: Set in the Bahamas, She Started It is the perfect island book thriller and one of our favorite new books of the summer (2023).

Poppy “Greedy” is getting married and has invited her four high school bullies to be her bridesmaids. Although Chloe, Tanya, Annabel, and Esther cannot imagine why, they also cannot resist a completely paid-for luxury vacation.

Refusing to acknowledge the past, Poppy realizes that these women are just as selfish and terrible as ever. She drops subtle hints to make them re-live her worst nightmares, but soon, the party takes a darn turn, and one by one, people start dying.

If you enjoy pre-wedding books, revenge stories, and high school bullies getting theirs, She Started It is filled with twists and turns. You won’t want to put it down. Our team members loved this one as a good audiobook for a road trip too.

Read She Started It: Amazon | Goodreads


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The Deep Sky by Yume Kitasei

Sci-Fi thriller set on a ship in deep space
Publication date: July 18, 2023

Having left Earth in order to reach a new livable planet, a crew of 80 elite graduates is thrown into turmoil when a bomb knocks them off course and kills three people. The only surviving witness to the explosion is Asuka, and unfortunately, she’s also the main suspect.

While the suspicious crew members begin to turn on each other, Asuka battles her own demons; as the last picked for the mission, she never felt like she truly belonged on the ship. But with the Earth’s environment on its last legs, the mission must succeed, and Asuka must rise to the occasion with everything she’s got. Because who knows when the bomber will strike again?

If you love heading to space via a good book, try these alien books.

Read The Deep Sky: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Sun and the Void by Gabriela Romero-Lacruz

LGBT fantasy set in a world inspired by South American folklore
Publication date: July 25, 2023

On the verge of death, Reina stumbles into Aguila Manor and is saved by the dark magic of her estranged grandmother. The old sorceress has been working for the wealthy Don Enrique – the master of the house – and a man Reina is now desperate to win (and keep) the favor of.

But that means undertaking some questionable tasks, and when tragedy strikes the family, those tasks become more and more dangerous. To complicate matters, Reina has become smitten with Don Enrique’s daughter, the beautiful and otherworldly Celeste. Before long, she’ll have to decide where her loyalties truly lie.

Check out more LGBT fantasy books!

Read The Sun and the Void: Amazon | Goodreads

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Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa

Translated by Eric Ozawa
*A book about books set in Japan
English Translation Publication Date: July 4, 2023
Originally published in Japanese 2010
TUL Review: 4 stars

If you love books about books and bookstores, you won’t want to miss newly translated into English, Days at the Morisaki Bookshop. This is also one of the many books coming out in 2023 that is perfect for fall Uncorked Bingo’s “books” theme – and it’s short and fast.

When Takako’s boyfriend informs her that he is getting married – to someone else – she is hurt and confused. Quitting her job and utterly lost, she heads to her uncle’s bookshop in Jinbocho in Tokyo, Japan – the land of the bookstores.

Although she has foggy memories of her uncle – whom she doesn’t quite know and has previously misunderstood – she begins to develop a love for reading. Finding herself in a vibrant new community of friends and family, Takako changes and grows, surprising even herself.

Don’t let the simplicity of the sentences deter you; there is so much meaning packed into this brief novel – and it will make your heart smile. Thought-provoking, sincere, and honest, this is one of our favorite 2023 book releases so far. Travel across Asia with even more of the best books set in Japan.

Read Days at the Morisaki Bookshop: Amazon | Goodreads


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The Narrow by Kate Alice Marshall

Supernatural YA horror set in the United States
Publication date: August 1, 2023

Anticipation is high for many YA books coming out in 2023, and author Kate Alice Marshall’s paranormal mystery thriller dangles the hook marvelously.

A river – the Narrow – runs behind the Atwood School, which is only a few feet across; however, it is widely known that if you fall in, you won’t survive. Yet, Eden White knows someone who did survive, and that someone lives in isolation as her companion. Now, something appears to be after the mysterious girl… and Eden too.

Discover even more thrilling and chilling ghost books.

Read The Narrow: Amazon | Goodreads

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Vampires of El Norte by Isabel Cañas

Supernatural Western set in 1800s Mexico
Publication date: August 29, 2023

It doesn’t have to be Halloween for you to enjoy this vampire story – one of our most anticipated 2023 book releases.

August sees the release of Vampires of El Norte, a period drama/Western in which the young daughter of a rancher and her childhood sweetheart are reunited under strained circumstances during wartime. He left her some years ago, believing she was dead.

However, she managed to survive, despite being attacked by some kind of nightmarish creature that drains its victim’s blood… Now she’s a medic and he’s part of the auxiliary cavalry. Can they both live through the night?

Discover more great books set in, about, and from Mexico.

Read Vampires of El Norte: Amazon | Goodreads


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The Museum of Failures by Thrity Umrigar

Family drama set in the US and India
Publication date: September 26, 2023
TUL Rating: 2 stars/Skim to end

Remy Wadia is about to become a father. All he has to do is leave the U.S. and return to his native India to adopt the baby. But his homecoming brings a shock when he finds that his mother, whom he parted with on bad terms, is in hospital, unable to talk, and has been for some time.

Soon, old memories reveal long-hidden secrets as Remy’s return helps his mother start speaking again. As his new family starts, can he reconnect the pieces of his old one?

The Museum of Failures was one of our most anticipated upcoming book releases of 2023 that let us down. It is problematic and tedious, which is disappointing considering Thirty Umrigar writes some of our favorite books of all time.

Travel to India with even more books.

Read The Museum of Failures: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Stranger Upstairs by Lisa M. Matlin

*Haunted house thriller in Australia
Publication date: September 12, 2023
TUL Rating: 4 stars

TWs: sick/hurt animals, suicide, alcoholism, and more: If you love haunted house stories with despicable, untrustworthy characters, Matlin’s September 2023 book release, The Stranger Upstairs, is for you.

Bestselling self-help author and therapist Sarah Slade and her husband have just bought a murder house, Black Wood House. It has a grim past filled with killings and suicide. But, Sarah doesn’t care because she needs to flip it for money and desperately wants those social media sponsorships. However, is Sarah strong enough to fight the dark forces within the home?

And, is someone poisoning her cat (he will be fine, I promise)? Is someone trying to kill her – like her husband? Why is the entire neighborhood set against her?

Riveting and creepy AF, The Stranger Upstairs will have you questioning your own sanity. This is the perfect fast-paced Halloween read, and you’ll find yourself wondering if you are rooting for or against Mrs. Slade – if that’s even her real name.

Discover even more Australian books to read.

Read The Stranger Upstairs: Amazon | Goodreads

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A Storm of Infinite Beauty by Julianne MacLean

*Historical fiction set in Alaska and Nova Scotia
Publication date: September 12, 2023
TUL Rating: 4 stars

TWs miscarriage and more: For a previous year of Uncorked Reading, we loved Julianne MacLean’s vineyard set These Tangled Vines. So, when we were offered a review copy of her 2023 book release, A Storm of Infinite Beauty, we had to jump right into the novel. How beautiful is that cover?

Gwen Hollingsworth is recovering from a devastating miscarriage and the potential dissolution of her marriage. She is also the curator of the Scarlett Fontaine Museum – her distant relative and a famous Hollywood actress.

When a former paparazzi comes looking for details about Scarlett for his new book, he sends them both on a journey into the past to discover the real Scarlett, also known as Valerie McCarthy.

Learn more about the real-life, deadly earthquake in Alaska in 1964 while enjoying the beauty of the Alaskan scenery. There’s a bit of romance too.

Read A Storm of Infinite Beauty: Amazon | Goodreads


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The North Light by Hideo Yokoyama

Translated by Louise Heal Kawai
Contemporary fiction set in Japan
English translation publication date: October 12, 2023
First publication in Japanese: February 2019

In one of the most perplexing and elusive new book releases of 2023, we follow architect, Minoru Aose, legendary designer of the prizewinning private residence Yoshino House. This magnificent complex is considered to be Aose’s best work and his crowning achievement.

It sits in the shadow of Mount Asama and is one of the most widely discussed buildings in Japan. So, why has the owner decided to place one single chair inside and nothing else? It’s an outrage; it’s an insult! And Aose must know why.

Uncover even more Japanese books.

Read The North Light: Goodreads

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The Reformatory by Tananarive Due

Historical fiction set in 1950s Florida
Publication date: October 31, 2023

Gracetown, Florida: It’s June 1950, and 12-year-old Robbie has been sent to Gracetown School for Boys as punishment for defending his sister against the son of the largest landowner around.

If the reformatory was only as awful as it appeared on the surface, it would be bad enough, but Robbie can see haints – ghosts that wander the land of the living; ghosts with stories to tell. Before, Robbie found the haints comforting, knowing that his mother had gone to a better place. But the haints at the reformatory hint at secrets too terrible to contemplate.

Discover more books set in and about Florida.

Read The Reformatory: Amazon | Goodreads


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The Vulnerables by Sigrid Nunez

Contemporary literary fiction set in the United States
Publication date: November 7, 2023

This is one of the most meta and postmodern 2023 book releases on this list: With wit, intelligence, and a lot of dry humor, The Vulnerables is a love letter to modern living and an examination of how the way we occupy ourselves today shapes our understanding of the past.

Have you ever wondered just what it means to be alive in this frenetic and complicated age we live in? Have you found yourself staring off into the middle distance in a philosophical daze? If so, this could be your new favorite novel.

Read The Vulnerables: Amazon | Goodreads

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Same Bed Different Dreams by Ed Park

Speculative fiction set in a reimagined Korea
Publication date: November 7, 2023

One event, which began in March 1919, could have gone one of two ways, leading to a very different outcome for the Korean people. A new government-in-exile was established to oppose the Japanese occupation of Korea, which was eventually dissolved after World War II. But what if it wasn’t?

What if – with help from tech-based alliances – Korea became an entirely different and unified nation Author Ed Park’s what-if sci-fi exploration of alternative history is one of the most exciting new books of 2023.

Discover more books about Korea.

Read Same Bed Different Dreams: Amazon | Goodreads

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Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree

*LGBT+ fantasy set in a bookshop; prequel/series
Publication date: November 7, 2023
TUL Rating: 5 Stars

We just loved the social media sensation and queer fantasy book, Legends & Lattes, which 100% lived up to the hype. Baldree’s newest, Bookshops & Bonedust, is its prequel, which might have you wondering if Baldree can pull it off. Expectations are quite high. Spoiler: he can!

We meet Orc Viv earlier in her rambunctious youth before she settles down to build a coffee shop. This time, though, she is injured from a hunt and helping restore a dilapidated bookshop.

Similar to Legends & Lattes, Viv adjusts to small-town life, building relationships with a beautiful little seaside community. There are sentient bones, a bird-dog, and an evil necromancer.

For November 2023 book releases, you can’t go wrong if you love books about books and reading and sweet, sapphic romances. Plus, the ending gives way to a hint at a third novel, following up with Viv and Tandry’s latest adventures. We cannot wait.

Read Bookshops & Bonedust: Amazon | Goodreads


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Yours for the Taking by Gabrielle Korn

Dystopian science fiction set in a future United State
Publication date: December 5, 2023

In one of the more poignant dystopian 2023 book releases, author Gabrielle Korn shows us a version of the world in 2050.

Climate change is making living outside impossible, and the fortunate few (read: wealthy) have retreated to The Inside Project – a series of safe, enormous city-sized habitations.

But when three different people involved in various ways with the project start to notice problems, the reclusive billionaire director of the Inside – being built on former Manhattan – starts to make trouble.

Read Yours for the Taking: Amazon | Goodreads

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Here in the Dark by Alexis Soloski

Noir detective fiction set in Manhattan
Publication date: December 5, 2023

When she’s not eviscerating the theater performances she reviews in her Manhattan magazine column, Vivian Parry actually quite enjoys sitting in the dark in her reserved seat watching the shows. But after agreeing to a rare interview, she finds that old secrets come to the surface.

Worse still, she finds out later that the interviewer has turned up dead, and that she was the last person to see them alive. And why aren’t the police investigating? Vivian is going to have to turn detective and solve this mystery herself.

Read Here in the Dark: Amazon | Goodreads

What 2023 book releases are you most excited about?

Are there certain authors you look for every year? What books coming out in 2023 are you anxiously awaiting? Lastly, what was your favorite book published in 2022? Let us know in the comments.

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Dagney McKinney

Dagney (pronouns: any) is a neurodivergent writer and book nerd who is drawn to all things weird and macabre. She also loves anything to do with fast cars, unhinged anti-heroes, and salt. When she isn’t working or reading, you’re likely to find her eating Indian food, playing board games, or hiding out somewhere dark and quiet, stuck down an internet rabbit hole. The easiest way to win her over is through cats and camels.

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Christine Frascarelli

Christine (she/her) is the owner, lead editor, and tipsy book sommelier of The Uncorked Librarian LLC, an online literary publication showcasing books and movies to inspire travel and home to the famed Uncorked Reading Challenge. With a BA in English & History from Smith College, an MLIS from USF-Tampa, and a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship in Christine's back pocket, there isn't a bookstore, library, or winery that can hide from her. Christine loves brewery yoga, adopting all of the kitties, and a glass of oaked Chardonnay. Charcuterie is her favorite food group.


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