The 8 most anticipated books to put on your reading list for 2023

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Bookworms and casual readers have a lot to look forward to in 2023, particularly if you enjoy female-led novels or high-profile non-fiction works. Next year’s new release calendar is chock full of great reads, although there are some that stand out from the rest.

From Prince Harry’s debut memoir, which has the press and the British royal family on the edge of their seats, to Curtis Sittenfeld’s new entertainment-industry-set novel, there’s something on the way for every preference. And these are just the tip of the literary iceberg.

Whether you’re looking for a thriller, true story, or romantic romance, here are eight of the most anticipated books of 2023.

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Spare Prince Harry
Random house

Prince Harry didn’t hold back long in his recent Netflix documentary Harry and Meghanbut apparently the royal will have even more to say in her memoir, due out Jan. 10.

Not much is known about the book beyond press speculation, though we’d expect some bombshells to drop (some outlets have called it “unflinching”). For good reason, it’s one of the most anticipated non-fiction works of 2023.

Yellow face
Guglielmo Morro

Thriller fans should add Yellow face to their vacation wish list. The novel, by the best-selling author Babel, follows Juniper, who steals a dead woman’s manuscript and publishes it as his own. When his newfound success is threatened, Juniper will do anything to keep it. Look for it in stores and online on May 25.

Good for a Girl: My Life Running in a Man's World
Penguin Press

Women’s sports are often second to men’s, which is the focus of Lauren Fleshman’s new non-fiction work. The book is both a personal story of Fleshman’s experience as an elite runner and a general look at how the sport has let young female athletes down.

The book, out January 10, is perfect for anyone who needs a little extra inspiration to hit the gym in the new year.

Sailor books

This mystery, from the author of The watchmaker’s daughter, spans the generations, telling the story of a cold case discovered in Australia. The book centers on Jess, a journalist, and her grandmother Nora, who has a secret past linked to a tragic crime. Recommended for those who like to turn the page with a focus on family rather than romance.

Romantic comedy
Random house

This star-studded romance brings a sketch comedy writer into the orbit of dreamy pop star Noah Brewster. Imagine Saturday Night Live with a dash of rom-com energy. Romantic comedy is the sequel to Sittenfeld’s 2021 novel Rodham, a fictionalized take on Hilary Rodham Clinton, and we expect it to be just as compelling. Look for the novel in stores and online April 4.

The making of another great cinematic masterpiece

What can’t Tom Hanks do? The actor has previously released a collection of short stories, but this novel has a much wider scope. Set in Hollywood, he spans 80 years and looks at the effort it takes to make a movie. The novel, due out May 9, is both imaginative and based on Hanks’ experience in the industry.

I have some questions for you

Rebecca Makkai’s latest novel, The Big Believers, was the kind of book that sticks with you. Her sequel, about a professor forced to confront her tragic past, seems to be just as compelling. Due out Feb. 21, the novel is equal parts literary drama about collective memory and page-turning mystery.

Alcove Press

Fans of novels like Circe should preorder Phaedra, a retelling of the Greek story of the daughter of King Minos of Crete and Pasiphae. The book, due out January 10, is a dramatized version of Phaedra’s quest for justice after she was married to Theseus. She is a lesser known figure in Greek mythology, but worthy of her own story.

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