The Most Anticipated Books of 2023
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The Most Anticipated Books of 2023

Zoe Kramer January 20, 2023

It’s that time of year when many avid readers put together their reading lists for the months to come. Even if you’re not a reading-list kind of person, it can be fun to think about what titles you might pick up this year. 2023 promises to be an exciting year, whether you’re into fantasy, thrillers, romance, or anything else. Lots of beloved authors will be publishing again, with lots of new voices to be heard as well. So here are some of the most anticipated books of 2023.

The Shards by Bret Easton Ellis

Known for American Psycho and The Rules Of Attraction, Bret Easton Ellis has returned with a murder thriller soaked in 1980s nostalgia. The Shards features a protagonist who shares the author’s name, a high school senior working on his first novel. The book promises to be an intriguing entanglement of person and persona, with the author’s characteristic knack for satire.

The Guest by Emma Cline

Emma Cline’s debut novel The Girls became a smash hit in 2016, with masterful style and emotional insight. Her new novel, The Guest, is a dark tale about a mysterious grifter making her way through Long Island society. Chilling and magnetic, this is bound to be a great book to read poolside this summer or while traveling.

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Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo

The long-awaited sequel to Ninth House will finally be released this year. With Leigh Bardugo’s talent for writing unique and lovable characters, it’s no wonder that fans were clamoring for more. Hell Bent will have to resolve the cliffhanger ending of the first book, as hero Alex Stern once again faces down the dark forces at work in New Haven.

Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

Another one of the most anticipated books of 2023 comes from Eleanor Catton. Inspired by Shakespearean plots, Birnam Wood is psychological thriller set in rural New Zealand. It follows a cast of characters in a guerrilla gardening group as they explore land ethics, politics, and the desire to survive. Each character’s perspective shapes the complexity of this thought provoking narrative. This book looks like it will be a challenging yet rewarding read for this year.

The Survivalists by Kashana Cauley

On a similar apocalyptic note, The Survivalists takes a darkly comedic approach to the end of the world. At the same time, it holds sympathy and understanding for those who live a doomsday prepper lifestyle. A long-time comedy writer, this is Kashana Cauley’s first novel. For those looking for a good laugh as well as a love story with serious heart, this will be a great read for you.

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.