17 Books Releasing January 2023

Our to-be-read piles may be overflowing, but we always have room for more books. Right? And with an incredible lineup of reads scheduled for this new year, we readers will have more than enough options to keep us happily buried in books for the next twelve months.

Here’s a quick glimpse at just a few of the books scheduled to be released January 2023. From amazing debuts to the next installment in a much-loved series (we’re looking at you, Finlay Donovan!), these books will not only make beautiful additions to your bookshelf, they’ll also all fit on your 2023 reading challenge!

What January releases are you most looking forward to?

January 2023

The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz

Historical Fiction
Available: January 3, 2023
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In 1715, Lady Blythe Hedley’s father is declared an enemy of the British crown because of his Jacobite sympathies, forcing her to flee her home in northern England. Secreted to the tower of Wedderburn Castle in Scotland, Lady Blythe awaits who will ultimately be crowned king. But in a house with seven sons and numerous servants, her presence soon becomes known. Read more

The Stranded by Sarah Daniels

YA | Dystopian | Thriller
Available: January 3, 2023
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Welcome to the Arcadia. Once a luxurious cruise ship, it became a refugee camp after being driven from Europe by an apocalyptic war. Now it floats near the coastline of the Federated States – a leftover piece of a fractured USA. It is a world of extreme haves and have nots, gangs and make-shift shelters. Esther is a loyal citizen, working flat-out to have the rare chance to live a normal life as a medic on dry land. Ben is a rebel, planning something big to liberate the Arcadia once and for all. Read more…

Bad Cree by Jessica Johns

Horror | Fiction
Available: January 10, 2023
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When Mackenzie wakes up with a severed crow’s head in her hands, she panics. Only moments earlier she had been fending off masses of birds in a snow-covered forest. In bed, when she blinks, the head disappears. In this gripping, horror-laced debut, a young Cree woman’s dreams lead her on a perilous journey of self-discovery that ultimately forces her to confront the toll of a legacy of violence on her family, her community and the land they call home. Read more…

Good for a Girl by Lauren Fleshman

Memoir | Non-Fiction
Available: January 10, 2023
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Part memoir, part manifesto, Good for a Girl is Fleshman’s story of falling in love with running as a girl, being pushed to her limits and succumbing to devastating injuries, and daring to fight for a better way for female athletes. Long gone are the days when women and girls felt lucky just to participate; Fleshman and women everywhere are waking up to the reality that they’re running, playing, and competing in a world that wasn’t made for them. Drawing on not only her own story but also emerging research on the physiology and psychology of young athletes, of any gender, Fleshman gives voice to the often-silent experience of the female athlete and argues that the time has come to rebuild our systems of competitive sport with women at their center. Read more…

Just the Nicest Couple by Mary Kubica

Mystery | Thriller
Available: January 10, 2023
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Jake Hayes is missing. This much is certain. At first, his wife, Nina, thinks he is blowing off steam at a friend’s house after their heated fight the night before. But then a day goes by. Two days. Five. And Jake is still nowhere to be found. Lily Scott, Nina’s friend and coworker, thinks she may have been the last to see Jake before he went missing. After Lily confesses everything to her husband, Christian, the two decide that nobody can find out what happened leading up to Jake’s disappearance, especially not Nina. But Nina is out there looking for her husband, and she won’t stop until the truth is discovered. Read more…

Lunar Love by Lauren Kung Jessen

Romance | Contemporary
Available: January 10, 2023
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Olivia Huang Christenson is excited-slash-terrified to be taking over her grandmother’s matchmaking business. But when she learns that a new dating app has made her Pó Po’s traditional Chinese zodiac approach all about “animal attraction,” her emotions skew more toward furious-slash-outraged. Especially when L.A.’s most-eligible bachelor Bennett O’Brien is behind the app that could destroy her family’s legacy . . . Read More…

Spare by Prince Harry

Memoir | Non-Fiction
Available: January 10, 2023
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It was one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow – and horror. As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling – and how their lives would play out from that point on. For Harry, this is that story at last. Read More…

The Daughters of Izdihar by Hadeer Elsbai

Fantasy
Available: January 10, 2023
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From debut author Hadeer Elsbai comes the first book in an incredibly powerful new duology, set wholly in a new world, but inspired by modern Egyptian history, about two young women–Nehal, a spoiled aristocrat used to getting what she wants and Giorgina, a poor bookshop worker used to having nothing–who find they have far more in common, particularly in their struggle for the rights of women and their ability to fight for it with forbidden elemental magic. Read More…

The Dream Builders by Oindrila Mukherjee

Literary Fiction | Contemporary
Available: January 10, 2023
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After living in the US for years, Maneka Roy returns home to India to mourn the loss of her mother and finds herself in a new world. The booming city of Hrishipur where her father now lives is nothing like the part of the country where she grew up, and the more she sees of this new, sparkling city, the more she learns that nothing—and no one—here is as it appears. Ultimately, it will take an unexpected tragic event for Maneka and those around her to finally understand just how fragile life is in this city built on aspirations. Read More…

The Night Travelers by Armando Lucas Correa

Historical Fiction
Available: January 10, 2023
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Set in Berlin 1931, Havana 1958, and Berlin 1988, four generations of women experience love, loss, war, and hope from the rise of Nazism to the Cuban Revolution and finally, the fall of the Berlin Wall. Separated by time but united by sacrifice, these women embark on journeys of self-discovery and find themselves to be living testaments to the power of motherly love. Read More…

The Three Lives of Alix St. Pierre by Natasha Lester

Historical Fiction
Available: January 10, 2023
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The Three Lives of Alix St Pierre is a thrilling, sumptuous work of historical fiction told in three timelines: before, during and after WWII. This completely immersive story takes readers from the dangerous, intrigue-filled rooms in Switzerland where elites of both sides mingled and schemed during the war, to the glamorous halls of the House of Dior in the golden age of French fashion and journalism. Read More…

Locust Lane by Stephen Amidon

Mystery | Thriller
Available: January 17, 2023
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On the surface, Emerson, Massachusetts, is just like any other affluent New England suburb. But when a young woman is found dead in the nicest part of town, the powerful neighbors close ranks to keep their families safe. In this searing novel, Eden Perry’s death kicks off an investigation into the three teenagers who were partying with her that night, each a suspect. Hannah, a sweet girl with an unstable history. Jack, the popular kid with a mean streak. Christopher, an outsider desperate to fit in. Their parents, each with motivations of their own, only complicate the picture: they will do anything to protect their children, even at the others’ expense. Read More…

Seven Percent of Ro Devereux by Ellen O’Clover

YA Romance | Contemporary
Available: January 17, 2023
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Ro Devereux can predict your future. Or, at least, the app she built for her senior project can. Ro’s dream is to work in Silicon Valley, and she’ll do anything to prove to her new backing company—and the world—that the app works. So it’s a huge shock when the app says her soul mate is Miller, her childhood best friend with whom she had a friendship-destroying fight three years ago. Now thrust into a fake dating scenario, Ro and Miller must address the years of pain between them if either of them will have any chance of achieving their dreams. Read More…

The Mitford Affair by Marie Benedict

Historical Fiction
Available: January 17, 2023
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Between the World Wars, the six Mitford sisters dominate the English political, literary, and social scenes. Though they’ve weathered scandals before, the family falls into disarray when Diana divorces her husband to marry a fascist leader and Unity follows her sister’s lead, inciting rumors that she’s become Hitler’s own mistress. Novelist Nancy Mitford is the only member of her family to keep in touch with Diana and Unity after their desertion, so it falls to her to act when her sisters become spies for the Nazi party. Read More…

Hold My Girl by Charlene Carr

Fiction
Available: January 24, 2023
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For fans of Jodi Picoult, Kate Hewitt and Ashley Audrain, a heart-wrenching novel about two women whose eggs are switched during IVF. With themes of racial identity, loss and betrayal, this emotional novel centred around a difficult moral question beautifully explores the complexities of motherhood. Read More…

Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun by Elle Cosimano

Mystery | Humor | Fiction
Available: January 31, 2023
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The third installment in the Finlay Donovan series. Author and single mom Finlay Donovan has been in messes before―after all, she’s a pro at removing bloodstains for various unexpected reasons―but none quite like this. When Finlay and her nanny/partner-in-crime Vero accidentally destroyed a luxury car that they had “borrowed” in the process of saving the life of Finlay’s ex-husband, the Russian mob did her a favor and bought the car for her. And now Finlay owes them. Read More…

River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer

Historical Fiction | Literary Fiction
Available: January 31, 2023
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The master of the Providence plantation in Barbados gathers his slaves and announces the king has decreed an end to slavery. As of the following day, the Emancipation Act of 1834 will come into effect. The cries of joy fall silent when he announces that they are no longer his slaves; they are now his apprentices. No one can leave. They must work for him for another six years. Freedom is just another name for the life they have always lived. So Rachel runs. Read More…

The Drift by C.J. Tudor

Thriller
Available: January 31, 2023
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Hannah awakens to carnage, all mangled metal and shattered glass. During a hasty escape from a secluded boarding school, her coach careened over a hillside road during one of the year’s heaviest snowstorms, trapping her inside with a handful of survivors, a brewing virus, and no way to call for help. If she and the remaining few want to make it out alive, with their sanity–and secrets–intact, they’ll need to work together or they’ll be buried alive with the rest of the dead. Read More…

Are any of these books on your TBR? What other January 2023 releases are you most excited for?

4 thoughts on “17 New Books Arriving January 2023”

  1. Oh no! My plan is to read 75% of the books from my shelves in 2023. I do have exceptions though-BOTM picks, gift card purchases and library book sales. The year hasn’t even started and I am already caving.

  2. Lynn A. Davidson

    I, too, hope to read books I already own, I have so many! A book I would like to see on your list is the one I recently finished reading by my friend, Sue Harrison. The Midwife’s Touch – being released in February ’23 – is the first book in a new trilogy she is working on, and it is well worth waiting for.

  3. Looking forward to so many great reads! Kate Clayborn has a new one coming out in January called Georgie, All Along. And I’ve heard great things about Maame, by Jessica George, also coming out in January.

  4. I’m looking forward to the 2023 challenge, but this time I’m doing it entirely on my Kindle. This might mess with my head a bit, but I need to manipulate font size these days as my ageing eyesight is becoming difficult as a result of diplopia, and reading quite small print causes blurred vision. I can’t imagine Not EVER being able to read books though…..

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