Books to look out for in 2023

By Nicole Mitchell and Sophie Oswald

New year, new TBR. Maybe you’re already on that reading grind and have finished 10 books so far; maybe you’re new to the scene and looking for where to start. Either way, there are incredible books coming out this year from well-known authors such as R.F. Kuang to debut novelists like Hannah Kaner. To make it easy, we’ve cut this list in half with months January through June—we’ll be sure to touch back with end-of-the-year must-reads! Hopefully this list helps you figure out what your TBR should be for the year.

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Godkiller, by Hannah Kaner

Godkiller

By Hannah Kaner | Fantasy

The first of its series, Godkiller is one of the most intriguing fantasy novels of 2023—based on the cover and synopsis alone. Much like the title states, Godkiller follows two perspectives: one of Kissen, who kills gods for a living. She enjoys it all until there is one she can’t kill, and Elogast, who fought in the god war and helped purge the city of a thousand shrines before leaving battle. In Godkiller, Elogast meets Kissen and struggles to find out about a quest he is meant to carry out. Author Kaner pulls from her knowledge of mythology to create this novel, and it should be great.

Expected publish date: Jan. 19

Love, Pamela

By Pamela Anderson | Memoir

Everyone knows and loves Pamela Anderson, but how well do we truly know her? Anderson finally shows her side of things in Love, Pamela. She talks about how a small-town girl got tangled up in her own dream. Written in prose and poetry, this memoir should be unforgettable.

Expected publish date: Jan. 31

Love, Pamela, by Pamela Anderson
Healing Justice Lineages: Dreaming at the Crossroads of Liberation, Collective Care, and Safety

By Cara Page, Erica Woodland

Healing Justice Lineages: Dreaming at the Crossroads of Liberation, Collective Care, and Safety

By Cara Page, Erica Woodland | Social Justice

If you are a fan of anthologies and a believer in social justice, this is one title you won’t want to miss. In Healing Justice Lineages, two Black queer feminist editors stress the importance of not forgetting the past and instead using the liberation movements of previous generations to fuel work today. As they describe “we reclaim the power, resilience, and innovation of our ancestors through this book. To embody their wisdom across centuries and generations is to continue their legacy of liberation and healing.”

Expected publish date: Feb. 7

Full Exposure 

By Thien-Kim Lam | Romance

Boudoir photographer Josie Parks never gives herself a break, but after a client in New Orleans cancels a shoot, she decides to jump on the flight anyway. Spencer Pham heads home after more than a decade working a shitty corporate job—something many of us can only dream of. He’s leaving that job in the past in hopes of creating a documentary about his family and their history as the first Vietnamese Mardi Gras krewe. After Josie accidentally injures Spencer, the two connect during a long night in urgent care. A simple Mardis Gras fling grows and gets complicated. Romance + Carnival + a touch of forced proximity = a match made in heaven.

Expected publish date: Feb. 21

Full Exposure, By Thien-Kim Lam
Women We Buried, Women We Burned: A Memoir, By Rachel Louise Snyder

Women We Buried, Women We Burned: A Memoir 

By Rachel Louise Snyder | Memoir

Rachel Louise Snyder has been advocating for women for years. Through her words she’s shed a light on some of the darkest issues faced by women. Now she’s telling her own story. As a rebellious young woman she found herself expelled at 16 and living out of her car. She ended up traveling and interviewing people who had been through the worst of the worst. From the memoir’s bio: “A piercing account of Snyder’s journey from teenage runaway to reporter on the global epidemic of domestic violence, Women We Buried, Women We Burned is a memoir that embodies the transformative power of resilience.”

Expected publish date: Mar. 7

The Body Liberation Project: How Understanding Racism and Diet Culture Helps Cultivate Joy and Build Collective Freedom

By Chrissy King | Autobiography

Chrissy King explains her book best “…diet culture is rooted in white supremacy. The notion that those who fall outside of Eurocentric standards of beauty (think Black, fat, trans, etc.) are less attractive is a message that is transmitted daily from multiple external forces or social institutions. Body image and beauty standards can only be truly understood within a framework of interlocking systems of “isms” (e.g., racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism).”

Some books claim that they will make a difference in how we look at ourselves, but they’re often told from the point-of-view of skinny white women. As a plus-size Black woman, Chrissy King shares a perspective that is not seen enough, as she explains her journey with body liberation. This book encourages readers to dismantle their self-hate by confronting the real reasons behind why we feel this way and the roots of our negative views on ourselves and our bodies.

Expected publish date: Mar. 14

The Body Liberation Project: How Understanding Racism and Diet Culture Helps Cultivate Joy and Build Collective Freedom, By Chrissy King
Practice Makes Perfect, By Sarah Adams

Practice Makes Perfect

By Sarah Adams | Romance

This book has a few of our favorite things, including a sexy tattooed bad boy and the friends-to-lovers trope. The boy in question, Will Griffin, makes a deal with the owner of a flower shop in Kentucky. Annie Walker fears she is too dull and has missed her chance to find her perfect someone. She reaches out to Will to teach her how to be the woman every guy wants. Enjoy these two as practice dates and a fake relationship blossom into the real deal.

Expected publish date: May 2

Yellowface

By R.F. Kuang | Fiction

From the author of The Poppy War series, Yellowface is a standalone novel addressing the topics of racism, diversity, and cultural appropriation. The novel follows New York Times bestselling author Juniper Song; however, Song has been lying to her audience. She didn’t write the book that she claims she wrote, and more importantly, she’s not Asian American (and she says she is). Authors June Hawyward and Athena Liu were supposed to be well-known authors together, but June hasn’t had the best of luck. When Athena dies, June steals her nearly-finished novel and pretends its her own.

Expected publish date: May 25

Yellowface, by R.F. Kuang
Pageboy: A Memoir. By Elliot Page

Pageboy: A Memoir

By Elliot Page | Memoir

Fighting the expectations of others and deciding you’re ready to explore and embrace who you are is one of the biggest challenges a person can face. In this coming-of-age memoir, Elliot Page tells his story as an actor and trans advocate. He explores the topics of gender, mental health, and relationships. If you’re a fan of celebrity memoirs, with Pageboy you’ll find the exploration of Hollywood and fame that you long for, but most importantly his truth. 

Expected publish date: Jun. 6


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