Editor’s Pick: Our Must-Read Books of 2023

Dive into thrilling mysteries, compelling narratives, and thought-provoking themes with these seven literary gems.

As the world continues to shift and change, so does the literary landscape. The year 2023 promises to be filled with compelling and groundbreaking books that will captivate readers across genres. From thrilling mysteries to thought-provoking explorations of identity, our list of upcoming books offers a diverse range of stories just waiting to be devoured. Whether you are an avid bookworm or a casual reader looking for a fresh escape, you will find a title that speaks to you among these seven must-read releases.

The Fraud by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith, acclaimed author of White Teeth and Swing Time, returns with her latest novel, The Fraud. This intricately woven narrative unravels the complexities of identity and the human experience, tackling themes of race, class, and belonging. As with her previous works, Smith’s keen insight and vivid prose will leave readers spellbound.

Yellowface by R. F. Kuang

In Yellowface, the anonymous author takes readers on a journey through the world of racial identity and cultural appropriation. The book has already created quite a buzz, with early reviews praising its unflinching exploration of race and its consequences. With its powerful storytelling and timely themes, Yellowface promises to be a significant addition to the literary canon.

The Future by Naomi Alderman

From the author of the award-winning The Power, Naomi Alderman brings readers her much-anticipated novel, The Future. Set in a dystopian world where the line between human and machine is blurred, Alderman’s latest work explores the consequences of unchecked technological advancements. Expect another thought-provoking and gripping tale from this master storyteller.

Atalanta by Jennifer Saint

Following the success of her debut novel Ariadne, Jennifer Saint returns to the realm of Greek mythology with Atalanta. This enchanting retelling of the legendary heroine’s story brings a fresh perspective to an ancient tale, with Saint’s lyrical prose and vivid imagination transporting readers to a world of adventure, love, and self-discovery.

Good Material by Dolly Alderton

Bestselling author and journalist Dolly Alderton is back with Good Material, a collection of essays reflecting on love, friendship, and the modern world. Alderton’s trademark wit and warmth shine through in these deeply personal and insightful stories that resonate with readers of all ages.

The Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman

The Last Devil to Die is the newest installment in the popular Thursday Murder Club mystery series. As the amateur sleuths of the Thursday Murder Club grapple with their most dangerous case yet, readers will find themselves immersed in a thrilling and twisty adventure. 

The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece by Tom Hanks

Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks makes his fiction debut with The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece. This charming and heartwarming collection of short stories showcases Hanks’s talent for storytelling and his keen observations of human nature. The tales transport readers to the world of Hollywood’s Golden Age, offering a delightful escape from the everyday.

This year’s must-read books promise to engage, inspire, and transport readers to new worlds and perspectives. With stories ranging from the intimate to the epic, 2023’s literary offerings cater to diverse tastes and interests. So, curl up with a hot cup of tea and a cozy blanket, and get ready to go on a literary journey like no other. These seven upcoming books are sure to be the talk of the year, offering profound insights into the human experience, thrilling adventures, and heartfelt tales that will stay with you long after the final page is turned. Whether you’re revisiting favorite authors or discovering new voices, 2023 will be an exceptional year for readers everywhere. Happy reading!