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10 of My Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2023

These are my 10 most anticipated new books of spring 2023.

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There are so many great books released every year, we can’t possibly read them all. I’ve narrowed down the list of books soon to be published to just 10 of my most anticipated books of spring 2023.

These new releases are the books I’m most looking forward to reading this spring.

From literary and contemporary fiction to thrillers to magical realism, these upcoming books offer fresh and exciting stories.

Many of these books are already getting rave reviews from early readers–you may just find your new favorite among these spring 2023 new releases.

Which books coming out in spring 2023 are you most anticipating?

New Books I Can’t Wait to Read in Spring 2023

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

Hello Beautiful

Author: Ann Napolitano
Genres: Literary Fiction

William has lived a life of sadness and neglect, but when he meets Julia in college, she brings him into the circle of her family. He is really struck by how joyful everything is, but all of this new joy is threatened when something from his past causes a rift in the family.

This book has been described as an homage to Little Women, and it’s been getting rave reviews from many readers I trust. I can’t wait to read it.

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American Mermaid by Julia Langbein

American Mermaid

Author: Julia Langbein
Publish Date: March 21, 2023
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy

When a struggling English teacher writes a feminist novel about an androgynous eco-warrior mermaid, it becomes a surprise bestseller and Hollywood comes calling.

But when she moves to LA, she’s pressured to change her heroine into a sex object–and she’s not the only one upset about it. It seems her mermaid is ready to take her own revenge on Hollywood.

This seems outrageous and funny, and I’m looking forward to a wild ride.

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Community Board by Tara Conklin

Community Board

Author: Tara Conklin
Publish Date: March 28, 2023
Genres: Literary Fiction

Darcy has moved back to her hometown in Massachusetts after life went south. She finds that things have changed, so she tries to reconnect with the community by responding to anonymous posts online.

I loved Conklin’s previous novel, The Last Romantics, and this is a departure from that family story told over decades. I often find local boards like NextDoor to be some of the worst corners of the internet, so I’m really curious to see how this plays out.

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This Bird Has Flown by Susanna Hoffs

This Bird Has Flown

Author: Susanna Hoffs
Publish Date: April 4, 2023
Genres: Contemporary Fiction

Jane is a singer who had a hit 10 years ago but has had nothing since then. On a flight to London, she meets a man named Tom and instantly falls in love–and feels inspired again to sing. But Tom might not be what he seems, and Jane needs to find her confidence again.

This debut novel by the lead singer of The Bangles has been described by the author duo Christina Lauren as being “a little bit romance, a little bit rock and roll,” and it promises to have some insider-y music biz info from Susanna Hoffs.

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Small Joys by Elvin James Mensah

Small Joys

Author: Elvin James Mensah
Publish Date: April 11, 2023
Genres: Contemporary Fiction

Harley is depressed. He’s quit college and moved back home to his rural town in England. He’s on the verge of making a tragic decision when he is interrupted by his roommate, Muddy.

Muddy is the polar opposite of Harley; freewheeling, confident, masculine, and presumably heterosexual, he starts to show Harley some of the joys of life. Their friendship, however, causes complications in their larger friend group.

This sounds like an amazing book about unlikely friendships and found family.

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With My Little Eye by Joshilyn Jackson

With My Little Eye

Author: Joshilyn Jackson
Publish Date: April 25, 2023
Genres: Mysteries & Thrillers

Meribel’s fame has attracted numerous unhinged fans, but her most recent stalker is different and more threatening. When she and her daughter move across the country to escape, it seems he may have followed.

Now all of the men in her life are suspect, but she can’t keep herself and her daughter safe until she figures out who this person actually is.

This thriller seems creepy, but I love Joshilyn Jackson’s sly, witty voice that she brings to all of her novels. I recommend the audio; Jackson does all of her own audio narration and she is fantastic.

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Lucky Girl by Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu

Lucky Girl

Author: Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu
Publish Date: May 2, 2023
Genres: Contemporary Fiction

Lucky Girl follows a wealthy young Kenyan woman in the nineties who flees the pressures of her life in Kenya to move to New York. Once she arrives there, she’s faced with questions of identity, privilege, and belonging–and a need to decide where she actually belongs in the world.  

This is a debut novel and I’m looking forward to exploring this perspective that’s brand new to me.

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Late Bloomers by Deepa Varadarajan

Late Bloomers

Author: Deepa Varadarajan
Publish Date: May 2, 2023
Genres: Literary Fiction

When an Indian couple splits up 36 years into their arranged marriage, they are each ready for a fresh start. Suresh starts online dating while Lata fields unexpected attention from a professor.

Their daughter doesn’t approve, but she has her own relationship secrets as well–and so does their son, whose seemingly perfect marriage is not what it seems. Over the course of three weeks in August, their secrets come out. This is described as a charming and bighearted family novel–something I always like to mix into my reading.

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The Half Moon by Mary Beth Keane

The Half Moon

Author: Mary Beth Keane
Publish Date: May 2, 2023
Genres: Literary Fiction

Kean’s previous novel, Ask Again, Yes is an excellent, complex novel about two families from several years ago. She’s narrowing the lens this time and focusing on a couple who are navigating their marriage while trying to keep a business afloat and start a family.

This is set over one week in a blizzard, just the kind of insular setting I love and reminiscent of the Ann Patchett novel Run, which is one of my favorites. I’m looking forward to curling up with this during a spring snowstorm.

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The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer

The Wishing Game

Author: Meg Shaffer
Publish Date: May 30, 2023
Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction

Lucy is a young woman with a difficult past, but she loves her job as a teacher’s aide. When a seven-year-old student loses his parents, they grow close and she would like to adopt him but doesn’t feel her life is stable enough.

When her favorite childhood author emerges from seclusion with a new novel, she is thrilled. Then he announces that four select readers–including Lucy–will join him on his private island to compete for the only copy. This would be her chance to sell the book and get the stability she needs to adopt Christopher–if she can beat out the other determined competitors, and outsmart the gamemaster.

This seems weird and Willy Wonka-like and I can’t wait to read it.

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What new books are you looking forward to in spring 2023?

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  1. I absolutely love the book Lucky Girls, I’ve read it 3 times, the life of the hostess has changed dramatically from Kenya to New York.

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