67 of the Best and Most Anticipated Books of 2023

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The brand new yr has already brought with it a crop of impressive, headline-driving books (see: Prince Harry’s explosive memoir Spare, and Kashana Cauley’s inventive The Survivalists), but the remainder of 2023’s library guarantees to be just as enthralling. Apologies upfront to your mile-high TBR list; it’s about to get loads taller.

Ahead, you’ll find 65 hand-picked titles, lots of which ELLE has already had the possibility to flip through and assess. These recently published and soon-to-be-released books come from a broad range of categories, including fantasy novels, historical nonfiction, celebrity memoirs, essay collections, romance, and literary fiction. (The one thing you won’t find here is young-adult books and series, which we reserve for other, more specific lists.)

Narrowing down probably the most anticipated titles from an inventory of hundreds is rarely not a frightening task, and so to make up for any gems we’ve missed, you may check back on this page as we update it all year long with the true better of the very best. Higher prepare your pre-orders, and completely happy reading.

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Soft Skull

The Survivalists by Kashana Cauley

Riverhead Books

The Half Known Life: In Search of Paradise by Pico Iyer

Random House

Spare by Prince Harry


Vintage Contemporaries by Dan Kois

William Morrow & Company

Really Good, Actually by Monica Heisey

Henry Holt & Company

The End of Drum-Time by Hanna Pylväinen

Ballantine Books

Central Places by Delia Cai

St. Martin’s Press

Maame by Jessica George

Riverhead Books

What Napoleon Could Not Do by DK Nnuro


Brutes by Dizz Tate

Random House

Victory City by Salman Rushdie

Hogarth Press

Our Share of Night by Mariana Enriquez and translated by Megan McDowell

William Morrow & Company

Venco by Cherie Dimaline

W. W. Norton & Company

Culture: The Story of Us, from Cave Art to K-Pop by Martin Puchner


I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai


Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears by Michael Schulman

Soft Skull

Users by Colin Winnette

Bloomsbury Publishing

A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon


Monstrilio by Gerardo Sámano Córdova

Simon & Schuster

Confidence by Rafael Frumkin

Random House

Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock by Jenny Odell

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

Pamela Dorman Books

Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson

Grand Central Publishing

What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez by Claire Jiménez

William Morrow & Company

Now You See Us by Balli Kaur Jaswal


Take What You Need by Idra Novey

Dial Press

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

Crown Publishing Group

Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond

Astra House

Y/N by Esther Yi

Little, Brown and Company

Above Ground by Clint Smith


The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts by Soraya Palmer

Scribner Book Company

Hang the Moon by Jeannette Partitions

Ecco Press

A Living Treatment: A Memoir by Nicole Chung

Random House

Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld

Mariner Books

Homecoming by Kate Morton

G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The One by Julia Argy

Doubleday Books

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann

Berkley Books

Completely satisfied Place by Emily Henry


Homebodies by Tembe Denton-Hurst

Pantheon Books

Chain Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah


You Are Here by Karin Lin-Greenberg


Oh My Mother!: A Memoir in Nine Adventures by Connie Wang

Random House

The Guest by Emma Cline


Quietly Hostile: Essays by Samantha Irby

William Morrow & Company

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

Ballantine Books

A Renaissance of Our Own: A Memoir & Manifesto on Reimagining by Rachel E. Cargle

One World

Dances by Nicole Cuffy

Riverhead Books

The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor

Flatiron Books

Pageboy: A Memoir by Elliot Page

Scribner/Marysue Rucci Books

The Mythmakers by Keziah Weir


Wannabe: Reckonings with the Pop Culture That Shapes Me by Aisha Harris

Hanover Square Press

Adult Drama: And Other Essays by Natalie Beach


Watch Us Dance by Leila Slimani and translated by Sam Taylor

Gillian Flynn Books

The Centre by Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Vegan by Andrew Lipstein

Doubleday Books

Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead

Scribner Book Company

Onlookers: Stories by Ann Beattie

Hanover Square Press

Bellies by Nicola Dinan


Time’s Mouth by Edan Lepucki

Crooked Media Reads

Mobility by Lydia Kiesling

Henry Holt & Company

The Peach Seed by Anita Gail Jones

Ecco Press

Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo

Ballantine Books

Congratulations, the Best Is Over!: Essays by R. Eric Thomas

Gallery Books

Under the Influence by Noelle Crooks

Little Brown and Company

Learned by Heart by Emma Donoghue

Land of Milk and Honey by C Pam Zhang

In the event you fell in love with How Much of These Hills Is Gold, you then, like I, are surely waiting with bated breath for C Pam Zhang’s next book, Land of Milk and Honey. We don’t know much concerning the story yet, but Zhang described it on Twitter as “a novel about food, female appetite, class, culinary hierarchy, & the sticky-sensual necessity of finding one’s own pleasure in a world gone to shit.” Sounds delicious.

Release date: TBA 2023.

Alright, one other disclaimer: I’m biased about this one. Our beloved site director, Jessica Roy, is releasing her first book later this yr, one which expands on an ELLE.com story she published in 2019. (You would possibly recall the title: “Two Sisters and the Terrorist Who Got here Between Them.”) We’re still waiting for all the main points, including the name and release date, but given the extent of reporting and nuance in Roy’s feature, I expect the following book to be nothing in need of breathtaking.

Release date: TBA 2023.

Culture Author
Lauren Puckett-Pope is a staff culture author at ELLE, where she primarily covers film, television and books.

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