The Most Anticipated New Books of Summer 2023

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It’s official: Summer, with its gloriously long days, warm weather, and blue skies, is upon us. While the season promises days spent soaking up the sunshine and taking part in outdoor activities, it’s also important to enjoy the quieter moments. For us, that means grabbing one of the new books we’ve been itching to read, turning up the air conditioning, and lounging on our couch for a couple of hours until we’re called to check another item off our summer bucket list.

The books below are highly recommended by millions of readers on Goodreads (plus a few from my personal most-anticipated list), a place where book lovers rate and review what they read, create lists of their favorites (and not-so-favorites), and share their love of reading with people just like them.

R.F. Kuang


June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be literary stars, but while Athena shines, June's book flops. However, when Athena passes, June seizes the chance and steals Athena's novel about Chinese laborers in World War I. She submits it as her own, becoming a bestselling author under the pseudonym Juniper Song. Her success is soon threatened by mounting evidence that shows the work isn’t truly hers. As she fights to protect her secret, she's forced to confront her ambition.

May 16, 2023

Steven Rowley

The Celebrants

It’s been five years since Jordan Vargas last saw his college friends, and 28 years since their graduation when their adult lives officially began. Now, Jordan, Jordy, Naomi, Craig, and Marielle find themselves at the brink of a new decade, with all the responsibilities of adulthood, yet no closer to having their lives figured out—though not for a lack of trying. Over the years, they’ve reunited in Big Sur to honor a decades-old pact to throw each other living “funerals,” celebrations to remind themselves that life is worth living—that their lives mean something. But, this reunion is different. They’re not gathered as they were to bolster Marielle as her marriage crumbled, to lift Naomi after her parents died, or to intervene when Craig pleaded guilty to art fraud. This time, Jordan is sitting on a secret that will change everything forever.

May 30, 2023

Rita Chang-Eppig

Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea

This is the captivating tale of Shek Yeung, a woman thrust into power after her husband's death. In order to maintain control over her fleet, she swiftly marries her husband's second-in-command and has a child with him. However, as Shek Yeung strives for dominance and faces external threats, including the Chinese Emperor and European powers, she must grapple with the consequences of her actions and make critical choices that will determine the fate of her fleet and her own life.

May 30, 2023

Isabel Allende

The Wind Knows My Name

In 1938 Vienna, Samuel Adler was 6 years old when his father disappeared during Kristallnacht—the night their family lost everything. Samuel’s mother secured a spot for him on the last train out of Nazi-occupied Austria, carrying nothing but a change of clothes and his violin. In 2019 Arizona, Anita Diaz, a blind 7-year-old girl, and her mother board another train, fleeing looming danger in El Salvador and seeking refuge in the United States. However, their arrival coincides with the new family separation policy, and Anita finds herself alone at a camp in Nogales. Through a shocking series of events, Samuel and Anita cross paths, united by the sacrifices their parents made and surviving the unfathomable dangers of their childhoods.

June 6, 2023

Ali Hazelwood

Love, Theoretically

The many lives of theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway have finally caught up with her. By day, she’s a professor toiling away at grading labs and teaching thermodynamics in the hopes of landing tenure. By night, Elsie makes up for her small paychecks by offering her services as a fake girlfriend, tapping into her exceptional people-pleasing skills to embody whichever version of herself the client needs. But one day, Jack Smith, the annoyingly attractive older brother of her favorite client, turns out to be the cold-hearted physicist who ruined her mentor’s career and undermined the reputation of theorists everywhere. And it's that same Jack who now sits on the hiring committee at MIT, right between Elsie and her dream job. Elsie is prepared for an all-out war of scholarly sabotage, but falling into Jack’s orbit might just tempt her to put her most guarded theories on love into practice.

June 13, 2023

Emily Jane

On Earth As It Is On Television

Blaine has always been content to go along with whatever his supermom wife and television-addicted children want. But when the kids casually consider skinning people to see if they’re aliens, and his wife announces a surprise road trip to Disney World, even steady keep-it-cool Blaine begins to crack. Across the country, Heather, bored in a Malibu pool while the ships hover overhead, watches as the Arrival heralds the demise of her dead-end relationship and sets her on a quest to understand herself, her annoyingly accomplished stepfamily, and why she feels so alone. And Oliver, suddenly conscious and alert after twenty catatonic years, struggles to piece together broken memories and understand why he’s following a strange cat on a westward journey and into the greatest adventure of his—or anyone’s—lifetime. All of their stories come together to tell a tale of what it really means to be human in this crazy thing we call life on Earth.

June 13, 2023

Clémence Michallon

The Quiet Tenant

Aidan Thomas is a hard-working family man and a somewhat beloved figure in the small upstate New York town where he lives. He’s the kind of man who always lends a hand and has a good word for everyone. But, Aidan has a dark secret he’s been keeping from everyone in town and those closest to him: he’s a kidnapper and serial killer. Aidan has murdered eight women and there’s a ninth he has earmarked for death: Rachel, imprisoned in a backyard shed, fearing for her life. When Aidan’s wife dies, he and his thirteen-year-old daughter Cecilia are forced to move. Aidan has no choice but to bring Rachel along, and things start to get a little more complicated than he initially anticipated.

June 13, 2023

Riley Sager

The Only One Left

Although the infamous Hope family murders have now been reduced to nothing but a harmless schoolyard chant, the shock of that bloody 1929 night still carries weight for those connected to it. In 1983, Lenora, the woman accused of the massacre all those years ago, decides she's ready to tell her caregiver, Kit, everything. However, as details of Lenora's previous caregiver's disappearance come to light, Kit discovers Lenora might not be as harmless as she seems.

June 20, 2023

Ashley Audrain

The Whispers

The Loverly family sits by the hospital bed of their young son who is in a coma after falling from his bedroom window in the middle of the night, and his mother, Whitney, will not speak to anyone. Back home, their friends and neighbors are left in shock, each confronting their own role in the events that led up to what happened that terrible night: the warm, altruistic Parks who are the Loverlys' best friends; the young, ambitious Goldsmiths who are struggling to start a family of their own; and the quiet, elderly Portuguese couple who care for their adult son with a disability, and who pass the long days on the front porch, watching their neighbors go about their busy lives.

June 27, 2023

Emma Törzs

Ink Blood Sister Scribe

For generations, the Kalotay family has guarded a collection of ancient and rare books. Books that let a person walk through walls or manipulate the elements—books of magic that half-sisters Joanna and Esther have been raised to revere and protect. However, all magic comes with a price, and for years the sisters have been separated. Esther has fled to a remote base in Antarctica to escape the fate that killed her own mother, and Joanna has isolated herself in their family home in Vermont, devoting her life to the study of the cherished books in their protection. But after their father dies suddenly while reading a book Joanna has never seen before, the sisters must reunite to preserve their family legacy and uncover a world of magic far bigger and more dangerous than they ever imagined.

June 27, 2023

Ruth Madievsky

All-Night Pharmacy

On the night of her high school graduation, a young woman follows her older sister Debbie to Salvation, a Los Angeles bar patronized by energy healers, aspiring actors, and misfits. After they share a bag of unidentified pills, the evening turns into a haze of sensual and risky interactions—nothing unusual for two sisters bound in an incredibly toxic relationship. The unnamed narrator has always been under the spell of the alluring and rebellious Debbie and, despite her own hesitations, she has always said yes to nights like these. That is, until Debbie disappears, and she’s left to navigate life on her own in the aftermath.

July 11, 2023

Chloe Gong

Immortal Longings

Five years ago, Princess Calla Tuoleimi massacred her parents and left the palace of Er empty. But she was forced into hiding before finishing her mission: killing King Kasa of Er's sister city, San, and bringing down the monarchy altogether. This year, she'll finally get the chance to come face to face with King Kasa and finish what she started. She just has to kill 87 other people in San-Er's deadly annual games first. Among her opponents is Anton. When their alliance spirals into something all-consuming, Calla is forced to choose who and what she's fighting for.

July 18, 2023

Lisa Jewell

None Of This Is True

Celebrating her 45th birthday at her local pub, popular podcaster Alix Summers crosses paths with an unassuming woman named Josie Fair, who also happens to be celebrating her 45th birthday. A few days later, Alix and Josie bump into each other again, this time outside Alix’s children’s school. Josie has been listening to Alix’s podcasts and thinks she might be an interesting subject for her series, as she’s allegedly “on the cusp of great changes in her life.” Josie’s life appears to be strange and complicated, and although Alix finds her unsettling, she can’t quite resist the temptation to keep making the podcast. Slowly she starts to realise that Josie has been hiding some very dark secrets, and before she knows it, Josie has wormed her way into Alix’s life—and even into her home.

July 18,2023

Yume Kitasei

The Deep Sky

It is the eve of Earth’s environmental collapse, and a single ship carries humanity’s last hope: 80 elite graduates of a competitive program who will give birth to a generation of children in deep space. But, halfway to a distant but livable planet, a lethal bomb kills three of the crew members and knocks The Phoenix off course, and Asuka, the only surviving witness, is an immediate suspect. Asuka already felt like an impostor before the explosion, as she struggled during training back on Earth and was chosen to represent Japan, a country she only partly knows as a half-Japanese girl raised in America. But estranged from her mother back home, The Phoenix is all she has left. With the crew turning on each other, Asuka is determined to find the culprit before they all lose faith in the mission—or worse, the bomber strikes again.

July 18, 2023

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silver Nitrate

Montserrat has always been overlooked. She’s a talented sound editor, but she’s left out of the boys’ club running the film industry in ’90s Mexico City. To make matters worse, she’s all but invisible to her best friend, Tristán, a charming soap opera star whom she’s been in love with since childhood. Tristán discovers his new neighbor is the cult horror director Abel Urueta, the maker of a documentary focusing on Nazi occultist imbuing magic into highly volatile silver nitrate stock. The film was never finished, which is why, Urueta swears, his career vanished overnight and is now cursed. Now, the director wants Montserrat and Tristán to help him shoot the missing scene and lift the curse, and as they work together to unravel the mystery of the film, Montserrat and Tristán may find that sorcerers and magic are not only the stuff of movies.

July 18, 2023

Elizabeth Acevedo

Family Lore

Flor has a gift: she can predict, to the day, when someone will die. So when she decides she wants a living wake—a party to bring her family and community together to celebrate the long life she's led—her sisters are surprised. Has Flor seen her own death, or someone else's? Does she have other motives? She refuses to tell her sisters, Matilde, Pastora, and Camila—but they have secrets of their own they’re keeping, too, as their stories unfold in this retelling of ancient family history.

August 1, 2023

Evelyn Skye

The Hundred Loves of Juliet

As a young girl, Helene dreamed of the perfect man and wrote countless stories about him and love in its truest form. Years later, Helene is going through a messy divorce, and has let go of the fantastical idea of love she imagined as a young girl. However, when she meets Sebastien Montague, a man who fits the description of the perfect man she dreamt up all those years ago to a T, she's left with no choice but to figure out the truth of his existence—a truth Sebastien is trying desperately to keep her from uncovering.

August 1, 2023

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