The 10 Best Books to Read in 2023

As the new year approaches, avid readers are eagerly anticipating the release of some highly anticipated books. With so many titles hitting the shelves in 2023, it can be overwhelming to decide which ones to prioritize. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 books that are sure to captivate and inspire you in the coming year.

1. “The Last Storyteller” by Sarah J. Maas

Fans of Sarah J. Maas’s bestselling Throne of Glass series will be thrilled to hear that she’s releasing a new standalone novel in 2023. “The Last Storyteller” follows a young woman named Rielle as she embarks on a dangerous quest to uncover the truth about her family’s past. With Maas’s signature blend of action, romance, and magic, this book is sure to be a hit with fantasy lovers everywhere.

2. “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune

TJ Klune’s heartwarming novel “The House in the Cerulean Sea” has already gained a devoted following since its release in 2020. In 2023, it’s set to be adapted into a TV series by Amazon Studios, making it an even more exciting read for fans of the book and newcomers alike. The story follows a bureaucrat named Linus who is sent to investigate a mysterious orphanage, only to discover that it’s filled with magical creatures.

3. “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah’s latest novel “The Four Winds” is a sweeping historical drama set against the backdrop of the Dust Bowl. The story follows Elsa Wolcott as she struggles to provide for her family during one of the most devastating periods in American history. With Hannah’s trademark emotional depth and vivid storytelling, this book is sure to be a moving and unforgettable read.

4. “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir

Andy Weir, author of the bestselling novel “The Martian,” is back with another sci-fi thriller in 2023. “Project Hail Mary” follows an astronaut named Rocky who wakes up with amnesia aboard a spaceship hurtling through space. As he tries to piece together his past and uncover the truth about what happened on board, he realizes that humanity’s very survival is at stake.

5. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig

Matt Haig’s “The Midnight Library” has been a bestseller since its release in 2020, and for good reason. The novel explores themes of self-discovery and personal growth through the lens of a magical library that holds every book ever written – including ones that haven’t been written yet. The story follows a woman named Nora as she embarks on a journey through the library to find her true purpose in life.

6. “Malibu Rising” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s latest novel “Malibu Rising” is a summery beach read that explores themes of family, identity, and sisterhood. The story follows four sisters as they gather at their childhood home for one last summer before selling it off to developers. As they grapple with their own personal demons and secrets, they must also confront the truth about their family’s past and their own identities moving forward.

7. “The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave

Laura Dave’s psychological thriller “The Last Thing He Told Me” has already gained critical acclaim since its release in 2021, and for good reason. The novel follows a woman named Hannah as she tries to uncover the truth about her husband’s disappearance while also grappling with her own personal demons and secrets. With twists and turns at every turn, this book is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

8. “The Book of Two Ways” by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

Jodi Picoult is teaming up with daughter Samantha van Leer for their first co-written novel, “The Book of Two Ways.” The story follows a woman named Dawn as she grapples with two very different paths in life – one as an archaeologist studying ancient Egypt, and one as a doctor working in rural America saving lives during natural disasters. As she tries to decide which path is right for her, she must also confront her own mortality and come to terms with her past mistakes.

9. “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “All the Light We Cannot See” was a critical and commercial success when it was released in 2014, and his follow-up novel “Cloud Cuckoo Land” promises to be just as captivating. The story follows several interconnected characters across different time periods – from ancient Greece to present-day Idaho – as they grapple with themes of hope, resilience, and survival in the face of adversity.

10. “Project Hail Mary: A Novel (Hardcover)” by Andy Weir (Release Date: May 3, 2023) (Preorder Available)

We couldn’t resist including Andy Weir’s upcoming novel “Project Hail Mary” on our list twice – once for its initial release date in August 2021 (which was later pushed back due to production delays), and again for its official release date in May 2023 (which is when we expect most readers will actually get their hands on it). With its gripping sci-fi plotline and Weir’s signature blend of humor and suspense, this book is sure to be a must-read for fans of the genre – no matter when it finally hits shelves!

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