23 for 2023: My Most Anticipated Reads for 2023

This is the post where I look forward to the books that are supposed to be coming in the year ahead and start drooling over the ones I want to read the most.

It’s also an opportunity to look back at last year’s list and see how I did, as well as how they did. Some publishing plans don’t survive first contact with reality and the books don’t come out when intended. Or sometimes even yet. And that’s true for two of the books on last year’s list, Hiss Me Deadly and Warrior of the Wind. I do still want to read both of them, but their publication plans look a bit nebulous. Someday, I hope.

My own reading life is also more than a bit of life happening while making other plans. Out of the remaining 20 books I listed last year, my round tuit didn’t stretch to four of them, Aspects, Babel, The Discord of Gods and Fevered Star. I have audiobooks for both Babel and The Discord of Gods, but they are audiobooks I bought. Netgalley started letting me get review audiobooks and those have pushed audiobooks I purchase further down the queue. As far as Aspects and Fevered Star, those just ran into the “so many books, so little time” buzzsaw.

Back to this year, and the titles that are currently on the top of my “hit parade”. Some of the books don’t have final cover art as yet so I’m not judging any of these by their covers. As always with anticipated books lists, most of these are either in series I’m in the middle of, by authors whose work I’m already well-acquainted with, or a combination of the two. It’s difficult to look forward to something specific that one doesn’t yet know exists.

Howsomever, I am always looking forward to new-to-me authors and series in general – and the journey of discovery that awaits me therein.


Antimatter Blues (Mickey7 #2) by Edward Ashton
Blind Fear (Finn Thriller #3) by Brandon Webb and John David Mann
Contrarian (Grand Illusion #3) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Cassiel’s Servant (Kushiel’s Legacy #4) by Jacqueline Carey
City Under One Roof by Iris Yamashita
The Cleaving by Juliet McKenna
The Cliff’s Edge (Bess Crawford #13)  by Charles Todd
Dead Country (Craft Wars #1) by Max Gladstone
Don’t Open the Door (Regan Merritt #2) by Allison Brennan
The Ghosts of Trappist (NeoG #3) by K.B. Wagers
The Lady from Burma (Sparks & Bainbridge #5) by Allison Montclair
Never Too Old to Save the World edited by Alana Jolie Abbott and Addie J. King
Scarlet (Scarlet Revolution #1) by Genevieve Cogman
Spring’s Arcana (Dead God’s Heart #1)  by Lilith Saintcrow
Starter Villain by John Scalzi
Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher
Translation State (Imperial Radch) by Ann Leckie
Untethered Sky by Fonda Lee
Vampire Weekend  by Mike Chen
The Way Home (Last Unicorn #2)  by Peter S. Beagle
The Way of the Bear (Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #26)  by Anne Hillerman
The White Lady by Jacqueline Winspear
Who Cries for the Lost (Sebastian St. Cyr #18) by C.S. Harris

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