Top Ten Tuesday: First Half of 2023

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is our 10 most anticipated books releasing in the first half of 2023. So far, I can only come up with 8 books, but I’m sure I’ll be adding to that number once I look at some other people’s lists! Anyway, here are the new releases for January to June that I’m most excited about, in publication order:

1. Benjamin Stevenson, Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone (January 17) — As a mystery lover, I really can’t resist that title! Plus, I remember reading a very positive review of it (it’s already out in the UK), so I have high hopes!

2. Kate Clayborn, Georgie, All Along (January 24) — I’ve really enjoyed Clayborn’s contemporary romances, so even though second-chance romance is not my favorite trope, I’ve already put this one on hold at my library.

3. Lynn Painter, The Love Wager (March 14) — I enjoyed Painter’s Better Than the Movies enough to try one of her adult titles, and I like the premise of this one: Two people agree to help each other find love, not realizing they are each other’s perfect match.

4. Emily Henry, Happy Place (April 25) — Henry writes some great banter, so I’m excited for her latest romance, even though I’m not sure the setup is for me (a recently broken-up couple pretends to still be together during their friend group’s annual vacation).

5. Ashley Weaver, Playing It Safe (May 9) — I’m really enjoying the Electra McDonnell series of mysteries set during World War II, and I’m excited for this latest installment. I hope there will be some movement on the romance (I’m Team Ramsey)!

6. Claudia Gray, The Late Mrs. Willoughby (May 16) — As a die-hard Austen fan, I usually find the modern sequels and spinoffs underwhelming. But I actually really liked The Murder of Mr. Wickham and am happy to be getting a sequel, especially since (I assume) the author won’t have to service quite as many Austen characters in this installment.

7. Ali Hazelwood, Love, Theoretically (June 13) — I find myself in a strange position with respect to Ali Hazelwood; I don’t think her writing style or brand of romance is really for me, yet I’m still compelled by her books! I’m hoping this one will be a little lighter on the heroine’s quirks and the hero’s giant muscles, but that does seem to be her brand, so we’ll see.

8. Mary Balogh, Remember Me (June 20) — Balogh is one of my favorite historical romance authors, so I’m excited to continue with her latest series. I didn’t love the first installment, Remember Love, but now that the world and characters have been established, I’m hoping this one will be better.

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: First Half of 2023

    • Christina says:

      I am really enjoying the Electra McDonnell series! I know she has another one, and I remember trying the first book and liking it, but for some reason I never continued. Maybe that’ll be next!

  1. WendyW says:

    Your list could just as easily be my list! Great minds think alike! I finished Georgie All Along last week and absolutely adored it.

    • Christina says:

      I had almost forgotten about it! I read a really positive review last year (from someone in the UK or Australia, I think), but it wasn’t out in the US yet so it kind of fell off my radar. But now I’ve added it to my library holds list!

      • iloveheartlandx says:

        For some reason, it just wasn’t on my radar at all last year, but then I was mainly reading historical fiction so maybe I just missed anything that wasn’t that. I hope we both enjoy it!

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