TOP TEN TUESDAY: 2023 Debut Books I’m Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly discussion hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl (and formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish). This week’s topic is 2023 debuts I’m looking forward to! These come from a variety of different genres and audiences

She Is a Haunting, by Trang Thanh Tran — this has comps to Mexican Gothic, and that’s all I needed to know to put this on my radar!! This cover looks amazing, the story sounds sufficiently spooky for me, and I can’t wait to read how everything plays out. (February 28, 2023 / Bloomsbury YA)

Weyward, by Emilia Hart — a novel about three women connected throughout time that celebrates nature, female power, and breaking free. I’ve already seen several positive reviews from people I follow, and witchy stories definitely appeal to me. (March 7, 2023 / St. Martin’s Press)

Seven Faceless Saints, by M.K. Lobb — the premise of this reminds me a bit of Six of Crows with a holy war at its center. The cover looks amazing, and I’m always up for reading anything with a Six of Crows comp, especially if there’s a murder-mystery twist involved. (February 7, 2023 / Little, Brown Books)

Flowerheart, by Catherine Bakewell — the first time I saw this book mentioned, the ‘cottagecore’ descriptor was attached to it, and that alone made me interested in it. I love that this is a standalone, and the Margaret Rogerson and Tamora Pierce comps have gotten me more excited to read this. (March 14, 2023 / HarperTeen)

The Writing Retreat, by Julia Bartz — in this book, writers who attend a writing retreat are told they must complete an entire novel from scratch during the next month, and the author of the best one will receive a life-changing seven-figure publishing deal. This with an alleged haunting of the mansion itself seems like it’s exactly what I’d enjoy reading!! (February 21, 2023 / Atria/Emily Bestler)

Godkiller, by Hannah Kaner — the premise of this sounds interesting: a godkiller finds a god she cannot kill, the god of white lies, who is connected to a little noble girl on the run. It’s a quest novel, and I feel like I haven’t read one of those in a bit! (January 19, 2023 / Harper Voyager)

Spice Road, by Maiya Ibrahim — a YA fantasy series set in an Arabian-inspired land with secret spice magic and tea magic. I enjoy Arabian-inspired fantasy, and I hope I’ll enjoy this one too! (January 24, 2023 / Delacorte Press)

The Daughters of Izdihar, by Hadeer Elsbai — set in a world inspired by Egyptian history, two young women – a spoiled aristocrat and a poor bookshop worker – find they have more in common than initially expected, particularly in their struggle for the rights of women and their ability to fight for it with forbidden elemental magic. I love the duality of rich vs poor, magic, and bookshops!! (January 10, 2023 / Harper Voyager)

Sizzle Reel, by Carlyn Greenwald — a queer romcom that’s Booksmart meets The Devil Wears Prada??? I love stories set in Hollywood, no matter what decade, and a romcom with insider Hollywood vibes sounds like it’s going to be a perfect read for summer. (April 18, 2023 / Vintage)

On Earth as It Is on Television, by Emily Jane — I love the title of this so much!! It’s a first-contact story, and I want to read it based on the title and general concept alone. (June 13, 2023 / Hyperion Avenue)

What debuts are you looking forward to?

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