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Books to Look Forward to in 2023

Bookshelf | Graphic by Grace Merkle | The Wright State Guardian

As the new year rings in, here are some upcoming releases that any bookworm can look forward to this year. 

“How to Sell a Haunted House” | Grady Hendrix | January 17

After finding out her parents have died, Louise must deal with the leftover home, which holds memories and remnants from her parents’ lives, with her brother who resents her. The two navigate past and lost family to escape the haunt and enter into a new life. 

“Chain of Thorns (The Last Hours, #3) | Cassandra Clare | January 31

#1 New York Times bestselling author of “The Mortal Instruments” series dazzles with the upcoming Shadowhunters novel. After Cordelia Carstairs loses everything, a demon begins taking her Shadowhunter powers away. Cordelia and Matthew Fairchild must eventually return to London to face the Prince of Hell’s army.  

“The Woman with the Cure” | Lynn Cullen | February 21

Based on the true story of Dorothy Horstmann, “The Woman with the Cure” takes readers back to 1940s America when Polio destroyed neighborhoods, hospitals and lives. While the race for a vaccine is underway, Dorothy simply wants to find a cure for the debilitating disease. As a woman doctor, a rarity at the time, Dorothy searches for answers where nobody else looks: the blood. 

“The Next New Syrian Girl” | Ream Shukairy | March 14

“The Next New Syrian Girl” follows Syrian American boxer Khadija Shaami, who wants to leave Detroit and surpass her expectant parents’ wishes. Khadija then meets Syrian refugee Leene Taher, and each one represents the opposite idyllic version of the other. 

“As the girls secretly race to unravel the truth, their blossoming friendship challenges what each knows about the other and herself,” the official synopsis reads. 

“Homecoming” | Kate Morton | April 4

During Christmas season in 1959 Australia, “Homecoming” details a murder mystery for the ages after a delivery man makes a horrific discovery. Years later and across the world, journalist Jess ventures onto the case after hearing from her family, who draw her back to Sydney. 

“An epic novel that spans generations, ‘Homecoming’ asks what we would do for those we love, and how we protect the lies we tell,” the official author website says. 

“Happy Place” | Emily Henry | April 25

Following the best-selling “People We Meet on Vacation,” “Beach Read” and “Book Lovers,” acclaimed young adult romance author Emily Henry is coming back with a fake dating trope for the ages. Couple Harriet and Wyn broke up six months ago but agree to pretend to still be in a relationship for an annual vacation with friends. 

“After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week…in front of those who know you best?” the official synopsis reads. 

“The Dos and Donuts of Love” | Adiba Jaigirdar | June 6

Shireen Malik’s dreams of going to a baking competition show come true after a breakup with her (now ex-) girlfriend, Chris, who also happens to be a contestant on the show. Throughout the competition, Shireen has to focus on the prize and try to ignore the sabotage and heat. 

Alexis Lewis


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