The 5 Most Anticipated Books of 2023

Vidia OBryant, Editor-in-Chief

A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe by Mark Dawidziak (February 14; Nonfiction)

Coming out on February 14th, the biography of Edgar Allan Poe is high on the list for books everyone is expecting! This novel provides depth into the mystery surrounding Poe’s death and entails a string of sources in an attempt to learn the truth. With Poe’s death leaving many unanswered questions and reflecting some of the stories that carry his legacy, this novel revives the chilling atmosphere that is Edgar Allan Poe. If you’re someone who enjoys solving mysteries and learning the truth about historic poets, this book is perfect for you!

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang (May 16th; Fiction)

Written by the New York Times Bestselling Author, R.F. Kuang, Yellowface releases on May 16th and is predicted to spark much debate within the literary world. The excitement surrounding this novel stems from its unique plot and inclusion of important social subjects. Kuang creates a story with a white female novelist who steals, and publishes under a fake name, the unfinished novel of a recently deceased Asian author. Her story highlights the topic of Asian erasure in the writing industry and creates an eye-opening atmosphere into the moral limits of a white person. This book is perfect for those who enjoy exploring the importance of culture and race!


The Stolen Heir by Holly Black (January 3rd; YA)

While this book has already been released, the hype surrounding the novel is still very relevant! Holly Black is widely known for writing the YA fantasy series: The Folk of The Air. The Stolen Heir is a novel that follows a younger character featured in the previously mentioned series, but he is now grown and has a quest of his own. This novel revives the Elfhame universe, as the last full novel released for the series was in 2019. The anticipation for this book is widespread due to the hopeful appearance of the heavily loved couple from the other books!


Happy Place by Emily Henry (April 25th; Romance)

Happy Place is yet another romance novel written by the one and only, Emily Henry. This novel however, includes new tropes Henry has not dabbled in before: second chance romance and fake dating. With the recent rise of love for second chance romance, Henry’s novel fits in with what everyone wants to read right now! The plot focuses on a couple that pretends to still be together during an annual trip with their college friends and explores how they’ve been living in denial of still loving each other. If you enjoy a classic romance novel with a couple fighting against time, this book is right up your alley!


These Infinite Threads by Tahereh Mafi (February 7th; YA)

Tahereh Mafi is a widely known, and loved, YA fantasy author who is set to release the sequel to This Woven Kingdom on February 7th. Majority of the love for this novel stems from the similarities between the main character, Kamran, and another character, Aaron Warner, from her series called Shatter MeMafi ended This Woven Kingdom with a massive cliffhanger that left fans begging for the next book and now, almost a year later, their wishes are finally being answered! The book is set to continue Alizeh, the main character’s, story and further the retelling of ancient Persian folklore.