The Goodreads editorial team has compiled a list of the most anticipated books of 2023 using both Goodreads user data – such as the titles that received positive reviews from users who received Advance Reader Copies, as well as the number of people who who added these books to their Want To Read shelves — and editorially curated them. The list is divided into Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Non-Fiction, Romance and Youth.
Their selections include new releases from popular authors — like Yellowface by RF Kuang, author of the acclaimed 2022 publication Babel — and some new names. Here are their picks for the most anticipated fiction books of 2023.
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It’s worth noting that this combination of user activity and editorial oversight results in a much more diverse and frankly more interesting list than the Goodreads Choice Awards, which are purely based on user votes. While this year’s winners were almost exclusively white and mostly well-known names (like Sarah J. Maas’ win for Best Fantasy), the addition of an editorial element provides an opportunity to highlight a greater diversity of voices.
The full list of all genres can be found on the Goodreads blog.
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