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31 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2023

No matter what else happens in 2023, we can guarantee that the books will be good.
  1. celebrity memoirs
    Pamela Anderson Knows Even a Memoir Can’t Tell AllThough there are not many new revelations, ten stories stuck out.
  2. reading is what?
    And Don’t F&%K It Up Chronicles Drag Race From Vaseline Lens to Emmy Gold“Come for the tea, stay for the shade.”
  3. coming soon
    Nicole Kidman and Maya Erskine Find The Perfect NannyThey’re producing and starring in an HBO limited-series adaptation of the French novel together.
  4. making it
    Sarah Thankam Mathews Wrote Her Hit Novel in Four Months“I felt very chewed up by New York by virtue of not making enough money. I felt desperate.”
  5. tool time
    Pamela Anderson Says Tim Allen Flashed Her on the Set of Home ImprovementThe story comes from her upcoming memoir, Love, Pamela.
  6. vulture lists
    8 Great Audiobooks to Listen to This MonthPrince Harry, Kyla Zhao, Allegra Goodman, and more.
  7. surprise bitch
    Romance Novelist Susan Meachen Explains Why She Un-Unalived HerselfShe’s so much happier now that she’s undead.
  8. keeping up with the ex-royals
    Prince Harry Says He Could Have Told Us More, ActuallyHe claims to have cut 400 pages of information from his memoir, Spare.
  9. into it
    Spare’s Oversharing Serves a PurposeHarry picks apart his own life to preempt the tabloids.
  10. booktok
    There Won’t Be an It Ends With Us Coloring Book After All“I can absolutely see how this was tone-deaf,” the author wrote.
  11. boffo b.o.
    Prince Harry’s Spare Is the Avatar of BooksMeaning it’s selling really well.
  12. close reads
    The Winners and Losers of Prince Harry’s SpareWinner: Stewie.
  13. keeping up with the ex-royals
    Prince Harry Doesn’t Spare Us the DetailsEverything to know about the memoir — from a princely tussle to a frostbitten penis.
  14. the spine collector
    At Court for the Spine Collector’s Final ChapterFilippo Bernardini pleaded guilty and may face up to 21 months of prison time after a yearslong publishing fraud.
  15. tbr
    15 New Screen Adaptations of Books to Add to Your 2023 Reading ListIncluding a prestige version of a political memoir and a bloody reimagining of a childhood classic.
  16. book review
    What Their Psychiatrists Won’t Tell YouIn Rachel Aviv’s book Strangers to Ourselves, personal narratives of mental illness take primacy over institutions’.
  17. the group portrait
    Bookforum Was a Good MagazineAfter 28 years, a beloved hub of literary New York closes its doors.
  18. encounter
    Bob Gottlieb vs. Bob CaroThe 91-year-old book editor would like his 87-year-old star writer to finish his latest book.
  19. book drama
    BookTok’s Busy Year: Plagiarism Scandals, Period Drama, and CoHo, Of CourseThere’s a lot of drama within this very large community, much of which has practical implications for the book world and beyond.
  20. vulture lists
    7 Great Audiobooks to Listen to This MonthPaul Newman, John Grisham, Sabaa Tahir, and more.
  21. best of 2022
    The Best Horror Novels of 2022In the mood for some transgressive splatterpunk?
  22. wildin’ out
    Kathryn Hahn to Play Wild-Multiverse Cheryl StrayedNot Little Fires Everywhere. Not Big Little Lies. This is Tiny Beautiful Things.
  23. best of 2022
    The Best Comedy Books of 2022This year’s books all seemed to take on a particular tenor, ready for a comedy evolution still in progress.
  24. must reads
    6 New Books You Should Read This DecemberA Marguerite Duras novel translation, a collection of post-Maria Puerto Rican art, an anthology of the late music site Cokemachineglow, and more.
  25. best of 2022
    The Best Memoirs of 2022The blending of personal history with careful analysis of the cultural forces and institutions that inform it has exploded the genre with possibility.
  26. best of 2022
    The Best Fantasy Novels of 2022From dark academia to mythological retellings to epic journeys, the best fantasy of the year comes in all shapes and sizes.
  27. close reads
    Carol Is Not the Romance of Your MemesTodd Haynes’s drama gets embraced online in a manner that doesn’t jibe with the nature of its story.
  28. book wars
    Penguin Random House CEO Says ‘See Ya’Markus Dohle, the biggest randomista of all.
  29. vulture lists
    The Best Books of 2022Yes, this list features more than one book set in a postapocalyptic world, but have you looked around lately?
  30. emergency discussion
    How Is His Dark Materials Going to Pull This Off?The series’ final season takes on the difficult task of translating many heady, absurd, and arguably heretical elements from The Amber Spyglass.
  31. going analog
    Patti Smith’s Worldview Finds a New Format in the Beautiful A Book of DaysThe punk icon’s visual artistry is on full display in her new photography collection.
  32. book review
    Kathy Acker Wanted EverythingEat Your Mind, a new biography of the writer and punk feminist icon, is both maddening and compulsively readable.
  33. comics
    Los Bros Hernandez on Love and Rockets’ Most Memorable Women and Forgettable Men“As I was writing that story, I was thinking, This is not good. But I let it go because I knew it would have an effect on readers.”
  34. disrespect the classics
    Bob Dylan Hopes to ‘Rectify’ Book-Signature Controversy ‘Immediately’After Simon & Schuster offered refunds for $599 auto-signed editions of his new book.
  35. encounter
    Allie Rowbottom Is No Botox MoralistHer new novel, Aesthetica, is a deft horror story about how far we can take our clout-chasing.
  36. booktok
    Big on BookTok: What Happens When an Unexpected Audience Embraces Your WorkChelsea Summers never expected her novel, about a menopausal food critic who kills and eats her ex-lovers, to find a wellspring of Gen-Z enthusiasm.
  37. profile
    The Spectacular Life of Octavia E. ButlerThe story of the girl who grew up in Pasadena, took the bus, loved her mom and grandmother, and wrote herself into the world.
  38. first person
    The Butler Journal Entry I Always Return ToThis page of the author’s journal is riveting for how it upends any tradition of shame around a relentless desire for success.
  39. close reads
    Misreading Octavia ButlerThe slavery interpretation the author couldn’t escape.
  40. books
    How to Write Like Octavia E. ButlerA few artists on how the author’s work has inspired them.
  41. coming soon
    Percy Jackson and the Olympians Is Happening, Thank GodsJay Duplass and Timothy Omundson have joined as Hades and Hephaestus, respectively.
  42. glamorous jobs
    Passion Doesn’t Pay the BillsHarperCollins employees strike for a fair contract in an industry notorious for underpaying and overworking its staff.
  43. books
    Hilary Duff Calls Aaron Carter’s Posthumous Memoir ‘Unverified Clickbait’The memoir’s publication has been delayed, “out of respect for the Carter family.”
  44. trailer mix
    Nothing in Life Is Promised Except an Elena Ferrante Screen AdaptationThe Lying Life of Adults, the dreamy Netflix series adapting the author’s latest novel, arrives on January 4.
  45. close reads
    The Velveteen Rabbit Was Always More Than a Children’s BookWritten for her daughter, Margery Williams Bianco’s hundred-year-old story is a memorial to what we all lose in exchange for adulthood.
  46. the way of reading
    A Scrapped Avatar Sequel Is Becoming a Graphic NovelSorry movie fans, you’ll have to read this one.
  47. must reads
    6 New Books You Should Read This NovemberIncluding an unconventional spy novel, a self-conscious ode to Stephen Sondheim, and the origin story of Legos.
  48. celebrity on celebrities
    Here’s What Matthew Perry Has to Say About Various Celebrities in His MemoirThe Keanu Reeves stuff is just the tip of the iceberg.
  49. letters home
    Cecilia Gentili Opens Her Burn BookWith her scathing new memoir, Faltas, the artist and policy advocate chronicles childhood experiences with rape, transphobia, and colorism.
  50. book review
    In Surrender, Bono Embraces His ContradictionsThe U2 frontman does not shy away from blunt self-reflection in his poetic and very Bono memoir.
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