January’s ​​Most-Anticipated Books

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Look no further for your next read. The amount of great new books hitting shelves each month can be overwhelming but we’ve rounded up ten of the buzziest books coming out this January—no matter what genre you’re interested in. If you were approved for any of these books on NetGalley, you can read them directly in your NetGalley Shelf app. Don’t forget to leave a review!

Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor

Start your month by diving into Deepti Kapoor’s latest novel, the first in a planned trilogy. Kapoor transports readers to India and follows characters looking to distance themselves from the lives they were born into. All are connected to the powerful and wealthy Wadia family: Ajay, sold into servitude as a child and slowly working his way up the ranks; playboy heir Sunny, who plans to overtake his father; and Neda, a journalist writing about the family who finds herself caught up in Sunny’s glamorous world.

What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall

Kate Alice Marshall’s adult debut packs in the thrills for anyone looking to begin the new year with a suspenseful psychological read. Long-kept secrets threaten to be revealed when the man that Naomi and her friends sent to prison dies. At age 11, Naomi was attacked and left for dead. Her friends shared testimony against her attacker and put him behind bars, but 22 years later one of them claims to have more to say and it unearths memories Naomi kept deeply buried.

The Davenports by Krystal Marquis

Krystal Marquis transports YA readers to 1910 Chicago in this series starter inspired by C.R. Patterson’s life and family. This historical novel follows four young women: Olivia, the eldest Davenport daughter and the one bearing the weight of heavy expectations; Helen, the youngest Davenport daughter with a passion for working on cars; Amy-Rose, the sisters’ maid and friend who harbors a secret crush on their brother John; and Ruby, Olivia’s closest friend. From navigating social circles to joining the civil rights movement, follow along as these women take their community by storm.

The Reunion by Kayla Olson

As teenagers, Liv Latimer and Ransom Joel were on-screen love interests and off-screen best friends until a betrayal drove them apart. Twenty years later, they’ve been invited back for a cast reunion and neither can deny the sparks that fly between them. Everything with Ransom feels familiar and natural to Liv, but as rumors of a series reboot start to spread, she fears that focusing on her past will get in the way of the future she dreams of.

The Keeper’s Six by Kate Elliott

At just over 200 pages, Kate Elliott’s latest is sure to be devoured by fantasy readers in a single sitting. Esther Green and her crew are banned from exploring the Beyond (a landscape that connects worlds) by the Concilium, but everything changes when her son is kidnapped by a dragon. Esther reassembles the skilled trekkers she once traveled with and prepares to defy the Concilium and risk everything to save Daniel.

The Night Travelers by Armando Lucas Correa

Readers looking to dive into some historical fiction in 2023 can start their reading year with The Night Travelers. This multigenerational story begins in 1931 Berlin, where the young mother of a mixed-race daughter searches for a way to leave the country to protect them both. Nearly 30 years later, her daughter (now a mother herself) faces a similar choice as Fidel Castro grows to power in Cuba. The final intertwined timeline brings readers back to Berlin, this time in the year 1988, where Nadine and her daughter Luna begin to uncover their family history.

City Under One Roof by Iris Yamashita

Academy Award–nominated screenwriter Iris Yamashita makes her debut with a murder mystery set in an isolated Alaskan town. Detective Cara Kennedy is called to Point Mettier to investigate human remains that washed ashore. When a blizzard closes the only route in and out of town, she finds herself trapped there with its 205 residents, none of whom seem happy about an outsider poking around and asking questions.

Unraveller by Frances Hardinge

YA readers eager to explore a new fantasy world can lose themselves in Unraveller, a tale set in a world where curses are readily available but unraveling them takes a special and rare talent. Kellen breaks the curses of anyone transformed with malicious intent, which is how he meets Nettle, who had been trapped as a bird. Together, they must find a way to end the one curse that Kellen can’t unravel: his own.

Exes and O’s by Amy Lea

Tara Chen is on a mission to find The One. Despite a history of heartbreak, she’s convinced that if given the opportunity for a second chance she could find true love with one of her exes. She enlists her roommate, firefighter Trevor Metcalfe, to help her on her mission of finding and reconnecting with her past beaus. But along the way, Tara starts to realize that while looking into the past, she’s ignoring the future that could be developing with Trevor.

I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself by Marisa Crane

Marisa Crane’s sci-fi debut takes place in an American surveillance state where wrongdoers are given extra shadows as visible reminders of their crimes. Those with multiple shadows are known as Shadesters and treated as second-class citizens with little to no rights. In this corrupt system, Kris’s child is given a second shadow upon birth because Kris’ wife died in labor. The novel follows Kris’ struggles as a single parent and the hope sparking within her as her child grows up.

Which January release are you most excited for?

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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