Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books Releasing During the Second Half of 2023

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All of my summer picks were included in last week’s Top Ten Tuesday posts, so this week I’m going to focus on books that are coming out in the autumn.

There is going to be more horror than usual on this list because I enjoy being scared and because Halloween is a time of year when publishers like to release their scariest novels.

I did choose titles from other genres as well, though. Jumping around from one genre to the next is something I quite like doing.

Yes, I once again added a bonus book to my list. Sometimes 10 answers just quite isn’t enough.











1. Hemlock Island by Kelley Armstrong

Release Date: September 12

Why I’m Interested: It sounds deliciously scary.











2. The Meadows by Stephanie Oakes

Release Date: September 12

Why I’m Interested: Books that claim to be like The Handmaid’s Tale intrigue me. That’s a big role to fill, but I do silently cheer on every book that attempts to do it. Hopefully, this one will add an excellent sapphic twist to those themes.











3. Cleat Cute by Meryl Wilsner

Release Date: September 19

Why I’m Interested: It looks adorable.











4. All the Fighting Parts by Hannah V. Sawyerr

Release Date: September 19

Why I’m Interested: I know someone who has studied the problem of sexual abuse in religious communities for many years. My fingers are crossed that this will be a good representation of that issue and, more importantly, a well-written story in general.











5. All You Have to Do Is Call by Kerri Maher

Release Date: September 19

Why I’m Interested: This wasn’t a part of history that was ever covered in the history classes I took. I know almost nothing about it and am looking forward to changing that.










6. Black River Orchard by Chuck Wendig

Release Date: September 26

Why I’m Interested: Mr. Wendig’s books scare me so much I’ve never been able to finish one of them. Maybe this one will be different? I love his writing style…I’m just a little too scared of the spooky things he comes up with.










7. Family Meal by Bryan Washington

Release Date: October 10

Why I’m Interested: There aren’t a lot of books out there that talk about the difficulties of ending a friendship. It sounds like this one might leave space for a reconciliation which is yet another reason to read it.










8. The Hive and the Honey by Paul Yoon

Release Date: October 10

Why I’m Interested: I need more short story collections in my life.









9. The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young

Release Date: October 17

Why I’m Interested: I like books about curses and how curses might be broken.










10. Starling House by Alix E. Harrow

Why I’m Interested: A gothic fairy tale sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Halloween. I’m getting strong whiffs of horror from it, too.










11. Love in a Winter Wonderland by Abiola Bello

Release Date: November 10

Why I’m Interested: I’m fascinated by how much some folks love Christmas. It’s a holiday that stirs up mixed emotions for me, but I do enjoy reading about characters who have much simpler reactions to that time of year.


  1. I’d also like to read Starling House. I hope we both love it.

  2. You’ve convinced me that I must try a book by Chuck Wendig. Thanks 😍

  3. I’ll have to add Hemlock Island to my list. It looks so good!!

  4. Yay for Hemlock Island. Can’t wait to read that one myself! 😀

  5. I didn’t realize that Alix E. Harrow had a new one coming soon, but that should be on my list too!
    Here’s my TTT:

  6. Enjoy, they are all new to me. I did read one Harrow book but this sounds a lot grittier.

  7. Hemlock Island does look like a good one, doesn’t it? And I didn’t put The Unmaking of June Farrow in my TTT list this week, but it’s one I also want to read. Thanks for commenting on my blog earlier. 😀

  8. OOoh nice ones! Hemlock Island made my list too! Also curious about Young’s new book even though I need to read her adult book from last year still! And Starling House sounds really good too!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

  9. This is such an awesome list – I added easily half of these to my TBR while going through your post (except the scary ones). So many of these sound really good, and I hope we both love them when we get to read them.

  10. Hope you enjoy all of these! It’s always so fun to take a look at the books that have yet to release in the year and even more so to pick out which ones we’re most excited for. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my website today.

  11. I just added Hemlock Island to my tbr! Wow, this novel sounds frightful and interesting. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention!

  12. I want that first one

  13. I had not heard of All the Fighting Parts by Hannah V. Sawyerr until now. I will definitely be on the lookout for it.

  14. The covers for the last 3 are stunning! Adding them to my list to check out.

  15. These sound fun. I’m also looking forward to Starling House. I hope you enjoy all of these! Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier.

  16. Neat way to go with this week’s topic. Hemlock Island caught my eye. So did Love in Winter Wonderland. Hope you get a chance to read all these.

  17. Starling House looks gorgeous, and you’re right, a good gothic is great for halloween time.

  18. I’m also looking forward to the Unmaking of June Farrow! Starling House also sounds interesting 🙂

    Good luck and happy reading!

  19. These sound excellent! I’ve got my eye on a few of the spooky ones.

  20. I’ve not read any of Adrienne Young’s books but I’ve heard good things about them!

  21. Im so excited for The Unmaking of June Farrow. Curses is one of y favorite themes. It reminds me a bit of practical magic

    • Fingers crossed it will be wonderful! Yeah, I had a similar thought about Practical Magic, too.

  22. I’m not familiar with any of these, but I’m seeing some lovely covers here. Happy reading! My TTT

  23. Great list! I’m really excited for Cleat Cute, the new Alix E. Harrow, and the new Adrienne Young. Hopefully we’ll both enjoy them all. 🙂

  24. I’ve added All You Have To Do Is Call to my TBR, it sounds great, quite similar to a book I loved last year called Looking For Jane by Heather Marshall, which also covered the abortion rights movement, but in Canada.
    My TTT:

    • I just requested Looking for Jane from my local library. Thank you for the recommendation. It sounds great.

  25. I completely forgot about Hemlock Island, I can’t wait for that one:-)

  26. So excited for Adrienne Young’s new book! I hope you enjoy all of these when you get to them!

  27. Cleat Cute does look adorable! Hope you’ll love all of these!

  28. Ohhh we have quite a few in common! Hemlock Island is new to me though, and now I must know more about it! Hope you love these!

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