Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that currently resides at The Artsy Reader Girl and features bloggers sharing lists on various book topics. The official Top Ten Tuesday topic for this week was Things That Make Me Instantly NOT Want to Read a Book, which was a pretty interesting topic that I might come back to at some point. However, as we are about to enter the new season later this week, I decided to instead move up my quarterly post about the best upcoming books to read (TBR) for the following three months. This is a regular post I do at the start of each season, and as we’re starting Winter (Summer for folks in the Northern Hemisphere) in a few short days, this is the ideal time to put this up.
For this list, I have come up with 10 of the most anticipated novels that are coming out between 1 June 2023 and 31 August 2023. There are quite a few very cool novels set for release in the next few months that I am extremely excited for, including some of my most anticipated book of the year (as well as my most anticipated fantasy/science fiction books of the year). Due to how impressive some of these upcoming books are, it took me a little while to finalise my list but I was eventually able to whittle it down into a Top Ten list (with a few honourable mentions). I have primarily used the Australian publication dates to reflect when I will be able to get these awesome novels, and these might be somewhat different to the rest of the world. I have previously discussed a number of these books before in prior Top Ten Tuesdays and Waiting on Wednesday articles and I think all of them will turn out to be pretty incredible reads. I have extremely excited for the next three months as quite a few up these upcoming reads are easily going to be amongst the best books of 2023.
Star Wars: Inquisitor: Rise of the Red Blade by Delilah S. Dawson
An awesome upcoming Star Wars novel that will follow a fallen Jedi as they learn the horrors of becoming an Inquisitor.
The Hunters by David Wragg – 20 July 2023
Thick as Thieves by M. J. Kuhn – 25 July 2023
Assassin Eighteen by John Brownlow – 8 August 2023
The sequel to one of my favourite debuts of last year, Seventeen (also released as Assassin Seventeen), Assassin Eighteen looks set to be another exciting and very fun read that I cannot wait to read.
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Gods of the Wyrdwood by R. J. Barker – 27 June 2023
The start of a new fantasy trilogy from the insanely talented R. J. Barker, which is very high on my current to-read list.
Warhammer 40,000: The King of the Spoil by Jonathan D. Beer – 4 July 2023
The next amazing Warhammer Crime novel, no way this isn’t an exceptional read.
Killer Traitor Spy by Tim Ayliffe – 5 July 2023
The latest intriguing John Bailey novel from Australian thriller author Tim Ayliffe, Killer Traitor Spy should be a pretty epic read. I loved the first three books in this series, The Greater Good, State of Fear and The Enemy Within, and this latest entry will dive back into a hidden espionage war in Australia.
The Traitor by Anthony Ryan – 11 July 2023
The final book in the Covenant of Steel trilogy and probably the fantasy book I’m most excited for in 2023.
Warhammer 40,000: Cypher: Lord of the Fallen by John French – 18 July 2023
A legendary Warhammer 40,000 figure attempts to break into the most secure place in the universe, the Imperial Palace of Terra.
Kill For Me Kill For You by Steve Cavanagh – 25 July 2023
I got a copy of this a couple of days ago and I’m very keen to read it. A standalone thriller from one of my favourite authors at the moment, Steve Cavanagh, I have very high hopes for this book and it is going to be amazing.
Dark Corners by Megan Goldin – 8 August 2023
The sequel to the fantastic and moving novel, The Night Swim, Dark Corners is the latest cool book from one of Australia’s top thriller authors, Megan Goldin, and should be pretty damn exceptional.
Warhammer 40,000: Longshot by Rob Young – 15 August 2023
A captivating and dramatic sniper war in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, now that’s something that I can get behind.
Cave 13 by Jonathan Maberry – 29 August 2023
I’ve already been lucky enough to have one Jonathan Maberry book this year with Son of the Poison Rose, so I was exceedingly excited when I saw he had a second book coming out in 2023. Maberry’s next book, Cave 13 is the third in his Rogue Team International series (following on from Rage and Relentless), which I have so much love for. Cave 13 will see Maberry’s best protagonist, Joe Ledger, face off against a group of international criminals and terrorists as they attempt to recover legendary scrolls from a cave that drives anyone who goes near it insane. I have no doubt this is going to be one of my favourite books of 2023 and I cannot wait to read Cave 13.
Ripper by Shelley Burr – 30 August 2023
The sequel to the amazing 2022 Australian novel Wake and one of my most anticipated crime fiction books in the second half of 2023.
Well, that is the end of my Top Ten list. I think it turned out pretty well and it does a good job of capturing all my most anticipated books for the next three months. Each of the above should be extremely epic, and I cannot wait to read each of them soon. Let me know which of the above you are most excited for and stay tuned for reviews of them in the next few months. In the meantime, it looks like I have quite a few books to get through soon and they should all be pretty awesome.