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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: Shiny New Releases, Part Two

I'm a little late to the party today, but I didn't want to miss my favorite weekly meme so here I am! Today's prompt is perfect for the new year: Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2023. Other than reading 200 books (my Goodreads goal) and completing the reading challenges I've taken on, I really don't have any reading/blogging resolutions to speak of. I'm just going to keep doing what I do and not stress about something that's supposed to be fun, you know? I enjoyed last week's topic—Top Ten Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2023—so much that I'm going to keep it going this week. In case you missed it, here's my Shiny New Releases, Part One

If you want to get on the TTT party bus (and you do!), click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the details.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2023 
or Shiny New Releases, Part Two

- in order of publication date - 

1. The Night Travelers by Armando Lucas Correa (released January 10)—This triple-timeline historical novel begins in 1931 Berlin with Ally Keller, a young single woman who gives birth to a mixed-race child she names Lilith. Desperate to keep her daughter out of the eye of the Aryan-obsessed Nazis, Ally hatches a dangerous plan to save Lilith. Three decades later, Lilith is worrying about how to protect her own daughter, Nadine, as she and her Cuban pilot husband deal with a violent revolution in that country. Thirty years after that, Nadine is a scientist in Berlin whose passion is honoring the remains of all the people murdered by the Nazis. Despite her dedication to this cause, she's never really explored her own family's harrowing experience during World War II. At the urging of her own daughter, Nadine reluctantly starts digging into her own dramatic past. 

2. Tenkill by Shannon Kirk (available today, January 17)—This book, about a lawyer who is forced to go on the run while investigating suspicious data from her own firm, is described as "a surrealist thriller for fans of early John Grisham, with an all-female-led cast, and a secret at the end that will shake you to your core." I'll bite!

3. Finally Seen by Kelly Yang (available February 28)—I enjoyed New From Here, Yang's 2022 middle-grade novel about a Chinese-American family's experiences in California during the COVID-19 pandemic, so I'm excited to read this one, her newest. It's about a 10-year-old Chinese girl who moves to Los Angeles after living with her grandmother in Shanghai for five years. Lina is excited to be reunited with her parents and younger sister after so long, but America is not exactly what she expected. Has she made a huge mistake? Should she have stayed in Shanghai, even if kids there made fun of her? If she doesn't fit in in either country, where does she belong?

4. The Metropolitan Affair by Jocelyn Green (available March 14)—I enjoyed Green's Windy City saga, but I wasn't aware that she had a new book coming out until I saw it on several TTT lists last week. Set in the 1920s, her latest features Egyptologist Lauren Westlake. When a detective investigating a string of art forgeries approaches her for aid, Dr. Westlake can't help but be intrigued by the puzzling mystery. 

5. Lone Women by Victor LaVelle (available March 28)—Horror isn't something I read a lot of these days, but when I saw this book mentioned on numerous TTT lists last week, I knew I needed to read it. It concerns a woman who sets out for the Montana wilderness in 1914 to take advantage of the government's offer of free land. Leaving trouble behind her in California, she drags along a mysterious trunk that must always remain locked, inside of which is a secret that ensures there will be plenty more trouble to come.

6. The House Is On Fire by Rachel Beanland (available April 4)—Have you heard about the 1811 fire at a theater in Richmond, Virginia, that killed 70 people, including Virginia's governor? I hadn't. This novel explores the tragedy from several different viewpoints, examining the actions and inactions that make all the difference in the literal heat of the moment.

7. A Wealth of Deception by Trish Esden (available April 18)—The second installment in Esden's Scandal Mountain Antiques Mystery series, this one has Edie Brown—a Vermont antiques and art dealer—discovering an unsettling collage with a mysterious provenance. As she and her colleagues investigate the piece, they find themselves getting too close to a dangerous art underground where criminals will kill in order to protect their profitable scams.

8. Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See (available June 6)—Tan Yunxian is a physician in 15th-Century China who is devoted to providing the best care she can to her female patients. She forms a fast friendship with Meiling, a miwife-in-training, who shares her passion for helping people. When Yunxian is forced into an arranged marriage, she is forbidden by her mother-in-law to continue her medical practice and ordered not to see Meiling. Being a "proper" wife is a soul-sucking occupation that does not suit Yunxian. How can she break free and return to her real life's purpose?

9. What Remains by Wendy Walker (available June 13)—When Detective Elise Sutton unwittingly walks into a deadly situation in a department store, she's forced to make a split-second decision. To save one life, she takes another, a choice that has her neighbors lauding her as a hero. She certainly doesn't feel like one, especially when she connects with the man she saved and begins to realize he's not who he says he is. Did Elise make a terrible mistake?

10. The Only One Left by Riley Sager (available June 20)—I don't know about you, but I can't resist a new Sager book and this one sounds especially tantalizing. It's about a notorious murder that took place in Maine in the 1920s in which one sister killed another. The accused was never charged with the crime. In the six decades since it happened, she has become a recluse, never leaving her family's mansion. When she offers to tell her home health aide everything, it becomes obvious that there's a lot more to the story than anyone ever imagined.

There you go, another ten new releases I'm looking forward to reading. Do any of these look appealing to you? Which up-and-comers are you highly anticipating? What are your bookish goals for 2023? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I'll gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT! 


  1. With all the books I have on my TBR, I don't have any of these on it. I hope you get a chance to read them all and enjoy them, Susan.

    1. With all the books being published, it's impossible to keep up! Learning about titles I hadn't heard of previously is one of the many reasons I love TTT.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carla!

  2. I haven't heard of any of these, but Lady Tan's Circle of Women sounds like it could be interesting... in fact, a couple of Lisa See's other books sound good as well. I'll have to check her out eventually.

    1. I've read a few of See's books and liked most of them. I especially enjoyed THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN.

      Thanks for popping in, Holliehocks!

  3. I'm going to have to keep my eyes out for #1. It sounds so good! I hope you love them all.

    1. Doesn't it? I love dual-timeline novels, so a triple-timeline should be even better, right? Hopefully!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

  4. I have so many books I am looking forward to this year but surprising had no idea about any of these. So, thank you for bringing more books into my radar :).

    1. Some years are pretty ho-hum with new releases, but 2023 seems to be just bursting with great-looking ones! I hope you enjoy the ones you read :)

      Thanks for stopping in, Harini!

  5. I’m always looking for a good MG read….I need to get the new Yang book! ~Carol @ Reading Ladies

    1. Same and it seems like more and more great ones are being published every year. I hope we both like Yang's newest!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carol!

  6. The House is On Fire Caught my attention - there are so many overlooked stories in history to explore! Right now I'm reading The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope, which is based on a little-known story of a Black teenager who shot a white policeman during a 1919 riot in Washington DC, turned into a paranormal romance. I highly recommend it!

    1. Right? I love learning about interesting events like these that I've never heard about before! I actually have THE MONSTERS WE DEFY out from the library right now. I had no idea it was based on a real-life event. Interesting. I hope to read it soon. Glad it's worth the read.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lory!

  7. Sorry, I commented anonymously by mistake.

  8. I can understand not having bookish goal. I switched up the topic, too, because I don't make reading goals. I just read! :)

    1. "...I don't make reading goals. I just read!" I love that. I feel the same, although I do enjoy having a number target just for fun to see if I can reach it. If I do, awesome. If I don't, no biggie.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Tanya!

  9. I hope you enjoy all of these when/if you get an opportunity to read them. There are SO many great books coming out this year.

    1. Right? I feel like there are a TON of them this year. I hope they're all as good as they sound!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cindy!

  10. Finally Seen is on my TBR, too! It looks like such a great story. Keeping your goals simple sounds super smart. I feel like I totally missed the Reading Challenges train! So many people are talking about them, and I'd never done one before. I'll have to look into them. :) Happy TTT!

    1. There are a lot of fun reading challenges out there. Check out my reading challenge blog ( for a list. There are links on there to GirlXOXO and Reading Challenge Addict, both of whom keep reading challenge databases. You should be able to find one that suits your fancy :)

      Thanks for popping in, Kasey!

  11. Most of these look way too spooky or suspenseful for me! The Metropolitan Affair sounds interesting though, and might be the kind of book I'll enjoy.

    1. Yeah, this is a collection of pretty intense books. I'll have to alternate them with lighter reads just to keep a good balance.

      I enjoyed the books I've read by Green. They deal with serious subjects, but they also never get too dark. I have high hopes for THE METROPOLITAN AFFAIR. It sounds really good to me.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole!

  12. I had to laugh when I saw a part 2! You've got a lot of books to look forward to! I really hope you enjoy them all. I added Lady Tan's Circle of Women to my Goodreads, it sounds great!

    1. Honestly, I could probably write several more posts featuring new releases I'm excited to read. 2023 appears to be a great year for new books. Yay! Definitely lots to look forward to.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Amy!

  13. I have Lone Woman on my TBR as well, and as I don't read horror, I'm a bit afraid to read it! I hope we both enjoy it!

    1. Right? The plot summary is so scant that it's hard to know what the book is really about. Hopefully, it's not too scary for us :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Wendy!

  14. I love your approach to bookish goals. It’s refreshing.

    Finally Seen sounds like a good read.

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    1. I think Yang's books offer a fresh perspective on life as a Chinese American. They're heartfelt and thought-provoking. I've enjoyed the ones I've read.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lydia!

  15. The Night Travelers looks like a good read.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by earlier.


    1. Doesn't it? I like how it follows a family through several generations. It will be interesting to compare/contrast their lives.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Astilbe!

  16. These all sound so interesting! I had to add a bunch of these to my TBR, so I appreciate you calling my attention to them. I hope you enjoy them when you get your hands on them!

    1. Oh, good! I'm glad you found some titles to pique your interest. Hopefully, they're all as good as they sound.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leah!

  17. I'm not familiar with any of these books, but they all look wonderful. I hope you are able to read them all.

    1. Thanks, Cheri! I hope I get to them all and that they're awesome :) We'll see.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

  18. "Keep doing what I do and not stress about something that's supposed to be fun." I like that! 😊

    Thanks for visiting My Top Ten Tuesday List!

    1. It's the best way to keep reading and blogging enjoyable and not overwhelming. At least for me!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lectrice!

  19. Lisa See is wonderful! I didn't know she had this one--thank you! You can delete my other anonymous comment.

    1. I really liked THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN and SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN, so I'm excited to read another one by See. I hope we both enjoy it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lisa!

  20. I haven't heard of any of those authors except for Lisa See by whom I read two excellent books.

    1. I've read two by See that I really liked and one that I thought was just meh. I enjoy her historical novels best.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Marianne!

    2. That will probably happen with the best authors that one of them is not to their standard. I wonder whether they were the same ones. I read "Peony in Love" and "Snowflower and the Secret Fan".

  21. 200 books is your reading goal? Sounds like a lot but I think you'll do well.

    I don't know any of these books but they sound appealing though not the kind of books I would read but I hope you'll enjoy them.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a lovely day.

    1. I read 203 in 2021 and 200 in 2022, so it's a doable goal. If I don't reach it, it's no biggie, but it's fun for me to try :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lissa!

  22. Just added A Wealth of Despair and The Metropolitan Affair to my TBR. So many great books on this list!

    1. I'm excited by all the great-sounding books coming out in 2023. It seems like there are more that I'm really interested in in comparison to most years. Hopefully, these are all as good as they sound!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Katherine!

  23. Lone Women is one I really want to read this year, too. :D

    1. It sounds super intriguing, doesn't it? I hope we both enjoy it!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

  24. It looks like you found even more wonderful books to look forward to reading. I hope you enjoy reading all of them, and thanks for stopping by my blog earlier this week.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  25. "Scandal Mountain Antiques Mystery series" SOLD, will be looking this up the next time I feel an urge for a mystery.

  26. I have the ARC The House is on Fire and am looking forward to reading it - it sounds fascinating. You have collected a great list of new books, half of which are being added to my wish list - looks like there's some good reading in your future!
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  27. This is a nice variety of books. You have much to look forward to! :-)

  28. I have a copy of Lone Women, I can't wait to read it. And I really want to read the new Riley Sager. Great list!

  29. I'm excited for the new Riley Sager too. You always know you're in for a wild ride with his books, lol.

  30. These sound amazing, especially Finally Seen and A Wealth of Deception. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog last week.

  31. I know so many people love Riley's books, and always hear great reports about Jocelyn's, too. Not sure if I've ever read any of hers or not though the covers are always pretty! Thanks so much for visiting my website this past week.

  32. Lone Women is on my TBR list too. It sounds awesome. I hope you enjoy all these.

  33. These all sound so good, Susan! I want to read them all too! I especially can't wait to read Lisa See's new book. She's one of my favorite authors. The Night Travelers is new to me but I will definitely have to give that one a try. I love a lighthouse on a book cover. Thank you for sharing!


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