Running a little behind on predictions for the first BOTM picks of 2023. But it was my son’s first Christmas season! We’ve been busy, but better late than never.
For January there are a tremendous number of books I’m looking forward to. There are quite a few (Grady Hendrix’s How to Sell a Haunted House) that while I would love to see them as picks, I highly doubt they would make the cut. All that to say, narrowing down picks this month was HARD!
With so many interesting books coming out in January, I think we’ll see mostly January releases, though I wouldn’t be surprised if we see at least one February release. I would love to see a bunch of debuts to start the year but there are quite a few repeat authors with books coming out in January that may make an appearance as well.
When the picks are announced and you find you have space in your box still, make sure to also check out my most recent version of BOTM Add-On recommendations HERE, because who couldn’t use even more books!
Keep in mind that these are simply predictions and books I hope get chosen. I could get these completely wrong but the anticipation and guessing is part of the fun right?!
Mystery & Thriller
For Mysteries and Thrillers this month I have two repeat authors and two new to BOTM authors. Rachel Hawkins and C.J. Tudor are both previous BOTM authors. I’ve read both The Villa and The Drift and both feel very BOTM to me. While both had my fairly captivated, the endings didn’t cut it for me. I would still be excited to see both as a pick for January though.
Bad Cree is a mixture of horror, mystery, thriller, and a touch of magical realism. I have an ARC of this one and honestly cannot wait to jump into it.
Ya’ll know I love when BOTM features debuts, and Age of Vice is my top mystery pick this month!
Literary & Contemporary Fiction
This is always the hardest category for me to narrow down, but my main pick for January (even though it doesn’t come out til the last day of the month) is Maame. I have an ARC of this one and it sounds amazing. I can’t wait to get to it.
Really Good, Actually is a debut that is Paula Hawkin’s did a blurb calling it, “Hilarious, heartwarming, wise”. It seems super relatable for my generation and It’s high on my TBR.
Finally, I love stories about sisters, and Small World follows two newly divorced sisters. It also sounds excellent and is high on my TBR.
I can’t fully remember but I don’t think that Marie Benedict has ever been a BOTM pick. I enjoy her books and they remind me of Fiona Davis books a bit. So while Benedict is fairly well known I thought we might see her upcoming release as a pick.
Pandora is my second choice for a Historical Fiction pick. I love a good mythology story and I feel like BOTM has really been choosing more within this realm, so would be excited to see it as a pick in January.
Lastly, the debut A New Life is giving me The Hearts Invisible Furies Vibes and I’ve already put in a request for an ARC of this one. It has some rave reviews already and could fit right into BOTM’s lineup.
Previous author Talia Hibbert has upcoming YA romance coming out, and I would love to see Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute be a BOTM pick. Her Brown Sister’s series were BOTM picks and if you have not read them yet, you should. They are the cutest!
Both The Reunion and You Should Smile More sound just up my alley! I’ve been on a huge romance streak lately, and I would love to dive into either of these books.
Fantasy & Science Fiction
I’m going to be honest and say the only Fantasy book I want to see as a BOTM pick or add-on is Hell Bent. I adored Ninth House and even though I already have a pre-order, think they should have the second book in the series!
Previous BOTM Authors with January Releases
All the Dangerous Things comes out January 10 and was a December BOTM Pick . I don’t normally offer trigger warnings, but as a new mom, I did for this one.
I hope you found a book that you are truly excited about in this post. Let me know which other new releases you are excited for this month or that you’re hoping are BOTM picks, by commenting below or by messaging me on Instagram @speakingof_books. Don’t forget to follow me to get weekly updates and new reviews!
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