The April 2023 book releases are refreshing and the perfect books for the start of spring. It is almost the start of the beach read season so this list is filled with great mysteries and thrillers, fiction and romances. We have a little bit of everything else as well.
These are the April 2023 book releases we are most excited to read. What will you be reading this month?
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Most Anticipated April 2023 Fiction Book Releases
Plot: Kathleen Heid’s Life is completely turned upside down when she is photographed with a period stain on the back of her pants. Kathleen finds herself as the head of a woman’s movement, #YesWeBleed. She starts to use her newfound fame to reclaim herself but in doing so she neglects the relationship with her daughter. Of all the April 2023 book releases, this one looks completely original and unlike anything else!
Plot: Sally Milz is a sketch writer for a late-night comedy show. She begins to write a sketch called the Danny Horst Rule which makes fun of the fact that average-looking men date gorgeous women, but the reverse almost never happens. When a pop music icon signs on as the musical guest and host for the show for the week, sparks begin to fly, but Sally knows this is real life, not a movie. We love Curtis Sittenfeld and of all the April 2023 book releases, this is one of the books we cannot wait to read.
Plot: Ro is in her thirties and things have not gone as planned. She works at a menial job in the mall and her only friend is the Giant Pacific Octopus named Dolores in the mall aquarium that is also the last link she has to her dad who was a marine biologist. When Dolores is sold to an investor who wants her for a private aquarium, it sends Ro on a quest to come to terms with her past. If this book is anything like Remarkably Bright Creatures, this is one of the April 2023 book releases that will find itself on our best books of the year. Check out our The Best Books of 2022.
Plot: Advika Srinivasan is trying to overcome the death of their twin sister and working as a bartender when she meets Julian Zelding, a film producer who is 41 years older than she is. After a whirlwind romance, they get married. She is now Julian’s fourth wife. When his first wife dies and leaves Advika $1,000,000 under the stipulation that she divorce him, she starts to question her feelings for him and his sudden desire to start a family. This is a brand new book from GMA Book Club Author!
Genre: Literary Fiction
Plot: This is the newest novel from the best-selling author of the Violin Conspiracy, a GMA Book Club Pick. When a Professor discovers that a famous American Composer stole his work from a Black composer named Josephine Reed, he will not stop until Josephine gets the recognition that she deserves. This pick from the list of April 2023 book releases is sure to be a huge best-seller.
Plot: Emma grew up on a Long Island Estate and wants to see it one more time before it is demolished. Her father worked on the estate and she lived above the garage like the characters from Sabrina. She never felt like she fit in except with the driver’s son, Leo, and the family’s grandson and former love, Leo. Now, the house will reveal its secrets and Emma will have to decide who she wants to be.
Plot: Eve and Vera are teenagers who have to spend the summer with their mother on a trip to the Artic on a scientific expedition. While fooling around, they accidentally discover a 4000-year-old baby mammoth that makes them all go rogue. This book from the April 2023 book releases is perfect for our list of 22 Books about Women in the Workplace.
Plot: This looks like a hilarious pick from our list of April 2023 book releases that is a family drama and comedy rolled up into one twisty novel about a woman and her con artist family. Jullian Moorewood just spent 39 months in jail covering for her family only to find them up to their same old schemes. She is determined to get her life back together and get her family to clean up their act.
For more contemporary fiction books like these, check out our ultimate list for dozens of recommendations.
April 2023 Book Releases: Historical Fiction
Genre: Historical Fiction
Plot: This historical fiction takes place in 1953 when a new queen is about to be crowned. If you have been following us for a while, you know how much we love a great Royal Read. We were very excited to find a new book by Robson for our list of April 2023 book releases. When there are threats to Coronation day and the queen herself, Edie Howard, Stellat Donati, and James Geddes must uncover the truth.
Genre: Historical Fiction/ gothic fiction
Plot: Ivy Radcliffe inherits an estate on the Yorkshire moors and is suddenly, Lady Hayworth. There are plenty of rumors about the Abbey’s previous owners but Ivy is enthralled with the fantastic library on the estate. She feels that something else is in the library with her amid rumors of curses and ghosts. This is one of the April 2023 book releases that may find itself on our list of The Greatest Books about Libraries and Librarians or on our list of The 21 Best Spooky and Not So Spooky Ghost Books
Genre: Historical Fiction
Plot: This new historical fiction by the best-selling author of Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick is based on the true story of the SS Moro Castle. The round trip from New York to Havana puts Catherine and Elena together to seek justice, but they must risk everything. We love Cleeton and this is one of the April 2023 book releases we are very excited to read.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Plot: This is the historical fiction book from this list of April 2023 new releases that I want to read the most. If you love historical fiction then this post-WWII book will be right up your alley. From the best-selling author of the Lilac Girls comes a story based on the lives of “The Doves”. These former spies for the French resistance accept an assignment a decade after the war to find the infamous Nazi doctor who committed heinous atrocities during the war.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Plot: In the summer of 1974 Mary Pat’s teenage daughter does not return from a night out. on the same night, a young Black man is struck dead by a subway train in suspicious circumstances. When Mary Pat receives no answers, she begins to connect the disappearance and the death and begins uncovering explosive secrets. This is one historical fiction from our list of April 2023 book releases that is sure to be unputdownable.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Plot: Gloria Downing is trying to reinvent herself after a family scandal and Estee Lauder is determined to become a household name. When the two women meet, it will change them both forever as they pay the price for daring to become women with power and refusing to back down. This is one of the books from the April 2023 book releases that is right up Kirsten’s alley!
Love Historical Fiction? We do too! That’s why we created the Ultimate List of Historical Fiction carefully divided by time period.
April 2023 Book Releases: Most Anticipated Fantasy/ Sci-fi
Genre: Literary horror/ folklore/ fantasy
Plot: Alejandra is haunted by the Mexican fold demon La Llorona, a murderous mother of Mexican legend. Alejandra was adopted as has to delve deeply into the history of the women in her family to give herself the strength she needs to banish La Llorona. Of all the books on the list of April 2023 book releases, this is the only book of folklore and it looks fantastic.
Plot: Let’s be honest, I would read anything that TJ Klune writes. House on the Cerulean Sea was my Best Book of 2020 and Under the Whispering Door was my Best of 2021. It is safe to say that you will find this book from the list of April 2023 book releases on a best-of-post!
In a forest, safe and hidden, live a human and three robots. When an unfamiliar android reveals a dark shared past of hunting humans, they are no longer safe.
If fantasy books are your favorite books, then these are the perfect book lists for you. We carefully divided them into sub-genres.
Most Anticipated Thrillers and Mysteries for April 2023
Plot: Sally Hepworth never fails to deliver an amazing roller coaster of a ride and this thriller from the spring of 2023 new release books looks like it is no exception. Gabe and Pippa have their dream cottage by the sea, so they think. They quickly realize that this is the place people come to when they want to end it all. Gabe never fails to save them the one time he knew the victim. Is this a mere coincidence?
Plot: We love Kate Morton (Check out our post: The Best Kate Morton Books Ranked by Super Fans) so, to you guess how excited we were to put her newest on our list of new release books. This is a mystery and family saga that spans generations starting with a murder on Christmas Eve, 1959. Years later and many miles away, a journalist finds a book that chronicles the police’s investigation of the murder and a connection to her own family. This is one of the books we will definitely be reading from this list of April 2023 book releases
Plot: Three best friends go on a trip to Greece and only two come home. Bess and Joni were cleared of any involvement. Now, ten years later, Joni, a motivational speaker, becomes involved in a crime very similar to Greece’s all those years ago. When she calls Bess to ask for help, Bess must decide if she can expose the women she once was.
Plot: Former classmates reunite on the tenth anniversary of a tragic accident. When on of the survivors disappears, the rest of the survivors began to feel fear and suspicion about the first tragedy. Was it an accident?
Genre: Mystery/ Thriller
Plot: Anna is looking for answers about the women who are disappearing from the reservation. She is also always looking over her own shoulder. When Anna’s sister goes missing, she is forced to face the demons of her tribe’s past and the entity of myth that follows her every step. This looks like one of the scarier books from our list of April 2023 book releases.
Plot: In this thriller from our list of April 2023 book releases, Daisy and Craig have signed up for the Eden test, the last effort to save their failing marriage. Craig has already decided he is leaving Daisy for another woman and Daisy has more than her fair share of secrets. Locked in a cabin together, they receive one question a day- a question that brings up secrets and lies and makes them question how far they are willing to go. This sounds like the perfect Isolation Book and Thrillers to Binge-Read Now!
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Plot: Holly and Robert are contestants run by a home renovation app. They bought a hillside estate in Vermont that is perfect for entertaining and perfect for the young, newly married, real estate investors. When the couple goes missing shortly after their wedding, suspicion falls on the couple’s assistant, Erika. Erika and her mother set out to prove her innocence which will require confrontations and may reveal secrets. This thriller from the list of April 2023 book releases is sure to take you on many twists and turns.
Plot: Tabitha Knight has arrived in Paris to stay with her French grandfather. Tabitha is learning to love Paris- especially the food since her neighbor is the one and only Julia Child. When a dead woman is found in the cellar of their building with a note in her pocket in Tabitha’s handwriting and the murder weapon is a knife that belongs to Julia, Tabitha must find the killer before she ends up in prison or dead. I personally can’t wait to read this mystery from our list of April 2023 book releases.
Love Thrillers? We created this list and carefully divided it by sub-genre. These will definitely keep you on your toes.
Love Mysteries? We created this list and carefully divided it by sub-genre for anyone who lives a good mystery as much as we do.
Romance: April 2023 Book Releases
Plot: Dr. Briana Oritiz has just finalized her divorce and her brother is running out of time for a kidney donor. When a new doctor joins her practice, Briana initially dislikes him, but he starts to grow on her. And when he offers to give her brother a kidney, she wonders if she can continue to resist him.
Genre: Historical Romance
Plot: This historical romance is perfect for anyone who loves Bridgeton. (You can check out our post Books like Bridgerton: 14 Love Stories for Obsessed Fans). We have read all the books in this series and love them all. In this installment, Viscount Penvale is working to buy back his home from his estranged uncle who has finally agreed with one caveat. Penvale must marry his uncle’s ward. She is just as unhappy about it as he is and comes up with a scheme to make Penvale abandon the house. I cannot wait to read this romance from our list of April 2023 book releases.
Plot: In this steamy romance, Cassie is suddenly unemployed and has to find a new job before she is evicted. When the perfect nanny position comes up, it seems like the perfect solution until she realizes her employer is a DILF and he is not a stranger. Things will heat up and if you love steamy romances, this should be your pick from the list of April 2023 book releases.
Plot: This is one of the April 2023 book releases that will find itself on our Ultimate List of Romance Books. Alice is known as Agent A in the Agency of Undercover Note Takers who has been assigned to stop an assassination plot. But, she will be working with her biggest rival, Daniel Bixby. He is also known as Agent B but for this assignment, they will need to pretend to be a happily married couple!
Plot: This book from the list of April 2023 book releases is a queer romance. Luna has just come out as bisexual but has never had a love life to speak of. She has to learn how to navigate a Hollywood career, friendships and how to get the girl of her dreams.
Plot: Emily Henry is one of the authors on this list of 2023 spring book releases that are always consistent with her romances. You can find a few of her books on our Ultimate List of Romance Books. Harriet and Wyn have been together for years until they broke up 5 months ago. The only problem is that they still haven’t told their best friends and now they will be sharing a room during their yearly vacation with their friends. How hard can it be to keep up the facade of a happy couple?
If you love all things romance, then this is the list for you! We have this list carefully divided by sub-genre.
April 2023: Best Non-Fiction Book Releases
Plot: This amazing non-fiction tells the story of the British monarchy from the beginning of 1937 through WWII. Kind Edward had abdicated his thrown to marry Wallis Simpson and began to take an interest in Hitler. The new king, George VI had to struggle with nazi spies and the only person he could trust was his Prime Minister, Churchill. If you love a royal read, this pick from the list of April 2023 book releases is for you.
The Stable Boy of Auschwitz: The heartbreaking true story of courage and survival by Henry Oster and Dexter Ford
Plot: This is the true story of Henry Oster who was 5 years old when he was rounded up and deported to Auschwitz with 2,011 other Jews from Cologne. He was one of only 23 people to survive. This will be a heartwrenching story from our list of April 2023 book releases.
Best YA April 2023 Book Releases
Genre: YA Fantasy
Plot: This is an enemies-to-lovers fantasy romance novel about two rivaling columnists who have found a magical connection to each other. The gods are at war again and Iris is trying to hold her family together. Her connection with Roman Kitt will take her to the battlefront in search of her brother while trying to save mankind from a horrible fate.
Genre: YA Historical Romance
Plot: With a description of Bridgerton meets The Count of Monte Cristo, I am totally hooked. Ela Dalvi was betrayed by her best friend and sent away in disgrace. Now, three years later, she sees the perfect time to get her revenge. She must decide if bringing down her former best friend is more important than re-capturing first love’s heart. This regency romance is perfect for fans of Bridgerton and is one of the April 2023 book releases I would love to read.
Genre: YA Romance
Plot: Sloane is so excited to spend the summer with her childhood best friend, Liam. When Liam gets a job working for his dad’s new teen reality dating show, she is happy to spend time and hang out with him while he is on set. But, when the show is short one contestant and Sloane is the perfect fill-in, she is now dating a teen heartthrob in front of the cameras and Liam isn’t quite happy about it. I’m sure this is one of the April 2023 book releases that will find its way to our Ultimate List of Romance Books.
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