34 Most Anticipated New August 2023 Book Releases by Genre

August 2023 book releases
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The August 2023 book releases are here and we are so excited about this amazing list of books that we cannot wait to read. We combed through hundreds of books to find our most anticipated books and this was not a small task.

August marks the end of beach reads and has a transition into great thrillers and fantasy books. August has some amazing books from our favorite authors as well as some debut authors whose books we cannot wait to pick up. Is your most anticipated new book on our list?

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Most Anticipated August 2023 Fiction Book Releases

Family Lore

The Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo

Genre: Fiction

Plot: We cannot wait to read this pick from the August 2023 book releases. This is the first adult book from National Book Award Winner Elizabeth Acevedo. Flor has the ability to know the date of people’s death. When she wants a living wake, she will not tell her family whose death she has seen.

A Most Anticipated Book of 2023 from: Today.com * Time * Electric Literature * Seattle Times * Telemundo * Washington Post * HipLatina * Harper’s Bazaar * Elle

The Connellys of County Downs

The Connellys of County Downs by Tracey Lange

Genre: Fiction

Plot: From the author of We Are the Brennans, comes another family drama about loyalty, family, and love. When Tara Connelly is released from prison after serving a sentence for drugs, she has to start over and return home to live with her siblings. As she works to build a new life, secrets start to unravel. This pick from the August 2023 book releases is sure to be fantastic.

Tom Lake

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

Genre: Fiction

Plot: Ann Patchett is an amazing storyteller and we love all her books. We cannot wait to read this pick from the August 2023 book releases. In the spring of 2020, Lara’s three daughters return home and beg their mother to tell the story of her romance from long ago. They all re-examine their lives and relationships.

Western Alliances

Western Alliances by Wilton Barnhardt

Genre: Fiction

Plot: When an absurdly rich family loses everything in the 2008 financial crisis, they all must come to terms with their new lives. Roberto and Rachel, who have never worked a day in their lives, must face their father’s choices. This pick from the August 2023 book releases looks like the perfect family drama.

The Blonde Identity

The Blonde Identity by Ally Carter

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Plot: I cannot wait to read this pick from the August 2023 book releases. From the NY Times bestselling author Ally Carter comes a story about a woman with amnesia who discovers her identical twin sister is a spy and the only thing stopping her from getting killed is the gorgeous operative who agrees to help her.

The Heaven Earth Grocery Store

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

Genre: Literary Fiction

Plot: This pick from the August 2023 book releases is from the Nation Book Award Winning author of The Good Lord Bird. When workers find a skeleton at the bottom of a well while doing work, who the skeleton was and what happened reveal some old secrets of the residents of Chicken Hill.

The Breakaway

The Breakaway by Jennifer Weiner

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Plot: I cannot wait to read this pick from the August 2023 book releases. 34-year-old. Abby Stearn has good friends, her bike, her bike club, and has come to terms with her plus-size body. When she is given the chance to lead a group bike trip from New York City to Niagara Falls she is happy to have the time to make some hard life choices.

Is her fiance the man for her and if so, why is her one-night stand from years ago still haunting her thoughts? When he shows up on the bike trip and her mother shows up as well, Abby will have to deal with a lot of truths.

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August 2023 Book Releases: Historical Fiction

The Princess

The Princess by Wendy Holden

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: This pick from the August 2023 book releases is a biographical fiction that explores the life of the late Princess Diana. If you know anything about us, you know how much we love anything royal. You can check out our Dazzling Royal Reads: The Ultimate List of 43 Books about Royalty.

California Golden

California Golden by Melanie Benjamin

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: This historical fiction is an emotional story about mothers and daughters that is a must-read from our August 2023 book releases. Carol Donnelly breaks all the molds as a female surfer in the 60s. Her two daughters each react differently. From Playboy clubs and a USO tour in Vietnam to drugs and cults.

The Presidents Wife

The President’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: This is an incredible story of the First Lady who clandestinely assumed the presidency. Based on the life of socialite Edith Bolling who would later marry President Woodrow Wilson and become a crucial part of his presidency. We cannot wait for this pick from August 2023 book releases. And if you love books about women in politics, we have an entire post.

Learned by Heart

Learned by Heart by Emma Donoghue

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: This historical fiction is based on the true story of two girls at The Manor School for Young Ladies in New York in 1805. Eliza was an orphan heiress who was sent from India to England at the age of six. Anne was a tomboy. The two met and fell in love at the school. This is a love story for the ages and we cannot wait to read this pick from the August 2023 book releases.

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August 2023 Book Releases: Most Anticipated Fantasy/ Sci-fi

The Invisible Hour

The Invisible Hour by Alice Hoffman

Genre: Fantasy

Plot: Alice Hoffman has a place in our hearts with all of her books, including Practical Magic (one of our favorite series). So it is no surprise that her newest book is on our list of most anticipated August 2023 book releases. This fantasy is a story of love, heartbreak, and the magic of books.

House of Odysseus

House of Odysseus by Claire North

Genre: Fantasy

Plot:House of Odysseus continues award-winning author Claire North’s Penelope trilogy, “a powerful, fresh, and unflinching” reimagining (Jennifer Saint) that breathes life into ancient myth and gives voice to the women who stand defiant in a world ruled by ruthless men”

Terrace Story

Terrace Story by Hilary Leichter

Genre: Fiction / Magical Realism

Plot: This fiction is based on the National Magazine Award-winning story. Anne, Edward, and their daughter, Rose, live in a small apartment. One night, when their friend Stephanie visits, they find Hatteras hidden in their closet. They soon realize that the extra space has a hidden cost and sets off a chain of events that changes the shape of their home and the world. This pick from the August 2023 book releases is a story about loss and moving on.

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Most Anticipated Thrillers and Mysteries for August 2023

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Gone Tonight by Sarah Pekkanen

Genre: Thriller

Plot: Catherine and Ruth Sterling have always had each other. Now that Catherine is ready to begin a new career and separate herself from her mother, Ruth will do anything to prevent that from happening. Ruth has secrets from her past and she will not share those with anyone. Is Ruth being paranoid or is danger coming for Catherine? This thriller from the August 2023 book releases is sure to keep us on her toes.

None of This is True

None of This is True by Lisa Jewell

Genre: Thriller

Plot: We love Lisa Jewell and you can check out our The Best Lisa Jewell Books Ranked: Complete List for 2023. This book is a must-read thriller from our list of August 2023 book releases. Alix has a popular podcast and meets Jose while out celebrating her birthday. When they meet a few days later, Josie tells Alix her idea for a podcast. Before long, Josie is gone and has left a terrible legacy in her wake.

The Hurricane Blonde

The Hurricane Blonde by Halley Sutton

Genre: Thriller

Plot: Salma Lowe, daughter of Hollywood royalty and once a promising child star, now takes people on tours of Stars Six Feet Under. Which is ironic considering that her sister is one of those stars. When she finds a dead body on a tour in the same spot as her sister, she thinks this is the key to solving her sister’s murder. I cannot wait to read this thriller from the August 2023 book releases.

The Trade off

The Trade Off by Sandie Jones

Genre: Thriller

Plot: This thriller from the August 2023 book releases is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club author of The Other Woman. Jess is a rookie reporter for The Globe- a stop at nothing to get the story, tabloid. When a celebrity pays the ultimate price, Hess is determined to show the world the truth, but there are others who will stop at nothing to kill this story.

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Burlington by Heather Dixon

Genre: Mystery

Plot: Mae Roberts it’s trying hard to fit in with the beautiful and rich mothers of River Park Elementary. When one mother goes missing, followed by another, Mae must decide if fitting in is more important than uncovering the truth. This pic from the August 2023 book releases, looks like a page-turner and is perfect for our The Ultimate List of Mystery Books.

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Board to Death by C.J. Connor

Genre: Mystery

Plot: If you know us, then you know how much we love video games so when we saw this mystery we knew we had to put it on our list of August 2023 book releases. Ben is recently divorced and has returned home to run his family’s order game shop. When Clive approaches Ben with a suspicious opportunity, Ben turns him down. When Clive turns up dead, Ben becomes the number one suspect.

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Romance: August 2023 Book Releases

The Deja Glitch

The Deja Glitch by Holly James

Genre: Romance

Plot: Jack has been reliving the sea day for months and believes that the only way out is to get Gemma Peters to fall in love with him. The Problem? Gemma has a feeling of deja vu but she cannot remember Jack and, she has made a vow not to date musicians again (after her last boyfriend used her). We cannot wait for this pick from the August 2023 book releases.

The Hundred Loves of Juliet

The Hundred Loves of Juliet by Evelyn Skye

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Plot: Helene dreamed of a perfect marriage. But, after a terrible divorce, she moves to a small town in Alaska to write her novel. When she meets Sebastian, a handsome fisherman, he is the personification of all the dreams she ever had of her perfect man. Helene is determined to find the truth and Sebastian is determined to keep it from her. This pick from August 2023 book releases is a Romeo and Juliet Retelling you will not want to miss.

Tastes like Shakkar

Tastes Like Shakkar by Nisha Sharma

Genre: Romance

Plot: This book is a steamy remake of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Bobbi us trying to plan the best wedding for her best friend but is faced with two obstacles. Chef Benjamin “Bunty” Padda is the groom’s best friend and is supposed to be helping Bobbi but has been nothing but trouble and someone is sabotaging the wedding! This pick from the August 2023 book releases looks like an adorable retelling.

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The One That Got Away by Charlotte Rixon

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Plot: This pick from the August 2023 book releases is a story of first love, mistakes, regret, and the one chance to make it right. In 2000 Benjamin and Clara meet, they know they are meant for each other until something goes terribly wrong. 20 years later, Clara is married and cannot stop thinking about Benjamin. When there is a bombing in the city they first met, Clara is forced to confront the truth.

Kissing Kosher

Kissing Kosher by Jean Meltzer

Genre: Romance

Plot: The Matzah Ball was one of the best romances of the Christmas Season and we cannot wait to read this pick from the August 2023 book releases. Avital Cohen has chronic pain and needs help at her family’s kosher bakery. They hire Ethan who has come to steal the recipe of Avital’s grandfather’s pumpkin spice Babka recipe for his own family’s mass-produced kosher baked goods. Soon, Ethan is more interested in Avital than in stealing her family’s recipes.

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August 2023: Best Non-Fiction Book Releases

Althea The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson

Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson by Sally H. Jacobs

Genre: Nonfiction

Plot: This nonfiction pick from the 2023 August releases tells the story of Althea Gibson, the first Black woman to play the game of tennis professionally. Seven years later, She also became the first Black woman to join the Ladies Professional Gold Association (LPGA). If you love books about women in sports, this is perfect for your TBR.

Star Crossed

Star Crossed: A True Romeo and Juliet Story in Hitler’s Paris by Heather Dune Macadam and Simon Worrall

Genre: Nonfiction

Plot: this is the true story of a 19-year-old Jewish woman named Annette Zelman, who falls in love with a young Catholic poet named Jean Jausion. This is a true Romeo and Juliet story of forbidden love in Nazi-occupied Paris. This pic from the August 2023 book releases is perfect for our list of Best Books about WWII.

Best YA August 2023 Book Releases

Bring Me Your Midnight

Bring Me Your Midnight by Rachel Griffin

Genre: YA Fantasy

Plot: Since the day she was born, Tana’s life was planned. Her job is to secure an alliance between the witches of her island and the mainlanders by marrying the governor’s son. When Tana missed the monthly ritual of sending their magic into the sea, she must turn to Wolfe. His coven practices dark magic and can help her learn to control hers. Now she will have to choose between the alliance and everything else. This pick from the August 2023 book releases looks like the perfect book for our The Ultimate List of YA Fantasy Books: 70+ Best Picks

Forged by Blood

Forged by Blood by Ehigbor Okosun

Genre: YA Fantasy

Plot: This is a YA fantasy from our list of August 2023 book releases that is a tale of rebellion, redemption, race, class, love, trust, and betrayal. This first book in a duology is inspired by Nigerian mythology and we cannot wait to read it.

Tilly in Technicolor

Tilly in Technicolor by Mazey Eddings

Genre: Young Adult

Plot: This is a YA debut about two neurodivergent teens who form a connection with one another over the course of a summer. Tilly has flawed executive functioning and has no idea what she wants to do after high school. Oliver knows exactly what he wants. He is autistic and his love of color helps him balance out his difficulty forming relationships. As the two spend time together, they couldn’t be more different but they form a deep connection. This pick from August 2023 book releases is a must-read.

Forty Words for Love

Forty Words for Love by Aisha Saeed

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Plot: After a tragic death, the Magical town of Moonlite Bay slowly becomes devoid of life and energy. Tensions between townspeople are growing. Yasmine and Rafay have been friends for ten years and even though their friendship seems like it could be more, forest elders have forbidden falling in love with outsiders. We cannot wait to read this pick from the August 2023 book releases.

Unexpecting by Jen Bailey

Genre: Young Adult

Plot: In this touching novel from our August 2023 book releases, Benjamin Morrison must face the consequences of an experiment at science club gone wrong. Benjamin, who is gay, is going to be a father and raise the baby on his own. This decision has effects on his friendships, his grades, every aspect of his life. He must make some hard choices.

Reign

American Royals IV: Reign by Katharine McGee

Genre: Young Adult

Plot: There is something completely addicting about this series and the newest book on our list of August 2023 book releases is sure to be a page-turner. The Queen is in a coma and the family’s decisions about what to do will change the course of history. Everybody is in a fight for power in the conclusion of the best-selling series.

The Brothers Hawthrone

The Brothers Hawthrone by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Genre: Young Adult

Plot: If you read and loved the Inheritance Games, you will not want to miss this new book from the summer 2023 book releases. Grayson and Jameson Hawthorne each have a mission. Both are suced into more twisted games with the help of their brothers and the girl who inherited billions from their grandfather.

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