The month of December not only brings the holiday season but also an exciting lineup of new book releases that are sure to captivate readers of various tastes. As we prepare to bid farewell to another year, bookworms have plenty of reasons to celebrate with a diverse array of titles hitting the shelves. From thrilling mysteries to heartwarming romances and insightful non-fiction, December 2023 promises a literary feast for all. Join us as we unveil the “10 Most Anticipated Books of December 2023,” providing a glimpse into the stories and insights that await avid readers.
10 Most Anticipated Books of December 2023
- Night Owl (Andrew Mayne)
- Grievar’s Blood (Alexander Darwin)
- Feel Good Productivity (Ali Abdaal)
- Ruthless Vows (Rebecca Ross)
- Calm Your Mind with Food (Uma Naidoo MD)
- Heartstopper Vol.5 (Alice Osman)
- This Spells Love (Kate Robb)
- The Other Mothers (Katherine Faulkner)
- The Curse of Penryth Hall (Jess Armstrong)
- The Frozen River (Ariel Lawhon)
Night Owl (Andrew Mayne)
A gripping thriller that brings together a retired spy, a deadly conspiracy, and a high-stakes race against time. Brad Trasker, a retired counterintelligence expert, is pulled back into the world of espionage when a next-generation aircraft project led by aerospace CEO Kylie Connor is sabotaged. As the mystery deepens, trust becomes a rare commodity, and Trasker must navigate a web of corporate espionage, betrayal, and danger. With assassins on his trail, he’s in a race to uncover the truth and stop a dangerous conspiracy. This Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author delivers a pulse-pounding narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.
Grievar’s Blood (Alexander Darwin)
In a world where combat determines the fate of nations, Grievar Knights battle in the Circles for the sake of peace. However, the shadowy Daimyo wield unnatural enhancements to gain an edge. Cego and his team, back for their second year at the Lyceum, face personal demons amidst their martial training. Cego’s quest to uncover his mysterious past and find his missing brothers adds depth to the story. Solara Halberd, daughter of a renowned fighter, embarks on her own adventurous journey guided by her father’s wisdom. “Grievar’s Blood” weaves combat, intrigue, and personal legacies into an enthralling narrative.
Feel Good Productivity (Ali Abdaal)
Renowned productivity expert Dr. Ali Abdaal presents a groundbreaking approach to success. Instead of emphasizing relentless hard work, he champions the idea that productivity thrives on joy. Drawing from extensive psychological research, Abdaal introduces the concept of “feel-good productivity,” highlighting the three key elements that energize it, the obstacles to overcome procrastination, and the factors that sustain it. Through real-life examples and actionable advice, readers are guided toward a happier, more fulfilling, and productive life where the pursuit of success is synonymous with experiencing joy in one’s work.
Ruthless Vows (Rebecca Ross)
The novel serves as the epic conclusion to a beautifully written and intensely romantic saga that began with “Divine Rivals.” As the war rages on, Iris Winnow and Attie return to the front lines, driven by the urgency to report on Dacre’s movements. Meanwhile, Roman, having lost his memory in Dacre’s realm, becomes entangled in a mysterious correspondence that challenges his loyalty. With the war intensifying and their fates intertwining, Roman and Iris must navigate treacherous choices and risk their hearts to alter the course of the conflict. In this thrilling conclusion, love and loyalty are put to the test against a backdrop of war and uncertainty.
Calm Your Mind with Food (Uma Naidoo MD)
The bestselling author and nutritional psychiatrist Dr. Uma Naidoo presents a revolutionary approach to alleviating anxiety. Drawing on cutting-edge research that links anxiety to the brain, gut, immune system, and metabolism, Dr. Naidoo guides readers through the profound impact of nutrition on calming the mind. The book explores the role of inflammation, gut bacteria, and key dietary components in anxiety management. It introduces the six pillars for mental calmness and offers practical advice on incorporating anxiety-reducing foods into one’s diet, along with a range of nutritious recipes. With personalized meal plans and actionable insights, this book empowers readers to enhance their mental well-being, boost immunity, and reduce anxiety through the transformative power of food.
Heartstopper Vol.5 (Alice Osman)
In the fifth volume of the beloved “Heartstopper” series by Alice Oseman, Nick and Charlie’s love story continues to unfold. Their journey explores the complexities of young love, as they navigate the challenges of taking their relationship to the next level while facing the impending separation that comes with Nick’s upcoming university plans. Oseman’s signature two-color artwork beautifully captures the essence of their story, which delves into themes of love, friendship, and the small moments that shape our lives. While addressing important topics such as mental health, eating disorders, and sexuality, “Heartstopper Vol. 5” remains a heartwarming and relatable LGBTQ+ graphic novel that resonates with readers of all backgrounds.
This Spells Love (Kate Robb)
In “This Spells Love,” a witty and whimsical friends-to-lovers rom-com, Gemma Wilde’s attempt to heal her heartbreak with a love cleansing spell takes an unexpected turn. After performing the spell with her best friend, Dax, Gemma wakes up in an alternate reality where she never dated her ex, and her life is completely different. To reverse the spell, she must convince a near-stranger, Dax, to become friends with her and seal it with a kiss. However, as she navigates her quirky quest, she finds herself falling for Dax and questioning whether she truly wants to return to her old life. This charming debut explores the humorous and heartfelt complexities of love and second chances.
The Other Mothers (Katherine Faulkner)
Amidst the opulence of London’s elite enclave, “The Other Mothers” unfolds as a riveting thriller. Tash, a new mom yearning to resurrect her journalism career, seizes the chance when a young nanny’s death shrouded in mystery occurs near her home. While on the hunt for a suitable playgroup for her son, she stumbles upon a world of wealth, extravagant playdates, and intricate secrets. As a second tragedy strikes, Tash’s investigative instincts lead her into a labyrinth of concealed truths within her son’s playgroup. In this suspenseful narrative, the line between friendship and suspicion blurs, unearthing the sinister realities beneath the facade of camaraderie among affluent mothers. “The Other Mothers” keeps readers guessing about trust and surveillance in this tony community.
The Curse of Penryth Hall (Jess Armstrong)
Jess Armstrong invites readers into a mysterious and atmospheric Cornish countryside in her compelling work. The narrative introduces Ruby Vaughn, an American heiress who unexpectedly returns to Penryth Hall. When a gruesome death and whispers of a curse envelop the hall, Ruby must collaborate with Ruan Kivell, a local Pellar with an air of mystique, to unearth the truth and protect her friend Tamsyn. Jess Armstrong’s debut weaves a spellbinding narrative that seamlessly blends history, folklore, and an eerie ambiance, promising an enthralling reading experience from start to finish, and it’s celebrated with the Minotaur Books & Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award.
The Frozen River (Ariel Lawhon)
Set in Maine in 1789, “The Frozen River” by Ariel Lawhon is a gripping historical mystery inspired by the life and diary of midwife Martha Ballard. When Martha is summoned to examine a man’s body found trapped in the frozen Kennebec River, she embarks on an investigation that unravels shocking secrets in her small community. With her diary serving as a record of births, deaths, and hidden truths, Martha becomes entangled in a murder case that may be connected to a disturbing rape allegation. Lawhon’s narrative delves into the complexities of Martha’s world, offering a tense and tender story that honors an unsung heroine who stood up for justice in 18th-century America.