What Makes a Great New Fiction Book?
Are you looking for the best new fiction books to read this year? You’re in luck! 2023 is full of amazing new book releases that will keep you entertained and engaged. From thrillers to romance novels, to science fiction and fantasy, there are so many types of fiction books available right now. So, what makes a great new fiction book?
The Top 10 Must-Read 2021 Fiction Books & Their Genres
From contemporary novels to historical fiction and fantasy, there is something for everyone. We have compiled a list of the top must-read books that will release this March, so you can find your next great read. From bestsellers to award-winning authors, these books will keep you entertained and captivated for hours on end. Whether you’re looking for a gripping thriller or an exploration of human emotion, these novels are sure to provide an engaging experience.
Top 10 New Fiction Books of March 2023
1. Old Babes in the Wood: Stories by Margaret Atwood.
Old Babes in the Wood is a new collection of short stories from the acclaimed author of The Handmaid’s Tale. In the title story, two sisters contemplate the impact of loss and memory on a summer night. Of the 15 stories in this new volume, seven follow a married couple across the course of their lives – and into what comes after.
2. Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson.
A frothy novel set in the milieu of Brooklyn Heights’ wealthy elite, Pineapple Street focused on the fates of three young women orbiting around the old money WASPs, the Stocktons. Georgiana, Sasha, and Darley are each struggling with matters of love, family, and privilege. Two daughters and a daughter-in-law, each come to their own conclusions about what a family should be.
3. The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell.
Reviewers and early readers describe the new novel Golden Spoon as a “delicious combination of Clue and The Great British Baking Show.” And the love child of Only Murders in the Building and The Maid. Say No More. We’re here for it.
The new novel Weyward follows the experiences of three women across five centuries, all affected by the lush natural world surrounding Weyward Cottage. From 1619 to 1942 to 2019, we see how the fear of strong women and the power of deep knowledge of the natural world can sometimes lead to tragedy – and sometimes to renewal and growth.
5. What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez by Claire Jimenez.
The debut novel What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez sounds like good fun. “A Puerto Rican family in Staten Island discovers that their long‑missing sister is potentially alive and cast on a reality TV show. So they set out to bring her home.”
6. The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley: A Poet’s Journeys Through American Slavery and Independence by David Waldstreicher.
The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley is a comprehensive biography of one of the great poets of the Revolutionary War era – who also just happened to be a Black woman. “Admired by George Washington, ridiculed by Thomas Jefferson, published in London, and read far and wide, Phillis Wheatley led an extraordinary life. Seized in West Africa and forced into slavery as a child, she was sold to a merchant family in Boston, where she became a noted poet at a young age.” The author of “elegies for local elites and celebratory works for political events . . . she also used her verse to various lampoon, question, and assert the injustice of her enslaved condition.” By illuminating a vital chapter of American history that should be far better known, this book is a must-read this spring.
7. Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano.
The author of Dear Edward returns with a modern take on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Julia and her three sisters are inseparable and their home is a happy chaos. But when Julia begins a freshman-year college romance with William, who grew up in a silent house with emotionally distant parents, the relationship threatens the familial bonds that seemed to be unbreakable.
8. The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise by Colleen Oakley.
It’s never too early for a good beach read, and The Mostly True Story . . . sounds like one. Twenty-one-year-old Tanner Quimby is broke and in need of a place to live. Louise Wilt’s daughter is determined to find a live-in caregiver for her elderly mother after a slip and fall. It all begins innocently enough. But then Tanner starts to notice things—weird things. Like, why does Louise keep her garden shed locked up? And why are the cops looking for the perpetrator of one of the biggest jewelry heists in American history, who looks eerily like Louise?
9. Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls.
The author of The Glass Castle returns with Hang the Moon, a novel set in Virginia during the Prohibition era. Sallie Kincaid is opinionated, strong-willed, and determined. Which is why her family casts her out at a young age. Now she’s back to reclaim her place in the family and its Big House. Which proves far more difficult than she expected, and leads her to a successful run as a bootlegger.
10. Lone Women by Victor LaValle.
The author of the brilliant novel The Changeling returns with Lone Women, a novel that sounds a great deal like Nope. Which would be a fabulous thing. Set in 1915 in the American West, a young Black woman is forced to flee California. Now she’d determined to survive as a homesteader in Montana – one of the “lone women” taking advantage of the government’s offer of free land for those tough enough to make a living from it. But is she really alone? And what’s inside the large steamer trunk with the enormous lock that accompanies her wherever she goes?
Pick A Book (or three) And Enjoy!
Reading new fiction books provides numerous benefits to both the mind and body. It can help reduce stress, improve mental health, and provide mental stimulation. Reading can also help to increase creativity, memory retention, and problem-solving skills. With so many advantages to reading new fiction books, it’s no wonder why many people are turning to this form of entertainment as a way to relax and unwind.
So if you’re looking for an activity that will help you destress while providing you with mental stimulation and improved mental health, reading new fiction books is definitely worth considering!
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