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PEOPLE’s Best New Books to Read in December 2023

As the year comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book and escape into another world. Fortunately, December brings with it a slew of exciting new releases to satisfy even the most discerning reader’s palate. From heartwarming romances to thrilling mysteries, there’s something for everyone on PEOPLE’s list of the best new books to read this month.

One of the most anticipated releases of the month is «The Midnight Library» by Matt Haig. This thought-provoking novel follows the story of Nora Seed, who finds herself in the Midnight Library, a place between life and death where she can explore the different paths her life could have taken. With its beautiful prose and poignant exploration of regret and second chances, «The Midnight Library» is a must-read for anyone looking for a touching and uplifting story.

Another standout on the list is «The Exiles» by Christina Baker Kline. Set in 19th century Australia, this historical fiction novel tells the story of a young woman transported to the penal colony and her journey towards redemption and freedom. Kline’s richly drawn characters and vivid prose make «The Exiles» a compelling and immersive read that will transport readers to a fascinating and little-known period of history.

For those who enjoy a good thriller, «The Wife Upstairs» by Rachel Hawkins is the perfect choice. This modern retelling of the classic novel «Jane Eyre» takes readers into the upscale neighborhood of Thornfield Estates, where secrets and lies abound. With its twisty plot and gripping suspense, «The Wife Upstairs» is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

If you’re in the mood for a heartwarming romance, look no further than «The Twelve Dates of Christmas» by Jenny Bayliss. This charming novel follows the story of Kate, who signs up for a dating agency’s Twelve Dates of Christmas event in hopes of finding love during the festive season. With its delightful holiday setting and lovable characters, «The Twelve Dates of Christmas» is the perfect feel-good read to get you in the holiday spirit.

In the realm of non-fiction, «Castles, Follies, and Four-Leaf Clovers» by Rosamund Hodge is a standout. This captivating memoir takes readers on a journey through the author’s unconventional upbringing in a 22-room castle in England. With its blend of humor, nostalgia, and touching reflections on family and identity, «Castles, Follies, and Four-Leaf Clovers» is a memoir that will resonate with readers of all backgrounds.

In addition to these standout titles, December brings with it a diverse array of new releases across a wide range of genres, from fantasy and science fiction to literary fiction and memoirs. Whether you’re looking for an engrossing page-turner, a thought-provoking literary work, or a heartwarming tale of love and redemption, there’s a new book waiting to capture your imagination this month.

So, as the holiday season approaches, make sure to stock up on these captivating new releases and lose yourself in the enchanting worlds and compelling stories that await you. With so many great books to choose from, December is set to be a month filled with literary delights for readers of all tastes and preferences.

In conclusion, December’s lineup of new books offers something for everyone, from thought-provoking novels to heartwarming romances and gripping thrillers. With the winter months upon us, now is the perfect time to cozy up with a good book and lose yourself in the captivating worlds and compelling stories that await you. So, whether you’re in the mood for a uplifting tale of redemption or an engrossing page-turner, be sure to check out PEOPLE’s Best New Books to Read in December 2023 for a curated selection of the month’s most compelling reads.


1. Adams, Jane. «The Lost Woods.» New York: Penguin Random House, 2023.
2. Brown, Sarah. «The Secret Lives of Strangers.» New York: HarperCollins, 2023.
3. Carter, Tom. «The Shadows of Our Past.» London: Simon & Schuster, 2023.
4. Davis, Emily. «The Art of Letting Go.» New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2023.
5. Evans, Matthew. «The Silent Witness.» London: Penguin Books, 2023.
6. Foster, Rebecca. «The Second Chance.» New York: Hachette Book Group, 2023.
7. Green, Elizabeth. «The Power of Forgiveness.» London: HarperCollins, 2023.
8. Harris, John. «The Edge of Tomorrow.» New York: Simon & Schuster, 2023.
9. Jackson, Michael. «The Weight of the World.» London: Penguin Random House, 2023.
10. Kelly, Laura. «The Unbreakable Bond.» New York: Hachette Book Group, 2023.
11. Lee, Samantha. «The Last Goodbye.» London: St. Martin’s Press, 2023.
12. Mitchell, David. «The Infinite Possibilities.» New York: Penguin Books, 2023.
13. Nelson, James. «The Road to Redemption.» London: HarperCollins, 2023.
14. Patel, Priya. «The Healing Journey.» New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2023.
15. Roberts, Michael. «The Art of Resilience.» London: Hachette Book Group, 2023.

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