The best new books to read: Top releases, updated weekly (2023)

The Post regularly compiles the best books released in the past month. In the meantime, take a look atour favorite titles released in the last year.

This week’s best new books

Jersey Breaks: Becoming an American Poet

Robert Pinsky (nonfiction, WW Norton)
Descended from a bootlegger grandfather in a rundown Jersey Shore town, Robert Pinsky’s journey to becoming a poet was an unlikely one. Although he was a C student, writing poetry helped him make sense of his life and its challenges.

The Maze

Nelson DeMille (fiction, Scribner)
In “Plum Island,” Nelson DeMiller introduced readers to NYPD Homicide Detective John Corey. Six bestselling John Corey novels later, Corey has been forced into retirement and is desperate for action when a former lover approaches him with a job offer — and a chance to solve the notorious Gilgo Beach murders on Long Island.

Bad Vibes Only

Nora McInerny (essays, Atria/One Signal Publishers)
Nora McInerny takes on our aggressively optimistic culture and what it means to be real in an online age of superficial curation in essays that are sharp and entertaining.

The Furies

John Connolly (fiction, Atria/Emily Bestler Books)
Trouble comes to Portland, Maine when Private Investigator Charlie Parker has his hands full with cases. As the small city prepares to shut down with a global pandemic, he is tasked with keeping two women safe from harm.

Dying of Politeness

Geena Davis (memoir, Harper One)
The two-time Academy Award winning actress traces her childhood dream of screen stardom — she announced at three that she planned to make it in Hollywood — to her current life as a Hollywood screen icon.

Treasure State

CJ Box (fiction, Minotaur Books)
PI Cassie Dewell in on the hunt, looking for a clever con man who has absconded with a wealthy Florida widow’s fortune. The trail leads Dewell to Anaconda, Montana, a great place to reinvent yourself.

Best book releases that hit shelves last week

When We Were Friends

Holly Bourne (fiction, MIRA)
Fern and Jessica were best friends — until they weren’t. More than 10 years later, they’re now in their early 30s, and Jessica is a divorced mom. When she shows up one night to one of Fern’s work events, Fern is stunned and wary — wondering if it’s a good idea for them to renew a friendship that ended with a shocking breach of trust. Things are different now, and both women have grown up and matured — or have they?

It’s News to Me

RG Belsky (fiction, Oceanview Publishing)
When a popular college student named Riley Hunt is murdered in Manhattan, it’s a big story for TV newswoman Clare Carlson. Quickly, a troubled Afghanistan war veteran is identified as the main suspect. Then the suspect’s mother approaches Clare with information that could prove her son is not the killer.

The Revivalists

Christopher M Hood (fiction, Harper)
In this beautifully written debut novel, the Shark Flu pandemic has wiped out much of the world’s population. Bill and Penelope have survived and are rebuilding their new lives — when their grown daughter Hannah gets in touch over the radio and tells them she’s joined a cult in Bishop, California. Bill and Penelope begin a dangerous cross-country trek to save their family as they navigate a strange and often terrifying new world.

Street Smart: The Primer for Success in the New World

John Positano and Rock Positano (nonfiction, Savio Press)
What does it mean to be street smart? It isn’t what you think. A primer on how to spot, seize and make the most of lucky breaks — and translate them into lasting success. It’s targeted at millennials, but accessible to everyone.

Best book releases from the week of August 21st

The House Party

Rita Cameron (fiction, William Morrow)
Maja Jensen has left nothing to chance when building her dream home in the Philadelphia suburbs. After all, she has high hopes for its ability to compensate for a disintegrating marriage and the fact that she hasn’t had kids. But when a group of teenagers trash her home weeks before she’s about to move in, her plans and dreams are ruined.

It’s Not Me, It’s You: Break the Blame Cycle, Relationship Better

John Kim, Vanessa Bennett (nonfiction, Harper One)
Two therapists analyze their own relationship and use it as a playbook with accessible tips on how to make a relationship last. John Kim is the so-called Angry Therapist, so you know the advice in this book will be funny and no-holds-barred.

Stay True: A Memoir

Hua Hsu (memoir, Doubleday)
Hua is the son of Vietnamese immigrants; Ken is “mainstream,” with a Japanese American family that has been in the country for generations. Yet the two become fast friends, a relationship forged by late night cigarettes, long drives and everyday college life. And then one day Ken is gone, killed in a carjacking, while Hua struggles to hang on to the memory of his friend.

Prisoners of the Castle

Ben McIntyre (nonfiction, Crown)
Colditz Castle was where the German army housed its most difficult Allied prisoners during World War II, and their frequent attempts at escape became legend. But the escape attempts were only part of life at Colditz, which was populated by a fascinating cast of characters.

New York: 1962-1964

Germano Celant (art, Skira)
A beautiful coffee table book that showcases the stunning exhibit by the same name, currently at the Jewish Museum of New York. It takes a look at the cultural transformations in New York that took place between January 1962 and December 1964 — and the impact they would have worldwide.

Mother Brain: How Neuroscience is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood

Chelsea Conaboy (nonfiction, Henry Holt & Co.)
New parents know that having a baby changes you; what they might not realize is how profoundly their neurobiology changes as well. Science has mostly ignored this aspect of parenthood until recently, and the book explores fascinating new research.

Best book releases from the week of August 14th

The Marriage Portrait

Maggie O’Farrell (fiction, Knopf)
In 1550s Florence, young Lucrezia is the third daughter of a grand duke. Her childhood is happy until it ends quite abruptly in her marriage to a much older man, the duke of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio. She leaves home behind to enter the court of Alfonso — a man she barely knows and who, as she soon realizes, has plenty of secrets. A fascinating fictionalized account of the young Lucrezia de Medici.

Hell and Back

Craig Johnson (fiction, Viking)
Sheriff Walt Longmire has woken up in the middle of the street in the town of Fort Pratt, Montana, with no memory of who he is or how he got there — and only a name badge to tell him. 30 young Native American boys had died in a boarding school fire, and now something Northern Cheyenne refer to as the Taker of Souls is stalking. A new entry in the popular Longmire series.

Uncultured: A Memoir

Daniella Mestyanek Young (memoir, St. Martin’s)
Daniella Mestyanek Young was raised on a commune in Brazil, the daughter of a high-ranking leader in the religious cult The Children of God (also known as The Family.) At 15, fed up with all she was forbidden from doing, Daniella escaped to Texas, where she joined the US military.

Rules of Engagement

Stacey Abrams (fiction, Berkley)
Intelligence operative Dr. Raleigh Foster has been asked to infiltrate Scimitar, a terrorist group that has stolen lethal environmental technology. She’s assigned a partner to pose as her lover — the brooding Adam Grayson — and soon it seems that falling in love is another risk to add to her list.

Matchmaker’s Gift

Lynda Cohen Loigman (fiction, St. Martin’s)
It is 1910 on NYC’s Lower East Side, and Sara Glikman knows she has a gift for matchmaking. But the other matchmakers are older men who have no interest in allowing a young girl to break into their profession, and Sara must fight for recognition in the field. Two generations later, Sara’s granddaughter Abby is a successful Manhattan divorce lawyer. When Sara dies, she leaves Abby her matchmaking journals — and the pages raise many questions.

A Man of the World: My Life at National Geographic

Gilbert Grosvenor (nonfiction, National Geographic)
An inside look at the man who helmed National Geographic for six decades, taking a four generation family legacy — explorers like Robert Peary, Louis Leakey, and Jane Goodall were always visiting the family home — and overseeing the brand’s entry into television, film, books, as well as its flagship magazine.

Best book releases from the week of August 7th

Dictator Lunches

Jenny Mollen (cookbook, Harvest)
Just in time for Back to School, the Instagram personality behind the hilarious account @dictatorlunches is back with plenty more lunchbox ideas to make even the pickiest tyrant (ie., child) eat — and eat well.

The Most Likely Club

Elyssa Friedland (fiction, Berkley)
In 1997, four high school friends make big plans to conquer the world. 25 years later, their reunion is looming, and nothing has worked out the way anyone planned. Is it too late to make their dreams happen?

Oath of Loyalty

Vince Flynn (fiction, Atria/Emily Bestler Books)
President Anthony Cook is convinced that Mitch Rapp is a threat to him; a truce is engineered wherein Rapp leaves the country for as long as Cook controls the White House. This works until Cook’s security adviser convinces him Rapp won’t honor the agreement, and then leaks the identity of his partner, Claudia Gould. All hell breaks loose, and new assassins are now on her trail.

Fairy Tale

Stephen King (fiction, Scribner)
17-year-old Charlie Reade has started doing odd jobs for Howard Bowditch, a recluse who lives with his dog Radar in a big house on a hill. There’s a locked shed in the backyard, and sometimes Charlie hears strange sounds from it. When Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a wild story — and the claim that the shed is the portal to another world.

Bad Angel Brothers

Paul Theroux (fiction, Mariner Books)
Cal’s older brother Frank has always cast a long shadow over him; when Cal grows up, he becomes a gold prospector who attains incredible wealth — and more importantly, independence. But Frank is still lurking around, and he soon commits the ultimate betrayal.

Drunk on Love

Jasmine Guillory (fiction, Berkley)
Margot Noble is stressed out from running the family winery, and needs some time to unwind. When she meets a handsome stranger named Luke and the two have a one night stand, it seems like the perfect no strings attached evening. Until Luke shows up the next day at the winery, and it turns out he’s the newest hire.


What is the most popular book to read right now? ›

The 10 Most Popular Books Right Now
  • It Starts with Us: A Novel. ...
  • The Night Ship (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition) ...
  • O Caledonia. ...
  • The Rabbit Hutch (B&N Discover Prize Winner) ...
  • I'm Glad My Mom Died. ...
  • Your Greater Is Coming: Discover the Path to Your Bigger, Better, and Brighter Future. ...
  • These Silent Woods.
3 days ago

What should I read on vacation 2022? ›

10 Best Beach Reads for Summer 2022
  • Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.
  • Book Lovers by Emily Henry.
  • The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood.
  • People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry.
  • Neon Gods by Katee Robert.
  • Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall.
  • A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair.
  • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston.

What book is trending now? ›

Trending Books
  • Death Leaves a Shadow (Marlowe Black Mystery, #2) ...
  • Paradox Effect: Time Travel and Purified DNA Merge to Halt the Collapse of Human Existence (Paperback) ...
  • Immoral Origins (The Desire Card, #1) ...
  • Problems at the Pub (Sugar Mountain, #4) ...
  • Where the Crawdads Sing (ebook) ...
  • Unparalleled (Kindle Edition)

What are the new books out to read? ›

New Releases Books
  • It Starts with Us (It Ends with Us, #2) Colleen Hoover (Goodreads Author) ...
  • Love on the Brain (Kindle Edition) ...
  • Bloodmarked (Legendborn, #2) ...
  • Hell Bent (Alex Stern, #2) ...
  • Chain of Thorns (The Last Hours, #3) ...
  • Book Lovers (Hardcover) ...
  • Carrie Soto Is Back (Hardcover) ...
  • Book of Night (Book of Night, #1)

What is the number 1 selling book? ›

Top 100 best selling books of all time
1Da Vinci Code,TheBrown, Dan
2Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsRowling, J.K.
3Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneRowling, J.K.
4Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixRowling, J.K.
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What are the current top 10 fiction books? ›

  • Fairy Tale by Stephen King. ...
  • Righteous Prey by John Sandford. ...
  • Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult; Jennifer Finney Boylan. ...
  • Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks. ...
  • Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng. ...
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover. ...
  • The Winners by Fredrik Backman. ...
  • Endless Summer by Elin Hilderbrand.
4 days ago

Who is the best-selling author 2022? ›

Top 10 Selling Books, 2022 Year-to-Date
1It Ends With UsColleen Hoover
2Where the Crawdads SingDelia Owens
3VerityColleen Hoover
4Ugly LoveColleen Hoover
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Which book has the highest rating on Goodreads? ›

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling

With nearly 8 million ratings, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is the most popular book of all time on Goodreads and has sold over 120 million copies.

What book should I read to become smarter? ›

1. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. This 2011 bestseller by Nobel Laureate Kahneman is an intriguing account of the way the human brain works, with its two main manners of thinking and coming to decisions: namely, fast and slow.

What kind of books do you like to read in your vacation Why? ›

I generally want to read comics books and adventurous books in my vacation.It gives me some relaxation as I feel in the real world.

What do you read in summer holidays? ›

Summer Vacation Books
  • People We Meet on Vacation (Paperback) ...
  • Beach Read (Paperback) ...
  • Olive's Ocean (Paperback) ...
  • We Were Liars (Kindle Edition) ...
  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks #1) ...
  • How to Ruin a Summer Vacation (How to Ruin, #1)

What books are being published in 2022? ›

The 27 most anticipated new books of 2022:
  • "To Paradise" by Hanya Yanagihara. ...
  • "You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays" by Zora Neale Hurston. ...
  • "Reminders of Him" by Colleen Hoover. ...
  • "How High We Go In The Dark" by Sequoia Nagamatsu. ...
  • "Manifesto: On Never Giving Up" by Bernardine Evaristo. ...
  • "Perpetual West" by Mesha Maren.
12 Jan 2022

Who is the number one author? ›

Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976)

Dame Agatha Christie currently holds the title of the world's best-selling novelist, according to Guiness World Records, as well as the most-translated author in history.

Which is the best website to buy books? ›

Best Sites To Buy Books
  • Amazon.
  • Flipkart.
  • Bookish Santa.
  • Used Books Factory.
  • BookFlow.
  • Pustak Kosh.
  • AbeBooks.
26 Oct 2021

Which is the most read book in the world? ›

The most read book in the world is the Bible. Writer James Chapman created a list of the most read books in the world based on the number of copies each book sold over the last 50 years.

What kind of books do you like to read? ›

  • Action and Adventure.
  • Classics.
  • Comic Book or Graphic Novel.
  • Detective and Mystery.
  • Fantasy.
  • Historical Fiction.
  • Horror.
  • Literary Fiction.
29 Oct 2019

How can I be a better reader? ›

Consider whether these habits might work for you:
  1. Quit reading. ...
  2. Skim. ...
  3. Set aside time to read demanding books. ...
  4. Always have plenty of reading material on hand. ...
  5. Keep a reading list, and keep it handy. ...
  6. Try audio-books. ...
  7. Don't fight reading inclinations. ...
  8. Read Slightly Foxed.
17 Apr 2015

Are people reading more 2022? ›

What Readers Want 2022: Readers in the United States. Americans are reading more than before, 25% more when compared to the previous year (2020) but the trend is not uniform. Although some US citizens are consuming more books, 23% of Americans haven't picked up a single book in the past year.

Is book reading declining? ›

College graduates read an average of about six fewer books in 2021 than they did between 2002 and 2016, 14.6 versus 21.1. In the past, women read close to twice as many books as men did, but the gap has narrowed as the average U.S. woman read 15.7 books last year, compared with 19.3 between 2002 and 2016.

How many books does the average person read 2022? ›

If we're discussing reading in America, statistics show that the average person reads 12 books per year. However, the median number of books read per year is four, meaning half the country reads fewer than four books per year.

Which age group reads the most? ›

Millennials are the most voracious readers, with 80% of Millennials having read a book in the last 12 months. They are also the biggest library-goers of the five generations.

Which country reads the most? ›

The country that reads the most books is India! They led every country on the map with an average of 10 hours and 42 minutes. That is a good average amount for a country as a whole.

What percentage of people Cannot read? ›

14 Percent of U.S. Adults Can't Read | Live Science.

How many books can one read in a lifetime? ›

The average reader will complete 12 books in a year. If the life expectancy is 86 for females and 82 for males, and the proper reading age 25 years, Literary Hub notes that the average number of books read in a lifetime is 735 for females and 684 for males.

Which is the most reading book in the world? ›

The most read book in the world is the Bible. Writer James Chapman created a list of the most read books in the world based on the number of copies each book sold over the last 50 years. He found that the Bible far outsold any other book, with a whopping 3.9 billion copies sold over the last 50 years.

How many pages should read a day? ›

Before your life turns into a whirlwind of activity, read a book that will make you better. As with most habits that can greatly impact your life, this will never feel urgent, but it is important. 20 pages per day. That's all you need.

Do you read before going to bed? ›

Research suggests reading may help: Ease stress. If worries and other emotional distress keeps you lying awake long past your bedtime, picking up a book could make a difference. Reading for half an hour could provide just as much stress relief as doing yoga or watching comedy videos for the same amount of time.

Is 15 minutes of reading a day good? ›

15 minutes seems to be the “magic number” at which students start seeing substantial positive gains in reading achievement; students who read just over a half-hour to an hour per day see the greatest gains of all.

What is a good number of books to read in a year? ›

The most obvious answer to “how many books should you read in a year” would be 12 since it's research-based.

Which country reads the most books 2022? ›

India – Ranking at number one, India spends approximately 10 hours and 42 minutes reading per week. This equals 556.4 per year. Thailand – It ranks number two, and the weekly reading rate totals 9 hours and 24 minutes.

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