The Christmas decorations are away for another year but we have a collection of books to kick start your new year reading. Keep scrolling to have a look at our January highlights, find out about any recommendations you might have missed and get inspiration for this year's reading lists.

Fiction Books of the Month

New year, new books and this month we have a brilliant collection of fiction books that we think you'll love. From utterly fabulous debuts to gripping and thrilling paperbacks, find out more about our Fiction Books of the Month.

The Illuminated by Anindita Ghose - "Set in contemporary India, this captivating, quietly stirring debut explores losing and re-establishing identity, and the rise of religious fundamentalism, through a mother and daughter who lose their anchor."

Cold People by Tom Rob Smith - "Completely and utterly fabulous, this thrilling novel thrusts you into the near future with chilling yet vibrant intensity."

Tell Me Everything by Laura Kay - "A romcom about a queer therapist avoiding her own issues! Yes please."

Elektra by Jennifer Saint - "Following Ariadne, comes another spellbinding retelling of Ancient Greek myth from Saint in this story of three women, whose fates are inextricably tied to a curse, and the fickle nature of men and gods."

The Murder Book by Mark Billingham - "The past is not just haunting Thorne, it’s hunting him in this read-in-one-sitting thrilling crime novel."

Resurrection by David Gilman - "Enthralling action-filled storytelling fills the pages and ensures this vibrant and stimulating international thriller is a must-read."

Non-Fiction Books of the Month

Discover something new this year with these Non-Fiction Books of the Month. Explore Shakespeare's sonnets or profound and extraordinary autobiography in this month's recommendations.

Lost & Found by Kathryn Schulz - "A profound memoir that explores the balance of our strongest emotions"

Sonnets by William Shakespeare - "With an introduction by Andrew McMillan, explore the mystery, starry-eyes and ardent hearts of Shakespeare's sonnets."

You Don't Know What War Is by Yeva Skalietska - "Penned by a 12-year-old Ukrainian, this extraordinary diary account of the war in Ukraine presents a poignant personal journey of pain and hope"

Debuts of the Month

Fall in love with a new author in 2023 with this collection of debuts. Whether you're looking for stories of love, revenge or anything inbetween, scroll to find out more about these new authors.

Edgware Road by Yasmin Cordery Khan - "Set in London in the eighties and early noughties, this immersive debut rings with authenticity and the emotional weight of a young woman’s journey to discover her late father."

Really Good, Actually by Monica Heisey - "Spiky and bright this astute oh-so funny novel about the end of a marriage creates waves of emotions that crash through barriers to allow thoughts freedom to explore."

The Things That We Lost by Jyoti Patel - "Shot-through with love and courage, this page-turner of a debut brims with moving truths about grief, identity, family relationships, and “where are you really from?” racism."

The Things We Do To Our Friends by Heather Darwent - "Toxic female friendships, revenge, reinvention and the pull of privilege and power, this Edinburgh-set psychological thriller packs scandalous, page-turning punch."

We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman - "Radiant with life and the magic of lifelong friendship, this fiercely funny, devastatingly moving novel will leave you longing to hug and laugh with your loved ones."

My (extra)Ordinary Life by Rebecca Ryan - "Already falling through on your transformative New Year to-list? Emily’s ‘average’ life might feel horribly relatable… "

The Corpse Flower by Anne Mette Hancock - "Sharp on-point writing combined with a clever plot ensure that this Danish debut stands out for all the right reasons."

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month

If your New Year's Resolution is to read more books, we'll be on hand all year to deliver top recommendations to keep you on track. As always, our Editorial Expert Liz Robinson curates her monthly favourites, with unique, thought-provoking and award winning books for you to enjoy.

When I First Held You by Anstey Harris - "Thought-provoking, loving and compassionate, this gorgeous dual-timeline family and relationship story examines the meaning of love and family."

The Clockwork Girl by Anna Mazzola - "Balancing a razor-sharp wire between greed and privilege, liberty and opportunity, this is a breathtaking, chilling, and vividly evocative historical tale."

Cold People by Tom Rob Smith - "With a unique premise, viciously stunning location, all-consuming plot, and captivating characters, this is an unforgettable novel."

The Drift by C. J. Tudor - "Three separate locations, three groups of survivors, and in essence three absolutely thrilling locked room mysteries all encased within an icy mountain wilderness."

Really Good, Actually by Monica Heisey - "A simply fabulous howling banshee of a novel that whips into thoughts inducing snorts of laughter, many a raised eyebrow, and also waves of empathy."

The Witches of Vardo by Anya Bergman - "A vivid and atmospheric historical retelling of one of the Vardo witchcraft trials in Norway which took place between 1662 and 1663."

The Corpse Flower by Anne Mette Hancock - "This award winning crime debut from Denmark is as thoroughly entertaining as it is provocative."

Star Books

The first batch of this year's Star Books are here. Not sure which book to start 2023 with? Take a look at these inspiring suggestions, which come with our highest recommendation.