As with every year, I am planning on reading books like I do every year. The New Release Challenge is supposed to be fun and discover new books. Well, not sure how things will go this year because only some of my book requests get granted and not all new releases, I want to read are available at my local library. And buying every book I want is not always an option. But reading is the key, and as long as the challenge is fun to do, I am in. The challenge is hosted by Lexxie & Brandee at (un)Conventional Bookworms, and I hope it will be as much fun as it has been in previous years.

There is only one thing I want to add (to avoid any misunderstandings). I handle this blog and my reviews in English, but the books I read are mostly German books, which means – for this challenge – that the German translation is published in 2023. And I will be reading some English books, too. And the ones I will use for this challenge will be released in 2023. There is also a Facebook Group, to have a place where we can keep up with each other, cheer each other on, ask questions, and get to know each other better. It is also where we can help each other find even more new releases. So, make sure to step in and have some fun along the way …

I am aiming for the New Release Newbie which means that I will have to read 30 new releases in 2023 to achieve this level. 

  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2023
  • Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2023 New Release Challenge qualify to the other rules
  • The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC, or audiobook
  • The New Book Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st, 2023 and sign-ups are open until September 1st, 2023
  • You don´t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don´t be shy!
  • If you want to spread the love, please use #2023NewReleaseChallenge on Twitter


1 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
2 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
3 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
4 101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
5 200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed

Happy reading & good luck


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