21 Big Books of Fall

We miss fall reading. Every season is a good one for a reader (because every season has books), but we’re ready to move on from summer. We have stormy nights waiting for us, hot drinks to warm our hands…and irresistible new books from some of our favorite authors.

Seriously, this season is going to be awesome for book lovers. We’re getting highly anticipated stories from John Green, Stephen King, Jennifer Egan, Philip Pullman, Sarah J. Maas, and Dan Brown—as well as stunning literary debuts, buzzy political memoirs, and more.

Don’t have time to read everything in sight? We know the feeling. That’s why we crunched the numbers to find the books Goodreads members and early readers are adding to their shelves and loving. Every book on our list has a 4.0+ rating. Which ones catch your eye?


My Absolute Darling
by Gabriel Tallent

Against a backdrop of dangerous natural beauty, a half-wild girl works to escape her abusive survivalist father.
Release date: August 29


Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward

Mississippi’s past and present collide as a desperate mother takes her kids on a road trip to meet their ex-con father.
Release date: September 5


Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

A defiant new tenant and an ugly custody battle shatter Elena’s orderly life in this riveting read from the author of Everything I Never Told You.
Release date: September 12


Five-Carat Soul
by James McBride

From the recipient of the 2013 National Book Award comes a collection of insightful, surprising, and humorous stories about our struggle for identity.
Release date: September 26

Young Adult

They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera

After getting the call from “Death-Cast” (a company that knows when everyone will die), strangers Mateo and Rufus meet up for a final adventure.
Release date: September 2


by Marie Lu

Hacker and bounty hunter Emika enters a deadly virtual reality combat tournament as a contestant—and as a spy.
Release date: September 12


Turtles All the Way Down
by John Green

In the author’s first novel since The Fault in Our Stars, plucky Ava accidentally gets wrapped up in the mystery of a fugitive billionaire.
Release date: October 10


La Belle Sauvage
by Philip Pullman

A boy and his daemon companion unravel a tricky, magical mystery in this companion to the author’s beloved His Dark Materials trilogy.
Release date: October 19

Plus thrilling sequels from Sarah J. Maas, Rick Riordan, and Kendare Blake!


From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
by Caitlin Doughty

Mortician Doughty discovers how other cultures care for their dead in this follow-up to Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory.
Release date: October 3


We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The award-winning journalist and author reflects on the Obama era and explores the tragic echoes of history in this powerful essay collection.
Release date: October 3


Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast
by Marc Maron

Discover some of the secrets to success in this hilarious, insightful, and occasionally ridiculous guide to life from the comedian and podcaster.
Release date: October 10


Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything
by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

A collaboration between a cartoonist and a researcher, this is a clever peek into our possible future, featuring robots, space elevators, and more.
Release date: October 17


Lie to Me
by J.T. Ellison

Her note says she doesn’t want to be found, but Ethan can’t accept that from his missing wife…especially once the police start asking questions.
Release date: September 12


by Krysten Ritter

A lawyer stumbles upon a treacherous ritual called “The Game” in her own hometown in this tantalizing page-turner from the star of Marvel’s Jessica Jones.
Release date: November 7

Plus exciting sequels from Dan Brown and Alan Bradley!

Historical Fiction

Love and Other Consolation Prizes
by Jamie Ford

Based on a true story, an orphan boy learns the meaning of belonging after being raffled off at Seattle’s 1909 World Fair.
Release date: September 12


The Last Ballad
by Wiley Cash

While working a dirty, hazardous job at a textile mill, Ella May fights for her dignity and her rights in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina.
Release date: October 3

Plus an epic sequel from Ken Follett!


Chasing Red
by Isabelle Ronin

After losing her apartment, Veronica reluctantly agrees to move in with campus bad boy, Caleb, in this swoon-worthy love story.
Release date: September 5


Without Merit
by Colleen Hoover

The author of Hopeless delivers a poignant, powerful tale of one outsider’s messy search for truth and love.
Release date: October 3

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Black Tides of Heaven
by J.Y. Yang

The bond between twins Mokoya and Akeha weakens as one develops a strange prophetic gift and the other joins a ruthless rebellion.
Release date: September 26


Her Body and Other Parties
by Carmen Maria Machado

This genre-bending collection of short stories focuses on the realities of women’s lives while featuring the end of the world, ghosts, humanity-ending plagues, and more.
Release date: October 3


by Andy Weir

The author of The Martian leaves behind the red planet—his second novel is an action-packed (and science-packed) heist story set on the moon.
Release date: November 14

Plus fantastical sequels from Brandon Sanderson, Nnedi Okorafor, and Peter V. Brett!

Which book are you most excited to read this season? Let us know in the comments!

by Hayley

Source: goodreads

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