24 Highly Rated New Paperback Releases

Posted by Cybil on September 10, 2018


There are a lot of ways to enjoy a book, from hardcover, to e-reader, to audiobook. But let's take a moment to recognize the simple pleasure of a paperback. Paperbacks are throw-in-your-bag ready, plus they've had time to get a ton of reader reviews, so you can select from the best of the best.

Speaking of highly rated books, we've rounded up 24 new release paperbacks that have earned at least a four-star rating from your fellow readers. There's never been a better time to catch up on these excellent books, including Jesmyn Ward's National Book Award-winning novel Sing, Unburied, Sing or the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club pick The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.

Which books are you adding to your Want to Read shelf?


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What's the last paperback book you've purchased? Tell us in the comments!

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message 1: by rina dunn (new)

rina dunn Vicious by V.E Schwab 😊


message 2: by Voldemort (new)

Voldemort The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I loved it.


message 3: by Natalia (new)

Natalia Martin La sal de la tierra de Daniel Wolf


message 4: by Mariana (new)

Mariana Quesada The first fifteen lives of Harry August by Claire North :)


message 5: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael City of Endless Nights


message 6: by Sandradine (new)

Sandradine Oh my! This blew my "tbr" list even more way out of proportions as I practically added most of them. Thank you for the heads up.


message 7: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Voldemort wrote: "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I loved it."
So did I!! Fantastic book.


message 8: by Reader453 (new)

Reader453 Curse of The Pharaohs - Elizabeth Peters.


message 9: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Voldemort wrote: "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I loved it."

Agreed, but I still want to read that essay on chickens.


message 10: by Pete (new)

Pete It was more than a year ago now that I saw a statistical summary on Goodreads that was quite interesting. 75% of rated books received 5 stars. That would tend to obliterate the general assumption that 3 stars indicates an average book.


message 11: by AustinT (last edited Sep 10, 2018 02:48PM) (new)

AustinT American Pastoral - Phillip Roth


message 12: by Mary J Starry (new)

Mary J Starry Inconvenient Indians


message 13: by Lake (new)

Lake Please read Home Visit. You won't regret it.


message 14: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Myers I bought the paperback for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine back in April. It's not a new release.


message 15: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Myers Pete wrote: "It was more than a year ago now that I saw a statistical summary on Goodreads that was quite interesting. 75% of rated books received 5 stars. That would tend to obliterate the general assumption t..."


I could believe that a majority of books get high ratings because a lot of readers stick with their favorite genre/authors.


message 16: by Richie (new)

Richie What's the best read among them?


message 17: by Kei (new)

Kei Smith The Best We Could Do was such a touching, meaningful read; I could hardly put it down.


message 18: by Charles (new)

Charles Pete wrote: "It was more than a year ago now that I saw a statistical summary on Goodreads that was quite interesting. 75% of rated books received 5 stars. That would tend to obliterate the general assumption t..."

Someone told me a while back that people use the star system as a way of keeping certain books that are coming soon at the top of their tbr shelves.

116 5-star books on my shelf out of 2141 so I guess I'm an outlier. :P


message 19: by Charles (new)

Charles Guernsey came out yonks ago in paperback didn't it? Are there any other books on this list that are just newly-covered? Have your say!


message 20: by Rajiv (new)

Rajiv Saxena can i get a pdf copy of urban naxals if possible.


message 21: by Brian (new)

Brian Burroughs Just got a book the other day from a brand new author Elizabeth Hudson, her book is called Omega. A paranormal book about a young female werewolf trying to come to her own. An excellent read and an author I believe to be watched in the future. Her can get her book on Amazon either in paperback or E-Reader.


message 22: by Judi (new)

Judi Vari The Secret by Kathryn Hughes was my first beach read this summer. I loved it so much I couldn’t save it for the beach; I had to finish it !!


message 23: by Molly (last edited Oct 02, 2018 12:53PM) (new)

Molly Last paperback purchased "Know Your Beholder" - a goodreads suggestion!
Know Your Beholder by Adam Rapp

Last paperback received in the mail "Mrs. Saint and the Defectives: A Novel" (also a goodreads suggestion).

Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer

Currently reading this paperback "The Good Widow"

The Good Widow by Liz Fenton


message 24: by Donald (new)

Donald Barker I have no idea how the star system came to be introduced but in my view it was far better in the old days when reviewers simply wrote reviews and prospective readers judged on the review content. Books are analogue stars are digital. The two do not match well.


message 25: by S (new)

S Gerner Sharp Objects by Jillian Flynn. Book was better than HBO series.


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