The Big Books of Fall

Posted by Hayley on August 27, 2018
Clear some space on your bookshelves, readers. Another packed season of irresistible books is just around the corner!

To help you find your new favorite, we focused on what Goodreads members can't wait to read. How do we measure that anticipation? By taking a look at how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. From upcoming titles from beloved authors like Liane Moriarty, J.R. Ward, and Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) to an intriguing science fiction thriller set in Nigeria and a memoir from a former First Lady, there's something here for every type of reader.

Enough talk—let's get to the books. How many will you be checking out?


FICTION
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As a hostage crisis unfolds at a women's reproductive clinic, police negotiator Hugh McElroy realizes his 15-year-old daughter is inside the building in this thought-provoking novel from the author of My Sister's Keeper.

Publication date: October 2


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From the author of Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore comes a tale of loneliness and lost love about a painter devastated by his recent separation from his wife and the mysterious piece of art he discovers in an attic.

Publication date: October 9


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In an act of desperation, unemployed Willa Knox investigates the history of her brick home in Vineland, New Jersey, and discovers a kindred spirit from the 1880s, a science teacher under siege, in this new book from The Poisonwood Bible author.

Publication date: October 16

Read our interview with Kingsolver here.


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Safari guide Tru travels from Zimbabwe to North Carolina to meet his biological father and crosses paths with a woman who challenges everything he thought he knew about personal happiness in this romantic tale from the author of The Notebook.

Publication date: October 16


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Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers arrive at the health resort, believing their tired bodies and minds will be reinvigorated at any cost in this captivating novel from the author of Big Little Lies.

Publication date: November 6


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From the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas comes a story of ambition as would-be writer Maurice preys on the talented and vulnerable on his cold-blooded climb to the top, honing his talent for deceit from London to the Amalfi Coast.

Publication date: November 13


MYSTERY & THRILLER
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In this latest Jane Hawk novel, the nation's most-wanted fugitive tries to destroy frightening mind-control technology while her ruthless enemies threaten the one person she can't live without: her five-year-old son.

Publication date: September 11


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The Cormoran Strike series (published under J.K. Rowling's pseudonym) continues as private eye Strike and his assistant-turned-partner Robin Ellacott follow a twisting trail of clues to a sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

Publication date: September 18


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Toby surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover, he takes refuge in his family's ancestral home and finds a skull in the garden in this spellbinding mystery from the author of In the Woods.

Publication date: October 9

Find our interview with French here.


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Before he shot and killed a reverend, Peter Banning was a faithful churchgoer and a beloved neighbor. The unthinkable murder—and the resulting trial—rocks an entire community in this tense legal thriller from the A Time to Kill author.

Publication date: October 23


YOUNG ADULT
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Sadie's sister is dead. Determined to bring the killer to justice, she leaves her life behind. As she follows the meager clues, radio personality West McCray is on her trail, eager to turn her quest for revenge into a hit true-crime podcast.

Publication date: September 4


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On the neon-lit streets of a near-future Tokyo, hacker Emika Chen teams up with the Phoenix Riders to stop the nefarious plans of elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, the man she thought she loved, in this stunning sequel to Warcross.

Publication date: September 18


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The universe threw them together, and now the universe is keeping them apart. Holding on to the optimism Broadway has taught him, Arthur keeps trying to make things work with Ben. But what if life really isn’t like a musical? And what if it is?

Publication date: October 9


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She has been a slave, a king's assassin, and a queen. As Aelin Galathynius' heroic journey comes to an end, she finds herself a captive of the Fae, helpless as war erupts across her world in this seventh and final book in the Throne of Glass series.

Publication date: October 23


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The Shadowhunters have become the hunted. To end a deadly curse and stop a civil war, Julian and Emma put aside their forbidden love to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead in this final novel in The Dark Artifices trilogy.

Publication date: December 4


NONFICTION
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An unprecedented history of the famous personality test devised in the 1940s by a mother and daughter, this absorbing read draws from original reporting and never-before-published documents to chart Myers-Briggs' cult-like status.

Publication date: September 11


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Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled combat, acclaimed astrophysicist Tyson and writer-researcher Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war.

Publication date: September 11


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Weaving her lifelong love of books with the real-life unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, the award-winning journalist and author of The Orchid Thief presents an homage to a beloved institution.

Publication date: October 16


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A personal narrative that illuminates national failures, this insightful memoir explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black son, his family, and a country struggling to reckon with the past.

Publication date: October 16


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From the author of In the Heart of the Sea comes a thrilling story of the finale of the Revolutionary War, the remarkable year leading up to the siege of Yorktown as Washington faces off against a traitorous nemesis and impossible odds.

Publication date: October 16


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The former First Lady invites readers into her world, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her time spent balancing the demands of motherhood and work at the White House, in this inspiring memoir.

Publication date: November 13


HISTORICAL FICTION
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Inspired by interviews conducted with Holocaust survivor and tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov, this haunting love story unfolds at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where a young man risks his life to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

Publication date: September 4

Read our interview with Morris here.


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The Booker Prize-winning author puts her own twist on The Iliad, focusing on the experience of the women—the nurses, slaves, and prostitutes—living in the Greek camp during the final weeks of the Trojan War.

Publication date: September 4



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After he's falsely accused of murder, young Wash, a field slave-turned-manservant in Barbados, flees the life he knows with the help of an eccentric naturalist, traveling from the eastern coast of America to a remote outpost in the Arctic.

Publication date: September 18


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A reluctant recruit, Juliet monitors British fascist sympathizers during World War II. Ten years later, she tries to forget the experience, but figures from her past draw her back to a new type of battle in this new novel from the Life After Life author.

Publication date: September 25

Find our interview with Atkinson here.


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In a saga spanning centuries from the author of The Forgotten Garden, the secrets of Birchwood Manor are revealed through the eyes of a group of young artists in 1862, a curious archivist in the 21st century, and the enigmatic clockmaker's daughter.

Publication date: October 9

Check out Morton's book recommendations here.


ROMANCE
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Josh Im and Hazel Bradford are dating...other people. As the two friends set each other up on progressively terrible blind dates, they try to ignore the inconvenient chemistry right in front of their eyes.

Publication date: September 4


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Arson investigator Anne teams up with Danny, the bad boy of the fire department, to stop a deadly criminal from setting their city ablaze in this new series from the bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Publication date: October 2


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From the author of The Wedding Date comes a delightful rom-com about unexpected connection as freelance writer Nikole dodges a very public proposal at a baseball game with the help of a hot stranger.

Publication date: October 30


FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
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What does it take to become a vampire? Harkness returns to the world of her All Souls trilogy to tell the story of a young immortal during the Revolutionary War and the human he will come to love hundreds of years later.

Publication date: September 18

Check out our interview with Harkness here.


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Formed around the edges of an alien biodome, Rosewater is a town on the edge. Its residents are hopeful and hungry to unlock the mysterious structure's rumored powers in this cutting-edge thriller set in Nigeria.

Publication date: September 18


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In this sequel to Vicious, the line between life and death blurs as ambitious Sydney Clarke does everything she can to try and save Victor Vale, the superhuman man who stood up to Eli Ever and paid the ultimate price.

Publication date: September 25


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Brace yourself; The Winds of Winter is…still not here. Instead, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire delivers the first volume of his two-part history of the Targaryens, charting their volatile rise to power in Westeros.

Publication date: November 20


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The crew of the Rocinante is scattered across the galaxy. Fighting to hold off an authoritarian regime and a sociopathic scientist, they launch a daring, last-ditch plan in this eighth installment in The Expanse series.

Publication date: December 4



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message 1: by Beata (new)

Beata Robert Galbraith, of course!! 👍😃


message 2: by Raimo (new)

Raimo Wirkkala "Washington Black" and "The Silence of the Girls" will make it to my "Want To Read"-list.
Thanks! 8-)


message 3: by Eduard (new)

Eduard Kutscher Robert Galbraith and then also probably MIchelle Obama.


message 4: by Lidia (new)

Lidia Can't wait for the new book from Robert Galbraith. And also The tattooist of Auschwitz. They seem incredible.


message 5: by N.E.C.C. (new)

N.E.C.C. Robert Galbraith!!!!


message 6: by Jane (new)

Jane Jodi Picoult & Barbara Kingsolver.


message 7: by Iru (new)

Iru E.A. What if it´s us! What if it´s us! 🎆🎊
I can´t wait more for that!🕐💭


message 8: by Meredith (new)

Meredith I'll be reading Rosewater, Consumed, Unsheltered , The Library Book, Lethal White, Nine Perfect Strangers and The Silence of the Girls. This last one in particular because after reading a St. Mary's adventure that dealt with Troy I'm very curious about this period of history.
Needless to say it will be a busy fall!


message 9: by Elyse (last edited Aug 27, 2018 09:54AM) (new)

Elyse The Hollow of Fear (Lady Sherlock, #3) by Sherry Thomas The Hollow of Fear (Lady Sherlock #3) - Sherry Thomas Pub Date Oct 2


message 10: by Anissa (new)

Anissa I'm reading The Clockmaker's Daughter now. I'm looking forward to Lethal White, Rosewater, The Silence of the Girls & Tiamat's Revenge. Autumn & the back end of 2018 reading is going to be wonderful.


message 11: by Heather (last edited Aug 27, 2018 12:05PM) (new)

Heather Kuppers I just read Vicious finally. Now I'm glad I waited so I can read Vengeful so soon after, instead of waiting for years like some.


message 12: by Kaitlin (new)

Kaitlin Guys I'm so ready for "Vengeful" -- I haven't even really finished my summer reading and I'm already super pumped for late September.


message 13: by Alexandria (new)

Alexandria Wow i love books and this fall i cant wait to read Time's convert by deborah harkness and The clockmakers daughter by kate morton.also looking forward to reading becoming by michelle obama.I am looking forward for carlos ruiz zafon new book labyrinth of spirits .I also cant wait for dracul by stoker.Theres so many great books coming soon i cant wait .I love books.


message 14: by Shelby (new)

Shelby Suderman Vengeful and Lady's Guide to Petticoats & Piracy


Mayke (acozyliving)☕️ So many exciting books and authors!


message 16: by Alexandria (new)

Alexandria Love tana french and the witch elm sounds great too. love ruth ware books also.


message 17: by Philip (new)

Philip WhatI'll be reading this fall in no particular order -

Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Louise Penny
No Place for Wolverines: A Jenny Willson Mystery Dave Butler
An Element of Risk: A Jack Taggart Mystery Don Easton
Remember Tokyo: A Foreign Affairs Mystery Nick Wilkshire
Prisoners of Hope: An Amanda Doucette Mystery Barbara Fradkin
A Sorrowful Sanctuary: A Lane Winslow Mystery Iona Whishaw


message 18: by Rose (new)

Rose So excited for Kingdom of Ash!!!


message 19: by Katherine (last edited Aug 27, 2018 03:43PM) (new)

Katherine Hayward I've already read one of these as NetGalley ARCs- A Spark of Light, (I'm waiting to recieve my first edition hardcover, too :) adore Jodi Picoult's books). I have yet to read my ARCs of Rosewater and The Clockmaker's Daughter.Added Killing Commendatore, Unsheltered Every Breath (I love Nicholas Sparks books!) and The Witch Elm to my TBR list. Sadie and Becoming sound great, too. I really enjoyed The Tattooist of Auschwitz.


message 20: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Stansel Lidia wrote: "Can't wait for the new book from Robert Galbraith. And also The tattooist of Auschwitz. They seem incredible."

Tatoooist was a really powerful memoir from such a unique point of view.


message 21: by Beth (new)

Beth Roberts Sadie is being marketed to a YA audience. The protagonist is YA, the subject matter and presentation are new adult/adult.

I was lucky enough to read an advance copy. This is a 5-star book.


message 22: by Beth (new)

Beth Roberts The Witch Elm is the first Tana French I've pre-ordered at full price. That's how much I've loved every other book of hers.


message 23: by Liz (new)

Liz Laurin I'm sad that I have already read most of these. 😭


message 24: by Amber (new)

Amber I'm actually reading the ARC for Consumed by J.R. Ward which is my first ever book I've read of hers and it's pretty good. I'll have my review up for it soon when I'm finished.


message 25: by Nicolene (new)

Nicolene Govind becoming by Michelle Obama


message 26: by Lieke✨ (new)

Lieke✨ Yessss, I'm sooo ready for QUAAD! Also i'm pretty excited about What if it's us and Wildcard!


message 27: by Carmen (new)

Carmen I've pre-ordered the audiobook of 'Fire and Blood' - and am definitely looking forward to listening to it! : D


message 28: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Philbrick’s latest, and Galbraith


message 29: by SibylM (new)

SibylM Kate Atkinson and Pat Barker are at the very top of my list, but I'm interested in lots of these!


message 30: by Tracey (new)

Tracey Lidia wrote: "Can't wait for the new book from Robert Galbraith. And also The tattooist of Auschwitz. They seem incredible."

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is excellent. I was so excited about it that I couldn't wait for it and ordered it from the UK!


message 31: by Runwright (new)

Runwright I wish they'd kept the UK cover of Washington Black. it is so much more appealing.


message 32: by Elyse (last edited Aug 28, 2018 12:48PM) (new)

Elyse Fury (Menagerie #3) by Rachel Vincent Fury (Menagerie #3) - Rachel Vincent Pub Date Oct 30


message 33: by Erica (new)

Erica I read Sadie by Courtney Summers and it was great. A solid 5 star read for me.

I received it as an ARC from the publisher.

And, I can't wait for Killing Commendatore and What If It's Us


message 34: by Kiera (new)

Kiera Who's excited for Wildcard???


message 35: by Delcie (new)

Delcie Hallaluh, I have been waiting for the latest book


message 36: by John (new)

John Turner I' considering Fire and Blood if I can get over being annoyed about the delay the Fire and Ice series


message 37: by T (new)

T L Rose water and Becoming


message 38: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Actually, I'm really looking forward to Agency by William Gibson, supposedly releasing in Dec.


message 39: by Christine (last edited Aug 31, 2018 12:28PM) (new)

Christine Looking forward to Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin..Even though i am only two books into the Game of Thrones series, i truly am excited to read this book...


message 40: by Denise. Clissold (new)

Denise. Clissold When can I order these??????


message 41: by Trina (new)

Trina Looking forward to reading:

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker Becoming by Michelle Obama Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin


message 42: by Klain (new)

Klain Becoming by Michelle Obama


message 43: by Kristen (new)

Kristen The last Throne of Glass book. :)


message 44: by Kiera (new)

Kiera Who's excited for Queen Of Air and Darkness!!! I can't wait to see how the Dark Artifices ends!


message 45: by Nitya (new)

Nitya The Library Book, Becoming and The Proposal :)


message 46: by Gabriela (new)

Gabriela Throooooneeeeeeee of Glaaaaaaasssss! Can't wait!!!!!!


message 47: by Stefania (new)

Stefania Awesome tips!


message 48: by Jodie May (new)

Jodie May Wildcard, Kingdom of Ash and Queen of Air and Darkness. I. Can't. Wait.


message 49: by Skyler (new)

Skyler Broadhead Pre-ordered Michelle Obama's book, really looking forward to reading that. I also love Nicholas Sparks, so that is definitely on my to read list.


message 50: by dpd (new)

dpd Should have included “Storm Lake” by Pulitzer winner Art Cullen out Oct. 2–a starred review from Kirkus.


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