The Biggest Books of Fall

Posted by Marie on August 26, 2019

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Fall is in the air, which means it's time to cozy up with some of the biggest books your fellow readers can't wait to get their hands on.

This season we're seeing long-awaited sequels, including Margaret Atwood's The Testaments, Elizabeth Strout's Olive, Again, and André Aciman's Find Me. We also have Erin Morgenstern's sophomore fantasy, The Starless Sea, Ta-Nehisi Coates' first novel, The Water Dancer, Stephen King's paranormal thriller The Institute, and many more.

How did we create this list? We took a look at some of the most popular page-turners publishing in the U.S. between now and the end of the year. Next we measured their anticipation by looking at the number of times Goodreads members have added these books to their Want to Read shelves.

Now let's get to the good stuff. How many of these gems will you be reading?


FICTION

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From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me comes his first full-length work of fiction. Set during the American Civil War, this novel follows Hiram Walker, a slave born with the ability to tap into an otherworldly power.

Release date: September 24


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Over the course of five decades, two siblings will return again and again to their childhood home. More than a lavish estate, the Dutch House is a symbol of a past that will not let them go in this moving novel from the author of Commonwealth.

Release date: September 24


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The sequel to the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel Olive Kitteridge brings readers back to the town of Crosby, Maine. Here the wry and prickly eponymous character observes the lives of those around her as she struggles to understand her own story.

Release date: October 15


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In this follow-up to the novel that inspired the Academy Award–winning film, Elio has become a gifted pianist, while Oliver, who now has a family, thinks of making a return trip across the Atlantic. Can their hearts bridge the distance between them?

Release date: October 29


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Berlin, 1941. Lea Kohn is sent to a rabbi to escape the Nazi regime. To protect her, the rabbi's daughter, Ettie, creates a mythical golem named Ava. Now all three are eternally bound in this magical new novel from the author of The Dovekeepers.

Release date: September 24


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Based on a true story, this debut follows two secretaries who become spies for the CIA at the height of the Cold War. Their mission? Smuggle the manuscript of Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR and ensure that it makes it to print around the world.

Release date: September 3


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This new novel from the National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming begins in 2001, on the evening of a young girl's coming-of-age ceremony. Going forward and backward in time, the story unravels her complicated family history.

Read our article on Woodson's favorite books.

Release date: September 17


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Five women band together and ride across the Kentucky mountains to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library. What follows is a journey of love, loyalty, and literacy in this novel from the author of Me Before You.

Release date: October 8


MYSTERY & THRILLER

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Moving to Featherbank was supposed to be a new beginning for Tom Kennedy and his son. But the town has a dark past. A young boy vanishes, reigniting old stories of a serial killer known as "The Whisper Man." Will Tom's son be next?

Release date: August 20


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The "king" of terror invites readers to the Institute. Here children with extranormal gifts are studied like specimens. Sometimes they disappear. Luke Ellis doesn't want to be one of them and plots a desperate, if not impossible, escape.

Release date: September 10


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The acclaimed author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower pens a haunting new novel about a mother and son who find refuge in a seemingly tight-knit community. Then the son disappears, only to return days later unharmed—but not unchanged.

Release date: October 1


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After learning her birth parents' identities, Libby Jones stands to inherit millions. What she doesn't know is that there are others who have been waiting for her to uncover her past in this new thriller from the bestselling author of Then She Was Gone.

Release date: November 5


FANTASY

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The wait is over! From the author of the 2011 bestseller The Night Circus comes a new fantasy about graduate student Zachary's discovery of a book full of adventures, secrets, and something truly strange: a story from Zachary's own childhood.

Release date: November 5


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The bestselling author of the Grishaverse novels writes her first adult fantasy series about a woman who's traded her life of dead ends for an education at Yale. The only catch is that she'll have to monitor the university's most occult secret societies.

Release date: October 8


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The coauthor of The Illuminae Files pens the epic conclusion to his adult fantasy series, The Nevernight Chronicle. Fans will follow famed assassin Mia Corvere one last time as she undertakes a perilous journey across the Itreyan Republic.

Release date: September 3


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January Scaller is just one of the many curiosities kept in the sprawling mansion of her benefactor, the wealthy Mr. Locke. Then one day she discovers a door—the kind of door that leads to Valhalla, Atlantis, and other impossible places.

Release date: September 10


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The story that began with a magically gifted student named Davian in The Shadow of What Was Lost comes to a close. Here Davian fights the remaining Venerate as he grapples with the path before him. Can he live with the choices he's made?

Release date: December 10


NONFICTION

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The podcast host of Revisionist History and author of acclaimed books, including Blink and The Tipping Point, introduces readers to another intellectual adventure that challenges our assumptions about how we interact with people we don't know.

Read our interview with Gladwell.

Release date: September 5


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In a series of letters addressed to her daughters, stand-up comedian and actress Ali Wong dispenses her hilariously unfiltered take on dating, marriage, Asian culture, and working as a woman in a male-dominated profession.

Release date: October 15


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Augusten Burroughs may not believe in ancient aliens or past lives, but he does believe he's a witch. Alone in the world, he'll have to learn how to use his preternatural powers in this new memoir from the author of Running with Scissors.

Release date: October 1


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Her memoir, Shrill, turned up the volume on feminism and was the inspiration for the Hulu series starring Aidy Bryant. Now West is turning her sharp humor and cultural insights on the moments that led up to the state of today's gender politics.

Release date: November 5


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This new essay collection from the bestselling author of The Recovering and The Empathy Exams uses a combination of memoir, criticism, and journalism to explore the universally human themes of longing and obsession.

Release date: September 24


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Told through vignettes that take place across the American landscape, this haunting coming-of-age memoir is the story of a young, black, gay man from the South and his fight to carve a place for himself among his family and his country.

Release date: October 8


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The National Book Award finalist and author of Her Body and Other Parties pens an unflinching and true account about domestic abuse. Every chapter is driven by its own narrative trope, expanding the definition of what a memoir can do.

Release date: November 5


YOUNG ADULT

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From Queen of Faerie to queen of absolutely nothing, Jude now languishes in the mortal world. It takes an evil curse to draw her back to her true home—and back to the man she loves despite his betrayal—in the final book of The Folk of the Air trilogy.

Release date: November 19


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Madrid in 1957 is a glowing haven of sunshine and wine, but it has a dark side. American tourist Daniel sees both sides of the city as he befriends Ana in this tale of love, longing, and postwar hardships from the author of Salt to the Sea.

Release date: October 1


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After bringing magic back to Orïsha, Zélie and Amari struggle to unite their allies and avoid a devastating civil war in this sequel to Children of Blood and Bone, which won a Goodreads Choice Award last year.

Release date: December 3


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What does a "Chosen One" do after saving the day? Take a vacation, of course. Joined by his best friend and the love of his life, Simon Snow goes on a good ol' American road trip. Monstrous trouble ensues in this charming sequel to Carry On.

Read our interview with Rowell.

Release date: September 24


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Frank is a Limbo, his term for Korean American kids caught between their Los Angeles upbringing and their traditional parents. To make his family happy, he pretends to date a fellow Limbo in this debut about identity, love, and finding happiness.

Release date: September 10


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Their perfect world is unraveling. In a future society that claims to have conquered hunger, disease, war, and even death, those living (and some who are not) must band together in the final book of the Arc of a Scythe trilogy.

Release date: November 5


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Their revolution saved the Republic of America, but who will save the revolutionaries? As Daniel hides from the world, his younger brother, Eden, descends into darkness in this conclusion to the beloved Legend series.

Release date: October 1


SCIENCE FICTION

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Thirty-four years after the publication of her dystopian classic, The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood returns to Gilead to continue the story of Offred. The sequel is narrated by three female characters and will not be connected to the Hulu adaptation.

Release date: September 10


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In this new novel from the award-winning author of The Three-Body Problem, Earth is showered in deadly levels of radiation. In a year, everyone above the age of 13 will die. Will our legacy live on in the last generation? Or is this the start of a darker era?

Release date: October 22


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Merging science fiction and epic fantasy, this new series follows Gideon—a swordswoman ready to embrace a necromancy-free life. She's packed all the essentials for a daring escape, including her dirty magazines. But her childhood nemesis has other plans.

Release date: September 10


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This standalone novella from the acclaimed author of the Wayfarers series tells the story of explorer Ariadne O'Neill, who's sent to survey other habitable planets light-years away. As time passes more quickly on Earth, her crew risks being forgotten.

Release date: September 3


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Inspired by the Hugo Award–nominated song "The Deep" by actor Daveed Diggs' rap group, this novella follows the underwater-dwelling descendants of an African slave woman. Only Yetu, a historian, remembers their traumatic past.

Release date: November 5


ROMANCE

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Every day is a new battle between Morgan Grant and her daughter, Clara—a conflict that becomes more fraught when a tragic secret is brought to light in this new novel about family and first love from the bestselling author of It Ends with Us.

Release date: December 10


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Can a "once in a lifetime" romance happen twice? Breakout actress Tate Jones isn't sure. Not even when her first love (and heartbreak), Sam Brandis, reenters her life 14 years later in this new book from the coauthors of The Unhoneymooners.

Release date: October 22


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The bearded boys of Green Valley are back. After watching everyone around him find their soul mate, now it's Bill's turn. This is the pun-loving final book in Reid's Winston Brothers series, but it can be read as a standalone.

Release date: September 16


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The holidays are arriving early for fans of The Wedding Date series. Here Vivian Forest expected to spend her Christmas vacation touring the sights of England. Instead she only has eyes for Malcolm Hudson, the queen's private secretary.

Release date: October 1


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Gavin Scott may be a baseball legend in the making, but his marriage is in major league trouble. When his wife, Thea, asks for a divorce, he turns to an unlikely source of support: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men.

Release date: November 5


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

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Ana wrote: "Where is The Tyrant's Tomb? :("

Middle grade books are not included in this list


message 2: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Manchester Surprised Starsight isn't on here.


message 3: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Uh oh....my To-Read pile just fell over!
Definitely looking forward to Alice Hoffman, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout and Augusten Burrough's newest ones!
Thank goodness for the library.


message 4: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Navidad Oh my, so many great releases 😍 I can’t wait!!


message 5: by E. (new)

E. Hmmm... but where is Crier's War???


message 6: by E. (new)

E. E. wrote: "Hmmm... but where is Crier's War???"

I can't believe I have to do everything myself but ok:

FANTASY/YA:

Crier's War (Crier's War, #1) by Nina Varela

Automae took away everything from Ayla -- her home, her family, her freedom. Now she has only one thing left -- revenge. She will take away the only family of the leech king which he has. Lady Crier must die and Ayla will be the one to kill her. But what will happen when Crier will offer her her heart herself?
Political intrigue, intense conflicting emotions, and revolution.

Release date: October 1st 2019


message 7: by Tricia (new)

Tricia Singleton The Institute and The Testaments


message 8: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Griffin I looking to read the King.


message 9: by Dana Al-Basha (new)

Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا Wow! So many great options!


message 10: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Got some good ones here!!!


message 11: by Z (new)

Z Emma wrote: " Ana wrote: "Where is The Tyrant's Tomb? :("

Middle grade books are not included in this list"


Very surprised at Tyrant's Tomb being considered middle grade.


message 12: by Aurora (new)

Aurora Nothing exciting...aat least for me.


message 13: by Judy (new)

Judy Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout and The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Love everything by both of these authors.


message 14: by Alyssa (last edited Aug 26, 2019 01:58PM) (new)

Alyssa I'm surprised Phillip Pullman's The Secret Commonwealth isn't on here, especially since HBO has the His Dark Materials series coming out this fall.


message 15: by Debi (new)

Debi Aurora wrote: "Nothing exciting...aat least for me."

I was thinking the exact same thing. None of these caught my attention either.


message 16: by Marissa (new)

Marissa I'm surprised Elton John's book "Me" isn't on this list!


message 17: by John (new)

John Walker Z wrote: "Emma wrote: " Ana wrote: "Where is The Tyrant's Tomb? :("

Middle grade books are not included in this list"

Very surprised at Tyrant's Tomb being considered middle grade."


Same, I guess it still counts because that's what he's known for. But i always felt while reading this series that its definitely for fans who have grown up with his novels and is definitely in YA. Especially with the back stories and events that have taken place through the first three books


message 18: by Russell (new)

Russell To the author of this article: This is an international website, not just an American website. Few people outside of the USA call autumn ‘fall’, and besides that, for the entire Southern Hemisphere it would be spring during your ‘fall’. American-centric thinking is widespread enough, no need to continue it here.


message 19: by TMR (new)

TMR So excited for all these awesome releases!


message 20: by Josh (new)

Josh Nix Russell wrote: "To the author of this article: This is an international website, not just an American website. Few people outside of the USA call autumn ‘fall’, and besides that, for the entire Southern Hemisphere..."

uh OK dude


Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) Russell wrote: "To the author of this article: This is an international website, not just an American website. Few people outside of the USA call autumn ‘fall’, and besides that, for the entire Southern Hemisphere..."

You want some cheese with that whine?

Anyways, looking forward to Ninth House, Gideon the Ninth and I guess Rebel is great excuse to reread the Legend series!


message 22: by Sara (new)

Sara The Testaments
Imaginary Friend
The Bromance Book Club


message 23: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Bromance Book Club
Royal Holiday
Frankly in Love
The Water Dancer
Dear Girls
Red at the Bone
The Institute


message 24: by Aliena (new)

Aliena Jackson I just added ten new books to my TBR....this website won’t let me escape, will it?


message 25: by Claire (new)

Claire New Stephen Chbosky!!!!! And WAYWARD SON! I feel 12 when I think about more Rainbow Rowell...but a good 12.


message 26: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Aliena wrote: "I just added ten new books to my TBR....this website won’t let me escape, will it?"

I know how you feel!!!


message 27: by Julia (new)

Julia I'm so hyped for The Monster of Elendhaven


message 28: by Hikebrothers (new)

Hikebrothers Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell is a best book, Valley of flower


message 29: by Kerry (new)

Kerry Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes - her memoir in verse - is out this October. It’s amazing!


message 30: by [deleted user] (new)

Where is the historical fiction????


message 31: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Fog Before Dawn by Suzanne Halliday and the follow up After Midnight. I am counting down for these two books. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4... and https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4... she is my go to for Romance. She never lets down a reader. Strong characters and amazing storylines.


message 32: by Madalina (new)

Madalina 'The Institute', for sure. I love Stephen King!


message 33: by E.O. (last edited Aug 31, 2019 01:57AM) (new)

E.O. Odiase Patti wrote: "Where is the historical fiction????" If you want historical fiction and African fiction/ fantasy check out A Cry to War


message 34: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Russell wrote: "To the author of this article: This is an international website, not just an American website. Few people outside of the USA call autumn ‘fall’, and besides that, for the entire Southern Hemisphere..."

Agreed. I love Central and South American literature.


message 35: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Aliena wrote: "I just added ten new books to my TBR....this website won’t let me escape, will it?"

Nope. We are chained, in a good way. LOL


message 36: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Exists Ana wrote: "Where is The Tyrant's Tomb? :("

I know! So excited. I think a ton of people are but it isn't here.


message 37: by kittykat (Jo Tortitude) (last edited Aug 31, 2019 12:46PM) (new)

kittykat (Jo Tortitude) mess 40

Jexox wrote: "My last month's online earning was $17593 just by doing an easy job online. Easiest home based online job to earn extra dollars every month just by doing work for maximum 2 to 3 hrs a day. I have j..."

mess 41

LeslieCDoughty wrote: "Simple online occupation from home Earns upto $550 to $750 every day by working simply on the web. I have made $28K in this month by working on the web. Its a basic and simple home occupation and e..."

so only two hits on this one so far...


message 38: by Sophie (new)

Sophie kittykat wrote: "mess 40

Jexox wrote: "My last month's online earning was $17593 just by doing an easy job online. Easiest home based online job to earn extra dollars every month just by doing work for maximum 2 ..."


Not too bad for a longish thread. I have flagged them. Let's see.


message 39: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa Sophie wrote: "kittykat wrote: "mess 40

Jexox wrote: "My last month's online earning was $17593 just by doing an easy job online. Easiest home based online job to earn extra dollars every month just by doing wo..."


There have been more. I flagged the earlier ones and they eventually went away.
As well as Pullman's novel I am excited for Garth Nix's Angel Mage. I was "ehh" about the idea when I first heard about it, but the excerpts have made me interested.


message 40: by Dania (new)

Dania SO HYPED FOR REBEL AND WAYWARD SON!!!!!!!


message 41: by Judith (new)

Judith Bomar What about “More Than Halfway There” by new author David Hartshorn. Fabulous


message 42: by Sherry (new)

Sherry DeBoer This Tender Land, by William Kent Krueger.


message 43: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Potos Would love to see POETRY on this list!


message 44: by Margie (new)

Margie How is Hollywood North by Michael Libling not included on this list? It’s one of the hottest debuts of the season!


message 45: by Agesilaus (new)

Agesilaus Just about zero male authors, you should call this the Women's List. And the few male authors on the list have soft chick-lit books.


message 46: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Alyssa wrote: "I'm surprised Phillip Pullman's The Secret Commonwealth isn't on here, especially since HBO has the His Dark Materials series coming out this fall."

me too - I will probably be up at midnight waiting for my kindle copy to download.


message 47: by John (new)

John I know Goodreads is very fiction oriented, but the Nonfiction list above is pathetic. When did it happen that Nonfiction = Memoirs and Essays?? Where is History? Science? Health? Current Events? Politics? Ok, given the current state of affairs, maybe not Politics.


message 48: by Jo Ann (new)

Jo Ann I have a suggestion when making your list - Check out Amazon's Pre-ordered books!! I don't add my purchases to my Goodreads "Want to Read" list until they are released & have received them. I'm waiting on Michael Connelly's "The Night Fire", James Patterson's "The 19th Christmas", Peter Robinson's "Many Rivers To Cross", Tess Gerritsen's "The Shape of The Night" & Lee Child's "Blue Moon"


message 49: by Karen (new)

Karen Long Were is Craig Johnson's Land of Wolves? Thousands of Longmire fans have been chomping at the bit for the next installment in The life of our favorite Wyoming lawman!


message 50: by Lubna (new)

Lubna Afzal Margaret Atwood and Lisa Jewell


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