The Most Read Books on Goodreads in September

Posted by Danny on September 26, 2019
What's popular right now, you ask? Well, book club favorites like Where the Crawdad Sings, Little Fires Everywhere, and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine continue to reign supreme, but there's always room for a few new favorites. Making their debut on the list this month are Ruth Ware's latest mystery, as well as The Testatments, the highly anticipated sequel to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

Here at Goodreads we like to know what people are reading. From peeking at the books of our fellow commuters to not-so-surreptitiously checking out the stacks on our coworkers' desks, we embrace our curious nature. That's why we're rounding up what Goodreads members around the world are currently reading. These are the top books, ranked by the number of people who have read them this month.

Browse the books below and add what looks good to your Want to Read shelf.


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message 1: by Sandra(Bee) (new)

Sandra(Bee) The Guilty Mother by Dianne Jeffrey


message 2: by Laya (new)

Laya Bajpai Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson


message 3: by Eng.Yogurt (new)

Eng.Yogurt King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard


message 4: by Celina (new)

Celina This month's highlights so far: Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe and Night Moves by Jessica Hopper. Right now I'm reading The Capital by Robert Menasse.


message 5: by C.E. (new)

C.E. Crowder Why the spike in Harry Potter this month?


message 6: by Mara (new)

Mara Washburn C.E. wrote: "Why the spike in Harry Potter this month?"

Spooky season.


message 7: by Riz (new)

Riz Tan The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon


message 8: by Celina (new)

Celina Mara wrote: "C.E. wrote: "Why the spike in Harry Potter this month?"

Spooky season."


That, or maybe back-to-school.


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David Kratchman Black Light, by Kimberly King Parsons


message 10: by Ruchi (new)

Ruchi A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva


message 11: by Erica (new)

Erica Tin Man by Sarah Winman


message 12: by Irina (new)

Irina The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold


message 13: by Tarisai (new)

Tarisai Marodza Amazing books.


message 14: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Wyble The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton


message 15: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Torney The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal.


message 16: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Ann Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman


message 17: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Once again, not a single science fiction novel in here. These books also nearly all represent women's choices. If that's who is posting their reads, I guess not much choice, but it is disappointing. I know far more men who read than women (and I'm a woman). In answer to the specific question, I'm listening to Widows (87th Precinct) by Ed McBain and reading Needful Things by Stephen King.


message 18: by Christina (new)

Christina Borgoyn The Secret of Lost Stones by Melissa Payne


message 19: by Deb (new)

Deb Jones The Empty Birdcage, a Mycroft and Sherlock tale, third in the series, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse.


message 20: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Irina wrote: "The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold"

I will honestly say that The Lovely Bones is one of the BEST books I have ever read (and I read A LOT)!!!


message 21: by Amy (new)

Amy The Warehouse by Rob Hart


message 22: by Mike (new)

Mike Pearce Fatherland by Robert Harris


message 23: by Larissa (new)

Larissa Langsather C.E. wrote: "Why the spike in Harry Potter this month?"

People especially like to read or reread it starting September 1st which in the book is when everyone boards the Hogwarts Express to return to school.


message 24: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine


message 25: by Shawn (new)

Shawn McGeeney Am I the only one who does NOT get the fascination with Ruth Ware? I've tried a couple of her books and am decidedly in the "meh" camp with her. She seems to be super popular and I'm usually down for all things thrillerish and all things British but its all fallen flat for me with her...am I alone here? Do I need to try other books of hers?


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Barb The Most Fun We Ever Had


message 27: by Sue (new)

Sue I literally just (about 5 minutes ago) finished Gideon the Ninth, a wonderful mix of horror and mystery. I'm about to start A Cosmology of Monsters, and am also reading, on the side, Echoes (a collection of ghost stories edited by Ellen Datlow)


message 28: by Traci (new)

Traci S A Little Life and it's tearing me apart!!!


message 29: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Feller Ask Again, Yes


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Cheryl X by Sue Grafton


message 31: by Wendy (new)

Wendy D Just finished My Lovely Wife, about to start Siege and Storm. Two very different genre haha.


message 32: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Shawn wrote: "Am I the only one who does NOT get the fascination with Ruth Ware? I've tried a couple of her books and am decidedly in the "meh" camp with her. She seems to be super popular and I'm usually down f..."

I completely agree. Her popularity baffles me.


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Jennie Laya wrote: "Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson"

Ooh! I just bought that book today!


message 34: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Casey A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier


message 35: by Jennie (new)

Jennie I'm halfway through The Woman in Cabin 10, and next, I'm thinking I'll start either She Was the Quiet One by She Was the Quiet One, Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, or Where the Crawdads Sing. I can never decide. I might re-read Harry Potter.


message 36: by Laura (new)

Laura Shawn wrote: "Am I the only one who does NOT get the fascination with Ruth Ware? I've tried a couple of her books and am decidedly in the "meh" camp with her. She seems to be super popular and I'm usually down f..."

I was okay with the Woman in Cabin 10 but then my book group did Death of Mrs. Westaway and we hated it! I will not read any more of her books!


message 37: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Evans If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman
Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
The 7 1/2 Death of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton


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Jessica Evans Laura wrote: "Shawn wrote: "Am I the only one who does NOT get the fascination with Ruth Ware? I've tried a couple of her books and am decidedly in the "meh" camp with her. She seems to be super popular and I'm ..."

Ruth Ware is really hit or miss with me.. I liked Turn of the Key and Woman in Cabin 10, but The Lying Game didn't interest me AT all and In a Dark, Dark Wood was hard to finish.


message 39: by Maria (new)

Maria A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin 😁


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Jessica Evans Melissa wrote: "The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton"

I just finished this a few days ago, really enjoyed it.


message 41: by Sumaiya (new)

Sumaiya The tea girl of hummingbird lane by Lisa See


message 42: by Kate (new)

Kate The Friend by Sigrid Nunez. It won the National Book Award for fiction in 2018.


message 43: by Jayanathi (new)

Jayanathi Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Narrated by Bahni Turpin, published by Macmillan Audio .Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel is the start of what promises to be an epic, addictive new series. The Children of Blood and Bone is influenced by Adeyemi’s West African heritage, and in it she bends religious deities and a diverse landscape into a refreshing new take on fantasy.


message 44: by Louie (new)

Louie I just completed reading Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan, in celebration of Banned Book Week.


message 45: by Arleen (new)

Arleen Ayala Sinner's Revenge and after that, The Kiss Quotient.


message 46: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok....excellent!


Dorie  - Cats&Books :) Shawn wrote: "Am I the only one who does NOT get the fascination with Ruth Ware? I've tried a couple of her books and am decidedly in the "meh" camp with her. She seems to be super popular and I'm usually down f..."

I'm a Ruth Ware fan but did not like "The Turn of the Key". My favorites of hers are probably "The Death of Mrs. Westaway", and the Woman in Cabin 10". All of them are good with the exception of the newest one, in my humble opinion :)


message 48: by Vivienne (new)

Vivienne This month, in fact perhaps one of the year's highlights, my current read, The Overstory by Richard Powers. Amazing book! Definitely *****


message 49: by David (new)

David "Inspection" by Josh Malerman.


message 50: by Brianna Aguiar (new)

Brianna Aguiar Stephanie wrote: "Once again, not a single science fiction novel in here. These books also nearly all represent women's choices. If that's who is posting their reads, I guess not much choice, but it is disappointing..."
Stephen King's The Institute will likely be on this list next month, as it was just released.


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