25 Big Books of Fall

Posted by Hayley on September 6, 2016

Time to pack up the beach blankets and pool toys, readers. Summer may be coming to a close, but fall is just around the corner! Do you know what that means? For us, it's curling up in big blankets and sipping a hot beverage by the fire—book in hand, of course. To help prepare you for cozy fall reading sessions, we've crunched the numbers to find the biggest, buzziest books of the season. These are stories your fellow Goodreads members can't wait to devour: Shakespearean mischief on a prison stage, magic and madness in a reimagined Wonderland, deathbed confessions of existential adventure, and more! What catches your eye?


FICTION
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Hag-Seed
by Margaret Atwood
Release date: October 11


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Here I Am
by Jonathan Safran Foer
Release date: September 6


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Swing Time
by Zadie Smith
Release date: November 15


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Commonwealth
by Ann Patchett
Release date: September 13


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Moonglow
by Michael Chabon
Release date: November 22


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The Wangs vs. the World
by Jade Chang
Release date: October 4


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Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult
Release date: October 11


YOUNG ADULT
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Heartless
by Marissa Meyer
Release date: November 8


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The Reader
by Traci Chee
Release date: September 13


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The Sun Is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon
Release date: November 1


NONFICTION
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Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly
Release date: December 6


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Love Warrior
by Glennon Doyle Melton
Release date: September 6


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Scrappy Little Nobody
by Anna Kendrick
Release date: November 15


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Every Falling Star
by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland
Release date: September 13


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Another Day in the Death of America
by Gary Younge
Release date: October 4


MYSTERY AND THRILLER
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The Vanishing Year
by Kate Moretti
Release date: September 27


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Fractured
by Catherine McKenzie
Release date: October 4


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Nutshell
by Ian McEwan
Release date: September 13


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The Chemist
by Stephenie Meyer
Release date: November 15


FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION
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Jerusalem
by Alan Moore
Release date: September 13


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Everfair
by Nisi Shawl
Release date: September 6


ROMANCE
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Punk 57
by Penelope Douglas
Release date: October 21


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The Protector
by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Release date: September 6


HISTORICAL FICTION
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A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
Release date: September 6


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The Wonder
by Emma Donoghue
Release date: September 20




What books are going on your Want to Read shelf this fall? Let us know in the comments!

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

I haven't decided whether or not I will read it, and perhaps being a fan makes me biased, but how is Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen -- a memoir of life and music written by a rock 'n' roll icon without a ghost writer or collaborator -- not on this list?


message 2: by ZaBeth (new)

ZaBeth  Marsh Agreed


message 3: by Marie (new)

Marie Absolutely!!!


message 4: by Sherri (new)

Sherri I finished The Great Reckoning by Louise Penny yesterday, and it's the most enjoyable book I've read this year!!


message 5: by Alla (new)

Alla Looking forward to read Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier! It will be released on November 1 - perfect time for a magical story.


message 6: by Patti (new)

Patti Just finished Burial Rights by Hanna Kent. An excellent debut based on the true story of an Icelandic servant girl sentenced to death in 1829. Her remaining days "imprisoned" with an appointed farm family loath to the idea of housing a murderess.


message 7: by Patty (new)

Patty How is it that neither of the upcoming Beach Boys autobios didn't make this list?


message 8: by Patty (new)

Patty minervasowl wrote: "I haven't decided whether or not I will read it, and perhaps being a fan makes me biased, but how is Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen -- a memoir of life and music written by a rock 'n' roll icon w..."

Agreed! I've just posted about the upcoming Beach Boy memoirs not being included!


message 9: by Karen (new)

Karen Sherri wrote: "I finished The Great Reckoning by Louise Penny yesterday, and it's the most enjoyable book I've read this year!!"

Sherri, I love Louise Penny's Armand Gamache series too. The characters in Three Pines never fail to keep me engaged.


message 10: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Garbutt Karen wrote: "Sherri wrote: "I finished The Great Reckoning by Louise Penny yesterday, and it's the most enjoyable book I've read this year!!"

Sherri, I love Louise Penny's Armand Gamache series too. The charac..."


I've read all of her books and I always suggest the be read in order. What a mind she must have for her twists and turns


message 11: by Joan (new)

Joan I agree that Springstein's memoir should have been included. As a Jersey girl I am anxious to read it. Although I know some inside info about Bruce I am curious as to what he will include in the book. Although I don't have any regard for best seller lists I am sure this will be on many


message 12: by Rmoquin (new)

Rmoquin Reading the Protector now. I love it and can't seem to put it down just like the previous trilogies by Malpas, but am trying to pace myself....


message 13: by Ginger (new)

Ginger Patti wrote: "Just finished Burial Rights by Hanna Kent. An excellent debut based on the true story of an Icelandic servant girl sentenced to death in 1829. Her remaining days "imprisoned" with an appointed farm..."

Loved that book. Understand her next book is due out soon.


message 14: by Alyce (new)

Alyce Perry Sherri wrote: "I finished The Great Reckoning by Louise Penny yesterday, and it's the most enjoyable book I've read this year!!"

I, too, finished The Great Reckoning yesterday! I agree, great book and I am already anticipating the next chapter in Three Pines!! Love Louise Penny's books.......


message 15: by Michele (new)

Michele (shelly) Sherri wrote: "I finished The Great Reckoning by Louise Penny yesterday, and it's the most enjoyable book I've read this year!!"


message 16: by Michele (new)

Michele (shelly) I loved it


message 17: by Joannapercy (new)

Joannapercy I can't wait to read Ben Aaronovich's "The hanging tree" which should be out very soon, if the publication date isn't changed again. Maybe because I'm a Londoner (somewhere in my dim and distant past) but I just love the Rivers of London series.


message 18: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Stives Lots to add to my list! I would recommend Wally Lamb's forthcoming novel, I'll Take You There. I just read the galley, and found it to be both intriguing and provocative. It will be interesting to see the multimedia release in November, but the novel itself is well worth your time and attention.


message 19: by Cyrielle (new)

Cyrielle Jeanne How come Empire of Storms, book five in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas isn't mentionned in the YA section? I feel like the whole Internet is waiting for their copy of Empire of Storms ^^


message 20: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Barnes Not only is Born to Run, Bruce Springsteens much anticipated autobiograpy not on the top 10 list...its not even on Goodreads! I've tried to put it on my to read list...nope. Goodreads you've let me down!


message 21: by Jim (new)

Jim Armstrong Surely THE DIVINE DANCE by Richard Rohr was left off of the list by mistake.


message 22: by Barbara (last edited Sep 07, 2016 02:45PM) (new)

Barbara An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson and can't wait to dive into the new Louise Penny, A Great Reckoning.


message 23: by April (new)

April Joy Lee Child's newest is the top of my list! Looking forward to #23 by Evanovich too.


message 24: by Wayne (new)

Wayne Ignatowski No "Born to Run" by the Boss? That is a huge mistake.


message 25: by Joy (new)

Joy Wilder Having read the review, I can't wait to read White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in the United States by Nancy Eisenberg. Also, City of Sedition (the history of New York City) by Jon Strausbaugh sounds like a great read. And I'm hoping someone can tell me the author's name of a non-fiction book which I think is entitled "Diary of the Cuban Revolution" -- by a woman, Dana ...?


message 26: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Davies Joy wrote: "Having read the review, I can't wait to read White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in the United States by Nancy Eisenberg. Also, City of Sedition (the history of New York City) by Jon ..."

Just googled it, coming up with an author called Carlos franqui ISBN: 9780670272136 hope this helps


message 27: by Nick (new)

Nick Ziino I'm abou to jump into Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad".I'm also eagerly awaiting Nate Parker's "The Birth Of A Nation" and Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run"!


message 28: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Davies Sarah wrote: "Joy wrote: "Having read the review, I can't wait to read White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in the United States by Nancy Eisenberg. Also, City of Sedition (the history of New York C..."

Actually, I think this is the one you mean......
Cuba: a diary of the revolution it is by Deena Stryker ISBN:9780996418492
You can get it on amazon


message 29: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Sherri wrote: "I finished The Great Reckoning by Louise Penny yesterday, and it's the most enjoyable book I've read this year!!"

i absolutely loved that book also-and all of her books...


message 30: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Cyrielle wrote: "How come Empire of Storms, book five in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas isn't mentionned in the YA section? I feel like the whole Internet is waiting for their copy of Empire of Storms ^^"

Agreed! I know it's the one I've been looking forward to the most!


message 31: by Brenda (new)

Brenda I also read Burial Rites a while ago ,forgot how much I liked this book.


message 32: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Leaming April wrote: "Lee Child's newest is the top of my list! Looking forward to #23 by Evanovich too."
I love BOTH of these series!


message 33: by Chloe (new)

Chloe Patti wrote: "Just finished Burial Rights by Hanna Kent. An excellent debut based on the true story of an Icelandic servant girl sentenced to death in 1829. Her remaining days "imprisoned" with an appointed farm..."

I read this book last year and loved it! Such an interesting story.


message 34: by Chloe (new)

Chloe Nick wrote: "I'm abou to jump into Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad".I'm also eagerly awaiting Nate Parker's "The Birth Of A Nation" and Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run"!"

I'm planning on reading 'The Underground Railroad' too. I know a bit about it through quilting, and I'm always interested in learning more.


message 35: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Simms I am currently reading A Bend in the Road by Johnathan Sparks. My last three books were Jack Sheffield's Star Teacher, Maureen Lee's Dusk and An Eye for an Eye . I await M C Beaton's Pushing up daisies. Due in a few days. Also a possible new Hamish Macbeth book. I hope for a new Jack Sheffield book about Ragley school and with any luck a new Gervase Finn book about The little village school with any luck. Any luck on information about the last two would be gratefully received.


message 36: by Amanda (new)

Amanda One of the best real life thrillers I've ever read: Better Dead Than Divorced. A must read. Author: Lukas Konandreas MD.


message 37: by Beptruongnauan (new)

Beptruongnauan Oh! I will read its in the next time.


message 38: by Angela (new)

Angela Joannapercy wrote: "I can't wait to read Ben Aaronovich's "The hanging tree" which should be out very soon, if the publication date isn't changed again. Maybe because I'm a Londoner (somewhere in my dim and distant pa..."

Last I saw on Amazon, the publishing date has been pushed back another year. It's now saying towarda the end of 2017. :(


message 39: by April (new)

April Joy Hoping for the new novel by Estelle Ryan, the Genevieve Lenard series this fall, but no date given for release. For anyone who hasn't read these - they are absolutely phenomenal!! Main character has high-functioning autism but a PhD in non-verbal communication (the area autistic people often struggle) and works solving art crimes. The cast of other characters are equally rich. Highly recommend them, but don't blame me if you end up reading all 9 in a single month and ignore everything else ;)


message 40: by Ashlyn (new)

Ashlyn The books that caught my attention were:

Young Adult:
Heartless, The Reader, The Sun is Also A Star.

Nonfiction:
Hidden Figures, Love Warrior, Every Falling Star,

Mystery and Thriller:
The Vanishing Year
Fractured

Fantasy and Science Fiction:
The Protector

Historical Fiction:
A Gentleman in Moscow
The Wonder


message 41: by Brenda (new)

Brenda i'm baffled at the current trend of 20-30 something year olds with only the slightest bit of relevancy writing memoirs. how much do they really have to say? do they think that they are at the end of their lives/careers?


message 42: by John (new)

John None of these interests me, but Escape Clause is coming to Audible in October, and I'll get that.


message 44: by Em (new)

Em bea wrote: "i'm baffled at the current trend of 20-30 something year olds with only the slightest bit of relevancy writing memoirs. how much do they really have to say? do they think that they are at the end o..."

Many of these books aren't memoirs in the traditional sense of "I'm old and here's what I've done and learnt in my life", but more "Here are some interesting and funny things that have happened to me", and those can be authored at any stage of life by people good at writing/storytelling.


message 45: by Dave (new)

Dave Next: The Last Days of Night - fictional account of the battle between Edison and Westinghouse to illuminate the nation in the early 20th.


message 46: by Dave (new)

Dave ...out now.


message 47: by Dave (new)

Dave Here I Am - Transliteration: He Nay Nee - - Want to read but won't and God will understand.


message 48: by Lena (new)

Lena How could they not list Crooked Kingdom?


message 49: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I keep reading about the Throne of Glass series on the various blogs on Goodreads. It is a YA series but would it appeal to someone older? I have read other YA books and enjoyed them. This will be something I will recommend to my Grandaughter as she enjoys fantasy.


message 50: by Ulla (last edited Sep 10, 2016 03:54AM) (new)

Ulla None of these caught my interest, but I'm looking forward to Ashley Capes' next releases: The Peaks of Autumn, the fourth book of my beloved 'The Book of Never' series comes out in October and Greatmask, the final book of the 'Bone Mask Trilogy' at the end of November.
I highly recommend both series, great fantasy, much suspense, well drawn likeable and dislikeable characters and lots of laughs.


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