I look forward to autumn every year: the crisp air, the leaves, the pumpkins. Unpacking my hoodies and skinny jeans. The school supplies for sale. And the books! Great books are released all year long, but there always seems to be the highest concentration of excellent titles in the fall.
Here are the books I’m most looking forward to this season. I’ve been able to preview a few already, and I’m looking forward to sharing thoughts with you here once they’re released. I included a few brief lines about why I’m looking forward to each, but for a full description you can click the title to view the book on GoodReads.
Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi (September 5) – The host of the popular podcast Note To Self builds on one of the main themes from her podcast: how to reassess our relationship with technology to become more productive and creative humans.
Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart (September 5) – This is the third in the delightful Kopp Sister series, and this volume holds even more strong, independent ladies, determined to shape life for themselves, at any cost.
Sourdough by Robin Sloan (September 5) – The new novel from the author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore leaves the world of mysterious bookstores and enters the world of mysterious… food markets. Imaginative and fun, this is one you won’t want to miss.
The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin (September 12) – Gretchen Rubin builds on the helpful personality framework she developed for her book on habit building, Better than Before, in this deep dive into the tendencies that shape how we respond to internal and external expectations.
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (September 12) – I plan to buy this the day it comes out in both hardcover and audio, and start it immediately on my flight that evening.
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown (September 12) – Brené Brown is basically a spirit guide / life coach / wise sage extraordinaire, and I want to listen to everything she has to teach me.
Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore (September 19) – Beloved YA author of the Graceling series Kristin Cashore has a new novel out, and it sounds so mysterious and spooky and interesting. Really excited to read this one.
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates (October 3) – I’m very much looking forward to reading this collection of essays from Ta-Nehisi Coates, centered around Barack Obama’s years in office and the different ways our country responded to the first black presidency.
The Blue Zones of Happiness by Dan Buettner (October 3) – I’m a sucker for books about the study of happiness and books that study different regions of the world that share a unique characteristic, so this book is right up my alley.
Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast (October 3) – I enjoyed Roz Chast’s funny, honest, and tender graphic novel memoir about caring for her aging parents before they passed away, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? Now I’m eagerly awaiting her “love letter” to New York – part personal guide, and part compilation of “overheard in New York” humor.
How to Read Nature: An Expert’s Guide to Discovering the Outdoors You’ve Never Noticed by Tristan Gooley (October 3) – This book shares 15 activities for getting outside to notice the world around you in a new way, and it sounds too delightful to resist.
Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China by Xiaolu Guo (October 3) – I’ve read and enjoyed Xiaolu Guo’s fiction, and now I’m eagerly awaiting her new memoir: “Nine Continents presents a fascinating portrait of China in the eighties and nineties, how the Cultural Revolution shaped families, and how the country’s economic ambitions gave rise to great change. It is also a moving testament to the birth of a creative spirit, and of a new generation being raised to become citizens of the world.”
Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly (October 17) – Space! I’m going to get this one on audiobook and enjoy hearing more about what it’s like to spend a year on the international space station, as well as more about his interesting life.
France is a Feast by Alex Prud’Homme and Katie Pratt (October 24) – I will probably just keep on buying every single book about Julia Child. This one is a photo gallery of her life in France, captured by her husband Paul. Yes please.
The Wine Lover’s Daughter by Anne Fadiman (November 7) – Anne Fadiman is one of my favorite essayists (if you’re a book lover and you’ve never read Ex Libris, you’re missing out), and I’m very much looking forward to her memoir about her father.
It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree by A. J. Jacobs (November 7) – This is an account of A. J. Jacobs’s trip into the world of ancestry research, which (the publicist told me at BEA) has just surpassed gardening as the most popular hobby in the United States.
Artemis by Andy Weir (November 14) – This is one of those second novels I’m excited about (because I enjoyed The Martian), but also slightly wary. I’ll likely wait for some reviews before snagging a copy.
That’s the list, for now! It seems to grow longer every day. What books are you looking forward to this fall?