There have been some BIG publication days recently, with over 600 books being published in a day (how can we even attempt to keep up?!), and I for one am SO excited to see so many new releases out and about. With bookshops closed, tours not happening and financial struggles of potential buyers, so many releases this year were pushed back, culminating in this mass publication which means I'm sure there's something new out there for everyone at the moment.
I've picked out eight books I'm SO excited about that are being published between September and November this year (with one August book squeezed in as a special mention), and will definitely be putting a few of these straight on my Christmas list. Honestly though, how is it already time to start thinking about this?? There's a whole range of genres, and I can't believe how beautiful pretty much every single cover is.
1.) The Betrayals by Bridget Collins:
Montverre is a mysterious academy beset with old rituals and traditions, including the 'grand jeu', a contest shrouded in rumours. Leo Martin was once a student there, and when he returns he finds traditions have changed: Claire Dryden, a woman, has been allowed to serve in the grand jeu's highest office. Both Leo and Claire are wrapped up in their own lies and secrets, but feel a strange connection neither can deny.
I really loved The Binding by the same author - one of my favourite books from last year - and I'm expecting a great read with a good fantasy element. The Binding was a nice slow burner to read in the colder months, and I hope the atmosphere of The Betrayals is similar, because it will make for a great Autumn read.
Expected publication date: 12th November
2.) The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Written by our resident 'Pointless' expert, this is Richard Osman's first foray into fiction. Four over-70 year olds meet once a week to do jigsaw puzzles and discuss unsolved crimes: they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club. When a murder happens locally, the group are determined to discover whodunnit, and need to do so before things get out of hand as the bodies start to pile up.
I'm feeling real Midsummer Murders vibes from the write up of this, and I just feel like a cosy murder mystery is exactly what I want to read whilst the weather gets more chilly. I can imagine me reading this and lending it to my mum or nan to read afterwards, and us all enjoying it.
Publication date: 3rd September
3.) The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V. E. Schwab
Addie Larue makes a pact with the devil: eternal life but coming with the cost that no one will ever remember her. Addie's living her life to the full across centuries, but 300 years on a young man remembers Addie's name and she doesn't know what to do.
I've really gotten properly into fantasy novels over the past couple of years, and I've been meaning to try a V. E. Schwab book. This one sounds right up my street, and I already want to know what exactly is going on!
Publication date: 6th October
4.) The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
Set in 1634, the world's greatest detective Samuel Pipps is about to be executed for a crime that he may or may not have committed. He's being taken to Amsterdam for the occasion, but as the voyage goes on, mysterious and dangerous things start to happen. With strange signs on the sails, dead livestock and passengers marked for death, the idea of a demon being responsible is called into play. When they realise that all the passengers on board are connected, they must dig into everyone's pasts to find the answers they're looking for.
I LOVED The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, and this sounds just as complex, if not more nightmarish than that book. I try to read one book that terrifies me during October every year, and with a big fear of the sea, this sounds like it'll fit the bill. The synopsis also gives me a bit of a Dracula vibe with his creepy sea voyage, so I'm excited to see how many parallels there are.
Publication date: 6th October
5.) Breathless by Jennifer Niven
Almost ready to graduate from high school, Claudine Henry is determined to map out her own future: she wants to go to college in the fall, to become an established writer and to finally have sex. However, her plans all seem to almost shatter around her when her dad tells her he's divorcing her mum. Claude and her mum move to a tiny island off the coast of Georgia where she meets Miah. Claude tells herself she doesn't have feelings for him, but as the summer wears on, is Claude prepared to get into a situation where her heart could break all over again?
I love everything Jennifer Niven's brought out, and I just think this will be the same. She writes mental illness and issues really well into her books (and both the ones I've read should come with big trigger warnings). The love stories are intense, and I'm intrigued to know more about Miah's mysterious past that is hinted at.
Publication date: 6th October
6.) The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Imagine a library that holds a different book for every life you could have lived if you'd made a different choice. Nora Seed finds herself in such a library, and is faced with the decision of living her life as she would have done, or reading through every different career decision, break-up and following old dreams she had. Will she be able to resist temptation, or will she change her future into something she sees in the Midnight Library?
Honestly this sounds like an incredible fantasy book, and I've only heard really great things from everyone who's read it so far. We all question big (or small) decisions we have to make, and wonder how different our lives could be, and I can't imagine myself ever being able to resist the temptation and stay away. I love a good cosy fantasy, and Haig writes them well, so I'm determined to pick this up asap.
Publication date: 20th August
7.) Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Gifty is a fifth year student studying depression and addiction at an American University. Her brother died of a heroin overdose after becoming addicted to OxyContin as pain relief for a sports injury. Her mother now spends all her time in bed. Telling the story of a Ghanaian immigrant family in the US, Transcendent Kingdom looks at Gifty's struggles with the evangelical faith she was raised with in the face of her family's struggles with loss, grief, depression and addiction.
This book sounds incredible, and I've heard such great things about Yaa Gyasi's Homecoming. The cover for this one is particularly beautiful too, and I already feel like I'm absolutely going to cry whilst reading it.
Publication date: 1st September
8.) Home Body by Rupi Kaur
Rupi Kaur's releasing her third book of poetry and I cannot wait. This will follow the same format as her other two books, with short poetry pieces accompanied by her own drawings. It's described as an intimate portrayal of the past, present and future of the self.
Rupi's books are always something I'm drawn to read at random rather than chronologically, when I feel I need to read something that will make me think, or that will comfort me.
Expected publication date: 17th November
And that's it! What are the Autumn releases you're keen to get your hands on?