September 2021 Most Anticipated New Book Releases

September 2021 books new release most anticipated upcoming titles to read

Notable upcoming books to be published in September 2021, limited to hardcover new releases. Here are the most anticipated titles for the month:

Apples Never Fall
Liane Moriarty

What It's About: #1 New York Times Bestseller
A Peacock Original TV Series–Streaming Soon

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty comes a novel that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest

The Delaney family love one another dearly—it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other ...

Publication Date: September 14, 2021
mystery audiobook audiobooks

Under the Whispering Door
TJ Klune

What It's About: Welcome to Charon's Crossing.
The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through.

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead.

And when Hugo, the owner of a peculiar tea shop, promises to help him cross over, Wallace decides he’s definitely dead...

Publication Date: September 21, 2021
fantasy lgbtq romance

The Last Graduate
Naomi Novik

What It's About: A budding dark sorceress determined not to use her formidable powers uncovers yet more secrets about the workings of her world in the stunning sequel to A Deadly Education, the start of Naomi Novik’s groundbreaking crossover series.

At the Scholomance, El, Orion, and the other students are faced with their final year—and the looming specter of graduation, a deadly ritual that leaves few students alive in its wake...

Publication Date: September 28, 2021
young adult physical tbr dark academia

Cloud Cuckoo Land
Anthony Doerr

What It's About: When everything is lost, it’s our stories that survive.

How do we weather the end of things? Cloud Cuckoo Land brings together an unforgettable cast of dreamers and outsiders from past, present and future to offer a vision of survival against all odds.

Constantinople, 1453:
An orphaned seamstress and a cursed boy with a love for animals risk everything on opposite sides of a city wall to protect the people they love...

Publication Date: September 28, 2021
historical fiction fantasy dnf

Beautiful World, Where Are You
Sally Rooney

What It's About: Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them...

Publication Date: September 7, 2021
physical tbr contemporary romance

Harlem Shuffle
Colson Whitehead

What It's About: From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.

“Ray Carney was only slightly bent when it came to being crooked…” To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture, making a decent life for himself and his family...

Publication Date: September 14, 2021
historical fiction dnf book club

The Night She Disappeared
Lisa Jewell

What It's About: 2017: 19 year old Tallulah is going out on a date, leaving her baby with her mother, Kim.

Kim watches her daughter leave and, as late evening turns into night, which turns into early morning, she waits for her return. And waits.

The next morning, Kim phones Tallulah's friends who tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a party at a house in the nearby woods called Dark Place...

Publication Date: July 22, 2021
thriller mystery mystery thriller

A Calling for Charlie Barnes
Joshua Ferris

What It's About: From National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris comes a “murderously funny” novel about a modern American family and one man’s attempt to come to understand the many lives of his father. (Janet Maslin, New York Times)

Someone is telling the story of the life of Charlie Barnes, and it doesn't appear to be going well...

Publication Date: September 28, 2021
audiobook dnf abandoned

The Man Who Died Twice
Richard Osman

What It's About: It's the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer...

Publication Date: September 16, 2021
mystery crime audiobook

The Wish
Nicholas Sparks

What It's About: 1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind . . . until she met Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island...

Publication Date: September 28, 2021
romance nicholas sparks physical tbr

Lauren Groff

What It's About: Lauren Groff returns with her exhilarating first new novel since the groundbreaking Fates and Furies.

Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, 17-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease...

Publication Date: September 7, 2021
historical fiction dnf historical

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