What to Read in September

what to read in september

Happy September! Back to school is in full swing and a dazzling array of fall books are hitting bookshelves. Here’s what’s got me excited this month:

September Books


Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – Sept. 6. The last book wasn’t my favorite but I’m hoping this installment will make me a believer again! This one is sitting pretty atop the Goodreads “most popular” chart so I know many of you are eager to start reading.

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold – Sept. 20. The author of Mosquitoland is back with a new book about love, death, friendship and mystery. Vague description, but the blurb has me very intrigued anyway!

The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner – Sept. 6. Two teens find each other among the chaos of 9/11. I’m reading this one now and it’s a unique and moving story.

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner – Sept. 13.  This coming of age is about friendship, grief, love and loss as swimmer Otis welcomes an old friend back into his life.

The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill – Sept. 6. Rick loves posting cat videos, and lost his girlfriend because of it. Now he’s off to impress a girl he met in salsa class by taking her to Havana!

Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel – Sept. 19 (ebook), Oct. 11 paperback. Set in 1991, Rani is an Indian girl living in the Hawaiian island of Moloka’i. Family drama is getting her down and leading her down a dark path she finds solace in hip-hop.

The Female of the Species by Mindi McGinnis – Sept. 20. The rape and murder of a local teen rocks a small town in this story of rape culture and revenge.

The Art of Holding on and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lenz – Sept. 12. Cara is a competitive climber who is recovering after a loss and trying to find her way again.

Sometimes We Tell the Truth by Kim Zarins – Sept. 6. This contemporary retelling of The Canterbury Tales is about a group of teens on a bus to Washington DC. They each have to tell a story and the student with the best story will earn an automatic A in the class.

Going Geek by Charlotte Huang – Sept. 13. Skylar’s year at her exclusive boarding school goes awry when financial circumstances leave her in an undesirable dorm, but it ends up being an eye-opening experience. I loved For the Record so I’m excited to check out this one.


Adult / New Adult

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett – Sept. 13. This family drama spans five decades and is about how a chance encounter creates a change that is felt for years to come.

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue – Sept. 20. In 1850s Ireland an English nurse is brought to observe the miracle of an 11-year old girl’s months-long fast and unlikely survival.

Leave Me by Gayle Forman – Sept. 6. Forman’s adult debut is about an overworked mom who has a heart attack and decides to take off and leave her family, and in the process gets to know herself a little bit better.

The Goal by Elle Kennedy – Sept. 26. I don’t think I’ve blogged about it before, but I do really recommend the Off-Campus series. This is the fourth installment and it’s Sabrina and Tucker’s story.

What will you be reading this month? Stay tuned – my fall TV and movie preview is coming up soon!


7 thoughts on “What to Read in September

  1. September is a crazy month!! SO many books I can’t wait to read. Definitely The Female of the Species and The Memory of Things. AND Leave Me!! Love Gayle Forman! Great post 🙂

  2. Rabiah says:

    Ooo, I can’t wait for so many of these! Really looking forward to THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES in particular 😀 Happy reading and have a great month!

  3. AHHHH! My TBR piles (yes plural) are towering and yet….! I want to read some of these that you mention! COMMONWEALTH and LEAVE ME are definitely on my list. I also have THE MONSTER ON THE ROAD IS ME by JP Romney, INK & ASHES by Vaylenne Maetani, SERPENTINE by Cindy Pon, THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE by Patrick Ness, CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan, THE KNITTING CIRCLE by Ann Hood (I highly recommend her newest THE BOOK THAT MATTERS MOST), plus MOO by Sharon Creech and WISH by Barbara O’Connor, among other books! Eek! I’d better get reading!

  4. Lori says:

    There is so many good books coming out this month! Kids of Appetite has me really intrigued as well. The Memory of Things and The Female of the Species both sound really good. I’m reading Geek Girl right now! I also want to read Leave Me. So many books! 🙂

  5. I’m anxious to dig into The Wonder. Going Geek looks good too.

  6. I’m so excited about the new Anne Pachett! I will have to clear some space this month to read it for sure:-) Hope you have a fantastic month:-D

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