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    25 Fall Books Goodreads Users Are Most Excited About

    Time to put on your coziest sweater and settle in with one of these.

    Goodreads recently let BuzzFeed know which books, according to its users, have been the popular picks for fall 2016.

    Below are the titles — already out and upcoming — that are getting a lot of buzz and love.


    1. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

    Jean Malek /

    Margaret Atwood takes The Tempest and places it in the center of her latest novel. When theater director Felix is tossed aside as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Festival, he takes a job teaching theater to prisoners — and decides to use a production of Shakespeare's classic play of sorcery and illusion as part of his revenge.

    Release date: October 11

    2. Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Elena Torre

    In Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel in 11 years, one family's crisis is mirrored by a quickly escalating crisis in the Middle East. The highly anticipated book is an examination of faith, familial responsibility, and the meaning of home.

    Release date: September 6

    3. Swing Time by Zadie Smith

    Penguin Press / Chris Jackson / Getty Images

    Set across West Africa and London, Swing Time tells the story of two young black girls who dream of being dancers. When, in their early twenties, it becomes clear only one has talent, their friendship fractures — but it follows them nevertheless.

    Release date: November 15

    4. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

    Harper /

    Spanning five decades, Commonwealth shows how one chance encounter — a kiss at a Christening party that ends two marriages and joins two families — can have effects that reverberate over generations. As the six childrens' lives become increasingly entwined, their experiences of loss, guilt, and betrayal make them question their loyalties to each other.

    Release date: October 11

    5. Moonglow by Michael Chabon

    Harper / David Livingston / Getty

    Based on the powerful stories Michael Chabon's terminally ill grandfather shared with him, Moonglow reads as a hallucinatory deathbed confession about a life fully lived —  spanning from prewar South Philly to a Florida retirement village, through war, adventure, desire, and America's midcentury obsession with technological advancement.

    Release date: November 22

    6. The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang

    Houghton Miller Harcourt / Emma McIntyre

    Charles Wang left China for the U.S. to build a fortune, but when the financial crisis bankrupts him and crashes his cosmetics empire, he's furious — at the U.S. for making him believe in its dream, and at history for causing him to leave his home country to begin with. In a wild cross-country trip, Wang and his wife gather up his three children — the style-obsessed teenager in boarding school, the aspiring comedian still in college, and the disgraced artist in New York — with a plan to reclaim his birthright: his family's land, and his pride.

    Release date: October 4

    7. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

    Ballantine Books
    Jodi Picoult

    Labor and delivery nurse Ruth Jefferson has found herself on trial for hesitating to perform CPR on a baby in cardiac arrest — a baby whose white supremacist parents requested Ruth (who is black) stay away from their child. Now, she must work with Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender who insists she doesn't bring up race in court. But as the case becomes a national media sensation, both Ruth and Kennedy find themselves reexamining everything they've come to understand about justice, compassion, race, and privilege.

    Release date: October 11


    8. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

    Feiwel & Friends, Julia Scott

    All Catherine wants to do is open her very own bakery, but her mother has different, royal plans for her. Catherine, being the favorite of the much-desired King of Hearts, is expected to receive his proposal at the Wonderland royal ball. Instead, she meets Jest, the king's mysterious (and very handsome) court joker, who happens to be very interested in her as well, and who convinces her to flout expectations and join him in a secret, intense relationship.

    Release date: November 8

    9. The Reader by Traci Chee

    Putnam / Penguin
    Traci Chee

    Reading is unheard of in Sefia's world. She lives her life on the road, surviving in the wilderness all alone after her father's murder and her aunt's kidnapping. When she realizes the key to her survival — and the only clue to her father's murder and her aunt's whereabouts — is a mysterious object she discovers to be a book, she slowly learns how to understand its secrets. What follows is a dangerous and exciting journey of rescue and revenge.

    Release date: September 13

    10. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

    Random House

    Seventeen-year-old Natasha Kingsley doesn't have time for miracles, though she could use one — she's doing her best to convince the U.S. Immigration Office not to deport her family to Jamaica. Daniel Jae Ho Bae, the aspiring poet whose parents want nothing more than for him to get into Yale and make them proud, meets Natasha and decides fate has something extraordinary in store for them. Neither of them can anticipate what their chance encounter turns into, but their story is one that delves into themes of family, race, loneliness, loyalty, and faith.

    Release date: November 1


    11. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

    Harper Collins,

    In Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly tells the never-before-told story of the group of black women — mathematicians at NASA, segregated from their white colleagues — who played a key role in bringing America into space. Drawing from oral histories, interviews, and archival research recounting moments from World War II, the civil rights movement, the space race, and the women's rights movement, Shetterly weaves the personal stories of these women with the country's history of remarkable scientific achievement.

    Release date: December 6

    12. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

    Flatiron Books, Amy Paulson

    Glennon Doyle Melton's memoir is one of perseverance: In the middle of what she thought was the height of her career and her happiness, Melton learns that her husband was cheating on her. Rather than turn away, she looks at their crisis head-on, and the result is a story of tearing down all of her notions about a successful relationship, healing the wounds that remain, and rediscovering the love underneath it all.

    Release date: September 6

    13. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

    Simon & Schuster

    Anna Kendrick has won legions of fans for her movies and her quips on Twitter, and her wit continues in this collection of autobiographical essays recounting some of the most memorable, charming, and even relatable moments of her life — from growing up in New England suburbia to working her way up to become one of Hollywood's darlings.

    Release date: November 15


    Sungju Lee's intense memoir gives a firsthand account of modern North Korea, from the perspective of a young man who was forced to survive on its streets. He did this, from the age of 12, by stealing, fighting, begging, and aligning with gangs — until, at 16, when he was able to make his escape. It's a harrowing look at a life without basic freedoms, and an examination of the families we create and cling to in our darkest moments.

    Release date: September 13

    15. Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

    Nation Books, Facebook: gary.younge.9

    Seven children and teens are shot dead on an average day in the U.S. In Another Day in the Death of America, Gary Younge zeroes in on one such day: November 23, 2013. He looks at the people behind the statistic — black, white, latino; from across the nation; shot anywhere from street corners to their own front door — and turns an overwhelming and fraught issue into something human, felt, and close to home.

    Release date: October 4


    16. The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti

    Simon & Schuster
    Pooja Dhar / PR Photography

    Zoe Whittaker has a perfect life: She's married to a rich and handsome Wall Street tycoon, they're card-carrying members of Manhattan's social elite, and she splits her time between their Tribeca penthouse and sprawling lake house. But she also has a secret, and it's threatening the security of a life she's worked so hard to build. Five years ago she had a different life; she was a different person entirely — and now her past is coming back to haunt her.

    Release date: September 27

    17. Fractured by Catherine McKenzie

    Lake Union

    When best-selling author Julie Prentice moves her family across the county to an idyllic neighborhood of complete strangers, she's hoping to leave her stalker behind. She's thrilled when she makes an immediate connection with a neighbor — until a series of misunderstandings brings harassment back into her life. Has her stalker found her, or are her new neighbors after her too? And how much danger are she and her family in?

    Release date: October 4

    18. Nutshell by Ian McEwan

    Jonathan Cape
    Annalena McAfee

    Nutshell is a classic story of marriage, deceit, and murder told in an utterly unconventional way — from the perspective of the unborn child overhearing all of his mother's scheming. Trudy is nine months pregnant and cheating on her husband John with his brother Claude, and both have come to the conclusion that murdering John would solve their problems. It's a novel take on Hamlet, only this time the son is trapped by circumstance and not by his own inaction.

    Release date: September 13

    19. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

    Little, Brown and Company,

    The best-selling author of Twilight returns with a gripping page-turner about a former federal agent on the run from the clandestine agency that once employed her. She's a wanted woman and she knows it, until she's given a way out: All she has to do is complete one last job for the same people who killed the last person she trusted— the people who also want her dead.

    Release date: November 15


    20. Jerusalem by Alan Moore

    Liveright Publishing Corporation
    Pruneau / Creative Commons

    Jerusalem — the epic, 1266-page novel from the man behind Watchmen and V for Vendetta — is being described as "the tale of everything, told from a vanished gutter." It's a big claim, and Moore really goes for it: The story spans the past, present, and future of one corner of Northampton, England, introducing the living to the dead, flirting with genre (he taps into fantasy, drama, social realism, science fiction), and creating an overwhelming mythology for all of human existence.

    Release date: September 13

    21. Everfair by Nisi Shawl

    Tor Books
    Caren Corley /

    Nisi Shawl presents an alternate Neo-Victorian history of the Belgian Congo, asking the question: What would have come of Belgium's colonization if the native population had mastered steam technology earlier? The answer is Everfair, a piece of land purchased by British socialists and African-American missionaries, and set aside as a safe haven for not just natives of the Congo, but also escaped slaves from the U.S. and refugees from anywhere African natives are being oppressed.

    Release date: September 6


    22. Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

    Penelope Douglas

    In fifth grade, Misha (a boy) and Ryen (a girl) are paired as pen pals, their respective teachers mistakingly assuming the students are the same gender. Misha and Ryen quickly figure out the misunderstanding, hit it off, and keep writing. After seven years of adhering to their ground rules — keeping the interaction limited to letters, no phone numbers, no social media — Misha comes across a photo of a girl named Ryen online and decides he has to meet her.

    Release date: October 21

    23. The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas

    Kerry Ann Duffy

    He's a disgraced ex-sniper who's taken a job protecting a rich man's daughter; she's that rich man's daughter, desperate to live her own life and make her own mistakes — until her dad's bad business puts her life at risk. They meet with their own demons, and without any expectations of getting along, but find they probably need each other more than they realize.

    Release date: September 6


    24. A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles

    Amor Towles

    In this immersive and evocative novel, Amor Towles takes us to 1920s Moscow through the lens of Count Alexander Rostov. After being sentenced to house arrest for his inciting and rebellious poetry, the count must watch — from the distance of an attic room across from the Kremlin — as his country goes through some of its most chaotic decades.

    Release date: September 6

    25. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

    Little, Brown and Company
    Punch Photography

    In late 19th-century Ireland, 11-year-old Anna O'Donnell is said to be a miracle girl, her parents claiming she's survived without any food other than "manna from heaven" for months. Among a flock of tourists and journalists coming to witness her, an english nurse and nun work shifts to watch over and care for her — and try to solve the mystery of her survival.

    Release date: September 20

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