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21 Books Goodreads Users Are Damn Excited To Read This Fall

The books everyone's going to be talking about this season.

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Goodreads recently let BuzzFeed know which books its users are adding to their shelves and loving so far this fall.

Each title on the list below has a 4.0-star or higher rating, so you know they've gotta be good.

1. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent, a novel about 14-year-old Turtle, whose isolated existence on the California coast is blown open when she meets a high-school boy named Jacob.

Riverhead Books

"This book was all consuming. I wanted to save Turtle from her monster father throughout all of this book; I wanted her to run and get help when she could have. Most of this novel is dark and disturbing but there are glimmers of joy, especially when Turtle is with Jacob. The writing is some of the finest I've ever come across in modern literature." —Jennifer Masterson

Get it from Amazon for $16.20.

2. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward is set on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, and brings us into the world of young Jojo and his troubled family.

Scribner, Jesmyn Ward

"Beautifully written, haunting, and very sad. In this story we have biracial children being taken care of by their grandparents, a drug-addicted mother, their father in prison, a grandmother who is dying, and a loving grandfather. Oh, and we also have ghosts. Yes, quite a few ghosts." —Karen

Get it from Amazon for $15.60.

3. In Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, single mother and artist Mia arrives in suburban Cleveland with a disregard for the status quo, much to the dismay of many who become determined to uncover her past.

Penguin Press, Kevin Day Photography / Via celesteng.com

"A brilliant mixture of Jodi Picoult's best family dramas and a more introspective version of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies, this novel cements Ng's place as one of the best novelists of this generation." —Thomas

Get it from Amazon for $16.20.

4. Five-Carat Soul by James McBride, a National Book Award Winner, contains five short stories.

Riverhead Books, James McBride

"Insanely fantastically smart, poignant, and funny (when called for) short stories. James McBride has considerable range as a storyteller and this collection of stories proves that point." —Brad

Get it from Amazon for $17.70.

5. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is a story of two strangers who find out they're going to die on the same day, and decide to go on one last adventure, together.

HarperTeen, Margot Wood / Via adamsilvera.com

"I just got off a 12-hour flight to China and I spent approximately half of those hours reading this book, periodically crying, and sitting in my seat staring out at a view of endless clouds because I was not emotionally prepared to just go on with life after finishing this book." —Emma

Get it from Amazon for $12.36.

6. Warcross by Marie Lu is about a game that's become a way of life, particularly for teenage hacker Emika Chen who tracks down players who bet on the game illegally.

G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, Marie Lu

"I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH and you will love it too. It is beautiful and smart, and Emika is a funny, flawed, awesome heroine. And Hideo, omg, so many feelings! This book is exploding with radness — the conversations, the technology, and the intricacies of the world." —Sabaa Tahir

Get it from Amazon for $14.96.

7. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green is the story of 16-year-old Aza who, along with her best friend, sets out to uncover the mystery of a fugitive billionaire's son.

Dutton Books, John Green

This book is expected to go on sale October 10, 2017.

Pre-order is from Amazon for $11.99.

8. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman is a novel about 11-year old Malcolm and his dæmon Asta, as they learn they're no longer alone but have a baby with them.

Alfred A. Knopf Books, Phillip Pullman

This book is expected to go on sale October 19, 2017.

Pre-order it from Amazon for $18.39.

9. From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by mortician Caitlin Doughty explores the ways different cultures care for their dead.

WW Norton, Caitlin Doughty

"Caitlin Doughty has done it again: dragged us death-phobic Westerners into the light of what grieving and death could (and maybe should) look like. In From Here to Eternity, Caitlin travels the globe and shares her first-hand experiences of getting up close and personal with death rituals from around the world." —Emily

Get if from Amazon for $16.23.

10. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates features essays previously published in The Atlantic and un-published essays, which revisit each year of the Obama administration.

One World, Ta-Nehisi Coates

"I cycled through rage and anguish while reading this. It is a thorough retrospective on Obama's presidency, how it fits into the writer's life, and how it fits into America's history." —Leonicka

Pre-order it from Amazon for $16.80.

11. Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast by comedian Marc Maron features interviews from the WTF podcast.

Flatiron Books, Marc Maron

"While I've heard most of the episodes included in here, my reactions reading the same statements had a more visceral effect. This book literally made me laugh, and cry, and exclaim "oh, shit!" more than a few times. There are words of wisdom on a variety of subjects from everyone from Conan O'Brien to Barack Obama. Must read." —Woody

Pre-order it from Amazon for $17.10.

12. Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith looks at technologies from ten different emerging fields to see what the future holds.

Penguin Press, Kelly Weinersmith

"This is a really fun collection of technologies currently in research and development. The Weinersmiths combine fact and humor to create a book that's so informative and silly you'll want to read it again and again." —Virginia

Pre-order it from Amazon for $18.33.

13. Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison introduces Sutton and Ethan Montclair, then explores the mystery and speculation surrounding death of their child and Sutton herself.

Mira Books, Krista Lee Photography

"Domestic thrillers are one of my go-to sub genres; there's something completely fascinating about getting a glimpse into a couple's marriage beyond what's seen in public. I have seen many people comparing this to Gone Girl and while I can definitely see why, Lie To Me stands firmly on its own two feet and personally, I think it’s better." —Amy

Get it from Amazon for $10.87.

14. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter is about environmental lawyer Abby Williams, who is led back to her hometown after 10 years away for a case that uncovers secrets about the town and her oldest friends.

Hutchinson, Krysten Ritter

"Yes, Krysten Ritter is the star of Netflix's Jessica Jones, but this thriller is damn good independent of its celebrity author. It's addicting, and gritty, and fast-paced." —Adam Silvera

Pre-order it from Amazon for $17.10.

15. Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford is a novel about Ernest, a young boy who is auctioned off at the 1909 Seattle World Fair.

Ballantine Books, Jamie Ford

"This was a beautiful, heartfelt novel based on the true story of a 12-year-old boy who was raffled off as a prize. This story starts with the boy's beginning in China, his journey and arrival to America, and his growing up in a brothel where he fell in love with two different young girls."—Karen

Get it from Amazon for $18.16.

16. The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash is set in 1929 in North Carolina and is inspired by actual events during a time when workers and women were fighting for their rights.

William Morrow, Mallory Brady Cash

"The writing is so beautiful that I read the book slowly so I could savor his words. I felt like I was part of the action and could clearly see the scenes he set in this novel. The characters were so well done that I felt their pain as they worked to bring better pay and working conditions into the NC textile mills. This is a must-read book about an early history of the labor movement, and the women's and civil rights movements in our country."—Sue

Pre-order it from Amazon for $16.49.

17. Chasing Red by Isabelle Ronin is a love story that begins with a red dress.

Sourcebooks Casablanca, Isabelle Ronin

"Chasing Red centers around Caleb and Veronica, who is called Red by Caleb because of the color she wore the night he met her. The plot is fairly straightforward: He is the black knight in shining armor and rescues the damsel in distress by giving her a place to live while she gets back on her feet. Caleb is an unapologetic player, but from the moment he lays eyes on Veronica everyone in the planet ceases to exist." —Dali

Get it from Amazon for $9.59.

18. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover is a novel about Merit Voss who meets witty - and completely unavailable -Sagan while collecting trophies she did not win.

Atria Books, Colleen Hoover

"Without Merit revolves around the life of a high school senior, and while this book does deal with young adult characters, it reads more like an adult contemporary fiction novel. Honestly, I think if Oprah read this book she would put it in her book club. I really mean that." —Rachel Reads Ravenously

Pre-order from Amazon for $14.40.

19. The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang is one of two books in the Tensorate series and focuses on the lives of twins Mokoya and Akeha, who were sold to the Grand Monastery as children.

Tor.com, Nicholas Lee

"Yang has crafted a meticulously beautiful fantasy world that cleverly melds science and magic together with a central sibling relationship that sustains the heart of both books. Much will surely be made of Yang's treatment of gender and sexuality, and any accolades on that score are well-deserved; in Yang's Protectorate, sexuality is fluid and gender is self-chosen, confirmed or not as the individual decides, and gender-neutral pronouns are commonplace." —Bridget Mckinney

Pre-order it from Amazon for $10.39.

20. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado is a collection of short stories that explore body horror, feminism, and erotica.

Graywolf Press, Tom Storm

"The stories in Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties vibrate with originality, queerness, sensuality, and the strange. Her voracious imagination and extraordinary voice beautifully bind these stories about fading women and the end of the world and men who want more when they’ve been given everything and bodies, so many human bodies taking up space and straining the seams of skin in impossible, imperfect, unforgettable ways." —Roxane Gay

Pre-order it from Amazon for $10.94.

21. Artemis by Andy Weir is set on Artemis, the first city on the moon, where protagonist Jazz sees the opportunity to commit the perfect crime.

Crown Publishing Group, Andy Weir

"I admit to worrying that Weir wouldn't be able to keep up the quality from The Martian, and this is definitely a very different kind of tale from that, being half a heist novel, but it's great. I love his characters and the feel of the moon city, Artemis, is vital and detailed." —Brad

Pre-order from Amazon for $20.25.

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