September’s Most-Anticipated Books

Look no further for your next read. The amount of great new books hitting shelves each month can be overwhelming but we’ve rounded up ten of the buzziest books coming out this September—no matter what genre you’re interested in. If you were approved for any of these books on NetGalley, you can read them directly in your NetGalley Shelf app. Don’t forget to leave a review on the book’s pub date!

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney returns this fall with a new novel about friendship, class, falling in and out of love, and mental health. Throughout the book Alice Kelleher, a 29-year-old Irish writer, exchanges emails with her university friend Eileen Lydon. Alice is grappling with the pressure that has come with the popularity of her work and decides to escape to Rome with a man named Felix, while Eileen is trying to discover if her childhood friend shares her feelings.

A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria

Alexis Daria gives childhood best friends a second chance in this contemporary romance. Michelle Amato does her best to ignore her family’s comments about her romantic life—especially when the one guy she can’t get out of her head disappeared 13 years ago. The last thing she expects is to run into him at work. Gabriel Aguilar returns to New York City to open a new branch of the gym he co-owns, and is equally surprised when Michelle Amato is brought on for the marketing campaign. It’s clear the feelings between them are still there, but is Gabe here to stay?

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Plug in your nightlights, YA readers. Tiffany D. Jackson never fails to deliver and her latest psychological thriller promises to keep you up all night. Marigold Anderson’s family moves into an artists’ residency in a historic home, and it isn’t long before she begins to suspect something is wrong. Doors open and close on their own, lights flicker on and off, items move or vanish. But most disturbing is her stepsister Piper’s insistence that her mysterious new friend wants Mari gone.

No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull

Cadwell Turnbull’s fantasy novel weaves together multiple storylines in an exploration of what happens when humanity learns that monsters are real. Laina is devastated to learn her brother has been killed by police and shocked when his death reveals that he was a werewolf. Meanwhile, as the news spreads and the public lashes out, Rebecca fights to protect her pack. As their storylines converge, the differences between humans and monsters begin to blur.

The House of Ashes by Stuart Neville

Edgar finalist Stuart Neville serves up a tale of psychological suspense that will get you in the spooky season mood. Sara Keane and her husband Damien move to a home in Northern Ireland looking for a fresh start. But when they’re visited by a woman covered in blood who claims the home is hers, Sara starts to feel unsettled. Alternating storylines explore the ways Sara’s present and the house’s dark past intersect.

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead transports readers to civil rights–era Harlem in his latest. Ray Carney’s furniture business is doing well enough, but he never turns away his cousin Freddie, who shows up with stolen goods he needs moved. After all, a little extra money is helpful for Carney’s growing family. But when Freddie joins a group who plan to rob the Hotel Theresa and things go south, Carney is swept up in the aftermath.

Sailor Proof by Annabeth Albert

Is there anything worse than being trapped on a submarine with your cheating ex? Naval Chief Derrick Fox is looking forward to setting foot on dry land, but he wishes that there were someone to greet him when he pulls into port—if only to make his ex jealous. Enter his best friend’s brother Arthur Euler. Arthur agrees to pretend to be Derrick’s boyfriend welcoming him home. But when a video of their kiss on the gangplank goes viral, they’re forced to continue the charade. Annabeth Albert’s opposites-attract romance starts the Shore Leave series with a splash.

The Hollow Heart by Marie Rutkoski

The Hollow Heart is the conclusion to Marie Rutkoski’s YA fantasy duology, Forgotten Gods. Fans of the series will recall how The Midnight Lie ended with Nirrim giving her heart to the God of Thieves in exchange for the memories her people have lost of their city’s history. Now a heartless queen, Nirrim is bent on revenge. Across the sea, Sid hears rumors of a growing threat, never realizing that it’s the girl she once knew.

These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall

This pulse-pounding thriller follows digital archaeologist Michaela Lambert as she works to complete a virtual scrapbook commissioned by a client who passed away before the piece was finished. But her process of collecting mementos from her client’s life is interrupted by a series of threatening messages telling her to stop her work. Want to learn more about the inspiration behind this unsettling tale? Read our interview with Rachel Howzell Hall!

Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

To save her own soul Shizuka Satomi agreed to deliver seven violin prodigies to the devil. When she hears Katrina Nguyen, a transgender runaway, play, Shizuka knows that she’s found her final sacrifice. Unfortunately, Shizuka needs time to prepare the bow that will do the deed and between the time she’s spending with Katrina and her growing crush on Lan, an interstellar refugee and donut maker, Shizuka feels her hardened heart softening.

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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