September’s Most-Anticipated Books

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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!

If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery

Jonathan Escoffery’s debut explores themes of capitalism, race, and family through interconnected stories. The tales largely follow Trelawny, the youngest son in a Jamaican family living in Miami. Everyone in the family is striving for more in their own way, and Trelawny—who has long felt compared to his older brother Delano, a struggling musician—grapples with attempting to earn his father’s notice while discovering where he fits in his family’s dynamics and in America.

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

Billie, Mary Alice, Natalie, and Helen reluctantly set out on an all-expenses paid Caribbean cruise. Though onlookers would never guess, these 60-year-old women worked as assassins for an organization known as the Museum for over 40 years before being forced into retirement. The trip is meant to celebrate their decades of service, but when it becomes clear that someone onboard is targeting them, they realize that a former colleague is out to make their retirement a permanent one.

Where We End & Begin by Jane Igharo

Jane Igharo’s latest romance offers exes Dunni and Obinna a second chance at love after twelve years apart. Dunni’s future is entirely planned out from her career as a geneticist in Seattle to her upcoming marriage to the man her parents adore. But when she returns home to Nigeria for her friend’s wedding and reconnects with Obinna, her first love, old feelings come rushing back and she starts to wonder what her future would be like if she followed her heart instead.

I’m the Girl by Courtney Summers

We featured Courtney Summers’ next YA thriller earlier this year on a roundup of 2022’s must-read queer books and we’ve been eagerly counting down the days until it hits shelves in September. After discovering the body of 13-year-old Ashley James, Georgia Avis teams up with Ashley’s sister Nora to hunt down the killer and bring them to justice. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the more danger they find themselves in.

The Last Dreamwalker by Rita Woods

Rita Woods’ novel blends historical and contemporary fiction. The book weaves together the stories of Gemma, an enslaved woman living on an island off South Carolina in the final days of the Civil War, and her descendant Layla, who learns after her estranged mother’s passing that she’s inherited both family land and a mysterious gift that allows her to enter and experience others’ dreams.

Ithaca by Claire North

Readers who love reimaginings of myths won’t want to miss out on Claire North’s exploration of the life of Penelope of Ithaca, the wife of Odysseus. Seventeen years into Odysseus’ journey, speculation of his death is running rampant in Ithaca. Penelope must decide who to trust as she strives to maintain peace in the kingdom while fending off suitors who would like nothing more than to sit upon her husband’s vacant throne.

Broken Summer by J.M. Lee, translated by An Seon Jae

J.M. Lee’s psychological thriller opens with Lee Hanjo receiving a life-changing surprise from his wife on his birthday: She’s been secretly writing a novel. With its publication date nearing, she’s gifted him an early copy and within its pages he finds that she’s drawn direct inspiration from their life together, even going so far as to divulge long-kept secrets that will ruin him and his career as an artist when the book is released.

The Rivals of Casper Road by Roan Parrish

Are you ready to return to Garnet Run? The fourth book in Roan Parrish’s romance series is set around a Halloween decorating contest—making it the perfect read to kick off spooky season with. New-to-town Bram Larkspur is excited to compete but instead finds himself wrapped up in a prank war with the reigning champion: architect Zachary Glass. Before either knows what hit them, sparks are flying!

The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson

When it comes to YA thrillers, Tiffany D. Jackson never disappoints! Her latest draws inspiration from Stephen King’s Carrie. Springville High is attempting a rebranding after a video of racist bullying goes viral. The school is hosting its first integrated prom, and when star quarterback asks outcast Maddy Washington to attend with him, she hopes it marks a fresh start for her. As readers familiar with the original know, it’ll be a night to remember for everyone.

Lost in Time by A.G. Riddle

Sci-fi fans, prepare to take a journey through time. The book opens in the near future, when a device created by Sam Anderson helps to send criminals to the prehistoric past to live out their days in exile. When Sam is accused of murdering his lover, he becomes a victim of his own creation and is transported back in time. He leaves behind his daughter, Adeline, who sets out to discover who the real killer is and rescue her father from his imprisonment.

Which September release are you most excited for?

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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