Cooler evenings, apple and pumpkin spices in our food and drinks, and new novels mark the beginning of September. That also means you can expect some great books to be released over the next few days and weeks. This September there are a few stand-alone novels that should require your attention, as well as some key installments to popular franchises that fans won’t want to miss.
We’ve already covered the Best Books of Fall, in our fall preview guide, but if you can’t wait until the autumn months to get a new book, here are the top-picks for September that you can pre-order and read starting this week, or that would make the perfect surprise-gift for the back-to-school frowns.
Amazon offers its popular ‘inside look’ for many of these titles, allowing you to get a sneak peak at the first few chapters. You can also pre-order the books so they are available right away. Many of the tiles are on sale right now as well, so you can lock in the lowest possible price before release date. Clicking on a link will open a new window, so you don’t have to jump back and forth to preview a book or check on the sale price.
On top of this list is ‘Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel’ by Lee Child (September 3). This book is just around the corner and Reacher fans should enjoy the return of some classic settings and characters from Reacher’s past. As stated by the publisher, “Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had.” The book promises personal insight into Reacher’s past as he uncovers the truth behind Turner’s accusations and fights to clear his name of any wrongdoing.
‘Doctor Sleep: A Novel’ by Stephen King (September 26) is one of the most highly-anticipated books of September. Not only is this a new novel by Stephen King, but it returns to the characters and location of one of his most beloved stories ‘The Shining’. Fans will meet a now middle-aged Dan Torrance as he meets a twelve-year-old girl that he must save “from a tribe of murderous paranormals”. As the publisher describes in the book, “Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.”
There is also a new Kinsey Millhone Mystery on the way, this one called ‘W is for Wasted’ (September 10). Millhone is a New York Times–bestselling author who has captivated readers with her murder mysteries in the past, and her new novel is one of the most highly anticipated fall novels that rivals any of the mystery series on television today.
The next installment of Bill O’Reilly’s series follows-up ‘Killing Kennedy’ and ‘Killing Lincoln’ with ‘Killing Jesus’ (September 24). Bestselling authors Bill O’Reilly and historian Martin Dugard’s are behind the Killing series, these nonfiction titles have become increasingly popular as each one is released. O’Reilly is of course the anchor of ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ and the books investigate the events and circumstances that lead to the murder of influential men in history. This one covers Jesus of Nazareth. As stated by the publisher, “Nearly two thousand years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. Killing Jesus will take readers inside Jesus’s life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable – and changed the world forever.”
If you are looking for more fiction in your life, a new Nicholas Sparks novel called ‘The Longest Ride’ (September 17) might be more suited for your lifestyle. Of course Sparks is the literary mastermind behind some of the most popular love-stories of this generation, including ‘The Notebook’, ‘Message in a Bottle’, ‘A Walk to Remember’, ‘Nights in Rodanthe’, ‘At First Sight’ and ‘Dear John’ just to name a small portion of his works. The plot of the new book is described in this statement, “Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.”
The Lowland (Jhumpa Lahiri on September 24) is from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author like Jhumpa Lahiri. The author of ’The Namesake,’ Lahiri’s new novel is a story of two brothers. These brothers are close in age (only 15 months apart) and survivors of a horrific tragedy. The story focuses on the human spirit, love and overcoming your past, and set against a country’s revolution. You can bet that this book will be one of the novels that will be the topic of conversations for months to come.
These are just a few of the terrific books that await you in September, you can check out the titles by clicking on the links above, or get the full list of the most pre-ordered books on Amazon’s official listing below. Happy Reading!
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