Fall Reading 2014: The Best Books releasing this year
With the end of August most of us have completed our summer reading choices, and we can move on to the fall 2014 releases. As usual this fall promises to be an excellent season for booklovers of all genres, but sorting through all of the new titles that are expected to release over the next few months, can be a daunting task.
If you haven’t checked out the annual Big Fall Books Preview at Amazon, then you are missing out a pretty terrific guide to the literary release schedule. The Amazon Book Editors selected what they expect to be fall’s hottest 20 books, and also shared their personal favorites in a list of new under-the-radar books. The Amazon Big Fall Books Preview also features the season’s most anticipated releases in biographies, comics and graphic novels, cookbooks, fiction, mysteries, nonfiction, romance and science fiction—plus upcoming releases for kids and young adults.
“Fall is traditionally the biggest season for books and there are so many fantastic reads in store for our customers this year,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle, Amazon.com. “My team and I read through hundreds of new titles to narrow down our top picks. We’ve got books by names you know along with some by authors we were excited to discover.”
Below are the Big Fall Books, in order of release date:
- The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache may be retired now, but that doesn’t mean he’s changed much.
- Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child: Jack Reacher is back. But now he’s working for the State Department and the CIA.
- Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett: The much-anticipated finale to The Century Trilogy.
- Bones Never Lie: A Temperance Brennan Novel by Kathy Reichs: Anthropologist Temperance Brennan battles the most monstrous adversary she has ever encountered.
- Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham: A collection of personal essays from the acclaimed creator, producer and star of HBO’s Girls.
- The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan: The adventure continues, as the demigods face off against an army of giants. Kids will rejoice.
- Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult: A daughter searches for her mother online and through old journal entries.
- Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris: A choose-your-own-adventure autobiography? You have our attention.
- Gray Mountain by John Grisham: Grisham takes a young associate attorney out of the big city and into Appalachia.
- The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R.R. Martin: This is a lavish and comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, with lots of new material from the best-sellingGame of Thrones author.
- Blood Magick by Nora Roberts: Book Three of the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, from the #1 best-selling author.
- The Slow Regard of Silent Things (Kingkiller Chronicles) by Patrick Rothfuss: A short book about one of Rothfuss’ most enigmatic characters. Should tide you over until his next full novel.
- Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice: They’re baaack. Anne Rice’s vampires return in this hypnotic mystery-thriller.
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler: Funny stories and real-life advice from the well-known comedienne.
- Pegasus by Danielle Steel: A historical war novel of two families and the horse that will link them forever.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney: The latest installment in the beloved Wimpy Kid series.
- Revival by Stephen King: The prolific author continues to amaze again and again.
- Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin: Life lessons from the inspiring, late hero portrayed in Unbroken.
- Hope to Die (The Alex Cross Series) by James Patterson: The stakes have never been higher for Alex Cross, as he is forced to bargain with a madman for his own family.
- Saint Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel by Dean Koontz: Is this really the finale of the Odd Thomas series? Sure looks like it.
And the editors’ personal under-the-radar picks:
- Nora Webster by Colm Toibin: From the author of Brooklyn, a wonderful book about a widow trying to reclaim her life. Like a lot of great novels, it’s more memorable for what the characters don’t say than for what they do. – Sara Nelson
- I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist by Betty Halbreich and Rebecca Paley: A memoir by the woman who practically invented personal shopping—at Bergdorf Goodman in New York over forty years ago. If you think this book is going to be Sex and the City or just about clothes, think again. It’s also a rich, deep memoir about growing up and learning to live in style—and sanity. – Sara Nelson
- The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson: From National Book Award–winner Johnson (Tree of Smoke), this suspenseful post-9/11 thriller takes us deep into treacherous African war zones where three reckless soldiers of fortune confront international spies, violent warlords, and their own secret demons. – Neal Thompson
- The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach: Roorbach (Life Among Giants) starts with an enticing premise: two wounded souls are stuck in a cabin, deep in the Maine woods, during a snowstorm. From there, he weaves a thrilling, funny, romantic story about the entwined and volatile chemistries of fear, truth, and love. – Neal Thompson
- Acceptance (The Southern Reach Trilogy) by Jeff Vandermeer: This is dreamy science fiction-slash-horror, set around an uninhabited part of the country called “Area X.” Strange things happen here, and much of the fun is in watching Vandermeer develop mysteries and slowly solve them. It’s like Lost, but with a more satisfying ending. – Chris Schluep
- One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War by Bing West: The title refers to the number of steps that a member of the Third Platoon, fighting in Afghanistan, could expect to take during a six month tour. West, an author and marine, was embedded with these men while they endured some of the fiercest and most prolonged fighting in the war. This is war writing of the highest order. – Chris Schluep
- All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid by Matt Bai: In 1987, Democratic presidential frontrunner Gary Hart was photographed with a model named Donna Rice aboard a yacht called “Monkey Business,” destroying his campaign and career in an instant. Bai’s masterful and insightful account investigates the week when political reporting—and politics itself—changed, and not necessarily for the better. – Jon Foro
- The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs by Greil Marcus: Marcus rambles the back roads of rock history in this inventive and entertaining collection of short biographies of 10 songs spanning the entire breadth of rock-and-roll, from doo-wop to post-punk, demonstrating how rock’s impulse to combine (and recombine) its influences made each possible and entirely original. –Jon Foro
- Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails by David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald, Alex Day: Like its namesake bar, this collection of craft cocktail recipes, essays, and bartending guidance achieves that elusive blend of sophisticated elegance and edgy cool. –Seira Wilson
- Skink, No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen: In his first YA novel, Hiaasen introduces a new generation of readers to his popular character Skink, a man who doles out his own brand of swamp justice. Skink, No Surrender is classic Hiaasen—quirky, funny, thoughtful and compulsively readable. – Seira Wilson
- Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire: Maguire, the best-selling author of Wicked, puts his twist on Baba Yaga, the infamous witch of Russian folklore, in this rich, multi-layered adventure story steeped in Russian history. – Seira Wilson
more info: amazon.com/fallpreview