Publishers have planning their fall-releases for the better part of the year, and this year’s most highly-anticipated titles are almost ready to hit bookshelves and e-readers across the country. September through January is the prime release-window for top-authors to compete for your attention, and many of today’s most popular literary lords and ladies are releasing new material over the next few months.

Each year the editorial team over at Amazon shares their 2016 Fall Books Preview, offering a glimpse of which titles have been building up the most steam on the popular retail giant’s site. This year offers quite an eclectic mix, with biographies & memoirs, cookbooks, literature & fiction, mystery & thrillers, and quite a few children and YA books hitting the list.

There are a few long-standing favorites on the list as well, including John Grisham, Stephenie Meyer, Bruce Springsteen and Jodi Picoult. Each fall, the Amazon Books Editors handpick the top-20 best new fiction and nonfiction books as part of their blockbuster list. These are titles will most likely debut on the bestseller’s lists, and will be the talk of the town throughout the fall and winter.

“As editors, we look forward to fall because it’s the biggest season for new books and a great time to highlight picks we think readers will enjoy,” said Chris Schluep, Amazon Books Editor. “Our team sifts through hundreds of titles to curate a list that includes fan favorites like John Grisham and Stephenie Meyer, and authors that readers may not have discovered yet, like Maria Semple and Sabaa Tahir. We hope readers get as much from these books as we did.”

There are a dozen ways to organize this list, but to be fair to the authors, we are going to prioritize them according to release date. Here are the 2016 Big Fall Books as recommended by the Amazon Editorial Team.


A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (August 30th)

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer (August 16th)


Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb (September 6th)

Razor Girl: A novel by Carl Hiaasen (September 6th)

Here I Am: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer (September 6th)

Bloom County Episode XIL A New Hope by Berkeley Breathed (September 13th)

Home by Harlan Coben (September 20th)

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (September 27th)

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (September 27th)


Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2 of The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (October 4th)

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks (October 4th)

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple (October 4th)

Winter Storms (Winter Street) by Elin Hilderbrand (October 4th)

Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult (October 11th)

The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost (October 18th)

99: Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky (October 18th)

The Whistler by John Grisham (October 25th)


Moonglow: A Novel by Michael Chabon (November 2nd)

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer (November 8th)

Swing Time by Zadie Smith (November 15th)