The Top 10 September Books to Read as You Wait for Fall to Arrive

Are you watching the leaves start to change colors? Are you suddenly craving pumpkin spice lattes? Do you feel that slight chill in the air?

Yeah, me neither.

But despite the 80 degree heat and the lingering lethargy of summer, it’s officially September. Which means back-to-school season, country fair time, and the slow start of fall. While we all wait for those crisp autumn days to show up, here are the 10 books we can’t wait to get our hands on in September:

Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo (Henry Holt and Co., September 27, 2016)

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Bardugo follows up last year’s young adult fantasy heist novel, Six of Crows, with this action-packed sequel. What will become of Kaz, the gang, and the entire Grisha world? Find out September 27 -– though be sure to buy your copy early! This highly anticipated sequel is bound to sell out fast.

Apprentice in Death, J.D. Robb (Berkley, September 6, 2016)

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J.D. Robb (the pseudonym for romance-legend Nora Roberts) returns with the 43rd book in her In Death series. Let me repeat that: her 43rd(!!!) book. This time futuristic Lieutenant Eve Dallas – along with her sexy husband Roarke – has to solve the mystery of two professionally trained killers who seem to pick their victims at random.

Cradle and All, James Patterson (jimmy patterson, September 12, 2016)

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Patterson is literally the world’s No. 1 bestselling author, which is why I can’t wait to get my hands on his latest novel. A reworking of his 1980 novel Virgin, Cradle and All is about a world plagued by unexplained illness, droughts, floods and other disasters. Then two virgin teenagers find themselves pregnant, prophesied to be carrying either the child of Christ or Satan. It’s a mystery that grips the world and is guaranteed to grip the reader as well.

Magic Binds, Ilona Andrews (Ace, September 20, 2016)

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My favorite husband and wife writing team are back with a brand new kickass Kate Daniels Novel. Of course the marriage between Kate and her (former) Beast Lord Curran would be fraught with danger and adventure. With Saiman captured by her father and a dire prediction that could stand in the way of her wedding, Kate will have to tackle insurmountable odds to earn the future she so desperately wants.

The Female of the Species, Mindy McGinnis (Katherine Tegen Books, September 20, 2016)

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This unflinchingly dark contemporary young adult novel tells the story of Alex Craft, a teen whose sister was murdered three years ago, prompting Alex to tap into the darkness and violence inside of her. What starts as vigilante justice quickly spirals out of control, creating a novel that’s honest, tragic, tough and impossible to put down.

Razor Girl, Carl Hiaasen (Knopf, September 6, 2016)

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Hiaasen’s hilarious, madcap style is on full display in his latest, about a young con-artist named Merry Mansfield (aka Razor Girl). But she’s only the beginning, with the rest of the novel so eccentric and bursting with wacko characters that it’s impossible to describe in a few lines. Just trust me when I say that this is one comedic novel you won’t want to miss.

The Trouble with Mistletoe, Jill Shalvis (Avon, September 27, 2016)

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Part of Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay series, The Trouble with Mistletoe brings us the heartfelt romance between pet shop owner Willa Davis, and Keane Winters, and old classmate who’s stuck caring for his great-aunt’s temperamental cat. The two knew each other in high school — only Keane can’t remember Willa at all. Sparks fly as Willa decides if she’s willing to forgive and forget after all these years. This holiday novel (in September!) proves that Christmas can be celebrated all year long.

The Kept Woman, Karin Slaughter (William Morrow, September 20, 2016)

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Slaughter continues her Will Trent series with another mysterious thriller that will have you on the edge of your seats. Trent’s latest case involves a murdered ex-cop, a missing woman whose blood is found at the scene, and the man whose land it all occurs on: a powerful athlete who has already gotten away with rape.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, Mark Manson (HarperOne, September 13, 2016)

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Manson is a well-known blogger, famous for dishing out tough love. This is not your mother’s self-help book, cautioning people against trying to maintain a positive attitude all the time. Honest, brash and oh-so-helpful, this book is perfect for anyone who could use some unorthodox life advice.

Pushing Up Daisies: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, M.C. Beaton (Minotaur Books, September 20, 2016)

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This is the 27th book in Beaton’s popular Agatha Raisin series. When a land developer is killed after threatening to destroy the community garden in her quaint British town, private detective Agatha is on the case. But with a bunch of suspects, and another unexpected murder, this mystery might not be as straightforward as it seems.

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