The Best New Books to Read This Fall

Fall is here, and with it comes a fabulous new selection of books we can’t wait to curl up with (maybe even with a pumpkin spice latte by our sides). We’ve compiled a list of the 32 best new fall books to add to your 2019 reading list, and between hotly anticipated sequels and striking debuts, we’re sure these picks won’t disappoint. For starters: 34 years after The Handmaid’s Tale was published, Margaret Atwood has finally released a sequel: The Testaments. Whether you watch the show or not, we’re pretty sure you’re at least a little bit curious about how this story that’s captivated the nation plays out — and honestly, it’s probably easier to stomach in print than vivid, gory detail. (If you are more of a TV person, don’t worry: Testaments has already been optioned for a sequel series on Hulu.)

It’s not all dystopian future tales, though: 2019’s fall hits are exciting for the diversity of voices they represent. Novels like Juliet Takes A Breath and How We Fight For Our Lives highlight issues of race and sexual identity, Unfollow offers the confessions of a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church, and rape survivor Chanel Miller (known as Emily Doe in the 2016 Brock Turner case) breaks her silence in new memoir Know My Name. (Other exciting memoirs this fall include volumes by comedian Ali Wong, singer Liz Phair and late musician Prince.)

Our biggest problem with this line-up? Knowing where to start. Luckily, we’ve arranged these books in the order they come out — so while you have a few titles to catch up on, the rest you can simply pre-order as you go. Happy reading!

This story was originally published on September 17, 2019, and has been updated.

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