2020 Releases: September – October

It’s the best time of the year!

Fall is the best time of the year! Especially in the book world.

There are so many amazing releases coming. Here are just some of the ones I’m most excited about. As usual, I kept the descriptions as succinct as possible and linked Goodreads page if you want to know more!


This is traditionally one of the best months out of the year for book releases! And 2020 is no exception! Ready your wallets.

September 1st

1. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

This is the follow up to Homegoing and is another powerful literary fiction following a Ghanaian family in Alabama. It’s about loss, addiction, grief, and family. It sounds extremely powerful and moving!

2. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This is a YA fantasy following 2 cousin when they accidentally summon a ghost. This sounds like the most perfect fall read!

3. When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

This is Alyssa Cole’s first foray into the thriller genre, and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this! It’s a thriller based on the idea of gentrification turning deadly.

4. We are Not Free by Traci Chee

This is a YA historical fiction novel following a group of Japanese-American teens as they try and navigate the horrors of mass incarcerations during WWII.

5. A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

This historical romance is the sequel to Bringing Down the Duke! It follows a group of suffragists at Oxford.

6. Fable by Adrienne Young

This YA fantasy follows a girl who sets out to sea to search for her missing father. I’ve heard nothing but rave early reviews for this book!

September 8th

1. One by One by Ruth Ware

Possibly my most anticipated release for the month!! This is Ruth Ware’s next mystery/thriller novel and it takes place at an isolated mountain retreat after everyone is trapped by an avalanche.

September 15th

1. Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker

The synopsis for this one is extremely vague which is was intrigued me to this new thriller!

The car abandoned miles from home.
The note found at a nearby hotel.
The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.

They called it a “walk away.” It happens all the time. Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over. But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

2. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

This is the much anticipated follow up to Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell.

Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.

3. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

This YA fantasy that follows a teen attending a prestigious high school program. There she witness a demon attack and becomes part of a secret society whose purpose is to hunt them. This has so many of my buzzwords!!

4. Horrid by Katrina Leno

This is Katrina Leno’s first horror novel. It follows a teen girl and her mother when they move back to the east coast. There they are haunted by her mother’s dark and twisted history.

5. The Roommate by Rosie Danan

A new rom-com that follows a woman who moves across the country for her childhood crush. When she’s left stranded, she finds herself moving in with a complete stranger. Steaminess ensues!

6. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

This is the follow up to Monday’s Not Coming. It’s a YA thriller that follows who wakes up covered in blood and no memory of the previous night. Now a famous singer, and the MC’s ticket to stardom, is dead. But who killed Korey Fields?

September 22nd

1. Well Played by Jen DeLuca

This is the sequel to Well Met. This is a rom-com series that follows characters who work at a small town Renaissance Faire.

2. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

This is a historical fantasy that takes place in an alternate London. It follows magical fitting booksellers who make sure that the mythical Old World doesn’t intrude on reality.

3. To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan

This is a mystery/thriller following a writer whose husband suddenly goes missing. This story intertwines with the similar disappearance of her brother 30 years prior.

4. Vampires Never Get Old edited by Zoraida Córdova

The much anticipated resurgence of YA vampires! This is a YA anthology containing 11 stories centering around vampires.

5. Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

This is the 3rd and final book in the Hot & Hammered series! This follows the last Castle sibling, Bethany, in a hate to love romance. I absolutely adore this steamy rom-com series!

September 29th

1. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

The other book in the running for my most anticipated of the month!!! This is a much anticipated fantasy novel following a school for the magically gifted. This school has one rule: Graduate or Die.

2. The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This is a YA thriller following a teen who inherits a fortune that changes her life. But there is one catch. In order to receive the money she must move into his sprawling mansion and survive all his puzzles.


October isn’t quite as crazy but there are some HUGE releases this month!

October 6th

1. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

This follows a woman who makes a deal with the devil to live forever. The only catch is that she is cursed to be forgotten by anyone she meets. But 300 years later, someone finally remembers her.

2. The Archive of the Forgotten by A.J. Hackwith

This is the sequel to The Library of the Unwritten. In this world, a library exists in the underworld where unwritten books are guarded. Until one day, one of the characters escapes and attempts to get their story written.

3. Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker

This is a companion novel to Middlegame written under a pseudonym. It follows two characters who discover the Up and Under – an impossible land filled with mystery, adventure and strange creatures.

4. Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

The synopsis for this adult thriller reminds me of A Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay. A family is vacationing in rural New York when the supposed owners show up and say something terrible has happened to New York City.

5. Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

This is a horror novel about a woman who discovers a bunker behind a hole in her uncle’s wall. She becomes obsessed and discovers it contains portals to other mysterious places.

6. In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Holiday release are coming this month! This is the latest rom-com from Christina Lauren and is about a woman reliving a disastrous Christmas holiday over and over again.

7. Devil in the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

This is a historical mystery following a detective on a ship bound for Amsterdam. Once they leave shore, devilish things begin to happen!

October 13th

1. Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy

This is a domestic thriller following a couple who moves to a small town where the husband runs his therapy sessions in the basement. Until one day he goes to work and never returns.

2. Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

This is an adult speculative fantasy with a really vague plot that has me crazy intrigued!

“inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.”

3. Come On In edited by Adi Alsaid

This is a YA anthology containing 15 short stories that explore immigration.

4. Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald

This is a YA fantasy following a woman who accidentally destroys her city’s only source of water. Now she must through the mysterious red veil that surrounds the city to try and recover the magic.

5. All About Us by Tom Ellen

Another holiday rom-com! This one follows a man whose relationship is struggling when he’s sent back in time to the day he first kissed his wife. Now he has a choice – choose the life he knows, or take a chance on the one that got away.

6. The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

My most anticipated release for the second half of the year! This is the follow up to The Ten Thousand Doors of January. It follows a group of sister who might turn the woman’s movement into the witch’s movement.

“There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.”

October 20th

1. Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

This is a gothic historical fiction following a cursed all-girls school in the early 1900s and 100 year later when it is the set of a controversial horror film about the dark events that occurred there. This sounds so spooky and perfect for October!

October 27th

Last but certainly not least!

1. Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

The only other contender for my most anticipated release for the end of year! This is the start of a new series about

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.


2. Crazy Stupid Bromance (The Bromance Book Club #3) by Lyssa Kay Adams

This this third book in one of my favorite romance series! This installment follows a computer hacker and new member of the Bromance Book Club as he falls for a cafe owner and activist.

What upcoming fall releases are you most excited for?!


8 thoughts on “2020 Releases: September – October

  1. My bank account is sobbing. At the beginning of this year I was like “oh, I don’t see any books coming in the second half of the year that I just HAVE to have!” and now…I’m overwhelmed. So many on here I’m looking forward to!! ♥

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