The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018 That Are Actually Worth Your Time

Updated 04/19/19
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As balmy summer nights give way to brisk autumn evenings, we're breaking out our woodsy-scented candles, filling our glasses with full-bodied red wine, and, of course, editing our bookshelves to reflect the latest season's offerings. After all, fall, otherwise known as peak publishing season, is almost upon us. So we're sharing a list of the most anticipated books of autumn that we're adding to our shelves.

Ranging from a page-turning comedy about a deadly sibling rivalry to an absorbing love story that spans World War II Germany to modern-day India, these are the best new books for fall 2018 that actually live up to the hype. Ready to shelve your sand-filled summer beach reads? Keep scrolling to pre-order the books everyone will be talking about next season.

Ponti by Sharlene Teo (September 4)

Sharlene Teo Ponti $26

Sharlene Teo's haunting debut novel belongs on every avid reader's to-read pile this fall. "At once a subtle critique of the pressures of living in a modern Asian metropolis" as well as "an exploration of the relationship between women against the backdrop of social change, and, occasionally, a love story—all wrapped up in the guise of a teenage coming-of-age novel… Teo is brilliant," gushes The Guardian.

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung (October 2)

Nicole Chung All You Can Ever Know $26

In this must-read memoir, Nicole Chung embarks on a journey to find out the truth about her Korean birth parents after being raised by a white family in a small town in Oregon from infancy. "This book should be required reading for anyone who has ever had, wanted, or found a family―which is to say, everyone," recommends Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere.

Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan (October 2)

May-Lan Tan Things to Make and Break $17

Prepare to have your mind blown by this compelling collection of short stories, which are more like compulsively readable meditations on relationships, love, and self-reflection. "There's plenty of darkness and a sprinkling of magic, and these strange, flinty, cigarette-stained narratives speed by, offering lots of surface tension and compelling deeper passions," raves The Guardian.

Almost Everything by Anne Lamott (October 16)

Anne Lamott Almost Everything $20

In her latest book, New York Times best-selling author Anne Lamott explores life's essential truths, sharing nuggets of hope and wisdom along the way. If you own a copy of Cheryl Strayed's Brave Enough or Elizabeth Gilbert's Pure Magic, you'll want to add Almost Everything to your collection of insightful books. "I keep learning a lot from the clear and great Annie Lamott. I think you will, too," suggests Gloria Steinem.

Family Trust by Kathy Wang (October 30)

Kathy Wang Family Trust $27

"Family Trust reads like a brilliant mashup of The Nest and Crazy Rich Asians (with a soupçon of Arrested Development for good measure). It's dark and funny and entertaining and thoughtful all at once," raves Cristina Alger, author of The Banker's Wife. Kathy Wang's darkly comedic novel delves into the complex family relationships stirred up by Silicon Valley fueled wealth and ambition.

The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco (November 6)

Katrina Carrasco The Best Bad Things $27

If you're looking for a riveting crime thriller, preorder Katrina Carrasco's novel now. "A brazen, brawny, sexy standout of a historical thrill ride, The Best Bad Things is full of unforgettable characters and insatiable appetites," recommends Lyndsay Faye, author of The Gods of Gotham. "Painstakingly researched and pulsing with adrenaline, Carrasco's debut will leave you thirsty for more."

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (November 20)

Oyinkan Braithwaite My Sister, the Serial Killer

As you've probably gathered from the title, Oyinkan Braithwaite's debut novel is a dark comedy about a deadly sibling rivalry. The gripping novel has already gained the attention of film producers at Working Title productions have optioned the screen rights, and even Paula Hawkins, the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl on the Train, has taken to Instagram to rave about this "feverishly hot" novel.

All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy (November 20)

Anuradha Roy All the Lives We Never Lived $26

All the Lives We Never Lived is "a beautifully written and compelling story of how families fall apart and of what remains in the aftermath," writes The Guardian. Spanning World War II Germany to present-day India, Anuradha Roy's latest novel presents a powerful portrayal of love as a son goes in search of the truth about his mother.

North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah (December 4)

Nuruddin Farah North of Dawn $27

Nuruddin Farah deftly tackles the subject of national identity in this welcome, timely novel. "Set against the backdrop of real events, North of Dawn is a provocative, devastating story … that asks whether it is ever possible to escape a legacy of violence—and if so, at what cost," reads the book cover's brief but apt synopsis.

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