Upcoming Books I’m Interested In • September

I had to think of an appropriate title for this post as I feel ‘September Anticipated Reads’ isn’t an accurate description in my case. Frankly, I can’t currently afford to buy books when they’ve just come out, and I’m lucky enough to get digital ARCs for some of them(thank you authors, publishers, and ARC platforms!), hence, I’m not anticipating with bated breath for its release. It must be fun though, to get your hands on a book that’s just been made available.

Therefore, this is a list of books that are being published in September this year that (a) I have an ARC for, or (b) I don’t have an ARC for but am still interested in reading. So, if we have similar tastes you may find some that you might have missed!

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Charming As A Verb

by Ben Philippe

YA | Contemporary | Humor | Romance

Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. He is a star debater and popular student at the prestigious FATE academy, the dutiful first-generation Haitian son, and the trusted dog walker for his wealthy NYC neighbors. But his easy smiles mask his tireless work ethic and burning ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia University.

There is only one person who seems immune to Henri’s charms: his “intense” classmate and neighbor Corinne Troy. When she uncovers Henri’s less-than-honest dog-walking scheme, she blackmails him into helping her change her image at school. Henri agrees, seeing potential upside for himself.

Soon, what started as a mutual hustle turns into something more surprising than either of them ever bargained for.…

Publish date: 8th September

The Big Door Prize by M. O. Walsh

The Big Door Prize

by M. O. Walsh

Literary | Southern | Family

What would you do if you knew your life’s potential? That’s the question facing the residents of Deerfield, Louisiana, when the DNAMIX machine appears in their local grocery store. It’s nothing to look at, really—it resembles a plain photo booth. But its promise is amazing: With just a quick swab of your cheek and two dollars, the device claims to use the science of DNA to tell you your life’s potential. With enough credibility to make the townspeople curious, soon the former teachers, nurses, and shopkeepers of Deerfield are abruptly changing course to pursue their destinies as magicians, cowboys, and athletes—including the novel’s main characters, Douglas Hubbard and his wife, Cherilyn, who both believed they were perfectly happy until they realized they could dream for more…

Written with linguistic grace and a sense of wonder, The Big Door Prize sparkles with keen observations about what it might mean to stay true to oneself while honoring the bonds of marriage, friendship, and community, and how the glimmer of possibility can pull these bonds apart, bring them back together, and make second chances possible, even under the strangest of circumstances.

Publish date: 8th September

The Silvered Serpents

by Roshani Chokshi

YA | Fantasy | Historical

*Spoiler warning: This is the sequel to The Gilded Wolves*

Returning to the dark and glamorous world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever.

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost—one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into the icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

Publish date: 22nd September

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by Marie Lu

Sci-fi | Dystopian | YA

The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen kingdoms, leaving Mara as the only free nation left. Those who make it there escape a fate worse than death—enslavement as mutated war beasts known as Ghosts. The Strikers, a Maran elite force, are trained to stop them, but as the number of Ghosts grow, defeat becomes inevitable.

Still, one Striker refuses to give up hope.

Robbed of her voice and home, Talin knows the brutality of the Federation firsthand. Their cruelty forced her and her mother to seek asylum in a country that finds their people repugnant. After another vicious attack, Mara seems ready to fall, but when a mysterious prisoner is brought back from the warfront, Talin can sense there’s more to him than meets the eye. Could he be the weapon that will save them all?

Publish date: 29th September

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The Insomniacs

by Marit Weisenberg

YA | Contemporary | Romance

Ingrid can’t sleep.
She can’t remember, either.

A competitive diver, seventeen-year-old Ingrid is haunted by what she saw at the pool at a routine meet, before falling off the high dive and waking up concussed. The only thing she remembers about the moment before her dive is locking eyes with Van—her neighbor, former best friend, and forever crush—kissing his girlfriend on the sidelines. But that can’t be all.

Then one sleepless night, she sees Van out her window…looking right back at her. They begin not sleeping together by night, still ignoring each other at school by day.

Ingrid tells herself this is just temporary, but soon, she and Van are up every night piecing her memory back together. As Van works through his own reasons for not being able to sleep, they’re both pulled into a mystery that threatens to turn their quiet neighborhood into a darker place than they realized.

Publish date: 1st September

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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

by Christopher Paolini

Sci-fi | Space Opera | Adventure

Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds.

Now she’s awakened a nightmare.

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she’s delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.

As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn’t at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human.

While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity’s greatest and final hope . . .

Publish date: 15th September

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by Susanna Clark

Literary | Dark Fantasy

From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house—a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

For readers of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and fans of Madeline Miller’s Circe, Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.

Publish date: 15th September

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The Mystery of Henri Pick 

by David Foenkinos
(Translated from French by Sam Taylor)

Mystery | Detective | Small Town

The delightful first title in a new collaboration with Channel 4’s Walter Presents: a fast-paced comic mystery enriched by a deep love of books

In the small town of Crozon in Brittany, a library houses manuscripts that were rejected for publication: the faded dreams of aspiring writers. Visiting while on holiday, young editor Delphine Despero is thrilled to discover a novel so powerful that she feels compelled to bring it back to Paris to publish it.

The book is a sensation, prompting fevered interest in the identity of its author – apparently one Henri Pick, a now-deceased pizza chef from Crozon. Sceptics cry that the whole thing is a hoax: how could this man have written such a masterpiece? An obstinate journalist, Jean-Michel Rouche, heads to Brittany to investigate.

By turns farcical and moving, The Mystery of Henri Pick is a fast-paced comic mystery enriched by a deep love of books – and of the authors who write them.

Publish date: 1st September

Monarchs of the Sea by Danna Staaf

Monarchs of the Sea:
The Extraordinary 500-Million-Year History of Cephalopods

by Danna Staaf

Non-Fiction | Marine Life | Science

An epic evolutionary history of cephalopods: from the ancient mollusks that invented swimming five hundred million years ago, to the octopuses, squid, and other inscrutably intelligent animals of today.

Before mammals, there were dinosaurs. And before dinosaurs, there were cephalopods.

Cephalopods, Earth’s first truly substantial animals, are still among us: Their fascinating family tree features squid, octopuses, nautiluses, and more. The inventors of swimming, cephs presided over the sea for millions of years. But when fish evolved jaws, cephs had to step up their game (or end up on the menu). Some evolved defensive spines. Others abandoned their shells entirely, opening the floodgates for a tidal wave of innovation: masterful camouflage, fin-supplemented jet propulsion, and intelligence we’ve yet to fully measure.

In Monarchs of the Sea, marine biologist Danna Staaf unspools how these otherworldly creatures once ruled the deep—and why they still captivate us today.

Publisher’s Note: Monarchs of the Sea was previously published in hardcover as Squid Empire.

Publish date: 15th September

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The Inheritance Games

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

YA | Contemporary | Mystery

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why — or even who Tobias Hawthorne is.

To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into the sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch — and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions.

Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

Publish date: 1st September

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The Secret Life of Groceries

by Benjamin Lorr

Non-Fiction | Food Industry | Social Science

In the tradition of Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, an extraordinary investigation into the human lives at the heart of the American grocery store.

The miracle of the supermarket has never been more apparent. Like the doctors and nurses who care for the sick, suddenly the men and women who stock our shelves and operate our warehouses are understood as ’essential’ workers, providing a quality of life we all too easily take for granted. But the sad truth is that the grocery industry has been failing these workers for decades.

In this page-turning expose, author Benjamin Lorr pulls back the curtain on the highly secretive grocery industry. Combining deep sourcing, immersive reporting, and sharp, often laugh-out-loud prose, Lorr leads a wild investigation, asking what does it take to run a supermarket? How does our food get on the shelves? And who suffers for our increasing demands for convenience and efficiency? In this journey:

  • We learn the secrets of Trader Joe’s success from Trader Joe himself
  • Drive with truckers caught in a job they call “sharecropping on wheels”
  • Break into industrial farms with activists to learn what it takes for a product to earn certification labels like “fair trade” and “free range”
  • Follow entrepreneurs as they fight for shelf space, learning essential tips, tricks, and traps for any new food business
  • Journey with migrants to examine shocking forced labor practices through their eyes

The product of five years of research and hundreds of interviews across every level of the business, The Secret Life of Groceries is essential reading for those who want to understand our food system—delivering powerful social commentary on the inherently American quest for more and compassionate insight into the lives that provide it.

Publish date: 8th September

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The Memory of Babel

by Christelle Dabos
(Translated from French by Hildegarde Serle)

YA | Fantasy | Steampunk

*Spoiler warning: This is the 3rd installment to The Mirror Quartet. For the 1st book, see A Winter’s Promise.*

In this gripping third volume of the Christelle Dabos’s best-selling saga, Ophelia, the mirror-traveling heroine, finds herself on the ark of Babel guarding a secret that may provide a key both to the past and the future.

After two years and seven months biding her time on Anima, her home ark, it is finally time to act, to put what she has discovered in the Book of Farouk to use. Under an assumed identity she travels to Babel, a cosmopolitan and thoroughly modern ark that is the jewel of the universe. Will her talent as a reader suffice to avoid being lured into a deadly trap by her ever more fearful adversaries? Will she ever see Thorn, her betrothed, again?

Publish date: 8th September

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The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

by Garth Nix

YA | Fantasy | Magic

In a slightly alternate London in 1983, Susan Arkshaw is looking for her father, a man she has never met. Crime boss Frank Thringley might be able to help her, but Susan doesn’t get time to ask Frank any questions before he is turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin.

Merlin is a young left-handed bookseller (one of the fighting ones). With the right-handed booksellers (the intellectual ones), he belongs to an extended family of magical beings who police the mythic and legendary Old World when it intrudes on the modern world, in addition to running several bookshops.

Susan’s search for her father begins with her mother’s possibly misremembered or misspelled surnames, a reading-room ticket, and a silver cigarette case engraved with something that might be a coat of arms.

Merlin has a quest of his own: to find the Old World entity who used ordinary criminals to kill his mother. As he and his sister, a right-handed bookseller named Vivien, tread in the path of a botched or covered-up police investigation from years past, they find their quest strangely overlaps with Susan’s. Who or what was her father? Susan, Merlin, and Vivien must find out, as the Old World erupts dangerously into the New.

Publish date: 22nd September

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September is a flurry of activity and buzz in the publishing world(judging from the ARCs available, September and October are the busiest!). I’m sure most of you have a bunch of books that you’re anticipating next month, too. I was debating on adding a note for why I’m interested in each book but since I’m not sure on that I decided not to(less work and the post will be up quicker. And usually it’s just elements that stood out from the synopsis buttt it does add a more personal touch).

Do you prefer posts with side notes like that, or are you indifferent to both? Do share your thoughts so that I’ll know what you guys like for future posts 😉

I’m participating in these 2 book tours in September, too.

P.S. I’m not sure how this post will show up in the mobile version as I was playing around with the editing on the laptop. Still getting acquainted with the new block-editor. I initially had mixed feelings and mostly hated it because of its rigidity but after realizing that people tend to hate new things until they’ve gotten used to it and then they start appreciating them later, so I stopped myself from judging it so quickly. One thing I do quite love about this new editor is the wide array of elements you can insert easily(as opposed to the Classic one), like the star rating. It even allows half-star ratings! And there’s also the option to add a poll, or buttons, just to name a few.

Hopefully today’s post comes out ok!

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  1. Interesting set of books! I like the idea of Piranesi by Susanna Clarke as I really enjoyed her other book Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell – she is an exceptional writer. But I have got way too many other books to read at the moment LOL! So maybe later in the year…

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    1. Haha, it’s a colorful set of genres, huh 😁 Oh, you’ve read her other book? I checked out an excerpt and it seems like the kind of book you take your time with. I like more dialogue in my stories though. How was Jonathan Strange?

      lol, reader problems! I didn’t know you read a lot, what with your writing and all the other commitments. But then again, a writer needs to read a lot for better works, so that makes sense. What are you currently reading? Oh, and what are your thoughts on me including a short note on why I’m interested in a particular book?


      1. Yes, always good to say why you are interested in a book. It tells people a bit more about yourself and proves to us that you are not a time-travelling robot! LOL!! Not sure what you would make of Jonathan Strange. It is written as someone would write in the early 19th Century at the time of the Napoleonic wars so it takes a while to get used to the flow of the words. It is a fantasy of sorts, with magic and interactions with the faerie kingdom. I really liked it but my older sister – who reads many, many more books than I do – didn’t like it. It may not be warm and romantic enough for you! LOL! But you never know. Always worth giving it a go. But at the moment I would save your money for books you know you really will like. It was turned down by most publishers as it was very long for a debut and they couldn’t figure out how to market it. But then one publisher decided to go for it and gave Susannah Clarke an advance of £1 million (10 million yuan!). They printed beautiful hardbacks in either black or white. I got the white one but I gave it away years ago to make space as I thought I would never read it again. A TV series was made a few years ago which I haven’t got around to watching either!! I think it has taken Susannah Clarke 20 years to sit down to write another book. Strange for such a talented author. But she wrote Jonathan Strange after the death of her brother so maybe her grief fueled the writing of it.

        I am reading Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman at the moment which is a novel set during the Second World War in Russia. It is very good but 900 pages long….LOL!

        I am still not writing at the moment. Way too much to do and worry about. My mother woke me up at 5.00 in the morning the other night. She was sleepwalking around the house. LOL!! Seriously, old people are worse than kids…Ha! Ha! I am not sure if my nerves will ever recover. But hoping to begin writing again soon. Doing more research this week. There is so much to learn and to get right about the Song Dynasty!


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