Take a breath, gentle reader. Summer is coming to a close. Soon, the flurry of programming and vacation-prepping patrons will shift into back-to-school mode, and you'll be inhaling that autumn air, readying yourself for the new season — and the next book recommendation.  

This autumn is going to be jam-packed with much-anticipated releases in a host of genres. There will be something for every reader you encounter! We’re adding all the best books to NextReads. Here are the titles we’re recommending that you recommend this fall.   

  • Readers looking for books with bite will revel in the vampire-themed list in October's Horror edition of NextReads, as well as new books such as Isabel Canas' Vampires of El Norte (Horror) and Jenna Levine's My Roommate is a Vampire (Romance).

  • True crime aficionados will be excited to see a "For Fans Of: Killers of the Flower Moon" list in November's History and Current Events newsletter, just in time for the release of Martin Scorsese's epic film based on David Grann's book. 

  • Biography and memoir fans will want to get their hands on new memoirs from Viet Thanh Nguyen, Kerry Washington, and Dolly Parton.

  • Some books are events unto themselves. For instance, Michael Cunningham's Day marks the Pulitzer Prize winner's first book in nearly a decade. The Mystery Guest is the much-anticipated follow-up to Nita Prose's splashy debut, The Maid. And as if John Scalzi's formidable fanbase didn't make his book releases eventful enough, the cover of Starter Villian is buzzworthy all on its own. (Seriously, look it up.)
  • Math enthusiasts rejoice! There are 1+ 1 = 2 books to watch: Is Math Real? by Eugenia Cheng and Empire of the Sum by Keith Houston.
  • In realistic books for teens, disabled characters try to figure out their futures in Give Me a Sign by Anna Sortino and Tilly in Technicolor by Mazey Eddings. Meanwhile, those leaning into the Halloween vibes will enjoy Adam Sass's Your Lonely Nights Are Over, Andrew Joseph White's The Spirit Bares Its Teeth, and Jamison Shea's I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me.  

  • Middle-grade readers following big-name authors will find a charming new series opener in Cat on the Run by author Aaron Blabey, as well as standalone adventures in The Spirit Glass by Roshani Chokshi, Alebrijes by Donna Barba Higuera, and The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass. 

  • Book award season is in full swing in the world of picture books, and there are plenty of contenders. Some of the most high-profile include previous winners with new books, like Sophie Blackall and Brendan Wenzel. Others are famous names who are newer to picture books, such as Jason Reynolds with There Was a Party for Langston, illustrated by Jerome and Jarrett Pumphrey, and Amanda Gorman with Something, Someday, illustrated by Christian Robinson. 

Happy reading (and recommending)!

NextReads newsletters are a thoughtfully curated, direct-to-your-email way of getting fresh recommendations for your patrons and yourself. (You deserve it.) They’re included in every LibraryAware subscription. 

Rebecca Honeycutt is a Senior Readers' Advisory Librarian at NoveList. She is currently reading A Prayer for The Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers.