Fall 2013 Book Releases

Looking for something to do this fall? You weren't busy anyway, were you? Didn't already have a TBR (To-Be-Read) list a mile long? No, I didn't think so.

July in my part of the world means days filled with a sun bearing down with unforgiving heat. For me, that means I try get my outdoor activities done in the early or late hours of the day, and generally I spend a lot of time reading.

I do love the sunshine, and I never take it for granted, despite the heat. However, in a few weeks I'll start daydreaming of autumn: When the leaves start to change colors, when the sun is still out all day but the temperatures drop enough to require a light jacket. When I can start to smell the burning of the farmers' fields, or simply stop smelling the tar rising from the asphalt. When the area festivals start up again and everyone starts to venture outside after a long, hot summer.

That's when I'll start planning: Which fall decor will I put out this year? Which festival will I go to over Labor Day weekend? (We have at least 3 large festivals competing for your pocketbook in my city.) And which books will I start reading to put me into the fall harvest/Halloween mood?

Join me after the jump for a listing of new releases coming out this fall, from August through December. Have your TBR list handy. I have a feeling it will be longer by the time we're done.


  • The Color Master by Aimee Bender

  • MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood — the final book in the MaddAddam trilogy

  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt — a long-anticipated 3rd novel by the author of The Secret History and The Little Friend
  • Actors Anonymous by James Franco — a fictional work that draws heavily from his own experiences

  • The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
  • Havisham by Ronald Frame — a tale of Dickens's spinster as a young woman
  • Hild by Nicola Griffith — the story of a young woman serving as advisor to Edwin of Northumbria during a time of violence and transition


  • The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
  • The Affairs of Others by literary editor Amy Grace Loyd
  • Necessary Errors by essayist Caleb Crain

  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent — a historical mystery set in Iceland
  • Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly — the tale of a mother who saves one child's life at the expense of another
  • Rivers by short fiction writer Michael Farris Smith

  • The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert — a book about post-apartheid South Africa

  • Red Sky in Morning by Paul Lynch — a mystery thriller set in 1830s Ireland and United States


  • Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik — #8 in the Temeraire series
  • Glitterland by Alexis Hall — an m/m novel about Ash, a literary writer struggling with depression
  • Biting Bad by Chloe Neill — #8 in the Chicagoland Vampires series
  • Tear You Apart by Megan Hart

  • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King — the sequel to (what?!) The Shining
  • Dexter's Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay
  • W Is For Wasted by Sue Grafton
  • Seven for a Secret by Lindsay Faye — a historical mystery set in 1840s New York
  • The Bones of Paris by Laurie King — the latest novel in her Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell series
  • The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell — a novel set in the 1920s Ozarks by the author of Winter's Bone 
  • The Flesh Cartel #10: False Gods by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
  • Stranger by Megan Hart

  • Sycamore Row by John Grisham — the sequel to A Time to Kill
  • Longbourn by Jo Baker — a servants' telling of Pride and Prejudice
  • We Are Water by Wally Lamb
  • Blowback by Valerie Plame — a work of fiction that nevertheless draws from her experience as a CIA agent
  • Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club
  • Death and the Girl He Loves by Darynda Jones — #3 in the Darklight series
  • Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
  • The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn — #3 in the Smythe-Smith historical romance series 
  • Possession by J.R. Ward — #5 in the Fallen Angels series
  • Archangel's Legion by Nalini Singh — #6 in the Guild Hunter series

  • The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
  • Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
  • Shock & Awe by Abigail Roux — a (first?) book of their own for Nick & Kelly of the Cut & Run novels 

  • The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
  • Kicking It: All New Tales of Murder, Magic, and Manolos — an anthology of stories featuring "High Stakes" by Chloe Neill, a short story featuring Luc & Lindsay from the Chicagoland Vampires series


  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? by Billy Crystal

  • Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman
  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafszai — an autobiographical work by the 15 year old who was shot by the Taliban for advocating for the idea that girls in Pakistan deserve an education

  • Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. by comedian and Twitter supastar Rob Delaney
  • My Mistake by Daniel Menaker — a memoir by the former Fiction Editor at The New Yorker, who eventually became Executive Editor-in-Chief at Random House, which is relevant because his book is published with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Menaker doesn't say how many he received, but in this blog post from 2011, he shares several of his rejection letters for My Mistake. Publishing is a tough business, yo
  • A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York by Anjelica Huston

There you have it — a lengthy, but not nearly exhaustive selection of books releasing over the next few months. Which are you adding to your TBR list? Were any already there? Did I miss some? You know us Wenches, always keeping an eye out, looking to add to an impossible-to-complete list!


  1. Hello, I'll add to my TBR list : "I AM MALALA", "The Serpent and the Pearl" by Kate Quinn (release Aug.6,2013), the anthology "Dangerous Women", release Dec.3,2013 (contains the novella "Virgins" by Diana Gabaldon. Christiane (DG's Outlander fan)

    1. Dangerous Women sounds interesting.

    2. Ooohhhh yeah, I've been waiting on Dangerous Women too. Glad it finally has a release date!

  2. A sequel to The Shining? And Bridget Jones? I had no idea. There are several on this list that look interesting enough to pry me away from the books I'm already buried under. Thanks!


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