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Sweet Reads: September Book Releases To Welcome Fall

Sweet Reads: September Book Releases To Welcome Fall

Start off pumpkin spice season right by curating the perfect TBR! And fear not, we have tons of suggestions for you. From lighthearted witchy reads to the beginnings of spookiness and the last of sun-drenched rom-coms, check out our most-anticipated September book releases.

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Coven by Jennifer Dugan

Image Source: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

A queer, paranormal graphic novel is exactly what we need to get into the autumnal spirit! If you’re a fall lover like us, you’re gonna wanna follow Emsy, who is a fire elemental. Only, she’d rather be hanging with her girlfriend or surfing. But when members of her coven are murdered under mysterious circumstances, she and her family return to upstate New York from California to uncover what happened. Cue the spooky vibes!

Book release date: September 6
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Content warning: grief, parental death, death, fire injury, medical content, insects, forced kiss.

The Two Lives of Sara by Catherine Adel West

Image Source: Park Row

Sara is outrunning her past in Chicago when she boards a train to Memphis, thus beginning a journey of friendship and growth at a boarding house in the 1960s. She’s welcomed by the boarding house’s matriarch, Mama Sugar, and finds friendship and education with Jonas, a schoolteacher who talks with Sara about politics and the future. Soon, romance sparks and secrets come to light involving Mama Sugar and Sara that threaten the new life Sara’s built.

Check out our review here!

Book release date: September 6
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Content warning: child sexual abuse/clerical abuse, house fire, murder, suicide attempt.

Doughnuts and Doom by Balazs Lorinczi

Image Source: Top Shelf Productions

Witches and rockstars? We’re there. Although Margot and Elena are different, given that one is a witch and the other is a rock musician, they have something in common in struggling to get their respective projects off the ground. One is trying to launch a potions business, while the other is working on making her band successful. When sparks fly between the two (literally and figuratively) they unsure if their budding relationship is the stroke of good luck they’ve both been hoping for, or another thing destined for doom in this fun graphic novel.

Book release date: September 6
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Funeral Girl by Emma K. Ohland

Image Source: Carolrhoda Lab

In My Girl vibes, this story follows 16-year-old Georgia, whose parents run a funeral home. But what makes her uncomfortable isn’t the funeral home itself, but the fact that she can summon ghosts. Through touch, she can awaken the spirits of the dead and send them off. To cope, she tries hard to fulfill the wishes of the dead she awakens. But things change when her classmate Milo’s body comes to the funeral home…

Book release date: September 6
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Content warning: death, grief.

The Gathering Dark: An Anthology of Folk Horror by Tori Bovalino, Alex Brown, Olivia Chadha, Chloe Gong, Courtney Gould, Shakira Moise, Aden Polydoros, Allison Saft, Erica Waters, & Hannah F. Whitten

Image Source: Page Street Kids

Not only is this cover stunning, but it includes a list of stunning contributing authors! Edited by Tori Bovalino, this anthology collection features cemeteries, witches, spooky towns, monsters, scary bridges, mystical lakes, shadows, and hauntings. It’s giving Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark for the modern age, and we are already obsessed!

Book release date: September 6
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Content warning: burrowing parasites/delusional parasitosis & referenced addictions, theme of home invasion & decapitation, themes of drowning & attempted strangulation, ableism, homophobia, sudden death, cancer, suicidal ideation & mentioned parental abuse, slavery & colonization, skin picking, themes of sexual assault.

The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson

Image Source: Katherine Tegen Books

Our favorite horror queen is back with a new novel! Madison has always been the target of bullies. When a rainstorm reveals her secret, that she’s biracial and has been passing as white her whole life due to her fanatical father, the bullying intensifies with a viral video that reveals the school’s racist roots. This town is swirling with secrets in this Carrie revamp that tackles America’s history of racism.

Book release date: September 6
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Content warning: child abuse (verbal and physical), police brutality/violence, racism, internalized racism, colorism, bullying, fatphobia, death, murder, mass-murder, blood.

I’m the Girl by Courtney Summers

Image Source: Wednesday Books

This queer thriller follows Georgia, who discovers 13-year-old Ashley James’ dead body and teams up with her sister Nora to figure out what happened and stop the killer. But through the investigation, Georgia must confront privilege and wealth and power in the newest work from the Sadie author.

Book release date: September 13
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Content warning: sexual assault of a minor, unsettling depictions and scenes, violence and murder.

The Book Haters’ Book Club by Gretchen Anthony

Image Source: Park Row

We need some feel-good reads amidst the spooky vibes, and this charming story about a beloved bookstore is perfect for that. Elliott was the creator of the “Book Haters’ Book Club” newsletter and co-owner of Over the Rainbow bookstore. But after his sudden death, his business partner Irma is grief-stricken and plans on selling the bookstore. But Irma’s daughters and Elliott’s partner Thom refuse to let that happen. This sweet story celebrates found family and hijinks and sets the perfect tone for a fall read!

Check out our review here!

Book release date: September 13
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Content warning: death, grief.

Billion Dollar Girl by Megan Shull

Image Source: Razorbill

With a blurb shoutout from Princess Diaries creator Meg Cabot, we were immediately intrigued by this book about 13-year-old River, who lives with her flaky mom in a trailer, a secret that becomes difficult to hide. When Social Services visits and things go south, River runs. When her identity is mistaken for someone else, she’s suddenly living a life she’s only dreamed about.

Book release date: September 13
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The Epic Story of Every Living Thing by Deb Caletti

Image Source: Labyrinth Road

Harper has always wondered about her sperm donor father, so when she connects with her half-siblings via social media, she finally uncovers his identity. With these newfound connections, she embarks on a journey to Hawaii with her half-siblings to face the father she’s always wondered about. This story explores identity and all that it means, plus the effects of living through a pandemic and anxiety.

Book release date: September 13
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Content warning: anxiety, pandemic.

The Depths by Nicole Lesperance

Image Source: Razorbill

An island of secrets featuring Victorian ghosts? We’re listening…

Addie considers Eulalie Island a prison. She’s less than thrilled about having to spend two weeks there tagging along on her mother’s honeymoon. It’s eerie and strange. And when she meets a boy on the beach who tells her the reason the flowers are turning pink is because the island loves her, she doesn’t know what to think. But when even stranger things happen, she learns there’s more to this place than meets the eye.

Release date: September 13
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Content warning: blood, injury, drowning, death and thoughts of death (but not suicide).

The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers by Adam Sass

Image Source: Viking Books for Young Readers

This charming new YA rom-com is sweet like Halloween candy! Micah is known as the “Prince of Chicago” as the son of a celebrity sports radio host. Micah is also the owner of a popular Instagram account where he shares drawings of each of his crushes and their imaginary meet-cutes. Micah and his internet following are convinced that Boy #100 will be the charm that will sweep him off his feet IRL. In a Cinderella-like twist, what he thinks will be Boy #100 disappears from the L train and leaves his jacket behind. On a journey to return it, Micah learns a whole lot about love and friendship and fairy tales.

Release date: September 20
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Content warning: Moderate sexual content, emotional infidelity, toxic relationship (romantic: between side characters).

Seoulmates by Susan Lee

Image Source: Inkyard Press

This childhood friends to lovers story set in the world of K-dramas is one we can’t wait to binge. Hannah is dumped by her boyfriend Nate and finds herself increasingly the outsider in a friend group who embraces their Korean heritage with their love of K-pop and K-dramas. Meanwhile, Hannah’s tried her best to embrace the American part of Korean-American. But when K-drama star Jacob Kim, who happens to be Hannah’s childhood BFF, returns to San Diego for a break from celeb life, she may get more tangled up in his world than she thinks.

Check out our review here!

Release date: September 20
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Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland

Image Source: Balzer + Bray

Historical fantasy is just what we need to kick of our autumnal era. In 1937, Laura Ann Langston lives in an America divided by mystical magic. When Laura ends up in New York in hopes of acquiring her mage’s license, she applies for a job where she meets Skylark, who takes her on as an apprentice. As the two go on a mission to investigate a Blight, they discover something so terrible that it hasn’t been seen since Black mages were killed for their power, and it could threaten everything they’ve worked toward.

Release date: September 20
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Content warning: racism, off page homophobia, suicide, murder, mild gore/body horror.

Other Ever Afters: New Queer Fairy Tales by Melanie Gillman

Image Source: Random House Graphic

This feminist, queer collection of reimagined fairy tales has us swooning. From Stonewall honor-winning author and artist Melanie Gillman, this collection weaves brand new tales for a new generation and turns classic fairy tale tropes on their heads. Dive into the world of princesses, mermaids, knights, and more!

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Release date: September 20
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Secrets So Deep by Ginny Myers Sain

Image Source: Razorbill

Get your spooky on with this paranormal thriller! Avril’s mother drowned twelve years ago and it was ruled an accident, but Avril’s never accepted it. Whisper Cove tells stories of women in the sea, ghosts who call you into the deep, dark water. When Avril returns to Whisper Cove trying to make sense of things, her new friendship with camp director Willa and her son Cole peels back the layers of the haunted coastal town. As she meets herself and her dead mother at night by the ocean, Avril must make her way through all the mysterious secrets of Whisper Cove to uncover the truth.

Release date: September 27
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Content warning: underage drinking/smoking, drug use mentioned.

Soul of the Deep by Natasha Bowen

Image Source: Random House Books for Young Readers

The sequel to Skin of the Sea is here! Simi traded her friends, family, and the boy she loves for her freedom and is now stuck watching over the Land of the Dead at the bottom of the ocean. But when demons appear as a result of her trade, Simi must figure out how to stop them from wreaking havoc on the human realm.

Release date: September 27
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Content warning: giant bugs, grief, battle/war/combat, and zombies.

The Take-Over Friend by Carol Dines

Image Source: Fitzroy Books

Frances and Sonja are opposites, but they become fast friends at school. The two name themselves “The Poets” and convince their class to enter the homecoming parade with a poetry-mobile. Crises escalate within families and Sonja moves in with Frances, highlighting the differences between them and the blurring of lines. If you’ve ever had a complex friendship, this book is for you!

Release date: September 27
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Content warning: mental health, self harm.

How to Succeed in Witchcraft by Aislinn Brophy

Image Source: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Witches + magic school + comparisons to Never Have I Ever and Sabrina The Teenage Witch… Wanna hear more? Shay is a junior at her magic magnet school, and she has her sights set on a scholarship to her dream university. To do that, she must impress Mr. B, head of the drama department and scholarship committee. Mr. B casts Shay in their “aggressively inclusive, racially diverse musical” and she agrees for the sake of the scholarship, even though it means working with her nemesis Ana. Things sour when Shay finds herself a victim of Mr. B’s unwanted and inappropriate behavior and her scholarship is on the line. This novel sounds smart and fresh and we can’t wait to read!

Release date: September 27
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Content warning: racism, manipulation, grooming, homophobia.

Well, That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Image Source: Delacorte Press

From the author of the best-selling Dial A for Aunties comes a hilarious new YA rom-com! Sharlot’s mom takes her to Indonesia after she gets in to some trouble in LA, where she meets George Clooney Tanuwijaya, the son of an American celebrity-obsessed father. With the best of intentions, Sharlot and George’s parents start chatting online as their respective children in hopes of creating a match. When Sharlot and George find out, all kinds of romantic hijinks ensue and their parents may have found a true match after all.

Release date: September 27
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Kingdom of the Feared by Kerri Maniscalco

Image Source: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

In the third installment of Kingdom of the Wicked, Emilia is dealing with the surprise discovery of her twin sister Vittoria’s existence. After an assassination, Emilia and Wrath discover evidence points to Vittoria, and Emilia sets out to unravel who her sister really is, with the help of Wrath. This series is full of deliciously sinful villains and we can’t wait to find out what happens in this installment!

Release date: September 27
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As summer fades into fall, we hope you add some truly incredible books to add to your TBR!

What will you be reading this month? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @thehoneypop!

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