It’s been a great summer, right? Full of things to do and see and places to be and explore. And you’ve probably spent your long days reading your fill of amazing books (beach-oriented or otherwise), all of which we’re guessing were a lot less disappointing than this summer’s movie duds. (What’s good, Suicide Squad.) But while summer is always an excellent time to dive into a great read, fall is maybe even better. ’Tis the season, after all, for publishing houses to release the big guns. Fall is when you get your Zadie Smith new releases, you know? It’s a good time to be a book nerd.
Here, then, are the 20 books we should all get really, really excited about reading this season; I’ve included a few that came out this summer but most definitely deserve your attention and willingness to underline pertinent passages as the days grow cooler. Because, hey, if fall’s prestige movie season turns out to be as much of a disaster as the summer blockbuster season was, at least you’ll have plenty of good stuff to read.