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12 best fiction and nonfiction ebooks to read in autumn 2018

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Best ebooks to read in fall 2018

This autumn, get ready to read books by Haruki Murakami, Stephen King Michelle Obama, Kate Atkinson, and George R.R. Martin / Book covers: Amazon

Stephen King is releasing a second book this year, Haruki Murakami comes back with another magical novel, Michelle Obama invites into the world that shaped her.

Are you getting ready for long autumn evenings with a glass of wine and a good book? This season, you may want to download to your e-reader or book application more books than ever before!

Big names are back. In September, October, and November 2018, new books are coming from Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Nora Roberts, Liane Moriarty, Nicholas Sparks, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, or Jodi Picoult.

To choose 12 books for 12 weeks of autumn from so many great titles – this was tough. You will probably disagree with some of our recommendations or add a lot more books to the list.

I’ve already bought J.K. Rowling’s fourth novel from the Cormoran Strike crime series. It’s the longest, and according to some reviewers, most exciting part of the ongoing London-based detective story. In Lethal White, Robin Ellacott is Cormoran Strike’s partner, and they both investigate a crime their new client Billy witnessed as a child.

If you like spy stories set in real historical events, you will get interested in a new novel by Kate Atkinson, Transcription. During World War 2, Juliet Armstrong works at MI5, monitoring fascist sympathizers in Great Britain. Ten years later, she has to take part in a different kind of war, far more dangerous.

Among several fantastic nonfiction books that will be released this autumn, we recommend Michelle Obama’s inspiring memoir, Becoming, in which the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her time spent at the White House.

As usual, we list the books together with shortened blurbs, release dates, and links to main ebookstores: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Apple Books.

Below the list, you will find an infographic with top ebooks of autumn 2018. Feel free to share your favorite books with friends and followers.

12 most expected ebooks to read in autumn 2018

Best books to read in 2018 - Flights by Olga Tokarczuk


Olga Tokarczuk

August 14

From the incomparably original Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk, Flights interweaves reflections on travel with an in-depth exploration of the human body, broaching life, death, motion, and migration.

Chopin’s heart is carried back to Warsaw in secret by his adoring sister. A woman must return to her native Poland in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart, and a young man slowly descends into madness when his wife and child mysteriously vanish during a vacation and just as suddenly reappear.

Through these brilliantly imagined characters and stories, Flights explores what it means to be a traveler and wanderer.

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Hot new ebook releases autumn 2018 - The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fall of Gondolin

J.R.R. Tolkien

August 30

The Fall of Gondolin is one of the original Lost Tales that J.R.R. Tolkien started writing in 1917 in an army barracks. The story was just published as a standalone book by HarperCollins.

The book follows two of the greatest powers in the world. Morgoth is of the uttermost evil, ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband.

Ulmo, who is deeply opposed to Morgoth, is second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar. He is called the Lord of Waters, of all seas, lakes, and rivers under the sky.

Central to this enmity of the gods is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable.

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Most expected books of autumn 2018 - 21 Lessons for the 21st Century - Yuval Noah Harari

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Yuval Noah Harari

September 4

How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children?

Yuval Noah Harari’s new book is a visionary investigation into today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future.

In twenty-one accessible chapters that are both provocative and profound, Harari builds on the ideas explored in his previous books, untangling political, technological, social, and existential issues and offering advice on how to prepare for a very different future from the world we now live in.

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Best books to read in sutumn 2018 - Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

Lethal White

Robert Galbraith

September 18

It’s the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) – and the most epic one.

Strike, together with Robin Ellacott – once his assistant, now a partner – investigate a crime witnessed by a troubled young man Billy.

A twisting trail leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

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Best books of autumn 2018 - Transcription by Kate Atkinson


Kate Atkinson

September 25

In 1940, 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying.

Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.

A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

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Best books to read in autumn 2018 - The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

The Fifth Risk

Michael Lewis

October 2

Michael Lewis’s brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders.

In Agriculture the funding of vital programs like food stamps and school lunches is being slashed. The Commerce Department may not have enough staff to conduct the 2020 Census properly. Over at Energy, where international nuclear risk is managed, it’s not clear there will be enough inspectors to track and locate black market uranium before terrorists do.

If there are dangerous fools in this book, there are also heroes, unsung, of course. They are the linchpins of the system. Michael Lewis finds them, and he asks them what keeps them up at night.

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Best novels released in autumn 2018 - Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Killing Commendatore

Haruki Murakami

October 9

An epic new novel by Haruki Murakami follows a portrait painter from Tokyo, who finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada.

When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances.

“A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art—as well as a loving homage to The Great GatsbyKilling Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.

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Most anticipated novels of autumn 2018 - The Reckoning by John Grisham

The Reckoning

John Grisham

October 23

Pete Banning was Clanton’s favorite son – a decorated World War II hero, a farmer, father, and a faithful member of the Methodist church.

Then, one cool October morning he rose early, walked into the church, and calmly killed his pastor and friend.

In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom, where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him.

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Book bestsellers of autumn 2018 - Elevation by Stephen King


Stephen King

October 30

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s stories, Scott Carey is engaged in an escalating battle with the lesbians next door.

One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble.

When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face – including his own – he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

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Hot new book releases of autumn 2018 - Becoming by Michelle Obama


Michelle Obama

November 13

Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.

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Art Matters - Because Your Imagination Can Change the World - Neil Gaiman

Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World

Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell

November 20

Art Matters bring together four of Gaiman’s most beloved writings on creativity and artistry, and is a stunning and timely creative call-to-arms illustrated with the striking four-color artwork of Chris Riddell.

Drawn from Gaiman’s trove of published speeches, poems, and creative manifestos, the book is an embodiment of this remarkable multi-media artist’s vision – an exploration of how reading, imagining, and creating can transform the world and our lives.

Art Matters is a stirring testament to the freedom of ideas that inspires us to make art in the face of adversity.

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Fire and Blood - 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin

Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin

November 20

The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in George R.R. Martin’s new masterly work.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen – the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria – took up residence on Dragonstone.

Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

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12 best ebooks to read in autumn 2018 – infographic

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Popular ebook bestseller lists

If you’d like to find more ebooks to read, you can also check out bestseller lists from popular ebookstores:

  • Top 100 Kindle Best Sellers – a list of books that are currently top selling in the Kindle Store. This list is being updated a few times a day. You can switch from here to the list of Top 100 Hot New Releases in Kindle Ebooks.
  • Top 100 Bestselling Nook Books – Barnes & Noble has a bestseller list, where you can limit your search to a specific category, or filter the results by price or age group.
  • Top 50 Kobo Ebooks – the list of best selling books in the Kobo ebookstore. It’s refreshed every hour. You can browse here for top sellers in six most popular categories.
  • Top 100 Books in the Apple Bookstore – Apple doesn’t explain how they compile this chart, but we can guess it’s based on the number of paid downloads.

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