11 non-romance books being released in September 2023

Athena's Child by Hannah Lynn. Image Courtesy of Sourcebooks Landmark.
Athena's Child by Hannah Lynn. Image Courtesy of Sourcebooks Landmark. /

Fall is almost here and sometimes, that means a shift in the books you’re reading. For some, it means picking up more spooky reads or looking back at books they’ve missed.

Regardless, that’s why it’s always fun to take a look at some of the non-romance releases coming out in September. As the unofficial start of fall, a lot of people are already planning ahead.

Whether you’re looking for something chilling or just want something new to add to your reading list, these are all books that can feature romance but it’s not the main genre or is just a subplot in the larger story.

We’ve got a mix of a ton of exciting new titles so let’s get into it.

September brings with it a plethora of exciting non-romance books.

Looking at some of September’s releases, I wanted to include a good mix so I’m starting off with All You Have to Do is Call by Kerri Maher. This book is based on the Jane Collective which was started in the 1970s and helped women to get more information about birth control, sexual health, and getting a safer abortion. Given the current climate, I’m sure a lot of people will enjoy this one. It comes out on September 19th.

Moving onto some YA picks, Suddenly a Murder by Lauren Manoz is coming out on September 5th and is about a group of friends who have a murder-mystery party but it all comes to a head when there’s an actual murder. Another YA I’m excited for is one I’ve talked about a few times and that’s Your Lonely Nights Are Over by Adam Sass. This is a queer YA horror that is perfect for the horror movie lover. This one is coming on September 12th.

Keeping with the thrills and chills, I wanted to include This is How We End Things by R.J. Jacobs. This is coming out on September 12th and it is a dark academic thriller which is something I know a lot of people will enjoy. Following that, there’s The Guest House by Robin Morgan-Bentley and it’s about a couple who goes on a babymoon but returns with no baby.

Two more September releases I’m very excited about are The American Boyfriend by Ivy Ngeow which I’ve already featured on Culturess. However, I’m desperate for others to finally get to read it on September 19th. The other is Athena’s Child by Hannah Lynn which is a mythological retelling of Medusa and it sounds amazing. It comes out on September 26th.

For the littles, a new Grinch Christmas story is coming out on September 5th. Entitled Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Lost Christmas, it’s a twist on the classic Christmas story and is one I know will be adoring many shelves this holiday season. Wildfire by Breena Bard is a graphic novel about climate change also coming out on September 5th.

Moving onto my final two releases, these are also marketed towards a younger audience yet I think could be enjoyed by all ages. First is The Only Girl in Town by Ally Condie who you might recognize from her Matched series. Following a girl who is seemingly alone in her town, it’s a mystery the reader has to unravel. The Only Girl in Town is coming out on September 19th.

Last but not least is a book I’ve been hearing nothing but amazing things about and that’s The Thieves’ Gambit by Kayvion Lewis. This one is coming out on September 25th and has two amazing comp titles which are The Inheritance Games and Ocean’s Eleven. This is a YA heist thriller that just sounds incredible. All in all, September is a massive month for book releases so be sure to come back to Culturess for more bookish lists and reviews.

What are some books you’re looking forward to in September? Share your TBR with us! 

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