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The Professional Book Nerds Podcast reading list: Best August new book releases

Our Professional Book Nerds offer up their favorite new books coming out this month. Subscribe & listen today!

Pieces of Her

Karin Slaughter (2018)

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Alvin Schwartz Stephen Gammell (2019)

The Fall of Gondolin

J. R. R. Tolkien Alan Lee (2018)

The Masterpiece

Fiona Davis (2018)


Christina Dalcher (2018)

French Exit

Patrick deWitt (2018)

Series starters

Start a new series with any of these "Book 1's"

Altered Carbon

Richard K. Morgan Todd McLaren (2005)

The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss (2007)

Storm Front

Jim Butcher James Marsters (2002)

The Cuckoo's Calling

Robert Galbraith (2013)

The Pillars of the Earth

Ken Follett (2007)

In the Woods

Tana French (2007)

Popular novels in translation

Wildly popular books from around the world, translated to English.

Dance by the Canal

Kerstin Hensel Jen Calleja (2017)

Brother in Ice

Alicia Kopf Mara Faye Lethem (2018)

I Die by This Country

Fawzia Zouari Skyler Artes (2018)

The Perfect Nanny

Leila Slimani (2018)

Soviet Milk

Nora Ikstena Margita Gailitis (2018)

Recently featured on NPR

Books featured on National Public Radio this year.

The Red Caddy

Charles Bowden Luis Alberto Urrea (2018)

How to Suppress Women's Writing

Joanna Russ Jessa Crispin (2018)

And Now We Have Everything

Meaghan O'Connell (2018)

Her Perfect Affair

Priscilla Oliveras Carmen Vine (2018)

Space Opera

Catherynne M. Valente Heath Miller (2018)

Some Trick

Helen DeWitt (2018)

Page to screen 2018

Books becoming movies and shows this year

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Shirley Jackson Bernadette Dunne (2010)

The House with a Clock In Its Walls

John Bellairs Edward Gorey (2004)

A Wrinkle In Time

Madeleine L'engle Hope Davis (2012)

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood (1986)

Red Sparrow

Jason Matthews (2013)