With back-to-school season in full swing and the weather outside delightfully crisp — you may feel like reading the day away (and then some) as soon as you possibly can. 

But what if you don’t know where to start?

And what if you’d rather buy a book for a friend or family member instead?

Here are 30 great book ideas to consider adding to your nightstand pile pronto or your gift list.

It’s Patterson. It’s a thriller. 

Expect presidential mayhem, CIA struggles and plenty of cliffhangers. 

As fictional U.S. President Keegan Barrett enters the Oval Office after his success as director of the CIA, expect the unexpected in this September 2022 top-seller.

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Michael Connelly fans ought to mark their calendar for November 8, 2022, when the novelist releases his 37th book. 

Here, Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch look for a man who murdered an entire family, as the detectives step away from their own issues from the past and work together once again.

“Picture a beautiful young woman racing down the freeway in a classic red Corvette with a distrustful Julius Caesar riding shotgun … A wild ride from start to finish,” Booklist Magazine wrote of the novel.

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In this March 2022 release, head back in time to the days of Caesar and then to a lab in California, in one heck of an adventure that includes romance and time travel.

This true-crime novel focuses on a Louisville resident telling the story of a murder in an old mansion in the fabled Horse City. 

An editor’s pick on Amazon, this October 2021 release can be a great gift idea for the true-crime fans in your life.

New for Oct. 4, this fiction entry centers on World War II British Naval Intelligence Officer Victoire Bennett.

That’s the same person whom James Bond author Ian Fleming based Miss Moneypenny, Paddy Bennett, on real-life experience.

Published on Oct. 18, 2022, this book is said to be ideal for folks who love Michael Connelly and his famed Harry Bosch character. 

Here, Scottish writer Ian Rankin and his longtime series protagonist Inspector John Rebus teleport readers to Edinburgh streets where you’ll be immersed in a page-turner.

This supernatural thriller has already been named one of the best horror books of the year 

The thriller, according to Barnes & Noble, is about a father “desperate to salvage what’s left of his family” — even if it means robbing a Mexican cartel to pay for his four-year-old daughter’s leukemia treatments.

Stephen King’s latest novel is about a 17-year-old boy named Charlie Reade who meets a dog named Radar and her owner who live in a large house at the top of a hill. 

In this terrifying tale, Charlie inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, according to StephenKing.com.

If you’ve got young ones in your inner circle, ’tis the season for spooky stories. 

Visit the website TheLurkers.com and you’ll be treated to an audio narration with graphic illustrations and animated videos of a story that is described as melding the style of Tim Burton and Dr. Seuss.

This meditation on the art of leaf-peeping gives readers insights on the science of leaves changing colors, advice on where to find ethereal autumnal foliage and thoughtful reflections on what to learn from the perennial, cyclical nature of leaves. 

Out now, this book comes complete with line drawings and a textured case.

“Beautiful Houses by the Water” is exactly what it sounds like — images of mansions that are oceanfront, lakeside, riverside, bayside or by a pond. 

Out on Oct. 10, 2022, the book contains expert intel on creating such waterfront homes for yourself — paired with eye-catching photography.

If you’re in the mood for a moving memoir, Arielle Spring’s chronicle of surviving trauma and abuse to reach a place of hope and contentment may be just the thing. 

You may come away from this book grateful for the little things and big people in your life.

This August 2022 entertaining book may offer ideas for an upcoming event you’re hosting. 

Within the coffee table book are tablescapes and garden shots from author and interior designer James T. Farmer III’s two homes.

Steve and Kathy Doocy’s new cookbook is filled with 100-plus recipes to take the stress out of cooking. 

Nothing is complicated — including the Doocys’ delicious braided bacon meatloaf recipe.

Out on November 7, 2022, this photo book examines one of the country’s largest and most historic ranches, Wagonhound Creek in Douglas, Wyoming. 

You’ll be in awe of the work of the American rancher and wildlife alike. 

This makes an excellent gift for lovers of the outdoors.

If you’re a cozy cabin enthusiast, this coffee table charmer, published on Sept. 28, 2022, may be for you. 

Get inspired by abodes worldwide from the comfort of your couch. 

You may very well close the book with some design ideas for your own space, too.

Historian Nathan Greenfield takes readers on a journey back to World War II when 12,000 Nazis were held in a prisoner-of-war camp at the edge of Medicine Hat, a remote city (population: 12,000) on the Canadian prairie.

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Government-history buffs, this one is for you. 

This biography will hit shelves on November 22, 2022. It incorporates information from never-before-seen sources on the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

The book takes readers from J. Edgar Hoover’s 1895 birth in a modest Washington, D.C., civil service family to his ascent to advising eight U.S. presidents.

Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer and no. 1 New York Times bestselling author, tells the life story of Abraham Lincoln, “charting how — and why — he confronted secession, threats to democracy, and the tragedy of slavery to expand the possibilities of America,” according to jonmeacham.com. 

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From a beach-read favorite, Elin Hilderbrand revisits some of her favorite characters in this collection of stories, anthologized in a single volume for the first time with both popular hits and never-before-seen works. 

“The Tailgate,” for example, brings to life a weekend in the classic Harvard-Yale football game.

In “The Matchmaker,” Nantucket resident Dabney Kimball is thrown for a loop when her first great love returns to the island. 

In “Summer of ’89,” readers become reacquainted with the Levin sisters, who reunite in a drama-filled jaunt to Nantucket.

This May 2022 short story collection from David Sedaris will have you laughing and maybe wiping a tear or two off your face, too. 

This pandemic-era oeuvre reminds us to find joy and jocularity in the mundane.

Before Halloween, this part-history, part-guide on all things ll séances will be released. 

Along this mystical adventure, you’ll learn about spirit boards, tarot, how to protect yourself from evil spirits and more. 

Do you love paging through quotes? Giving a toast or a speech in the near future? 

You’ll find words of eternal beauty (and humor) in this classic book of quotes, now featuring more than 3,00 new quotes and over 700 newly added authors such as Jonathan Franzen and Stan Lee. 

Get or gift a copy of this book on October 25, 2022. It’s now in its 19th edition, more than 160 years after its first publication in 1855.

For dog lovers: In this scientific memoir, dog researcher and Alexandra Horowitz charts her family dog Quid’s growth from her birth to her first birthday. 

She maintains the puppy’s point of view and hones in on how they develop a personality beginning from the moment they open their eyes. 

This June 2022 nonfiction work reveals a secret underbelly of the timber industry.

Readers will be schooled on tree poaching, rangerly duties and a hodgepodge group of northern California characters who call themselves “The Outlaws.” 

You’ll never look at a piece of paper or a table the same way.

Dimitris Xygalatas, an anthropologist and cognitive scientist, is the author of a book about the ceremonial occasions people incorporate into their lives. 

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Whether he’s unraveling the history of the handshake or the crowning of a king, Xygalates gives readers a deeper understanding.

“Go behind the scenes of the West Wing — and into the Oval Office, the Situation Room, aboard Air Force One, and beyond — in intimate detail with #1 bestselling author and presidential photographer Pete Souza,” according to petersouza.com. 

Out on September 27, 2022, it’s been a no.1 best-seller on Amazon.

Here, strap in for a ride with New York Times investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Max Fisher.

Readers will learn the inner workings of social media giants from executive interviews and first-hand reporting. 

The September 2022 debut book from Fisher paints an evocative — and sometimes terrifying — picture of Big Tech’s reaches from Silicon Valley to Sri Lanka.

Dubbed “Dr. Doom,” New York University Stern School of Business professor of economics Nouriel Roubini shares 10 key factors that loom ominously from government overspending to climate change in his October 18, 2022, publication.

Fox News anchor and author Harris Faulkner releases stories of “resilience, healing, rescue and protection” this November, according to HarperCollins Publishers. 

People testify how God and prayer got them through tough times — from the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, to COVID-19 and more in this collection of real-life accounts.

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  1. Beyond Enkription (intentionally misspelt) is a must read for espionage cognoscenti and the first stand-alone spy thriller in The Burlington Files autobiographical series by Bill Fairclough (MI6 codename JJ, aka Edward Burlington). It’s a raw and noir matter of fact pacy novel that Len Deighton and Mick Herron could be forgiven for thinking they co-wrote it. Coincidentally, a few critics have nicknamed its protagonist “a posh Harry Palmer.”

    This elusive and enigmatic novel is a true story about a maverick accountant (Edward Burlington in Porter Williams International aka Bill Fairclough in Coopers & Lybrand in real life). In 1974 in London he began infiltrating organised crime gangs, unwittingly working for MI6. After some frenetic attempts on his life he was relocated to the Caribbean where, “eyes wide open” he’s recruited by the CIA and is soon headed for shark infested waters off Haiti.

    If you’re an espionage cognoscente you’ll love this monumental book but just because you think you know it all don’t surf through the prologue: you may miss some disinformation. If you felt squeamish when watching Jaws, you may find the savagery of the opening chapter upsetting, but it soon passes.

    This epic is so real it made us wonder why bother reading espionage fiction when facts are so much more exhilarating. Atmospherically it’s reminiscent of Ted Lewis’ Get Carter of Michael Caine fame. If anyone ever makes a film based on Beyond Enkription they’ll only have themselves to blame if it doesn’t go down in history as a classic thriller … it’s the stuff memorable films are made of.

    Whether you’re a le Carré connoisseur, a Deighton disciple, a Fleming fanatic, a Herron hireling or a Macintyre marauder, odds on once you are immersed in it you’ll read this titanic production twice.

    For more detailed reviews visit the Reviews page on TheBurlingtonFiles.org website or see other independent reviews on your local Amazon website and check out Bill Fairclough’s background at Everipedia.org.

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