Best New Books to Read in October 2019

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Well, my reading list is already overflowing from new books being released this month, but let’s check in on what’s to come in October!

I wasn’t terribly impressed by Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, but it sounds like the premise of her upcoming release, The Giver of Stars, may be more up my alley, so I’m interested in giving that a shot.

The Ninth House is also a book I’m interested in reading, though I know some others who have read it found the content to be a little darker than they were expecting. Still, I’ve never read anything by Leigh Bardugo so I think this one could be a good place to start.

Beyond that, Cilka’s Journey, the sequel to the Tattooist of Auschwitz, and Olive, Again, the sequel to Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, are two books that are on my “maybe” list, depending on how the reviews shape up. Imaginary Friends by Stephen Chbosky was originally on my reading list for this month, but the reviews have not been inspiring a lot of confidence. I’m keeping my eye on it, but it may end up being a pass for me!

Will you be reading any of these books in October? What are you looking forward to?

The Giver of Stars
Jojo Moyes

What It's About: Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium

Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England...

Publication Date: October 3, 2019
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Ninth House
Leigh Bardugo

What It's About: Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide...

Publication Date: October 8, 2019
fantasy physical tbr dark academia

Cilka's Journey
Heather Morris

What It's About: In this follow-up to The Tattooist of Auschwitz, the author tells the story, based on a true one, of a woman who survives Auschwitz, only to find herself locked away again.

Cilka Klein is 18 years old when Auschwitz-Birkenau is liberated by Soviet soldiers. But Cilka is one of the many women who is sentenced to a labor camp on charges of having helped the Nazis--with no consideration of the circumstances Cilka and women like her found themselves in as they struggled to survive...

Publication Date: October 1, 2019
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Imaginary Friend
Stephen Chbosky

What It's About: Christopher is seven years old.
Christopher is the new kid in town.
Christopher has an imaginary friend.

We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.

Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with her child...

Publication Date: October 1, 2019
horror dnf thriller

Christmas Shopaholic
Sophie Kinsella

What It's About: ’Tis the season for change and Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is embracing it, returning from the States to live in the charming village of Letherby and working with her best friend, Suze, in the gift shop of Suze’s stately home. Life is good, especially now that Becky takes time every day for mindfulness—even if that only means listening to a meditation tape while hunting down online bargains...

Publication Date: October 15, 2019
christmas chick lit holiday

Full Throttle
Joe Hill

What It's About: A little door that opens to a world of fairy tale wonders becomes the blood-drenched stomping ground for a gang of hunters in “Faun.” A grief-stricken librarian climbs behind the wheel of an antique Bookmobile to deliver fresh reads to the dead in “Late Returns.” In “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” two young friends stumble on the corpse of a plesiosaur at the water’s edge, a discovery that forces them to confront the inescapable truth of their own mortality ...

Publication Date: February 3, 2012
horror short stories fantasy

Olive Again
Elizabeth Strout

What It's About: Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine...

Publication Date: October 15, 2019
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Find Me
André Aciman

What It's About: In this spellbinding exploration of the varieties of love, the author of the worldwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name revisits its complex and beguiling characters decades after their first meeting.

No novel in recent memory has spoken more movingly to contemporary readers about the nature of love than André Aciman’s haunting Call Me by Your Name...

Publication Date: October 29, 2019
romance lgbtq lgbt

Royal Holiday
Jasmine Guillory

What It's About: New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory makes her hardcover debut with a heartwarming Christmas romance.

Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie's work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can't refuse...

Publication Date: October 1, 2019
romance christmas contemporary

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