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 | Random House Large Print

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 22, 2019

Ninth House
Leigh Bardugo | Flatiron Books

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

Cilka's Journey
Heather Morris | St. Martin's Press

What It's About: From the author of the multi-million copy bestseller, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, comes the new novel based on an incredible true story of love and resilience.

Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her.

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942...

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

Imaginary Friend
Stephen Chbosky | Grand Central Publishing

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

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 Christopher at her side...

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

Christmas Shopaholic
Sophie Kinsella | The Dial Press

What It's About: A Christmas novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Owe You One.

Celebrate Christmas with the ultimate Shopaholic! #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella is back with a new laugh-out-loud adventure featuring Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood).

Publication Date: October 15, 2019

Full Throttle
Joe Hill | William Morrow

What It's About: In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including “In The Tall Grass,” one of two stories co-written with Stephen King, basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix.

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...

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

Olive Again
Elizabeth Strout | Random House

What It's About: #1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions of readers.

Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is "a compelling life force" (San Francisco Chronicle)...

Publication Date: October 15, 2019

Find Me
André Aciman | Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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

Royal Holiday
Jasmine Guillory | Berkley

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

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