October 2021 Most Anticipated New Book Releases

October 2021 books new release most anticipated upcoming titles to read

Notable upcoming books to be published in October 2021, limited to hardcover new releases. Here are the most anticipated titles for the month:

The Lincoln Highway
Amor Towles

What It's About: The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America

In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the work farm where he has just served a year for involuntary manslaughter...

Publication Date: October 5, 2021
historical fiction book club audiobook

State of Terror
Louise Penny

What It's About: From the #1 bestselling authors Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny comes a novel of unsurpassed thrills and incomparable insider expertise—State of Terror.

State of Terror follows a novice Secretary of State who has joined the administration of her rival, a president inaugurated after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage...

Publication Date: October 12, 2021
thriller mystery audiobook

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World
Benjamin Alire Sáenz

What It's About: In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys in a border town fell in love. Now, they must discover what it means to stay in love and build a relationship in a world that seems to challenge their very existence.

Ari has spent all of high school burying who he really is, staying silent and invisible...

Publication Date: October 12, 2021
romance young adult lgbtq

The Book of Magic
Alice Hoffman

What It's About: Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters.

The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over three-hundred years but all of that is about to change...

Publication Date: October 12, 2021
fantasy witches magical realism

A Shadow in the Ember
Jennifer L. Armentrout

What It's About: The Flesh and Fire series is set in the beloved Blood and Ash world.

Born shrouded in the veil of the Primals, a Maiden as the Fates promised, Seraphena Mierel’s future has never been hers. Chosen before birth to uphold the desperate deal her ancestor struck to save his people, Sera must leave behind her life and offer herself to the Primal of Death as his Consort...

Publication Date: October 19, 2021
fantasy romance physical tbr

The Last Shadow
Orson Scott Card

What It's About: Orson Scott Card's The Last Shadow is the long-awaited conclusion to both the original Ender series and the Ender's Shadow series, as the children of Ender and Bean solve the great problem of the Ender Universe - the deadly virus they call the descolada, which is incurable and will kill all of humanity if it were allowed to escape from Lusitania...

Publication Date: November 16, 2021
science fiction sci fi series

A Spindle Splintered
Alix E. Harrow

What It's About: It's Zinnia Gray's twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it's the last birthday she'll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no one has lived past twenty-one.

Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia's last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel...

Publication Date: October 5, 2021
retellings novella lgbtq

We Are Not Like Them: A Novel
Christine Pride

What It's About: Told from alternating perspectives, this novel follows two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event.

Jen and Riley have been best friends since kindergarten. As adults, they remain as close as sisters, though their lives have taken different directions...

Publication Date: October 5, 2021
book club contemporary race

Oh William
Elizabeth Strout

What It's About: Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a hard man to read. William, she confesses, has always been a mystery to me. Another mystery is why the two have remained connected after all these years. They just are.

So Lucy is both surprised and not surprised when William asks her to join him on a trip to investigate a recently uncovered family secret—one of those secrets that rearrange everything we think we know about the people closest to us...

Publication Date: October 19, 2021
literary fiction audiobook audio

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