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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The Last Shadow
Orson Scott Card

What It's About: From OSC's website:

For years now OSC has been planning to wrap up the Shadow and Speaker series with a book called Shadows in Flight. Recently, in working on a short novel that follows Bean and his children into space, it became clear that Shadows in Flight was the perfect title for that book, while the big wrap-up novel that brings Bean's children together with Peter and Valentine from Children of the Mind will now be entitled Shadows Alive...

Publication Date: October 19, 2021
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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
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We Are Not Like Them: A Novel
Christine Pride

What It's About: Told from alternating perspectives, an evocative and riveting novel about the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event—a powerful and poignant exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives.

Jen and Riley have been best friends since kindergarten...

Publication Date: October 5, 2021
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Oh William
Elizabeth Strout

What It's About: The Pulitzer Prize-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author traces the enduring bond between a divorced couple in a poignant novel about love, loss, and the family secrets that can erupt and bewilder us at any point in life.

Through her careful words and reverberating silences (The New York Times), Elizabeth Strout has long captured readers' hearts with her spare, exquisite insights on family, relationships, and loss...

Publication Date: October 19, 2021
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 November 2021 books new release most anticipated upcoming titles to read

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

These Precious Days
Ann Patchett

What It's About: The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays.  

“Any story that starts will also end.” As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming...

Publication Date: November 23, 2021
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Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (Outlander #9)
Diana Gabaldon

What It's About: The past may seem the safest place to be . . . but it is the most dangerous time to be alive. . . .

Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1743, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same...

Publication Date: November 23, 2021
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The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks (Montague Siblings #3)
Mackenzi Lee

What It's About: Return to the enchanting world of the Montague siblings in the finale to the New York Times bestselling and Stonewall Honor-winning series, featuring a teenage Adrian Montague as he desperately seeks the now adult Monty and Felicity-the older siblings he never knew he had.

Adrian Montague has a bright future...

Publication Date: November 16, 2021
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Wish You Were Here
Jodi Picoult

What It's About: ** Please include spoiler warnings in your reviews for the readers who haven’t had a chance to read WISH YOU WERE HERE yet!**

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a deeply moving novel about the resilience of the human spirit in a moment of crisis.

Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track...

Publication Date: November 30, 2021
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You'll Be the Death of Me
Karen M. McManus

What It's About: From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand-new pulse-pounding thriller. It's Ferris Bueller's Day Off with murder when three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly--and fatally--wrong.

Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day...

Publication Date: November 30, 2021
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Our Country Friends
Gary Shteyngart

What It's About: Eight friends, one country house, four romances, and six months in isolation -- a powerful, emotionally rich novel about love, friendship, and betrayal, a book that reads like a great Russian novel, or Chekhov on the Hudson, by a novelist The New York Times calls "one of his generation's most original and exhilarating writers"...

Publication Date: November 2, 2021
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Nnedi Okorafor

What It's About: From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new science fiction novel of intense action and thoughtful rumination on biotechnology, destiny, and humanity in a near-future Nigeria.

Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these initials have always stood for Artificial Organism. AO has never really felt...

Publication Date: November 9, 2021
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Termination Shock
Neal Stephenson

What It's About: A visionary technothriller about climate change.

Neal Stephenson’s sweeping, prescient new novel transports readers to a near-future world where the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and virulent, deadly pandemics...

Publication Date: November 16, 2021
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 december 2021 books new release most anticipated upcoming titles to read coming soon

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

Here's to Us (What If It's Us #2)
Becky Albertalli

What It's About: Ben has spent his first year of college working on his fantasy manuscript with his writing partner Mario, who is a great Spanish tutor, and an even better kisser. So why can’t he stop thinking about the fact that Arthur’s back in town two years after they called it quits?

Arthur is in New York for a dream internship on Broadway, with a boyfriend back at home that he couldn't be happier with...

Publication Date: December 28, 2021
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Call Us What We Carry: Poems
Amanda Gorman

What It's About: The breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, Amanda Gorman’s remarkable new collection reveals an energizing and unforgettable voice in American poetry. Call Us What We Carry is Gorman at her finest...

Publication Date: December 7, 2021
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Beasts of a Little Land
Juhea Kim

What It's About: An epic story of love, war, and redemption set against the backdrop of the Korean independence movement, following the intertwined fates of a young girl sold to a courtesan school and the penniless son of a hunter

In 1917, deep in the snowy mountains of occupied Korea, an impoverished local hunter on the brink of starvation saves a young Japanese officer from an attacking tiger...

Publication Date: December 7, 2021
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The Righteous (The Beautiful #3)
Renée Ahdieh

What It's About: Pippa Montrose is tired of losing everything she loves. When her best friend Celine disappears under mysterious circumstances, Pippa resolves to find her, even if the journey takes her into the dangerous world of the fae, where she might find more than she bargained for in the charismatic Arjun Desai.

Publication Date: December 7, 2021
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Homecoming King (Three Kings #1)
Penny Reid

What It's About: Rex "TW" McMurtry’s perpetual single-hood wouldn't bother him so much if all his ex-girlfriends didn't keep marrying the very next person they dated, especially when so many of those grooms are his closest friends. He may be a pro-football defensive end for the Chicago Squalls, but the press only wants to talk about how he's always a groomsman and never a groom...

Publication Date: December 14, 2021
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