We’re officially in the fall. Now is the perfect time to curl up with a fireplace or a heater depending on your living situation and pamper yourself with a great new book. Here are the most anticipated books of October to guide you on your reading journey – it works so well that you’ll want to read it all month long.
Whatever genre you like to read, there are one or two books perfect for you in October 2020. Romantic readers will be looking forward to this month’s Spoiler Alert and Rebekah Weatherspoon’s If the Boot Fits by Olivia Dade, while thriller fans will find Tana French’s The Searcher and T. Kingfisher’s The Hollow Places on their bookshelves. For those more literarily inclined, there’s Heid E. Erdrich’s Little Big Bully and Keisha Bush’s No Heaven for Good Boys. Finally, sci-fi and fantasy fans, Yoon Ha Lee’s Phoenix Extravagant and C.L. Polk’s Midnight Nesting.
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- Spoiler Alert: A Novel – A big fan of the books on which the hit TV series is based, lead actor Marcus hates the way he presents the character in the series. Because it can’t be public, he disguises himself as a fiction writer on the Internet: The Book! Aery would never do that. In April, when the cosplay of Lavinia, Aeneas’ boyfriend, went online, Marcus noticed that he was going to go out with her at his next fan meeting. But after learning that April’s fandom is Lavinia Stan, without any excuse, Marcus must decide whether keeping his secret identity secret is worth missing out on real love with his date.
- Little Big Bully (Penguin Poets) – Heid E. Erdrich’s latest poetry collection, Little Big Bully: a fine poetry book that illuminates the ups and downs of the experiences of Indian and First Nation women in the modern world.
- The Searcher: A Novel – Cal bought a house in Ireland to get away from the police job, but the retired detective finds himself retreating into his old life in Tana French’s The Searcher. A child in the local village has disappeared, but only his brother seems to want answers. It’s up to Cal to find out what’s going on near his new home, but his participation will come at a price.
- Wise as Fu*k – There are fictional scary stories, and then there are real-life nightmares when life creeps up and the breath punches you at the worst possible time. If this is going to be one of those years for you (and not for all of us?) Get Wise As Fu*k from Gary John Bishop, best-selling author of the New York Times. Bishop’s words of wisdom will help you cope with the shitty storms that life has put in front of you – from heartbreak to losing a job, mourning, and possibly anything that could go wrong. No one has told you how to handle these things, but Bishop’s book is an accelerated course manual, you’ll be glad to have to guide you through everything.
- The Archive of the Forgotten – The Archive of the Forgotten, a sequel to A.J. Hackwith’s The Library of the Unwritten, is a new story centered on Claire and Brevity, two Hell employees who are trying to stop a new threat to the library.
- Dear Child: A Novel – A new novel in the veins of Romy Hausmann’s Beloved Child Emma Donoghue’s Room tells the story of Lena, who is kept in captivity with her children as she flees to a safe place. Lena disappeared 14 years ago … But the woman who’s waiting to be reunited with her parents?
- Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic – Practical Magic writer Alice Hoffman returns to the Owens family in Magic Lessons. Based on Maria, the 17th-century founder accepted by Hannah Owens, this new novel explores the origins of Owens’ infamous curse of women.
- The Hollow Places: A Novel – Twisted Ones author T. Kingfisher returns this October with The Hollow Places: a new horror novel about a woman’s quest to understand a refuge filled with strange clues. Are a few real uncles coming together in their house, or is Kara’s sanity moving away from her?
- Earthlings: A Novel – When he was a lonely boy, Natsuki decided he had to be an alien because he didn’t fit in with people. Natuski, who is now married and felt pressured to start a family, flees his life and begins to seek answers to the riddle about his identity in Earthlies.
- The Once and Future Witches – From the author of the Ten Thousand Doors of January comes this new novel about feminist witches at the turn of the century. At the end of the 19th century, three Eastwood sisters, Alix E.
- A Princess for Christmas: A Novel – If you’re looking for a book that will make you feel better in October, choose Jenny Holiday’s A Princess for Christmas. Trapped in the management of her country after a family tragedy, Princess Marie of Eldovia is alone in New York. When a kind-hearted taxi driver named Leo enters his life, Marie has the opportunity to start training American staff, but neither she nor Leo can predict how much their lives will change.