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14 Books We Want to Read in October

We love helping readers find the best books each week in our e-newsletter, via our quarterly reading guides, and through our many book lists.  Despite all our best intentions, we can’t read all the books – even though we wish we could!  Plus, sometimes we miss out on early copies, and we have to wait until books are available in bookstores.  So this book list is filled with those books we can’t wait to get our hands on this month.

Readers have much to look forward to in October, so check out this list of new books that we can’t wait to read!

Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo

Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo

A woman wondering who she really is goes in search of a father she never knew–only to find something far more complicated than she ever expected–in this moving and hopeful novel of self-discovery for readers of An American Marriage.

Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond

Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond

A paranormal romantic comedy at the (possible) end of the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Gwenda Bond, Not Your Average Hot Guy is a hilarious romantic comedy about two people falling in love, while the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.

We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride, Jo Piazza

We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride, Jo Piazza

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.

Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much by Jen Winston

Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much by Jen Winston

A hilarious and whip-smart collection of essays, offering an intimate look at bisexuality, gender, and, of course, sex. Perfect for fans of Lindy West, Samantha Irby, and Rebecca Solnit–and anyone who wants, and deserves, to be seen.

Sistersong by Lucy Holland

Sistersong by Lucy Holland

My sister’s heart broke on the river–and the river took it and bore it away.

In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, there is old magic to be found in the whisper of the wind, the roots of the trees, and the curl of the grass. King Cador knew this once, but now the land has turned from him, calling instead to his three children. Riva can cure others, but can’t seem to heal her own deep scars. Keyne battles to be accepted for who he truly is–the king’s son. And Sinne dreams of seeing the world, of finding adventure.

I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins

I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins

A darkly funny, soul-rending novel of love in an epoch of collapse–one woman’s furious revisiting of family, marriage, work, sex, and motherhood.

The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

A feel-good, holiday-themed romantic comedy about identical twins who switch lives in the days leading up to Christmas–perfect for fans of Christina Lauren’s In a Holidazeand Josie Silver’s One Day in December.

A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli

A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli

One type-A data analyst discovers her free-spirited side on an impulsive journey from bustling Mumbai to the gorgeous beaches of Goa and finds love waiting for her on Christmas morning.

Tales from the Cafe by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Tales from the Cafe by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

From the author of the international bestseller Before the Coffee Gets Cold, this book follows four new customers who hope to travel back in time in a little Japanese café.

Not All Diamonds and Rosé by Dave Quinn

Not All Diamonds and Rosé by Dave Quinn

Dave Quinn’s Not All Diamonds and Rosé is the definitive oral history of the hit television franchise, from its unlikely start in the gated communities of Orange County to the pop culture behemoth it has become–spanning eight cities, hundreds of cast members, and millions of fans.  What is it really like to be a housewife? We all want to know, but only the women we love to watch and the people who make the show have the whole story. Well, listen in close, because they’re about to tell all.

As the Wicked Watch by Tamron Hall

As the Wicked Watch by Tamron Hall

The first in a thrilling new series from Emmy Award-winning TV Host and Journalist Tamron Hall, As The Wicked Watch follows a reporter as she unravels the disturbing mystery around the deaths of two Black girls; the work of a serial killer terrorizing Chicago.

On Girlhood Edited by Glory Edim

On Girlhood Edited by Glory Edim

Since founding the beloved Well-Read Black Girl book club in 2015, Glory Edim has emerged as a literary tastemaker for a new generation. Continuing her life’s work to brighten and enrich American reading lives through the work of legendary Black authors, she now launches her Well-Read Black Girl Library Series with On Girlhood. This meticulously selected anthology features a wide range of unique voices, finally illuminating a distinctly robust sector of contemporary literature: groundbreaking short stories that explore the thin yet imperative line between Black girlhood and womanhood.

Donut Fall in Love by Jackie Lau

Donut Fall in Love by Jackie Lau

A baker provides the sweetest escape for an actor in this charming romantic comedy.  As Lindsay and Ryan spend time together, bonding over grief and bubble tea, it starts to feel like they’re cooking up something sweeter than cupcakes in the kitchen.

Murder at Mallowan Hall by Colleen Cambridge

Murder at Mallowan Hall by Colleen Cambridge

The first in an exciting new historical mystery series set in the home of Agatha Christie Colleen Cambridge’s charming and inventive new historical series introduces an unforgettable heroine in Phyllida Bright, fictional housekeeper for none other than famed mystery novelist Agatha Christie. When a dead body is found during a house party at the home of Agatha Christie and her husband Max Mallowan, it’s up to famous author’s head of household, Phyllida Bright, to investigate…

What do you think about the books on this list?

Are any of these books on your TBR?  What books are you looking forward to reading in October?  What books would you add to the list?

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