16 Incredible New Books to Read This October 2019

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Every Single New Book on This List Deserves Your Full Attention This Month

I am not sure how, since every month I write a book review, but each month I am taken aback by the sheer volume of books I want to read and by the talent producing such interesting and delightful reads.

I am elated to introduce some of the best new books this October has to offer. Some might satisfy your spooky needs, while others I have already passed along to my friends. I can't keep such amazing fall books to myself. I can't, I tell you!

Like last year, the immense joy I experienced reading these new releases was astonishing. And with the holiday season around the corner, you know you should start thinking about what books would make the perfect gifts for parents, coworkers, and significant others. Here's a huge hint: all of them!


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1. A Bitter Feast

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Scotland Yard detective Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James find murder and lies in a sleepy Cotswold village. The quaint town isn't all as it seems when a tragic car accident proves that a killer is connected to the villagers and a beloved inn, the Beck House. A mystery novel for self-appointed Anglophiles, Deborah Cromble's A Bitter Feast is quite possibly the best novel to get cozy with this month.

2. The Lying Room

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Neve Connolly did something bad. Having had an affair with her boss Saul was never the plan, but with a life that felt like it was falling apart, Neve let herself go. It was all fun and games until she finds him dead and begins wiping her existence from his life. Seemingly off the hook, Neve thinks her worst fears are over until Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Hitching comes knocking on her door. This deadly affair will keep you up but you won't be complaining.

3. Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America

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Health care journalist Kate Pickert gets to the bottom of breast cancer and the medical treatment associated with the heartbreaking diagnosis. Having been diagnosed herself at the age of 35, she began her quest of understanding the "cultural, scientific, and historical forces shaping the lives of breast cancer patients in the modern age." Thanks to her diligent research, readers will come away with more modern and updated information about the importance of research and the medical world's approach to one of the most deadly diseases attacking women.

4. Erosion: Essays of Undoing

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As one of the timeliest books on this list, Terry Tempest Williams discusses the importance of conservation. She dives into the erosion of American politics and the social and environment implications of the deterioration of our planet. If you feel you know nothing about land acts or what conversationalists do, pick up Erosion as soon as possible.

5. The Grace Year

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Fans of The Handmaid's Tale will devour this in one sitting. Sixteen-year-old Tierney James is terrified of the society in which she lives. In Garner County, girls have the innate ability to lure men away from their wives and as a result, create a jealously between women. Their skin acts as an aphrodisiac which is why they are banished during their 16th year. The Grace Year explores female relationships, the danger of envy, and the complicated relationships we have with ourselves and others, as we morph into adulthood.

6. 25 Days 'Til Christmas

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While we have yet to celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving, some of us are preparing for Christmas. And this feel-good holiday release might have you pulling out your Christmas decorations a bit earlier this year. Kate Potter used to live for Christmas. But when her husband abandoned her to never return home, she hasn't been in the Christmas spirit. But there just might be hope for Kate; another man in town catches her eye. Enjoy this fun October release to start your holiday spirits early.

7. The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Remember Happy Moments

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Leave it to Meik Wiking, a happiness researcher, to tell us what makes us the most happy... memories! If you loved The Little Book of Hygge or The Little Book of Lykke you certainly need to add this October release to your collection. Wiking does a beautiful job explaining why we hold memories near and dear to our hearts and why nostalgia is so coveted.

8. Sudden Traveler

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Travel the world without leaving your couch in Sarah Hall's newest release. Within a few pages you'll experience some of the best short fiction this year has to offer. Step into short stories surrounding eroticism, sense of self, and quests beyond your wildest imagination.

9. Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food From 31 Celebrated Writers

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Oh, I love this little slice of delight. I can promise you that you will absolutely love this collection of essays sprinkled with joy from various writers. Food and emotion is perfectly whipped together, and it brings you such joy surrounding food, love, and home. You don't have to love cooking to enjoy the passion each writer brings to their work on comfort foods. I'm confident Eat Joy will be welcomed into your home (and the culinary world) with open arms.

10. Good Things Happen to People You Hate

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I devoured this book in a few days, which to me, is a telltale sign of excellence. Rebecca Fishbein delights in her first collection of essays surrounding the trials and tribulations of adulthood. With complete honesty and hilarious candor, she writes what she knows and for that, the reader is spoiled this month.

11. The Art of Escapism Cooking: A Survival Story, With Intensely Good Flavors

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Mandy Lee is an absolutely talented chef and now writer, and The Art of Escapism Cooking proves both in one delicious cookbook. Good meals aren't hard to come by and you don't have to be a chef to whip up some of these beautiful dishes. If you're anything like me, cooking is a unique form of relaxation. This cookbook is the perfect companion to any expert chef or amateur cook. With the holiday season around the corner, you'll already know what to buy your family and friends.

12. The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History

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Disney fans will go wild over The Queens of Animation. While we might love Disney and the beloved characters that exist, little is known about the talented women behind the pencil. Nathalia Holt digs deep and exposes some of the talented women who finally get some recognition.

13. Curious Toys

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If you're looking for a spooky book this fall, look no further. It's 1915 and Pin, the teenage daughter of a fortune-teller, dresses up as a boy so she can galavant around town with a teenage gang. But in doing so, she might've bitten off more than she could chew. The Riverview amusement park is inhabited by a ruthless murderer and it's up to Pin to put the pieces together.

14. In Pieces

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This lovely memoir came out last year but if you prefer reading paperback novels, this is your chance. Sally Field has had quite the career, but get a taste of how the Academy Award-winning actress got to where she is today. Written with a sharp and colorful tone, it's no wonder In Pieces found a spot on the New York Times best-sellers list.

15. Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

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Ronan Farrow continuously investigates serial abusers and the people or corporations that protect such perpetrators. Hailed as both a spy thriller and highly regarded investigative journalism, Catch and Kill will likely soar to the top of the charts this month.

16. Little Weirds

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Jenny Slate's debut novel is a breath of fresh, sweet air. Unique and quirky, Little Weirds is like nothing you've ever read before, making it a treat from the first page turned. Her upbeat demeanor and energy is omnipresent and makes getting to the final pages that much more heartbreaking. You will absolutely love immersing yourself into Slate's world.

17. Do You Mind If I Cancel?

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Do You Mind If I Cancel is quite possibly the funniest book on this list, but it also wins the award for best title (Good Things Happen to Those You Hate is a very close second). Gary Janetti is whip-smart, often sprinkling a joke into a sentence at the absolute most perfect time. You will find yourself taking longer lunch breaks or sneaking away from your family to read the delightful and brutally honest words of the great Gary Janetti.

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