7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today

Posted by Hayley on October 16, 2018
Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day.

To create our list, we focused on the top books Goodreads members can't wait to read, which we measure by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. All these highly anticipated titles are now available! Which ones catch your eye?


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You should read this book if you like: Literary fiction, The Poisonwood Bible, middle-aged angst and acts of desperation, houses with secrets, historical kindred spirits

Check out our interview with Kingsolver here.


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You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, the evolution of libraries, The Orchid Thief, true crime, love letters to books, arson, appreciating librarians

Find Orlean's library-themed reading recommendations here.


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You should read this book if you like: YA fiction, Shatter Me, poignant depictions of being a Muslim teen shortly after 9/11, powerful friendship, music as an escape



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You should read this book if you like: Science fiction, The Collapsing Empire, preparing for an intergalactic civil war, the fate of human civilization, wormholes



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You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, essay collections, Bird by Bird, the place hope holds in each of our lives, essential truths told in profound and funny ways

Read an exclusive excerpt from Lamott's book and listen to our podcast interview with her here.


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You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, love stories, The Notebook, regret and second chances, real estate, dreaming of something more, family duty



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You should read this book if you like: History, the American Revolutionary War, In the Heart of the Sea, taking down Benedict Arnold, naval battles, the Broadway musical Hamilton



What are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Fitzgerald The Quiver by Julia Watts comes out today; sounds really good!


message 2: by David (new)

David Not gonna lie, it makes me a little bit sad every time I see a new blog post that isn't October themed. Best month of the year! Halloween, horror, fall weather, etc. and we've gotten two posts about it since the beginning of the month, and ten that have nothing to do with it and are just business as usual. Ya'll need to get in the spirit, lol.


message 3: by allie (new)

allie mccarthy Totally agree with David!


message 4: by Ziggy (new)

Ziggy Nixon Good call David! October is spooky reading month (well, so is a lot of the rest of the year but ESPECIALLY October!). Highlights for me have been my first 3 Joe Hill books and loving the heck out of Joe Hart's 'Obscura'! Next it's on to an ancient plague and then werewolves!


message 5: by Zachary (new)

Zachary Sell Ziggy wrote: "Good call David! October is spooky reading month (well, so is a lot of the rest of the year but ESPECIALLY October!). Highlights for me have been my first 3 Joe Hill books and loving the heck out o..."

Joe Hill is awesome!


message 6: by Zachary (new)

Zachary Sell allie wrote: "Totally agree with David!"

I agree as well. My favorite genre is horror and we havent got much on the cite.


message 7: by Michele (new)

Michele I have The Library Book on hold at, (where else) my local library.


message 8: by Aliesha (new)

Aliesha sanders They should have a book that is a spooky book for the diffrent readers that read books that are showing out instead of looking up books they should just show Halloween books and the front home page on goodreads and also this is also what David said we are kind of on the same page about Halloween books and diffrent books for every diffrent month


message 9: by nitya (new)

nitya The Library Book!!! :D


message 10: by Liza (new)

Liza Why isn’t Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas here ?!??! Her book is coming out this Tuesday !!!!!😆🤪😁😫🤯🤩💛


message 11: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Liza wrote: "Why isn’t Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas here ?!??! Her book is coming out this Tuesday !!!!!😆🤪😁😫🤯🤩💛"

...Because her book is coming out this Tuesday... And the headline is "7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today"...


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