October's Most Anticipated New Books

Posted by Cybil on October 1, 2019
October is the scariest month, and we've got some scary good books coming down the publishing pike: Memoir specialist Augusten Burroughs (Running with Scissors) has an appropriately witchy story to tell. Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout returns with more stories of the beloved Olive Kitteridge. And the critically acclaimed comic Ali Wong tells her own true stories through a series of letters to her young daughters.

Each month the Goodreads Editorial team takes a look at the books that are being published in the U.S., readers' early reviews, and how many readers are adding these books to their Want to Read shelves (which is how we measure anticipation). We use the information to curate this list of hottest new releases.


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Based on a true and decidedly American story, this latest slice of historical fiction from British author Jojo Moyes follows immigrant Alice Wright, who joins with four other brave women to pioneer, persist, and improve their country. The Horseback Librarians of Kentucky deliver books to Depression-era rural South readers, changing lives with the gift of learning.

Release date: October 8

Read our interview with Moyes here.


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From the acclaimed author of Running with Scissors comes a new memoir with a compelling twist. For as long as he can remember, Augusten Burroughs has known things he shouldn't know—about the past, about the future. Nothing made sense until Burroughs' mother informed him that he comes from a long line of witches, dating back to American colonial days. Whoa.

Release date: October 1

Read our interview with Burroughs here.


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The Pulitzer Prize–winning saga of the unsinkable Olive Kitteridge continues with a new batch of short stories. Author Elizabeth Strout returns to the town of Crosby, Maine, with vignettes on various characters—a bereaved teenager, a conflicted lawyer, a nurse with a secret—and reminds us of the abiding power of love.

Release date: October 15


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The story of Elio and Oliver, chronicled in the 2007 novel Call Me by Your Name, has been called one of literature's greatest contemporary romances. Find Me revisits all the relevant players, decades later, to further explore the theme of obsessive love, from New England to Europe and back again.

Release date: October 29



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Have you ever wondered what's really going on in those exclusive secret societies within Ivy League schools? All the skulls and bones and rumored occult rituals? Incoming freshman Galaxy “Alex” Stern has wondered, too—and a mysterious benefactor is paying her to find out. Young adult contemporary fantasy author (and Yale graduate!) Leigh Bardugo kicks off her first series for the adult audience.

Release date: October 8

Read our interview with Bardugo here.


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It's generally acknowledged, in show business, that Ali Wong is one of the funniest people alive. The impossibly busy actress and stand-up comic now offers a unique memoir structured as letters to her two young daughters—concerning life, love, men, women, and the weirdness that is 21st-century America.

Release date: October 15

Read our interview with Wong here.



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Told through vignettes that take place across the American landscape, this haunting coming-of-age memoir is the story of a young black, gay man from the South and his fight to carve a place for himself among his family and his country.

Release date: October 8



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

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message 1: by Jo Ann (new)

Jo Ann Looking forward to Michael Connelly's Njght Fire !!


message 2: by Suzy (new)

Suzy Mounce Yes me too!!!!


message 3: by Snigdha (new)

Snigdha Rohilla metoo!!!!!


message 4: by Fran (new)

Fran Forgot Bill Bryson’s The Body!!


message 5: by Bernadine (new)

Bernadine Have olive. And the giver of stars reserved


message 6: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Whitley Can't wait for Karen White's "The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street" out on October 22!


message 7: by Philip (new)

Philip I have these pre-ordered -

The Grey Zone: A Jack Taggart Mystery by Don Easton out Oct 12

Read and Buried: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates out Oct 15


message 8: by Susan (new)

Susan I've had Olive Again on hold since I found out!


message 9: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Faith Hunter - shattered bonds #13 of Jane Yellowrock out on 29th October


message 10: by Calvinist (new)

Calvinist Batman Looking forward to the new Robert Jordan book Warrior of the Altaii that releases tomnorrow!


message 11: by Soubhagya (new)

Soubhagya Kuttissery Waiting for Andre Aciman's Find Me !


message 12: by Carla (new)

Carla Really curious about Ninth House.


message 13: by Javelyn (new)

Javelyn Ninth house yess!


message 14: by D (new)

D O'neal Can’t wait for The Poison Garden by A J Banner, out on October 22nd! ❤️📚


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