10 Must Read October Book Releases 2021

10 Must Read October Book Releases 2021

October is fast approaching and you know what that means - no I don’t mean PSL’s or pumpkins - another great month of new releases that we are just so dang excited for! This month is chock-full of mystery and thrillers and so much more! 

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By: Rae Lipkin

October is fast approaching and you know what that means - no I don’t mean PSL’s or pumpkins - another great month of new releases that we are just so dang excited for! This month is chock-full of mystery and thrillers and so much more! 

These are just some of the books we are so excited to read!  


1. The Death of Jane Lawerence by Caitlin Starling 

When the spooky season approaches I am all for a good horror read and Starling delivers in this Haunting of Hill House meets Rebecca mash-up of a novel. Starling takes a gang of untrustworthy characters, sets them in England, and let all hell break loose. Who doesn’t love an eerie backdrop during autumn? 

Thriller // Mystery 

2. These Silent Woods by Kimmi Cunningham Grant 

Well, you had me at “remote Appalachian mountains with no family and no electricity”. Cooper, and his young daughter, Finch, have lived in complete isolation for eight years because Cooper has a lot to hide. But issues and complications start to occur and Cooper has to make a decision, risk it all and sacrifice what he knows or survive for the only family he has left. 

This incredibly atmospheric and intense novel is just what you need for those spooktastic feels and chilly nights ahead. 


3. Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger

“Secrets, obsession and vengeance converge in this riveting thriller about an online dating match turned deadly cat-and-mouse game.”(Goodreads) This dark and disturbing book will have you second-guessing swiping right. Being ghosted is par for the course when online dating, but for Wren, it unravels so much more. Clip in and get ready for a wild thrilling ride in Unger’s newest novel. 

Literary Fiction 

4. We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride & Jo Piazza

Explorations of race in America today told through the lens of two friends, one Black, and one white, whose friendship is significantly altered by a tragic event is the backdrop of this devastatingly necessary novel. This story will have you guessing where you stand in times of conflict and if your friends are as they seem. 

5. I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins

A dark comedy exploring how we talk about motherhood, sex, family, marriage, and work. This tender, bold, and hilarious literary fiction piece on mental wellbeing will reaffirm that Watkins is, in fact, a fantastic writer. 


6. Oh William! By Elizabeth Strout

Another great hit by Strout in her Amgash series. This one will take you through the joys and pains of raising children and watching them grow up into adults that start their own lives. But it’s never that simple, is it? These children, as they age, will find out secrets from the ones they love and learn how to see those people in a different yet exploratory light. 


7. All The Feels by Olivia Dade 

If you read Spoiler Alert and loved it, then have no fear, Dade has brought you another contemporary romance novel in the Spoiler Alert series that will have you wanting to stop everything you’re doing so you can read this. I am so excited for this one, mainly because I’m a huge Dade fan, and no matter what season it is, a charming romantic comedy never goes out of style. 


8. Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper 

A sapphic romance involving the paranormal, witches, and fantastical elements! Need I say more? Can we even ask for a better book for this season or what? Grab your favorite fall candy or savory autumn snack and get reading because this novel is ready to impress. 


9. The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

Are we ready for a Christmas romance? That was a rhetorical question, of course, we are! This feel-good holiday-themed romance follows identical twin sisters who swap lives just days before Christmas. If you loved Christian Lauren’s In a Holidaze or Josie Silver’s One Day in December then you’ll love this wintery romance. 

Young Adult 

10. Everything Within and In Between by Nikki Barthelmess 

Color Me In meets I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter in this emotional coming-of-age tale of a young Mexican-American girl named Ri. Ri lives with her grandmother, a woman determined to speak only English because they live in America, but Ri is desperate to connect with her mother and the heritage and culture she so eagerly wants to understand. Honest stories about families and their bonds that keep them together are one we, as readers, find timeless. 


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