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11 October Book Releases On My TBR
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I‘m back from a summer break with a brand new batch of book releases! And oh my god YA got to me. I’ve read two series of a genre combo I thought I’d never ever like: YA fantasy. Queue the gasps and applauses, because it is f*cking amazing. But more on my past reads in September’s Suddenly post; for now let’s focus on the best October has to offer!

Like I said, there’s YA but oh, not one, not two, but three of them. Who am I? We also have the obligatory thrillers and serious non-fiction (including one what could be the guide to the scariest road trip of your life), and something rather new to me, contemporary poetry. Most exciting, however, is the new book in the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid! If you like contemporary romance with clever women and a healthy dose of comedy, you need to check out this author.

all synopsis are adapted from goodreads
Another Day in the Death of America
written by Gary Younge
Genre: Non-Fiction
Published on: October 4th
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On an average day in America, seven children and teens will be shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during one such day. It could have been any day, but he chose November 23, 2013. Black, white, and Latino, aged nine to nineteen, they fell at sleepovers, on street corners, in stairwells, and on their own doorsteps.
Fear the Drowning Deep
written by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance, Historical Fiction
Published on: October 4th
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Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.
written by Catherine McKenzie
Genre: Adult Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Published on: October 4th
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Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who’s been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel. Since Julie doesn’t know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dunbar, their instant connection brings measured hope for a new beginning. But she never imagines that a simple, benign conversation with him could set her life spinning so far off course.
The Universe of Us
written by Lang Leav
Genre: Poetry, Romance
Published on: October 4th
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Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav. Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found. Lang’s poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.
Last Seen Leaving
written by Caleb Roehrig
Genre: YA, Mystery, GLBT
Published on: October 4th
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Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

written by Colin Dickey
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Ghosts
Published on: October 4th
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An intellectual feast for fans of offbeat history, Ghostland takes readers on a road trip through some of the country’s most infamously haunted places–and deep into the dark side of our history.
I’ll Tell You In Person
written by Chloe Caldwell
Genre: Essays, Memoir
Published on: October 4th
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Flailing in jobs, failing at love, getting addicted and un-addicted to people, food, and drugs—I’ll Tell You in Person is a disarmingly frank account of attempts at adulthood and all the less than perfect ways we get there. Caldwell has an unsparing knack for looking within and reporting back what’s really there, rather than what she’d like you to see.
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil
written by Melina Marchetta
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Adult Fiction
Published on: October 11th
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Bashir “Bish” Ortley is a London desk cop. Almost over it. Still not dealing with the death of his son years ago, as well as the break-up of his marriage.

Across the channel, a summer bus tour, carrying a group of English teenagers is subject to a deadly bomb attack, killing four of the passengers and injuring a handful of others. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.

written by Brie Spangler
Genre: YA, Fairy Tale Retellings, GLBT
Published on: October 11th
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Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart and the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

See Also

written by Margaret Atwood
Genre: Retellings, Fantasy
Published on: October 11th
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Hag-Seed is a re-visiting of Shakespeare’s play of magic and illusion, The Tempest.
In Margaret Atwood’s ‘novel take’ on Shakespeare’s original, theatre director Felix has been unceremoniously ousted from his role as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Festival. When he lands a job teaching theatre in a prison, the possibility of revenge presents itself – and his cast find themselves taking part in an interactive and illusion-ridden version of The Tempest that will change their lives forever.
Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3)
written by Penny Reid
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult Fiction
Published on: October 11th
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Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate. And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So… what’s a maniacal mastermind to do? Likely, the last thing you expect.

What October releases are you looking forward to read?


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  • All of these sound great, damn, and I can’t seem to finish one book because there are so many new shows I want to check out and they all seem to premier in October. Those YA choices look promising, welcome to the YA world, I love it here. 😀

    • Ain’t it grand!? I mean, it’s just so easy to digest, and yet it tackles serious problems and different topics. I’m reading one now, that has an overweight girl and a mixed raced guy in the lead, not the best thing I’ve read, but I applaud it for its diversity!

    • Yes! I found them to be as exciting as other contemporary reads that I love, which tbh are a much more effective means of escapism than classics – and sometimes that’s exactly what we need.

      I just loooove to devour books, when you can’t put them down and finish them in like two days? YA is perfect for that.

  • Oooh Ghostland sounds right up my street! I think I’ll add that one to my wishlist.

    I’m currently reading The Ballroom by Anna Hope. It’s historical fiction that takes place in the early 20th century in a British insane asylum. I love books like that!

    • I knew you’d like that one, we have the same love for the macabre! In a totally not creepy way.

      The Ballroom was on my list for September (it was re-released), it sounds SO interesting. Ordering it ASAP. 😉

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