Best New Novels to Curl Up With This Month


Looking for the best new novels out this month? Look no further! We have all the best new novels from your favorite authors.

Have you enjoyed our monthly lists of the latest book releases?

One bonus of making a list of the best new novels is that it keeps all the new books out on our radar. We’ve been filling up our holds list at the library. Consequently, we will have a steady stream of new book releases coming our way in the next few months.

Some people have asked, how do we pick our monthly list of new books to read? For starters, we scour the New York Times bestsellers, Amazon and the publisher websites. However, that can take us only so far.

After that, to find the best new novels, we use Instagram!

Recently, we’ve been working on our own Instagram account – a fun combo of bookstagram and family life. Spending so much time on the platform, we have come to discovery tons of book bloggers. Seeing all their recommended books to read has given us a good feel for which new fiction books are hot right now.

If you like, feel free to follow us! We are having a fun time playing around with our photography.

For now, if you are looking for the perfect new books to read this month, then just take a peek at these 9 new books out.

Sidenote: We did look at the new nonfiction books, but none caught our fancy this month. So you’ll just have to settle for this month’s best new novels.

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Best New Novels From Your Favorite Authors

book cover for Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Bridge of Clay
by Markus Zusak

So many of our favorite authors have new books out that we aren’t sure where to begin. But no list of the best new novels would be complete without Markus Zusak’s latest novel. The five Dunbar boys are a (mostly) united force against the world. When they discover the secret behind their dad’s disappearance, can Clay build a bridge to overcome the past? From the description, I’m not really sure what this books is about, but we can’t tell you how much we loved The Book Thief, so we hope his newest book can measure up. Read more →


book cover for The Reckoning by John Grisham

The Reckoning
by John Grisham

In Clanton, Mississippi, in 1946, Pete Banning, a war-decorated veteran and one of the town’s favorite sons, walks into church one Sunday and shoots to death his friend Revered Bell. As Banning’s trial begins and he refuses to say a word, his lawyer must delve into the past in an attempt to save his client. I absolutely love all of John Grisham’s early books, so I always take heart whenever I hear he has new books out. I’m curious to see if this latest book release lives up to the cutting suspense of Grisham’s early legal thrillers, or if it falls flat like some of his more recent books.


book cover for Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

by Barbara Kingsolver

Hoping that the local historical society will pay for much needed repairs, Willa Knox starts digging into the history of her house. What she finds is a kindred soul in Thatcher Greenwood, a science teacher who lived there years ago – an early proponent of Darwin’s theory of evolution. As both Willa and Thatcher navigate turbulent times, both begin to discover what it takes to survive shifting times. I loved her novel, The Poisonwood Bible, so I’m excited to see if this one will hold up to my expectations.

Related: The Best New Books You’ll Be Dying to Read This Fall

Recommended New Books to Read

book cover for A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light
by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult has never been one to shy away from controversial topics and her latest book release is no exception. A Spark of Light begins with a gunman entering a women’s reproductive health clinic and taking all inside hostage – including the 15-year-old daughter of the hostage negotiator. With an abundance of characters all with different views on abortion, Picoult wants to encourage discussion on this hotly debated issue. If you’ve loved her other books or are interesting to see her take on the subject, you won’t want to pass up her latest book release. Read more →


book cover for Transcription by Kate Atkinson

by Kate Atkinson

When coming up with our list of the best new novels out, we kept hearing about Transcription by Kate Atkinson. In 1940, 18-year-old Juliet Armstrong is recruited to spy on British Fascist sympathizers – recording the minutiae of their comings and goings. Years later, when working as a radio producer during the Cold War, Juliet’s past comes back to haunt her. For, as she comes to realize, no action comes without consequences. For those who love historical fiction, Transcription is a great choice for a new book to curl up with this winter.


book cover for The Witch Elm by Tana French

The Witch Elm
by Tana French

Happy-go-lucky Toby’s life changes in an instance when he startles two burglars and is then beaten and left for dead. Trying to recover from his extensive injuries, Toby moves back to his family’s estate to care for his dying Uncle Hugo. Yet, when a skull is found in a trunk of an elm tree in the garden – Toby is forced to reevaluate what he knows about the past. Tana French’s In the Woods was on of those books that I couldn’t put down, so The Witch Elm is sitting at the top of my list of most-anticipated new books to read this month. Read more →


book cover for The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
by Kiersten White

I have to admit, this book was not on my radar at all. I would never have considered adding it to my list of best new novels if I hadn’t seen it among the recommended books to read from my blogging friends. This interesting retelling of the famous Frankenstein tale focuses on Elizabeth Lavenza, a woman who is taken in by the Frankenstein family and eventually becomes inseparable from the infamous Victor. As Victor descends into darkness with an increasingly dangerous temper, Elizabeth must use all her cunning to survive. One of the best new books out if you are in the mood for a dark and intriguing premise. Read more →

Related: October’s 15 Most Anticipated New Books to Read

New Books Out From Your Favorite Series

book cover for Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Muse of Nightmares
by Laini Taylor

In the New York Times bestselling novel Strange the Dreamer, Lazlo Strange, orphan and librarian, can’t help but dream about the lost city of Weep and seizes the chance to find it. In the sequel, Muse of Nightmares continues the story by delving into the origins of Weep and the floating Citadel. Will Lazlo be forced to choose between saving everyone or saving his love? So far, I’ve seen positive reports of this sequel in the reviews of new fiction books. Fingers crossed it lives up to its predecessor.


book cover for Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

Kingdom of Ash
by Sarah J Maas

Last, but certainly not least, I give you Kingdom of Ash. Among the most anticipated latest book releases would have to be the seventh book in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. The last book in the series, Aelin Galathynius has gone from slave to assassin to queen and now must fight to the last. As the final battle approaches, the fates of your favorite characters are revealed. For all you Throne of Glass lovers, you are sure to agree that Kingdom of Ash in one of the best new novels to read this month. If, like us, you haven’t tested the series yet, there is no better time than now to pick up Throne of Glass, the first book in the series.  Read more →

Which of these best new novels will you be adding to your to-read list?

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  • Reply Melissa's fandom world November 5, 2018 at 10:02 am

    That’s an awesome list! I’ve created one myself last month but I missed a lot of books which you included in your list haha so I’m definitely going to check them out.

  • Reply jennifer gaarder November 5, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I do want to read the Jodi Picoult Novel. Thanks for the book recommendations.

  • Reply Gemma November 5, 2018 at 11:09 am

    A great list of books.

  • Reply Aparna November 5, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Intriguing reads. In hind sight, all books seem to belong to the thriller genre. Will check them out.

  • Reply DJ Sakata November 5, 2018 at 11:12 am

    All new to me – thanx for the info

  • Reply Mandi Schneck November 5, 2018 at 11:25 am

    I wanted to read The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein but I heard it had a lot of animal abuse in it, so I don’t think I’d be able to stomach it.

    • Reply CJ | A WELL-READ TART November 6, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      Mandi, you heard right, but if you know where to avoid, you should be fine. I read an ARC version, but I’m assuming that the pagination of the published book is very similar, if not the same. You should completely skip pages 78-80. Just skip all the italic text on those pages. In case the pagination is slightly different, when Elizabeth and Victor come across a deer in the woods, just skip over the italic text following it. Outside of that, there is some light animal ickiness in some of the rest of the book, but nothing so bad as pages 78-80.

      If you want to know more in general about the book, here’s a link to my review:

  • Reply Nikki @ Saturday Nite Reader November 5, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    A Spark of Light was a 5 star read for me and I have The Reckoning on my bookshelf waiting to be read!

  • Reply Christine November 5, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Kingdom of Ash is ALL the rage. It has literally taken over my Twitter. I have yet to read it–I’m drowning in overdue ARCs and that sucker is LONG. I will eventually get to it. I have to know what this hype is about.

    I received A Spark of Light as a NetGalley ARC and was not enamored. I do, however, appreciate the timely subject matter and unique perspective–starting from the main event and counting backwards. It’s more of a Picoult preference for me; I’ve read a few of her titles, but she is not my fav.

    Great list, ladies!

    IG is a time killer! I love-hate it. I”ll be sure to check out all of your great IG content.

  • Reply Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf November 5, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Just followed you on Instagram!

  • Reply Amanda McGill November 5, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    A great list of novels! I really enjoyed a Spark of Light!

  • Reply Heidi November 5, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    I love Barbara Kingslover’s novels. I already have her new one on my TBR 🙂

  • Reply Shelleen Toland November 5, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    I have a few of them that I want to read.

  • Reply Robin Taylor November 6, 2018 at 1:12 am

    Thank you for the great recommendations.

  • Reply VIDYA TIRU November 6, 2018 at 2:07 am

    the first three are on my list as well 🙂

  • Reply Lexi November 6, 2018 at 3:41 am

    An interesting mix of big name authors here

  • Reply CJ | A WELL-READ TART November 6, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Loved Kingsolver, and I just found out that her newest is en route to me from the library, along with THE WITCH ELM. So many books! So little time!!

  • Reply Karla Strand November 6, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Nice list! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Megan @ The Hungry Bookworm November 10, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    A wonderful list! I’m looking forward to many of these myself 🙂

  • Reply Laura | Chaos & Quiet November 11, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you for this! I read this with my Christmas wish list open so I could add to it – your recommendations are always fantastic!

    • Reply Rachael November 11, 2018 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks so much! I have a post coming out in two weeks that you will adore. If I remember, I’ll tag you on Twitter when it comes out.

  • Reply Sarah November 19, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Oh dear, I just went and added these books to my to-be-read list. Not that I mind, even if the list is intimidatingly huge, but it’s always nice to have plenty of options when I find time to sit down and read.

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