The 15 Most-Anticipated New Books to Read This Month


Does your heart get all aflutter when it sees new books to read? Find out what books are this month’s most-anticipated new book releases.

Wait, is it October already! Where has September gone? With October, the weather is cooling off. If you are like us, you must love fall. For us, we are so excited for all the fall colors, hayrides and pumpkin carvings to come. Plus, the cooler weather makes it the perfect time to curl up with a book at night.

This month, we combed through the many new book releases to find the most-anticipated new books to read. All of these books just came out in the last few weeks, so you can pick them up right away.

Several of our favorite authors just had books come out – J. K. Rowling, Khaled Hosseini and Kate Morton to name a few. Additionally, we’ve selected a number of recommended new books to read for you from some of our favorite bloggers. We’ve even included links to a full review of the book if you want more detail.

Go ahead. Hit up the bookstore (or feel free to use our Amazon affiliate links if you prefer to shop in your pajamas) and pick up one of these highly anticipated new books to read.

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Most-Anticipated Fiction Books to Read

book cover for Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

Lethal White
by Robert Galbraith

J. K. Rowling is back with her fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series (written under the pen name Robert Galbraith). With Robin Ellacott, now his partner instead of his secretary, Strike must investigate the case of a troubled young man who remembers witnessing a murder in his youth. However, Strike’s new-found fame complicates the matter, as does his relationship with Robin. Of all the new books to read this month, we have to admit, we are most excited for this one. Read more →

book cover for The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton

The Clockmaker’s Daughter
by Kate Morton

Recommended by:  Patricia at It’s All About the Book

Synopsis: In 1862, a group of young artists summer together at Birchwood Manor to enjoy a season of join creative endeavors. Instead, they are left with the murder of a young woman and the disappearance of another along with an irreplaceable heirloom. In modern times, archivist Elodie Winslow discovers a haunting photograph of a young woman. Her search for the truth of the long ago past leads her into a forgotten history and a thrilling journey through time.

Why you’ll love it: “If you adore thick books full of characters and stories that alternately tear your heart out then soothe your soul, get your hands on a copy of The Clockmaker’s Daughter, the newest from storyteller extraordinaire Kate Morton. You’ll be hooked from the first couple of pages, and will end up spending hours slipping back and forth in time as you follow the threads of several stories which all sync up at the end in typical Morton fashion.” Read the full review.


book cover for Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Nine Perfect Strangers
by Liane Moriarty

Recommended by:  Simon at Written by Sime

Synopsis: Marketed as the perfect spot to turn over a new leaf, Tranquilium House is a luxurious and remote health resort. Ready for a change, nine strangers gather together for their life-changing stay. Could these ten days of pampering, relaxation and mindfulness have all the answers they are seeking? Or is much more going on? Would it be better to leave this resort and never look back? Or is it already too late? Liane Moriarty writes some of the best fiction books to read, and she has likely penned another book club favorite. Read the full review.


book cover for Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

Two Dark Reigns
by Kenare Blake

Recommended by:  Christy at The Reader Bee

Synopsis: The highly anticipated third novel in the Three Dark Crowns series is here at last. Return to Fennbirn, a world where every generation results in the birth of triplets. Three queens, each with her own magical ability, must battle each other in order to ascend to the throne. Though the crown has now been won, the exiled sisters are still determined to not go quietly into the night. If you love Young Adult fantasy, this series is one of the top books to read right now. Read the full review.

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

Blogger Recommended Books to Read

book cover for Wildcard by Marie Lu

by Marie Lu

Recommended by:  Brittney at Her Bookish Things

Synopsis: You’ll find Marie Lu’s first book in the series, Warcross, often on lists of recommended books for young adult science fiction. In this sequel, Emika Chen is back and as good as ever. She managed to survive the Warcross Championships but not before discovering a sinister secret. Now, in order to prevent certain disaster, she must join forces with some untrustworthy allies who are as likely to betray her as help her. If you loved the first book, Wildcard definitely belongs in your top books to read this month. Read the full review.


book cover for Sadie by Courtney Summers

by Courtney Summers

Recommended by: The Young Folks

Synopsis: Radio personality West McCray stumbles on the story of Mattie, a young girl horribly murdered. He can’t seem to get the tale out of his head and becomes obsessed with finding Mattie’s older sister, Sadie. Yet, Sadie has disappeared, determined to find Mattie’s killer. With no desire to be found, Sadie only wants one thing – revenge. Of all the new books to read, the dark themes of Sadie make it the hardest one on the list. Read the full review.


book cover for The House Across the Street by Lesley Pearce

The House Across the Street
by Lesley Pearse

Recommended by:  Juliet at Bookliterati Book Reviews

Synopsis: Katy Speed is captivated by the house across the street. She can’t help but admire its owner Gloria, the fashionable owner of a local dress shop. When Gloria’s house burns down, killing Gloria and her daughter, Katy has a clear suspect in mind. She assumes it must be connected to the mysterious woman who often visits when Gloria isn’t home – sometimes alone and sometimes with children. However, when suspicion lands close to home instead, Katy must do all she can to discover the truth in this must read new book.

Why you’ll love it: “The House Across The Street is a pleasant surprise as Lesley Pearse is not usually associated with thrillers. But this is more than a thriller, it is part historical fiction, part romance and part domestic drama, all combine to make a compelling and interesting read.” Read the full review.


book cover for City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

City of Ghosts
by Victoria Schwab

Recommended by: Kate at Reading Through Infinity

Synopsis: After nearly drowning (or possibly actually drowning), Cass has been able to see beyond into the realm of spirits. An extraordinary ability to be sure, but one she is learning to live with. However, when her parents take her on a tour of Scotland’s most haunted locations, Cass quickly learns how much she doesn’t know and how dangerous that is. Although this book came out in August, we missed it on last month’s list of best new books, so we thought we’d throw it in with this month’s new books to read. We hope you don’t mind.

Why you’ll love it: “City of Ghosts is tantalizingly dark, otherworldly, and uplifting in equal measures. It balances themes of friendship and loyalty with corruption and injustice, and Schwab writes about Edinburgh so vividly that we can virtually see the streets materializing around us. Cass and Jacob are excellent main characters, and their adventures and disasters only serve to make us like them more. This is Schwab’s first foray into paranormal Middle Grade, and she hits the tone spot on. ” Read the full review.


book cover for Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

by Scott Westerfeld

Recommended by: Ian at Queensland Reviewers Collective

Synopsis: Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series was one of the top new books to read for teens a few years back. In Impostors, Westerfeld returns to the same world generations later. Enter Frey and Rafi – perfect doubles of each other. Rafi has been raised in the luxurious world of the upper class. On the other hand, Frey has been hidden in the shadows – her only purpose to protect her sister. Now Frey is forced into the light to act in Rafi’s place. Can she pull it off or will she be discovered as a fake?

Why you’ll love it: “Not only Young Adult readers will love the carefully constructed action scenes that populate this book. Nor will readers of the book feel disappointed in the technologies that give the book its appeal. There is more than enough excitement to thrill the most pedestrian of hearts. Yet all the action, all the technology on display have been carefully crafted to remain invisible. Think of a film with an extremely competent director. All the scenes fall seamlessly into place. We see the effect but not the sweat that made them possible. Add two lovable young heroes, and you have a winner.” Read the full review.

Related: Don’t Buy the Hype: Read This Not That

Hottest New Books to Read – Nonfiction

book cover for I'd Rather be Reading by Anne Bogel

I’d Rather be Reading
by Anne Bogel

Recommended by: The Pingel Sisters and Anne Bogel

We love love love Anne Bogel’s blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy. We are not afraid to admit that she has inspired us to go in a more bookish direction with our blog. In I’d Rather be Reading, Bogel contemplates the delights and dilemmas of the reading life. You’ll be reminded of the first time you fell in love with a book and of all the joy reading has brought into your life since. As fellow book bloggers, our list of the best new books to read would not be complete without this gem. We could sing Anne’s praises all day, but why don’t we let her tell you herself why you’ll love the book.

Why you’ll love it: “For so many of us, reading isn’t just a hobby or a way to pass the time—it’s a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can’t imagine life without them. While you read this collection of charming and relatable reflections, I hope you’ll remember the book that first hooked you, the place where you first fell in love with reading, and all the books and moments afterward that helped make you the reader you are today.

I’d Rather Be Reading is the perfect gift for any bibliophile and will command an honored place on the (overstuffed) bookshelves of any book lover.”  Read more.


book cover for Accessory to War by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang

Accessory to War
by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang

What happens when two groups find themselves striving for the scientific discoveries, but for vastly different reasons? At the top of the nonfiction new books to read is Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and researcher Avis Lang explore this centuries old alliance. “The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds,” they explain. A fascinating look at the intersection of science and technology in the modern world.


book cover for In Pieces by Sally Field

In Pieces
by Sally Field

Sally Field, the renowned actress whose body of work spans over five decades, has a new memoir out this month. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, follow along as she details the highs and lows of her illustrious career. More than anything, Field details the complicated relationship to her mother, her abuse as a child and how that abuse affected her relationships as an adult.


book cover for Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

Whiskey in a Teacup
by Reese Witherspoon

Are you ready for a little Southern charm in your life? Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon has a part-cookbook, part-guide to Southern living out this month. Learn how to bake biscuits the right way, throw the perfect party or curl your hair in a ridiculously complicated manner. We aren’t sure if this book will be one of the best new books to read or the worst, but, knowing, Witherspoon, we doubt it will fall into mediocrity.

Related: 30 Books Every Millennial Needs to Read

Must Read Books for Kids

Corduroy Takes a Bow
by Viola Davis

This month, we decided to add two children’s books to our must read books list. Inspired by her own life, actress Viola Davis pens a new Corduroy story of Lisa and Corduroy’s first visit to the theater. A simple tale that will hopefully go on to charm generations of children just like the original Corduroy did for children like Davis.


book cover for Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

Sea Prayer
by Khaled Hoessini

Khaled Hosseini is one of the best writers of our generation, and he has come forth with a powerful short illustrated book. Written as a letter from a Syrian refugee to his son on the eve of a dangerous sea-crossing, Sea Prayer is a poignant reminder of the current refugee crisis. Hosseini has committed to donate his proceeds from the book to the UN Refugee Agency and his own foundation, The Khaled Hoessini Foundation, in order to help refugees around the world. That’s reason enough to include this story among this month’s best new books to read.

What are your most anticipated new books to read this month?
If you’ve read any of these, let us know what you thought in the comments!

The 15-Most Anticipated New Books to Read This Month

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  • Reply jennifer gaarder October 1, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Great List! I might have to check some out.

  • Reply Mandi Schneck October 1, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Ahh I read Sadie and it was amazing! A few of these others, like City of Ghosts and Whiskey in a Teacup are on my TBR!

  • Reply Tasha October 1, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Great list. My daughter reviewed Sadie and thought is was amazing.

  • Reply DJ Sakata October 1, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I want them all!

    • Reply Rachael October 1, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      I’m the same way!

  • Reply Karina Charlene Miranda October 1, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Such a great post! I added The Clockmaker’s Daughter on my tbr. Lot’s of these are already on my tbr too. Can’t wait to read them!

  • Reply Nikki @ Saturday Nite Reader October 1, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Nine Perfect Strangers in top on my list!

  • Reply Amanda McGill October 1, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    I am so excited for Nine Perfect Strangers!! Can’t wait!!

  • Reply Kristine Hall October 1, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    OH, all the glorious new YA books from some of my favorite authors! This is a fabulous list. Thanks for the post!

  • Reply Laura | Chaos & Quiet October 1, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Adding Nine Perfect Strangers to my list! And Corduroy – that was one of my favourites as a kid!

  • Reply Azzurra Nox October 2, 2018 at 12:58 am

    I bought Sadie recently and can’t wait to read it! I didn’t know about the Sally Field memoir, gonna have to check it out! She’s always been one of my faves!

  • Reply melissa October 2, 2018 at 2:41 am

    oh thank you for this list! I just pinned about 5 of them! (i would have pinned whiskey in a teacup but i already have that on my nightstand! ?). i hope one of them is a page-turner. its been too long since i havent been able to put a book down. ??

  • Reply Entertainingly Nerdy October 2, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Great list. I actually have Wildcard and Imposters saved on my Amazon cart. I haven’t heard of City of Ghosts but I’ll have to check that one out! Thanks for the recommendations :).

  • Reply Whispering Stories October 2, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Great choices. I do like the look of City of Ghosts. Going to check it out.

  • Reply Sarah's Book Shelves October 3, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I’ve seen Sadie a couple times over the last couple days and it looks awesome! I added it to my TBR list.

  • Reply Holly Bird October 5, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Wow lots of great reading! Thank you!

  • Reply CJ | A Well-Read Tart October 25, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Oooh, The House Across the Street sounds really good!! I hadn’t heard of that one coming out. Adding it to my TBR list! 🙂

    • Reply Rachael October 25, 2018 at 7:18 pm

      If you do read it, let me know if it’s any good!

  • Reply ema October 11, 2019 at 1:38 am

    I actually have Wildcard and Imposters saved on my Amazon cart. I haven’t heard of City of Ghosts but I’ll have to check that one out! Thanks for the recommendations :).

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