10 October 2017 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To

10 October 2017 Book Releases I'm Looking Forward To On Novels And Nonfiction

I’m back to publishing a list of the book releases I’m most excited about on a monthly basis, after putting together a list spanning all three months and focusing on just nonfiction this past Summer.

For October 2017, I’ve picked 5 nonfiction and 5 fiction books that sound like good reads to me, based on my personal preference in topics and genres, as well as advance reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. You may notice that a few big-name titles coming out this month are absent from my list – like Dan Brown’s new Robert Langdon novel Origin and John Green’s new release Turtles All The Way Down. I also omitted the new Ron Chernow biography Grant, because as some of you may know, I really didn’t like his Hamilton biography.

Hopefully you find something here that catches your eye! I’ve indicated when titles are still available for request on Net Galley for the bloggers and reviewers out there.


Nonfiction Release On Novels And Nonfiction

A Beautiful Work In Progress Book Release On Novels And NonfictionA Beautiful Work In Progress by Mirna Valerio

Publication Date: October 1st 2017
Publisher: Grand Harbor Press

Kindle    Paperback

Plot Teaser (from Goodreads)

When you meet her on the trail, you might be surprised to see Mirna Valerio doesn’t quite fit the typical image of a long-distance runner. She’s neither skinny nor white, and she’s here to show just how misguided these stereotypes can be. In this prejudice-busting, body-positive memoir told with raw honesty, an adventurous spirit, and a sharp sense of humor, Valerio takes readers along on her journey from first-time racer to ultramarathoner and proves that anyone can become a successful athlete.

Why I’m Interested

Maybe it’s the fact that I’m trying to lose a little weight myself, but I’m really living for these body-positive reads lately. Lindy West’s Shrill – which I just finished – felt oddly comforting and liberating, and I’m really drawn to how A Beautiful Work In Progress touches on similar themes while coming from a non-white author. Her story sounds really impressive and motivating – though running really isn’t for me, maybe it’ll get me on the elliptical a little more often.


We Were Eight Years In Power Book Release On Novels And NonfictionWe Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: One World

Kindle    Paperback     Hardcover

Plot Teaser (from Goodreads)

We Were Eight Years in Power features Coates’s iconic essays first published in The Atlantic, including “Fear of a Black President,” “The Case for Reparations,” and “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” along with eight fresh essays that revisit each year of the Obama administration through Coates’s own experiences, observations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era.

Why I’m Interested

This seems like such an important book to read, and it has been on my radar for a while now. Luckily, the LA public library accepted my (and probably hundreds of others’) recommendation to make it available for ebook download, and I’m already on hold for it, waiting for the October 3rd release date to hit. I also want to read Between The World And Me asap.


From Here To Eternity Book Release On Novels And NonfictionFrom Here To Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: W. W. Norton Company

Kindle    Paperback    Hardcover

Plot Teaser (from Goodreads)

Fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for their dead. With curiosity and morbid humor, Doughty encounters vividly decomposed bodies and participates in compelling, powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in America. Featuring Gorey-esque illustrations by artist Landis Blair, From Here to Eternity introduces death-care innovators researching green burial and body composting, explores new spaces for mourning— including a glowing- Buddha columbarium in Japan and America’s only open-air pyre— and reveals unexpected new possibilities for our own death rituals.

Why I’m Interested

I have a morbid interest in anything death-related – which I don’t think is that abnormal for a human being, since that’s where all our lives are moving towards. I found Stiff by Mary Roach and Working Stiff by Judy Melinek MD and T.J. Mitchell (my review here) absolutely fascinating. From Here To Eternity seems to have more of an international spin on death practices that sounds really interesting to me. What can I say, I’m weird.


Endurance: A Year In Space Book Release On Novels And NonfictionEndurance: A Year In Space, A Lifetime Of Discovery by Scott Kelly

Publication Date: October 17th 2017
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

Kindle    Paperback     Hardcover

(available on Net Galley)

Plot Teaser (from Goodreads)

The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly inimical to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the pressures of constant close cohabitation and the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

Why I’m Interested

I’ve read one other astronaut memoir and really loved it – Spaceman by Mike Massimino (my review here). I think that Scott Kelly’s story has the potential of being even more interesting since he spent such a long time in space compared to other astronauts (let alone us regular humans – I’m still at 0 days in space). Let the science-y fun begin.


Leonardo Da Vinci Book Release On Novels And NonfictionLeonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Publication Date: October 17th 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Kindle    Hardcover

Plot Teaser (from Goodreads)

He was history’s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

Why I’m Interested

I was gifted Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs a few weeks ago by a friend that was cleaning out her apartment (her decluttering is my gain). For an Italian, I probably know slightly more than the average person about Leonardo Da Vinci, but considering the magnitude of the man, there’s always more to learn. I may turn the two biographies – Jobs and Leonardo – into a book pairing or Author Spotlight of Isaacson. We shall see.


Fiction Releases On Novels And Nonfiction

 The Last Ballad Book Release On Novels And NonfictionThe Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: William Morrow

Kindle     Hardcover     Paperback

Plot Teaser (from Goodreads)

The author of the celebrated bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home returns with this eagerly awaited new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events, that chronicles an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill. Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley Cash brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now forgotten struggle of the labor movement in early Twentieth Century America—and pays tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent new novel confirms Wiley Cash’s place among our nation’s finest writers.

Why I’m Interested

While browsing through October 2017 fiction releases I came across several that seemed to be from very popular authors that I had never heard of before. The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash was one of these cases. I’m been promised lyrical, beautiful writing by reviewers on Goodreads, and with a 4.1 rating, Cash must be doing something right.


The Stolen Marriage Book Release On Novels And NonfictionThe Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain

Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Kindle     Hardcover     Paperback

(available on Net Galley)

Plot Teaser (from Goodreads)

In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night and shows no interest in making love. When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry’s wishes and begins to work at the hospital. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle her husband’s mysterious behavior and save her own life?

Why I’m Interested

I also discovered Diane Chamberlain in my search for October 2017 options for this post. The plot of The Stolen Marriage seems to mix the right amount of history and romance without (hopefully) straying too far into romance novel territory. It already has over 200 reviews on Goodreads and a 4.3 rating. If you’re familiar with Chamberlain and can vouch for the quality of her novels, please let me know.


Without Merit Book Release On Novels And NonfictionWithout Merit by Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: Atria Books

Kindle     Hardcover     Paperback

Plot Teaser (from Goodreads)

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit. Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Why I’m Interested

I was a bit on the fence with this one because the plot sounds pretty morose. What led me to decide to include it is that I’ve never read a book by Colleen Hoover, and apparently she’s kind of a big deal. Her prior release – It Ends With Us – was getting all kinds of buzz last year. Maybe I’ll hold out a bit until I read a few reviews from bloggers I know before deciding if to jump in.


The Rules Of Magic Book Release On Novels And NonfictionThe Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Publication Date: October 10th 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Kindle     Hardcover     Paperback

(available on Net Galley)

Plot Teaser (from Goodreads)

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.

Why I’m Interested

I’ve read two novels so far by Alice Hoffman – The Marriage Of Opposites and Faithful. I thought that the first was good but not great, and that the second was pretty bad. However, I am also a child of the 90s who loved Practical Magic just like every normal fan of romantic comedies, and so I’m drawn to this prequel. Maybe I’ll end up reading both since I’ve only seen the Practical Magic movie version.


Dunbar Book Release On Novels And NonfictionDunbar by Edward St. Aubyn

Publication Date: October 24th 2017
Publisher: Hogarth

Kindle     Hardcover     Paperback

(available on Net Galley)

Plot Teaser (from Goodreads)

Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global corporation, is not having a good day. In his dotage he handed over care of the family firm to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan. But relations quickly soured, leaving him doubting the wisdom of past decisions. Now imprisoned in a care home in the Lake District with only a demented alcoholic comedian as company, Dunbar starts planning his escape. Edward St Aubyn’s take on King Lear, Shakespeare’s most devastating family story, is an excoriating novel for and of our times – an examination of power, money and the value of forgiveness.

Why I’m Interested

I think the concept behind the Hogarth Shakespeare series is absolutely brilliant, and I loved the one book I’ve read from the series so far – Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (my review here). Unlike The Tempest, on which Hag-Seed is based, King Lear is not one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, but maybe what I’ve been waiting for is to see it recreated in prose by Edward St. Aubyn in Dunbar.


Which of these October 2017 Releases are you most interested to read? Let me know in the comments!

You can also take a look at my Summer 2017 Wrap-Up for a list of books I reviewed this past season.

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  10 comments for “10 October 2017 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To

  1. October 2, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    I’m excited about A Beautiful Work in Progress. Thanks for the suggestions!

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  2. October 2, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I’ve just read The Stolen Marriage and really enjoyed it so hope you do to. The Hoffman is on my list, in part because of the gorgeous cover but also some great reviews.

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  3. Susie | Novel Visits
    October 4, 2017 at 3:54 am

    I definitely want to try the new Wiley Cash book, but am a little on the fence about The Rules of Magic. Like you, I’ve had good and bad reactions to Alice Hoffman. I think I’ll wait for a few more reviews.

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  4. October 4, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I wish I had more time to read! Rules of Magic, the da Vinci biography, Ta Nehisi-Coates’s new book, and From Here to Eternity are all on my TBR list but there are so many other books already on my review stack I don’t know if I’ll have time to read them this year. And unfortunately, The Power, which was my other much-anticipated October read, is turning out to be a big disappointment. ☹️

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    • October 5, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Yeah I read mostly negative things about The Power when I was considering it as my October BOTM pick. Not surprised you’re not liking it :/ There’s never enough time to read – I did get Rules of Magic from Net Galley so I’ll probably get to that one so I can better my percentage over there, and I’m waiting for access to Ta Nehisi-Coates’ book from the library… other than that it’ll be hard 🙂

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  5. October 8, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Of course I want to read THE RULES OF MAGIC!!! I love PRACTICAL MAGIC!!! I CAN’T WAIT!!!

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  6. October 8, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Definitely adding From Here to Eternity to my TBR! That sounds super interesting. The Rules of Magic sounds like another one that could be really good!

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