10 October 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

October 2018 Book Releases I'm Excited About On Novels And Nonfiction

There was quite the bounty of new novels released in October 2018, so I ended up going with 6 fiction and 4 nonfiction titles I’m likely going to pick up for this month’s post. There were some big releases that are not included in this list like the new Stephen King title – I had to make some hard decisions guys. The novels are all either historical fiction or contemporary fiction (or both! I’m looking at you Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver), while the nonfiction titles are more varied.

I’m pretty curious to see if any of the novels end up being Book Of The Month selections for October, and I have my fingers crossed that it ends up being some of the titles I really want to read but that I haven’t been able to access via Net Galley. If I was a betting person I would put my stakes on Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller (since they’ve featured a novel by her before) and Family Trust by Kathy Wang (because it’s their kind of contemporary novel). I guess we’ll have to wait till October 1st and see!

Fiction Releases On Novels And NonfictionA Spark Of Light Book Release On Novels And Nonfiction

A Spark Of Light by Jodi Picoult

Publication Date: October 2nd 2018
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Length In Hardcover: 352
Goodreads Rating: 4.04

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Plot TeaserThe warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

Why I'm InterestedThere have been a few popular contemporary fiction titles in recent years that have included mass shootings as part of the premise – understandably considering the unfortunate relevance of these kinds of events. I’ve actually never read a novel by Jodi Picoult, though I’ve had her previous release Small Great Things on my TBR list for a while. She’s definitely a well-liked author, and I may just have to start checking out her work with A Spark Of Light.

LineBitter Orange Book Release On Novels And NonfictionBitter Orange by Claire Fuller

Publication Date: October 9th 2018
Publisher: Tin House Books
Length In Hardcover: 320 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.98

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Plot TeaserFrom the attic of Lyntons, a dilapidated English country mansion, Frances Jellico sees them—Cara first: dark and beautiful, then Peter: striking and serious. The couple is spending the summer of 1969 in the rooms below hers and Frances finds a peephole that gives her access to their lives. To Frances’ surprise, Cara and Peter are keen to get to know her. But as the hot summer rolls lazily on, it becomes clear that not everything is right between Cara and Peter. As Frances becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of the glamorous couple, the boundaries between truth and lies begin to blur.

Why I'm InterestedI loved Claire Fuller’s previous novel Swimming Lessons (my review here), so I was immediately interested in her newest release. The cover is quite enticing, with the bright contrasting colors, and the mystery in the novel’s plot teaser captivated me as well. I felt that in Swimming Lessons, Fuller’s writing really shone when conveying complex relationships between her characters, and I’m sure her portrayal of the odd triangle in this novel will be equally successful.

LineA Cloud In The Shape Of A Girl Book Release On Novels And NonfictionA Cloud In The Shape Of A Girl by Jean Thompson

Publication Date: October 9th 2018
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Length In Hardcover: 336 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.70

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Plot Teasermoving family saga about three generations of women who struggle to find freedom and happiness in their small Midwestern college town. Three generations of the Wise family—Evelyn, Laura, and Grace—hunt for contentment amid chaos of their own making. In A Cloud In The Shape Of A Girl we see these women and their trials, small and large: social slights and heartbreaks, marital disappointments and infidelities. Spanning from World War II to the present, Thompson reveals a matrilineal love story that is so perfectly grounded in our time.

Why I'm InterestedI have a taste for family epics and I’m intrigued by the female focus of this novel, with three different female protagonists at its center. The reviews on Goodreads are a bit up and down but I’ve been given access to this title on Net Galley, so I’ll be posting my own thoughts on it around mid-October. Hopefully I’m in the 4 star camp rather than the 2 star camp!

LineA Well-Behaved Woman Book Release On Novels And NonfictionA Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler

Publication Date: October 16th 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Length In Hardcover: 400 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.03

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Plot TeaserThe riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York. In 1883, the New York Times prints a lengthy rave of Alva Vanderbilt’s Fifth Ave. costume ball–a coup for the former Alva Smith, who not long before was destitute. From outside, Alva seems to have it all and want more.  Alva will build mansions, push boundaries, test friendships, and marry her daughter to England’s most eligible duke or die trying. She means to do right by all, but good behavior will only get a woman so far. What is the price of going further? There’s only one way to know for certain…

Why I'm InterestedThis historical fiction title just sounds like a good time. Glamorous time period. Check. Strong and canny female main character. Check. Family drama and scandals galore. Check. What’s not to like? This is another one for which I have an ARC through Net Galley and I’m really looking forward to reading it. The author is established in the historical fiction realm and with an over 4 star rating on Goodreads, I hope A Well-Behaved Woman lives up to expectations.

LineUnsheltered Book Release On Novels And NonfictionUnsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Publication Date: October 16th 2018
Publisher: Harper
Length In Hardcover: 480 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.98

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Plot TeaserA timely novel that interweaves past and present, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries. Willa Knox has arrived at middle age with a stack of unpaid bills and an inherited brick home in Vineland, New Jersey, that is literally falling apart. Willa begins to investigate the history of her home, hoping that the local historical preservation society might provide funds for its direly needed repairs. Through her research, she discovers a prior occupant from the 1880s, science teacher Thatcher Greenwood who finds himself under siege in his community because his employer forbids him to speak of Charles Darwin’s exciting new theory.

Why I'm InterestedI became a Barbara Kingsolver fan after reading modern classic The Poisonwood Bible earlier this year and absolutely loving it (my review here). The way in which she alternated each chapter between five different female narrative voices and was able to make such a complex structure work seamlessly was really fascinating. Unsheltered has a very different topic but a similar alternating narrator, which is promising, but I’m kind of sceptical when it comes to whether it’ll live up to The Poisonwood Bible.

LineFamily Trust Book Release On Novels And NonfictionFamily Trust by Kathy Wang

Publication Date: October 30th 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
Length In Hardcover: 400 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.68

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Plot TeaserMeet Stanley Huang: father, husband, ex-husband, man of unpredictable tastes and temper, aficionado of all-inclusive vacations and bargain luxury goods, newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For years, Stanley has claimed that he’s worth a small fortune. But the time is now coming when the details of his estate will finally be revealed, and Stanley’s family is nervous. As Stanley’s death approaches, the Huangs are faced with unexpected challenges that upend them and eventually lead them to discover what they most value.

Why I'm InterestedThis novel kind of sounds like a version of The Wangs Vs. The World (which I quite liked) but with silicon valley in the mix, and I’m there for it. Based on the premise, there’s a guarantee of significant drama and interpersonal sh*t hitting the fan. Unfortunately, this one isn’t available on Net Galley but I’ve recommended it to the LA library, so I hope to be first on the list for it once it’s released at the end of October.

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All You Can Ever Know Book Release On Novels And Nonfiction

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

Publication Date: October 2nd 2018
Publisher: Catapult
Length In Hardcover: 240 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.44

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Plot TeaserNicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From early childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hopes of giving her a better life, But as she grew up, facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth. With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up.

Why I'm InterestedAside from the stellar reviews for this title, its sounds like it’s just the kind of memoir I’m typically most interested in – a highly personal story about a topic that is somewhat new to me (the experience of people who have been adopted into families of a different ethnicity). This is another one I’ve requested through my local library, so hopefully they’ll buy it right at its release date.

LineThe Library Book Release On Novels And NonfictionThe Library Book by Susan Orlean

Publication Date: October 16th 2018
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Length In Hardcover: 336 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.38

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Plot Teaser
Weaving her life-long love of books and reading with the fascinating history of libraries and the sometimes-eccentric characters who run them, award-winning journalist and New York Timesbestselling author Susan Orlean presents a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling story as only she can. She investigates the legendary Los Angeles Public Library fire to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives. She also delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from a metropolitan charitable initiative to a cornerstone of national identity.

Why I'm InterestedI don’t know if I have to explain to other book lovers and book bloggers reading this post why I’m interested in this book. I get heart-eyed whenever i’m in a library or bookstore and the idea of reading about the history of libraries is basically my version of serendipity. I actually didn’t know that LAPL had suffered a significant fire, so there’s that additional local component to this title for me that I want to find out more about. This one is currently a Read Now on Net Galley so available for any member of the site to access.

LineI'll Be There For You Book Release On Novels And NonfictionI’ll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller

Publication Date: October 23rd 2018
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Length In Hardcover: 304 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.07

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Plot TeaserWhen Friends debuted in 1994, no one expected it to become a mainstay of NBC’s “Must See TV” lineup, let alone a global phenomenon. I’ll Be There for You is the definitive retrospective of Friends, exploring all aspects of the show from its unlikely origins to the elusive reasons why we still watch it. Journalist and pop culture expert Kelsey Miller relives the show’s most iconic moments, analyzes the ways in which Friends is occasionally problematic and examines the many trends it inspired, from the rise of coffee-shop culture to “Friendsgivings” to the ultimate 90s haircut, The Rachel.

Why I'm InterestedIf you’re a major Friends fan, raise your hand. *Raises hand and waves it around enthusiastically*. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been trying to decide what to watch on Netflix and have ended up picking Friends as my evergreen, any-mood, safety option. I’ve probably seen the entire show all the way through a dozen times at this point (not exaggerating). As someone who works in entertainment, I’m also more generally interested in reading about the influence the show has had on the TV industry.

LineThe White Darkness Book Release On Novels And NonfictionThe White Darkness by David Grann

Publication Date: October 30th 2018
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Length In Hardcover: 160 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.06

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Plot TeaserHenry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer, who sought to cross Antarctica on foot. In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton’s crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape. David Grann tells Worsley’s remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called “simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today.” Illustrated with more than fifty stunning photographs from Worsley’s and Shackleton’s journeys.

Why I'm InterestedI discovered David Grann’s previous release Killers Of The Flower Moon through Book Of The Month and really loved it. In particular, I liked the way in which Grann incorporated historical pictures into the story, and I think he does more of the same in The White Darkness. It may be worth it to pick this one up in hardcover to get the full effect of the photos. I’m also always up for tales of perilous voyages, so sign me up!

LineWhich of these October 2018 Book Releases are you most interested to read? Let me know in the comments!

You can also take a look at my lists of book releases from September 2018May 2018April 2018March 2018,  February 2018December 2017/January 2018, and November 2017.

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  33 comments for “10 October 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

  1. September 22, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    I absolutely loved The Library Book, it’s one of my favorites of the year so far. My interest is piqued by the White Darkness, I liked Killers of the Flower Moon and like you I’m interested in perilous voyage stories, but also agree that one seems a better option to pick up in a physical copy instead of an ebook.

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  2. September 22, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I think the FRIENDS one and the Jodi Picoult book sound the most interesting for me personally. I love Friends

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    • September 22, 2018 at 5:36 pm

      I hope one day the TV industry will be able to replicate Friends in a new way that’s current for the times but that really retains the show’s essence. A few shows come close but there’s always something that still differentiates Friends.

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  3. September 22, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    I’m really excited about Bitter Orange as well. Great post! 😊

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  4. September 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    I really enjoyed A Well-Behaved Woman. Excellent historical fiction.

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  5. September 22, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Jodi Picoult and Barbara Kingsolver are always appealing and I recently discovered David Grann with Flowers so might give his new one a try as well.

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    • September 22, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      Did you really love Small Great Things? I’m trying to decide if I should start with that one or the new one for Picoult.

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  6. September 22, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Bitter Orange definitely, heard so many good things about it.

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  7. September 22, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Is Leif Enger’s new release on your October radar? It’s not plot driven like Peace Like A River but I absolutely enjoyed character driven Virgil Wander!

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    • September 23, 2018 at 3:56 am

      Someone else mentioned it as well on my Instagram. To be honest I’d never heard of him or read one of his books but since Virgil Wander is accessible to anyone on Net Galley (Read Now), I went ahead and downloaded it, so I should be reviewing it in October.

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      • September 23, 2018 at 3:57 am

        I think it was me who mentioned it to you on instagram 🤣 hope you enjoy it! I’ll look forward to your review!

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      • September 23, 2018 at 5:40 am

        Oh yeah that’s right! Hard to keep people straight between all the different platforms 🙂 thanks again!

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    • October 2, 2018 at 2:31 am

      I just finished Virgil Wander and thought it was lovely. His writing was just what I needed right now!

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      • October 2, 2018 at 2:34 am

        He’s a gifted writer and Virgil is a memorable character! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks for commenting.

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      • October 3, 2018 at 12:22 am

        Wow, even more good reviews of it! I can’t wait to get to it now. I’m currently 2 books away from it in my reading list!

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  8. Susie | Novel Visits
    September 24, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Four of your fiction choices and two of your nonfiction are also on my October TBR list. I’m nervous about Bitter Orange because I’ve already heard a few not so great comments/ I’m about a quarter of the way into All You Can Ever Know right now and I feel like I’m learning a lot that I can apply to adopted kids I teach. It’s always good to be made more aware. Enjoy your October reads!

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    • September 25, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      Sarah also just posted she didn’t like Bitter Orange… I don’t ‘have to’ read it because they decided to decline me on Net Galley – guess jokes on them 😉 lol I have a lot of other ARCs to read for October so based on the negative feedback, I may just skip it.

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  9. Sarah's Book Shelves
    September 24, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    You’ve got some good ones here! I just finished A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl and was really pleasantly surprised! However, Bitter Orange was disappointing after loving her first 2 books.
    And I wasn’t aware of the Friends book – YES!!!! I’ll definitely listen to that on audio!

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    • September 25, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      LAPL weirdly only had that available to recommend on audio (not in ebook format), which I’ve never seen happen before. But, I just got access to it on Net Galley yesterday (yes!) so I think I’m going ebook.

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  10. September 25, 2018 at 12:12 am

    This is an excellent list! I’m especially excited for Bitter Orange, Unsheltered, and All You Can Ever Know. Happy October reading!

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  11. October 1, 2018 at 1:32 am

    I am also excited about Jodi Picoult’s new book! Love her books!

    The October releases I am most excited about are Muse of Nightmares, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, & West… Big month for YA sequels 🙂

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    • October 3, 2018 at 12:23 am

      Interesting! I tend to not read much YA (though I dabble in it occasionally), which is why it isn’t featured much in these lists 🙂

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  12. October 2, 2018 at 2:30 am

    We’re looking forward to a lot of the same fiction this month! I’m excited for A Well-Behaved Woman and Unsheltered. I already finished A Spark of Light and it is what I expect from Picoult- sharp, intense look at a hot button topic- especially given what’s going on with the Supreme Court.

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    • October 3, 2018 at 12:23 am

      I’m interested to hear what you think about Unsheltered. I’m still waiting for LAPL to pick it up because I wasn’t approved through Net Galley :/

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  13. OllieCoolguy
    October 2, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Some great looking books in October! I just read a great and moving non fiction book in September called “We Can Do It: A Community Takes on the Challenge of School Desegregation” by Michael Gengler and it details how Alachua County in Florida in the late 60’s moved to desegregate schools and how everyone came together to accomplish that goal. It is amazing how looking back to the history of where people have come can give new perspective today, even when we have come so far. You can find out more about it here: http://www.wecandoitbook.com or on the author’s site: http://www.michaelgengler.com. Check it out if you can!

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