Most Anticipated October Reads

October is my favourite month, and though that doesn’t only have to do with the amazing books that will be on sale, that’s a HUGE part of it! Check out the incredible list below of books to get excited for that will be hitting the shelves next month!

*Side note: it may feel early, but there are a lot of Christmas books on this list and I’M OKAY WITH THAT.

October 1st

Face It by Debbie Harry

Brave, beautiful and born to be punk. Debbie Harry is a musician, actor, activist, and the iconic face of New York City cool. The scope of Debbie Harry’s impact on our culture has been matched only by her reticence to reveal her rich inner life—until now.

The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld

After captivating readers in The Child Finder, Naomi—the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children—returns, trading snow-covered woods for dark, gritty streets on the search for her missing sister in a city where young, homeless girls have been going missing and turning up dead.

The Lying Room by Nicci French

In this thrilling standalone from the internationally bestselling author of the Frieda Klein series, a married woman’s affair with her boss spirals into a dangerous game of chess with the police when she discovers he’s been murdered and she clears the crime scene of all evidence.


The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton

Productivity expert and CEO of inkWELL Press Productivity Co. Tonya Dalton challenges women to rethink “busy” and intentionally live with a mindset of abundance.

When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by Jasmin Kaur

Perfect for fans of Rupi Kaur and Elizabeth Acevedo, Jasmin Kaur’s stunning debut novel is a collection of poetry, illustrations, and prose. I hope you will all love this one as much as I do!

Cog by Greg van Eekhout

Five robots. One unforgettable journey. Their programming will never be the same. Wall-E meets The Wild Robot in this middle grade instant classic about five robots on a mission to rescue their inventor from the corporation that controls them all.

Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

The first middle grade novel from Julie Murphy (who was BORN to write middle grade novels!), #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’(now a popular Netflix film), is a funny, heartwarming story perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead, Ali Benjamin, and Holly Goldberg Sloan.

The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth

Bestselling Divergent and Carve the Mark author Veronica Roth delivers a stunning collection of novella-length stories set in the future, illustrated with startling black-and-white artwork.


October 8th

Sword of Kings by Bernard Cornwell

The incredible new novel from globally bestselling author Bernard Cornwell—book 12 in The Last Kingdom series! Uhtred of Bebbanburg is a man of his word. The oaths to bound him will wrench him away from the ancestral home he fought so hard to regain. Now Uhtred’s destiny is to stand at the heart of the shield wall once again…

The Girl Before You by Nicola Rayner

She was his. She was perfect. And then, she was gone. Alice has always been haunted by the women from her husband’s past. As a politician and now a TV personality, George Bell’s reputation as a ladies’ man precedes him. But when Alice falls pregnant, her unease becomes anobsession.

A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie

New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie returns with a mesmerizing entry in her excellent series, in which Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are pulled into a dangerous web of secrets, lies, and murder that simmers beneath the surface of a tranquil Cotswolds village.

Homerooms and Hall Passes by Tom O’Donnell

Dungeons & Dragons meets Jumanji in this new, laugh-out-loud adventure series—set in the mystical realm of Bríandalör—from the author of the beloved Hamstersaurus Rex series!

The Mistletoe Matchmaker by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

I warned you—Christmas is here! Beloved author Felicity Hayes-McCoy returns with an enchanting, cozy new novel, perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Nina George, and Nancy Thayer—It’s Christmas in Ireland, and when Cassie Fitzgerald arrives from Toronto (!!!) to visit her grandparents, she learns that it’s never too late to come home.


October 22nd


The Shape of Family by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

From the international bestselling author of Secret Daughter and The Golden Son comes a poignant, unforgettable novel about a family’s growing apart and coming back together in the wake of tragedy.

Things No One Else Can Teach Us by Humble the Poet

The rapper, poet, and international bestselling author of Unlearn delivers unorthodox lessons for shifting our perceptions and learning to create silver linings from our most difficult moments.

Christmas with Good Housekeeping

The ultimate Christmas cookery companion for every household from Britain’s most trusted kitchen! Christmas with Good Housekeeping provides every recipe (over 140 in total!) you need for the most delicious festive season with family and friends.

Finding Christmas by Karen Schaler

I wasn’t joking about the Christmas books, you guys. From the writer of the Netflix sensation, A Christmas Prince, and Christmas Camp, the movie and novel, comes a heartwarming new Christmas story, Finding Christmas, showing how sometimes the detour in your journey is the path to true love.

Ultimate Veg by Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver is back with brilliantly easy, flavour-packed, and accessible veg recipes. From simple suppers and family favourites, to weekend dishes for sharing with friends, this book is packed full of phenomenal food – pure and simple.

Do The Work by Gary John Bishop

Based on the New York Times bestseller Unfu*k Yourself comes an all new book of prompts, questions, and exercises, giving you the tools to intentionally commit to finally unfu*king your life.

The House of Brides by Jane Cockram

Jane Cockram makes her thrilling debut with this page-turning tale of psychological suspense in which a young woman whose life is in tatters flees to the safety of a family estate in England, but instead of comfort finds chilling secrets and lies.


October 29th

My Life by Teemu Selanne and Ari Mennander

Teemu Selanne, nicknamed the Finnish Flash, exploded in his rookie season for the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, is unquestionably hockey royalty. This deep dive into the life of a unique superstar, top athlete and family man shows that such success and longevity have not come without their hurdles.

A Christmas Promise by Sue Moorcroft

Countdown to Christmas with your new must-have author, as you step into the wonderful world of Ava Bliss. Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Carole Matthews and Katie Fforde.

Snow on the Cobbles by Maggie Sullivan

The prefect seasonal gift full of nostalgia and charm, perfect for fans of Coronation Street and readers who love Fiction set in times past.

The Killer Inside by Cass Green

You love me. But do you really know me? The addictive, dark, compelling new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of In a Cottage in a Wood is almost here!

The End Is Always Near by Dan Carlin

The creator of the wildly popular award-winning podcast Hardcore History looks at some of the apocalyptic moments from the past as a way to frame the challenges of the future.


WHOAAA, how about that October, Savvy Readers?! It’s going to be another great month for books, that’s for sure!! Tell us what books you’re excited for (and if you’re okay with Christmas coming a little early ;)!) in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!


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4 thoughts on “Most Anticipated October Reads

  1. YES – Tonya Dalton’s The Joy of Missing Out is going to be amazing…everyone should read! Awesome list!! 🙂

  2. I am so excited about The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld. It is definitely too early for anything Christmas!

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