12 of the best new books you should read this October

Caroline Allen
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October is one of the best month to get your hands on the most sought-after fiction of the year.

This list is primed with some top Christmas present ideas, with the likes of Jojo Moyes and Sophie Kinsella delivering absolute gems.

Whether you’re looking for a book to cosy up on the sofa with or a holiday read for your winter sun adventure, you’ll find something to suit every taste.

Christmas wish list at the ready, keep scrolling for our top Autumn picks.

1. The Giver Of Stars, Jojo Moyes | 3 October 2019

This book is everything we were hoping for and more. [Photo: Amazon]

Jojo Moyes, who brought us the tear-jerking masterpiece Me Before You, is back and we’re thrilled about it.

The Giver Of Stars is a heart-warming read about female friendship and resilience. It’s set in depression-era America and follows the stories of five courageous young women who are all part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library.

We fell in love with these women in the same way we fell in love with Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. This fiercely feminist novel is everything we didn’t know we needed.

Hardcover | £10 | Shop here

Kindle Edition | £9.99 | Shop here

2. Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas, Adam Kay | 17 October 2019

Adam Kay is back after his best seller, This Is Going To Hurt. [Photo: Amazon]

We don’t know if anybody anticipated quite how big This Is Going To Hurt, Adam Kay’s first novel, was going to be.

The record-breaking million copy best seller had the nation cry laughing last year, and now doctor turned comedian, Adam Kay, is back with his second instalment.

The book details more adventures from his time as a junior doctor. It’s just as laugh-out-loud funny as the last one, but with an added festive twist.

Hardcover | £5.99 | Shop here

Kindle Edition | £2.99 | Shop here

3. Cilka’s Journey, Heather Morris | 1 October 2019

The eagerly awaited sequel to The Tattooist Of Auschwitz is here. [Photo: Amazon]

Speaking of brilliant sequels, Cilka’s Journey is one of the most eagerly awaited books of the year.

Following on from the success of The Tattooist Of Auschwitz, this book follows the life of Cilka Klein, who was just 16-years-old when she was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp.

You may remember Cilka, who played quite a pivotal role in The Tattooist Of Auschwitz, from Lale Sokolov’s journey. This heart-breaking true story takes a deeper look into what she endured at the concentration camp.

Hardcover | £7.49 | Shop here

Kindle Edition | £6.47 | Shop here

4. Grand Union, Zadie Smith | 3 October 2019

The master of short stories is back with another collection. [Photo: Amazon]

If you’ve read the likes of White Teeth or more recently Swing Time by Zadie Smith, you’ll be very aware of her wry humour and sheer range of writing skills.

Not many writers can write so eloquently on such a wide range of topics, but Zadie Smith shifts from the ageing struggles of a drag queen to a politically-driven piece of the upset of harmonious living, with ease.

Some of the stories included in Grand Union are previously published in the New Yorker, whilst many are never seen before pieces.

Hardcover | £14 | Shop here

Kindle Edition | £9.99 | Shop here

5. The Places I’ve Cried In Public, Holly Bourne | 3 October 2019

The author of How Do You Like Me Now? is back. [Photo: Amazon]

If you count Holly Bourne’s recent novel, How Do You Like Me Now? as the holy grail in navigating your love life, then you’ll love The Places I’ve Cried In Public.

This is a really important look at the psychology behind relationships - particularly our first loves - and how to know when they’re not what they should be.

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If we could go back in time and gift this to our younger selves, we absolutely would. It’s a must-read for anybody going through heartbreak.

Paperback | £5.75 | Shop here

Kindle Edition | £4 | Shop here

6. Christmas Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella | 17 October 2019

A hilarious true-to-life look at what Christmas with the family is like. [Photo: Amazon]

If you love Christmas as much as we do, you’ll love Sophie Kinsella’s new book from the Shopaholic series.

Becky’s back and this time she’s hosting Christmas for her family. She has her sister demanding vegan turkey and a surprise visit from her old boyfriend to contend with.

Reading the Shopaholic series is somewhat of a Christmas ritual for us - like watching Love Actually and eating too much chocolate, so this is a real Christmas treat.

Hardcover | £14 | Shop here

Kindle Edition | £9.99 | Shop here

7. So Lucky, Dawn O’Porter | 31 October 2019

A must-read for anybody struggling with comparison. [Photo: Amazon]

We have been long-time fans of Dawn O’Porter. Funny on Instagram: Check. Brilliant best-selling author of The Cows: Check. It’s all we look for in life.

Dawn O’Porter hasn’t let us down with So Lucky. It follows three women whose lives look pretty perfect from the outside, but as we all know, nothing is ever what it seems.

We loved the sisterhood vibe throughout, layered with a very important message about self-acceptance. Just like The Cows, this book is fabulous in more ways than one.

Hardcover | £10.99 | Shop here

Kindle Edition | £7.99 | Shop here

8. Find Me: A Novel, André Aciman | 29 October 2019

From the bestselling author of Call Me By Your Name comes the second instalment of the story. [Photo: Amazon]

Call Me By Your Name is a stunning exploration of love and the follow up, Find Me: A Novel is just as well-written. Make sure you read Call Me By Your Name before picking up this book as it’s very much a sequel.

You may’ve also watched the Academy-award winning film version of the first book starring Timothée Chalamet as the young Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver.

This novel checks in on where Elio and Oliver are now.

Hardcover | £10.49 | Shop here

Kindle Edition | £6.47 | Shop here

9. The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two, Philip Pullman | 3 October 2019

It's a month of fantastic sequels and this one won't disappoint. [Photo: Amazon]

We loved La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One. If you’re an avid reader of Philip Pullman novels you’ll find yourself in familiar territory with these two books.

Equally, if you’ve never read His Dark Materials (you should, by the way) you’ll find yourself equally at home amongst Pullman’s imaginative writing.

This book continues to follow Lyra - now known as Lyra Silvertongue - as a 20-year-old woman rather than a child. This book is equal parts thought-provoking and adventurous.

Hardcover | £12.50 | Shop here

Kindle Edition | £9.99 | Shop here

10. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, Charlie Mackesy | 10 October 2019

A beautiful story with beautiful illustrations, what more could we want? [Photo: Amazon]

This book is everything. In the uncertain times we’re facing, it’s uplifting, it’s beautifully written and it’s a stark reminder of what’s really important in life.

You’ve likely seen Charlie Mackesy’s illustrations before. We even know somebody who has a tattoo of one of his quotes, but this is his very first book showcasing his collection.

It’s the perfect Christmas gift for the deep-thinkers amongst us and it’s so beautifully designed it’ll make a great coffee table book.

Hardcover | £11.89 | Shop here

Kindle Edition | £9.99 | Shop here

11. Rewrite The Stars, Emma Heatherington | 17 October 2019

You had us at Christmas romance. [Photo: Amazon]

This is the kind of book you’d read with a hot chocolate, under a blanket, with the snow gently falling outside. Ok, ok, we might not get such an idyllic setting to read it in, but it’s got that vibe about it.

It’s romantic, it’s cosy and it’s a book that can be read cover to cover in one day (because you just can’t put it down).

If you’re a fan of Jojo Moyes, you’ll love Emma Heatherington’s beautifully written - and also not predictable - Christmas novel.

Paperback | £5.75 | Shop here

Kindle Edition | £0.99 | Shop here

12. Drowning With Others, Linda Keir | 1 October 2019

Linda Keir is the pen name of Linda Joffe Hull and Keir Graff. [Photo: Amazon]

No great book wish list is complete without a psychological thriller and this one is the pick of the bunch.

It speaks to everything we look for in a suspense novel; the perfect family life and a dark secret that threatens to overturn everything they’ve worked towards.

Oh, and let us tell you now, the ending is very satisfying.

Hardcover | £20.30 | Shop here

Kindle Edition | free on Kindle Unlimited | Shop here

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