What We’re Excited About: October Books!

Hi All!  Fall is upon us!  It’s that time of year for pumpkins, cider and awesome new books.  Here is a short list of books being released in October 2019 that we’re excited about:

Becky’s List: 

Rebel by Marie Lu
Release Date: October 1st


Marie Lu’s Warcross made me fall in love with her writing but I’m excited to revisit the series that first introduced me to the writer.  I can’t wait to revisit the world of Day and June and find out about the newest conspiracy.  Plus, that cover is GORGEOUS.

Ten Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
Release Date: October 1st


I have been a fan of Ashley Elston’s books since I read The Rules for Disappearing all the way back in 2013 so I had to add her newest book to my TBR list as soon as I read about it.  This romance about recently dumped Sophie who agrees to let her family set her up on ten blind dates sounds like the perfect romcom book and I can’t wait to read it.

The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namely
Release Date: 
October 8th


I will basically read anything that has the word “library” in the title but adding to that a complicated story about a teen girl dealing with her mother’s hoarding and trying to let herself love for the time and this book is at the top of my must read list.

Sarah’s List

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Release Date: October 1st

43220998. sy475 YESSSSSSSSS!!!! I don’t know if I put in enough excitement into that exclamation, but my  word warrior Sepetys is back and I am ready. After seeing her speak, and you know, reading her other books, I have decided that I am all in with this author. Sepetys does her homework and seems to breathe her subjects. I love how she takes historical events and provides a new perspective for them. It fleshes out my and other reader’s understanding of history and the implications of things that were happening at the time. This book is set in Spain after the second World War. Things were not all rainbows and butterflies after the Americans “won,” this book shines light on truths found in Spain.

Anthem by Deborah Wiles

Release Date: October 1st

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This is hands down my favorite middle-grade series….hands down! These are the books that I would force everyone to read. I have been waiting since 2015 to read the conclusion to this novel, though I wasn’t even mentally sending out impatience waves to the author. Wiles knows what she is doing, which can be seen in the first two novels, so take all the time you deem necessary. I did get an ARC of this book from the publisher, though I didn’t know what it was for the longest time. When I pieced everything together, I both screamed and danced at the reference desk…oops. Now there are certain books I have to keep myself from beginning because I know that I will not stop. This is one of those books. I am also conflicted about how I am going to immerse myself into the story. The audiobooks for the novels are OUT OF THIS WORLD hands down best audiobooks, they have music, voice impersonators, and stellar readers. However, the books are visually top-notch, with pictures and graphics. In my wait to read the ARC/obsess about where to read or to listen, I had a young tween come to a book discussion and she was talking about how much she loved historical novels. I was raffling off a historical novel for those who came, and she didn’t win. She was super disappointed and I couldn’t let her leave like that. I told her I had a better ARC that I wasn’t going to hand out until after I had read it. In fact, this ARC was in my personal backpack. I grabbed that ARC and copies of the other books in the series, she started reading it and she knows that she got the better end of the deal….I just don’t know how good of a deal I gave her….(hmmmm). Anyway, I am excited.

Light it Up by Kekla Magoon

Release Date: October 22nd

42642157Magoon is a fantastic writer. Essentially, she is our time’s Alice Walker and Zora Neale Hurston. Her way with words and story development is always on point and always connects with deeply with her setting. This is a follow-up to How it Went Down. It is also told through multiple perspectives, and I am ready to get back on that train with her. I am anticipating another award winning book that will be taught across various curriculum.

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