The 38 Best New Books Coming Out in October 2021

Fall is here and I am so happy! Early fall is my favorite time of year – just when the weather turns crisp and we start wearing jackets and drinking hot chocolate. As a bookworm, I also love curling up with a book by the fire. If you’re in need of new reads to keep you busy, you’re in luck: October has a plethora of amazing books coming out!

For this list, I’ve aimed to include a variety of genres and authors. There is some nonfiction and a few memoirs, and even some novellas and short story collections. Among the novels, there is a range in genre – from literary fiction to fantasy to romance – and of course several spooky stories. I also love to be whisked away to faraway lands, so the settings have range, too: Japan, Kenya, Haiti, Ukraine, and more. These are diverse reads – in every sense of the word – and I hope something here will pique your interest! Here are 38 exciting new books set for publication in October 2021.

Published on October 5th:

Chibundu Onuzo – Sankofa

Myriam J. A. Chancy – What Storm, What Thunder

A. J. Banner – In Another Light

Alix E. Harrow A Spindle Splintered

Lucy Holland – Sistersong

Janella Angeles – When Night Breaks

Caitlin Starling – The Death of Jane Lawrence

Aden Polydoros – The City Beautiful

Kerri Maniscalco – Kingdom of the Cursed 

Alex Schulman – The Survivors

James Han Mattson – Reprieve

C. J. Cooke – The Lighthouse Witches

Christina Pride & Jo Piazza – We Are Not Like Them

Sonya Lalli – A Holly Jolly Diwali

Danielle Steel – The Butler

Amor Towles – The Lincoln Highway

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson – My Monticello

Kyla Schuller – The Trouble With White Women: A Counterhistory of Feminism

Published on October 12th:

Diana Biller – The Brightest Star in Paris 

Clare Chambers – Small Pleasures

Toshikazu Kawaguchi – Tales From the Café

The Haunting Season: Eight Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights

Armando Lucas Correa – In Search of Emma: How We Created Our Family  

Published on October 19th:

Lauren Blackwood – Within These Wicked Walls

Margaret Owen – Little Thieves

Cassandra Khaw – Nothing But Blackened Teeth

Tiphanie Yanique – Monster in the Middle

Khadija Abdalla Bajaber – The House of Rust

Jen DeLuca – Well Matched

Kalani Pickhart – I Will Die in a Foreign Land

Zeba Blay – Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture

Adrienne Keene – Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers From Past and Present

Published on October 26th:

Olivia Dade – All the Feels

Jackie Lau – Donut Fall in Love

Tamron Hall – As the Wicked Watch

Andrew McMahon – Three Pianos

Glory Edim – On Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library

Anushay Hossain – The Pain Gap: How Sexism and Racism in Healthcare Kill Women


And that’s a wrap on my list! What books shown here are you excited to read? What new October 2021 books did I miss? Let me know in the comments!

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