Whatever your favorite genre is (thriller, romance, biography ...) we've compiled the best books that need to be on your reading list for October. Some are new and noteworthy, while others are books our editors loved and that everyone seems to be raving about. We think you'll love them, too. Go ahead, give them a read!

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Best of the Month

'Elevation' by Stephen King
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$19.95
$11.97 (40% off)

NY Times Best-Seller 📰

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You’re not going to find the traditional, lengthy thriller novel King usually delivers, but don’t count out Elevation. His new novel is short, easy to finish in one sitting, and full of heart. Once you realize you’re not reading a terrifying story like IT, you’ll be able to enjoy all that Elevation offers.

The locals of Castle Rock don’t want any part in the gay married couple's new restaurant that’s about to launch in town. But once Scott Carey — the couple's neighbor — beings to understand the prejudices they face while he learns to accept the ones he faces himself due to his illness, unlikely relationships form and bring out the unexpected in people.

Best Fiction

'Those Who Knew' by Idra Novey
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$26.00
$15.55 (40% off)

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Novey’s latest novel will definitely be sparking conversation well into the new year. Those Who Knew is so culturally relevant, everyone should add it to their reading list.

Lena knows something’s not right when the young woman, who’s been introducing the powerful senator at rallies, winds up dead. Lena is forced to revisit her dark past when she worked for him during her college years. In a country that’s so divided, Lena soon learns that there are both costs and rewards to speaking up.

Best Nonfiction

'I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff' by Abbi Jacobson
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$28.00
$16.00 (43% off)

NY Times Best-Seller 📰

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Any fan of Comedy Central's Broad City will love this book. It’ll be no surprise that you’ll find yourself laughing and breezing through this collection of essays. Once you finish, you’ll definitely be waiting for her followup.

Abbi Jacobson writes about her post-breakup, cross-country road trip and discovering who she really is, after already thinking she figured that out. It’s charming, witty, and everything you’d expect from a cocreator and costar of Broad City.

Best Thriller

'The Other Woman' by Sandie Jones
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$26.99
$17.32 (36% off)

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Sadie Jones’ debut thriller is a knockout. You won’t be prepared for the twists and turns that are waiting for you in every chapter. The Other Woman was selected as Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine’s November book club pick and the reviews are excellent.

Emily is head-over-heels in love with Adam. However, there’s a rival woman who will go to any length to make sure Adam gets what she wants: his mother. What Emily didn’t see coming is just how far his mom, Pammie, will go to get Emily out of the picture.

Best Quick Read

'Every Breath' by Nicholas Sparks
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$28.00
$14.95 (47% off)

NY Times Best-Seller 📰

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Nicholas Sparks is back on the New York Times Best Seller list with his latest novel, Every Breath. The perfect quick-read for the busy holiday season, Every Breath focuses on the many sides of love that hold our loyalties and will leave you satisfied until the last page.

When Hope Anderson and Tru Walls cross paths in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, the connection is electric, but unfathomable. Both at different points in their lives, the feelings that they’ve developed for one another leave them faced with difficult decisions that jeopardize their personal happiness.



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Best Suspense

'The Witch Elm' by Tana French
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$28.00
$16.80 (40% off)

French gripped readers with her novel The Trespasser, and is ready to do it all again with The Witch Elm. The Washington Post calls her “the most important crime novelist in the past 10 years.” If you haven’t read any of her other works, you’ll understand the hype once you read this one.

Toby’s life changes the night he surprises two burglars and is beaten and left for dead. As he tries to recover and adjust back to the life he had before the incident, Toby goes to his family’s ancestral home. There, while caring for his dying uncle, he finds a skull in the elm tree out back. It’s then that Toby realizes his past is not what he always thought it was.

Best Political Read

'Fear' by Bob Woodward
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$30.00
$16.30 (46% off)

NY Times Best-Seller 📰

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Since 1971, Bob Woodward has written for the Washington Post, and shared two Pulitzer Prizes for both his coverage in the 1973 Watergate scandal and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His latest work is a detailed look at Trump’s presidency that you won't be able to put down.

Drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents, all from firsthand sources, Woodward’s Fear is an intimate insight into how the president makes decisions on all domestic and foreign policies.

Best to Read Before the Film

The Hate U Give
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$18.99
$11.80 (38% off)

NY Times Best-Seller 📰

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Angie Thomas’ novel The Hate U Give is so powerful and culturally important. The book has received countless awards and recognition, including the Michael L. Printz Award and the William C. Morris Award.

In the book, Starr Carter is split between the poor neighborhood she lives in and the fancy prep school she attends. Her world changes when she witnesses her unarmed friend shot dead at the hands of a police officer.

Now a major headline in national news, Starr needs to find her voice to stand up for what's right. The movie adaptation opened in theaters this October and stars Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games), Issa Rae (Insecure), Regina Hall (Girls Trip), and K.J. Apa (Riverdale).

Best for the Harry Potter Fan

'Children of Blood and Bone' by Tomi Adeyemi
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$18.99
$14.24 (25% off)

NY Times Best-Seller 📰

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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) is a knockout. The immediate New York Times best-seller has already landed a movie deal with Fox 2000, and it has fans eagerly waiting for the second book in the trilogy.

Zélie Adebola has the chance to bring magic back to her people after a ruthless king has taken it away. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie tries to outrun the monarchy before they take away magic for good. The only thing she needs to be careful of is her growing feelings for the enemy.

Best LGBTQ Read

'Boy Erased' by Garrard Conley
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$16.00
$10.87 (32% off)

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Garrard Conley’s story shows the hard reality LGBTQ people still face today. This memoir discusses Conley’s experience in conversion therapy, and it's just as heart-breaking as it is triumphant.

As the son of a Baptist pastor, Conley was terrified to face his sexuality. After being outed to his family, he had a choice to either attend conversion therapy to be “cured” or risk losing his family. Through his painful journey, Conley found the understanding and strength to become his true self.

Best Quick Read

'All We Ever Wanted' by Emily Griffin
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$16.82

NY Times Best-Seller 📰

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If you loved Emily Griffin's other best-sellers, Something Borrowed and First Comes Love, you’ll be just as swept away with All We Ever Wanted.

Worlds collide and change in a flash. A photograph snapped during a drunken moment at a party changes everything for the people in this page-turner. Word gets out to the entire community, and three characters — Nina (part of Nashville’s elite), Tom (a single dad working three jobs), and his daughter, Lyla — find themselves at the heart of the scandal.

Best Heart-Warming Read

‘The Sun Does Shine’ by Anthony Ray Hinton
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$26.99
$14.83 (45% off)

NY Times Best-Seller 📰

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The Sun Does Shine is a memoir that'll take you on an emotional journey. It's one of Oprah’s most recent book club selections, and you won't want to put it down.

Anthony Ray Hinton knew he was innocent when he was charged in 1985 with two counts of capital murder. Being a black man with no money in the South, he was sentenced to death by electrocution. Living life on death row filled him with anger and hopelessness, but Hinton found a way to transform his spirit and survive the next 30 years in a 5-foot-by-7-foot jail cell. Thanks to civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, he was finally released in 2015.

Best Memoir

'Educated: A Memoir' by Tara Westover
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$28.00
$16.80 (40% off)

NY Times Best-Seller 📰

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Critics and readers are so taken by Westover’s coming-of-age story. Educated quickly hit the New York Times best-seller list, and it'll most likely stay there for weeks to come. Once you start, it’ll completely envelop you and stay with you long after you finish.

Tara Westover was the daughter of a survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho. She never went to school, never saw a doctor, and spent her days stewing herbs for her mother and salvaging metal for her father. When one of her brothers gets into college and comes back to inform her of the world beyond their isolated mountain, she decides she deserves a new kind of life. Self-taught and educated enough to be accepted to college, Tara finds herself traveling the world.

Best Airport Read

'The Woman in the Window' by A.J. Finn
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$15.69

NY Times Best-Seller 📰

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Life in New York City is lonely for Anna Fox. She lives alone, never goes outside due to her agoraphobia, and loves to spy on her neighbors. It isn’t until the Russells move into the house across the street that things start to change once Anna sees something she shouldn’t — something so shocking she begins to not know what’s real and what’s imagined.

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