7 Books You Have To Have On Your Reading List This October

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I love October. That slight nip in the air, candy and the pre-festive buzz — what’s not to love, right? Add to that some amazing book releases, and October is nothing short of perfect. Now all I need is some hot chocolate.

1. Memories by Lang Leav

Genre: Poetry

Release Date: October 6th 2015

Lang Leav is the poet who’s written to you, for you. You can read her when you’re sitting in a cafe drinking some chamomile tea, or when you’re feeling wistful. Or when you’re in love or when you want to be in love. She’s whimsical and reflective and quite the epitome of a contemporary poetess. Memories is her third book, and if it’s anything like the other two (Love & Misadventure and Lullabies) I recommend you pick it up.

2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Release Date: October 6th 2015

The synopsis describes this book as ” a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama”. I don’t need more than this really. But keeping in mind that Rowell is also the author of the fantastic Eleanor & Park, I am sure we can expect a roller-coaster of feels. It sounds like a coming-of-age story of Simon, and includes heartbreaks and some surprising revelations. Standard YA, but then there are ghosts and vampires and conspiracies. Gimme, gimme gimme!

PS: This is a sort-of sequel to her previous novel, Fangirl, so you may want to read that first.

3. House by Christina Lauren

Genre: Romance, Horror

Release Date: October 6th 2015

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of writing partners Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, and I totally heart them! They normally write really funny, high-on-character-development, intense and steamy contemporary romances, but House is a little different from their usual offering. It’s a story of a rebellious girl (ooooh) falling for a strange boy (ooooooooh) who lives in this strange house, and therein begins a love story but also an unusual horror story. After reading the synopsis, I think it sounds like a new take on the haunted house genre. Pick this up if you’re looking for a fun Halloween read, because it’s scary and swoony!

4. Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Genre: Photography, Non-Fiction

Release Date: October 13th 2015

Humans of New York needs no formal introduction. It’s one of the most popular pages/blogs on the internet today and very well deservedly. Stanton photographs people in and around New York primarily, and conducts short interviews with them. Some of them are funny, some of them parade-happy and some in deep despair. While some stories are quips, some are lengthy tales. But through its pages, you’re sure to find someone who is exactly like you. The ‘Today in Microfashion’ feature is my favourite, and it’s present in this book too. Pick it up just for the joy of flipping through it on a cold, lonely day.

5. A Strangeness In My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

Genre: Turkish Literature, Fiction

Release Date: October 20th 2015

Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Price for Literature in 2006. Phew!

That intimidated me so I just wanted to get it out of the way. His release this October focuses on a street vendor’s romance, but the primary character in this novel, is Istanbul. The Guardian’s review elucidates, “Though at times it reads as a cross between a history manual and a private memoir,it is above all a love letter to the city in all it’s faded, messy, dusty glory”. If you like your fiction with a bit of history, some amazing prose and a sprawling plot, this should be right up your alley. Also, if you love Istanbul, or are looking to travel to Turkey soon, this would make for an interesting insight.

6. Clementine: The life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell

Genre: Biography, Non-Fiction

Release Date: October 27th 2015

Winston Churchill himself admitted that the victory in the Second World War would have been impossible without the unflagging support of his wife, Clementine. Credited to be the force who was responsible for closer relationships between America and Britain, she’s not been given her due in literature. Purnell attempts to change that as she argues persuasively for Clementine’s importance in history. This book also gives a glimpse of the letters exchanged between the Churchills, and their marriage, as well as Clementines lack of maternal instincts. Perfect for the history buff!

7. Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

Genre: Historical, European, Romance

Release Date: October 27th 2015

A new Lisa Kleypas!! A new historical Lisa Kleypas after years!! Stay still, my beating heart. Kleypas, in my not-so-humble opinion as a proud and voracious romance reader, is the undisputed queen of historicals. Her books have humour, some delicious angst and witty, feminist and daring heroines. And this even has a rake! The synopsis promises secrets, strong wills, and “fiery attraction”. Sign me up!

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