THE BOOK RADAR: EDITOR'S TOP PICKS FOR OCTOBER 🔖

Wednesday, October 03, 2018


Oh, October. I feel like I can start breathing again – so much colder! - while wearing my favourite sweaters, trying not to spill tea on them. It's also my favourite month of the year because all the best gothic books come out and you know me and my obsession for gothic novels set in mysterious manors with misty weather and Victorian clothes. I'm actually writing a novel on that but that's for another day.
Also, NaNoWriMo is officially one month away and here I am, still trying to figure out an ending for my first novel. I'm totally cool. I'm not freaking out at all – she says, while ripping all the hair out of her head. But we're not here for this right now, today is all about the most amazing books coming out this month, the ones I'm most excited about and I hope you can find something you like on this list of goodness!




LOUISIANA'S WAY HOME 
by Kate DiCamillo

When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town — including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder — she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana’s and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.) 

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WHAT IF IT'S US 
by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera 

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. 
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. 
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them? Maybe nothing. 
After all, they get separated. 
Maybe everything. 
After all, they get reunited. 
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third? What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough? 
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play? 




WORDS WE DON'T SAY 
by K.J.Reilly 

Joel Higgins has 901 unsent text messages saved on his phone. Ever since the thing that happened, there are certain people he hasn't been able to talk to in person. Sure, he shows up at school, does his mandatory volunteer hours at the soup kitchen, and spends pretty much every moment thinking about Eli, the most amazing girl in the world. But that doesn't mean he's keeping it together, or even that he has any friends. So instead of hanging out with people in real life, he drafts text messages. But he never presses send. As dismal as sophomore year was for Joel, he doesn't see how junior year will be any better. For starters, Eli doesn't know how he feels about her, his best friend Andy's gone, and he basically bombed the SATs. But as Joel spends more time at the soup kitchen with Eli and Benj, the new kid whose mouth seems to be unconnected to his brain, he forms bonds with the people they serve there-including a veteran they call Rooster-and begins to understand that the world is bigger than his own pain. 




THE COLLECTORS 
by Jacqueline West 

Even the smallest wish can be dangerous. 
Look closely. 
Do you see that marble in the grass? The tiny astronaut with one arm raised? The old-fashioned key in the gutter? Van sees them. Van notices all sorts of things. But usually no one notices Van. He’s small, and always the new kid, easy to overlook. But one day he watches a mysterious girl and a silver squirrel dive into a fountain to steal a coin. And—even more strange—they notice Van. Suddenly, the world changes for Van. It becomes a place where wishes are real. A place where wishes can be collected, just like his little treasures. A place where wishes can come true. But that’s not always a good thing. Not all wishes are good, you see, and even good wishes can have unintended consequences. And Van is about to find out just how big those consequences can be.




DEAR EVAN HANSEN 
by Val Emmich 

Dear Evan Hansen, 
Today's going to be an amazing day and here's why... 

When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend. Suddenly, Evan isn't invisible anymore--even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy's parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he's doing can't be right, but if he's helping people, how wrong can it be? No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He's confident. He's a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself. 




LITTLE 
by Edward Carey 

The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud. 

In 1761, a tiny, odd-looking girl named Marie is born in a village in Switzerland. After the death of her parents, she is apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor and whisked off to the seamy streets of Paris, where they meet a domineering widow and her quiet, pale son. Together, they convert an abandoned monkey house into an exhibition hall for wax heads, and the spectacle becomes a sensation. As word of her artistic talent spreads, Marie is called to Versailles, where she tutors a princess and saves Marie Antoinette in childbirth. But outside the palace walls, Paris is roiling: The revolutionary mob is demanding heads, and . . . at the wax museum, heads are what they do. 





THE DARKEST STAR 
by Jennifer L.Armentrout 

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head... 









So here you have it! All my most anticipated new releases for the month of October! 
I know it's not spooky at all and there aren't any gothic novels among these but I'm saving them for later, don't you worry so watch this space! 

ARE YOU GOING TO GIVE ANY OF THESE TITLES A READ? OR HAVE YOU ALREADY PICKED YOUR MONTHLY TBR? 
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