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16 New October 2020 Book Releases

Are you wondering what October 2020 book releases are worth a read? See which new October books we loved, what we think you’ll enjoy, and what upcoming books you might want to skip.

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What are some of the best new books releasing this October 2020? Don’t miss our favorite and most-anticipated October 2020 book releases in YA, historical fiction, multicultural romance, thrillers, mystery, and more! Discover new books set around the world.

I always love working on fall reading lists to get in the seasonal and holiday spirit. The October 2020 book releases are certainly festive and filled with love, moose, and romantic locations. Plus, add in great food, lovable friends, and loyal pooches — all of whom survive on this book list.

Typically, I don’t read many romances, but somehow most of the new books releasing this October 2020 are rom-coms that you can read in a day. I’ve also included some of the most-anticipated October 2020 book releases for historical fiction, LGBT+ books, thrillers, and literary fiction.

So, which new book releases should you grab or skip this fall? Let’s get started!

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October 2020 Book Releases We’ve Read

*Books marked with an asterisk are upcoming October 2020 book releases and ARCs that we requested in exchange for a fair and honest review or were freely gifted/offered by the author or publisher. Please know that dates of publication are subject to change.

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Mistletoe & Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler

Rom-Com | Christmas Book | Book Set In Alaska
October 6, 2020*

If you are looking for October 2020 book releases that will put you in the Christmas spirit, don’t miss the second in the Moose Springs Alaska series, Mistletoe & Mr. Right. You might remember Morgenthaler’s The Tourist Attraction, which I loved. And no, you definitely don’t have to be familiar with the first book to pick up this one — Zoey and Graham are back, but Mistletoe & Mr. Right follows Zoey’s rich best friend, Lana, and her struggle within her family’s billion-dollar company.

Although I find Lana’s overuse of the word “dearest” terribly annoying and out of character and wish there was more evil Santa Moose since the book is marketed as such, I laughed out loud at the B&B squirrel taxidermy and tranquilizer mishap scenes. Morgenthaler’s lovable cast of characters defines love, tourism vs local life, and hardship. The story is sweet in its vulnerability.

Readers will chuckle as well as cozy up for this Christmas romance as Lana tries to save the future of Moose Springs while engaging in a casual romance with one of the locals. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

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Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Book Set In Long Island, New York
October 6, 2020

Amanda and Clay are vacationing on Long Island when an older couple tells them that there is a blackout in NYC. With no way to fact check, they aren’t really sure what to believe. Suspenseful and thrilling, is everyone safe in this little bubble of isolation? What is going on, and who can you trust?

Leave The World Behind was my October 2020 BOTM selection and one of the most intense books I’ve read all year. Who knew you could say so much about humanity in just a mere few days plotline? Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

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Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

Multicultural Romantic Comedy | Book Set In Maui
October 13, 2020*

I’ve read quite a few romantic comedies for our October 2020 book releases, and even if you aren’t a rom-com fan, I think you’ll devour Simmer Down. Sarah Smith came for me with this Maui-based, foodie story: there is swearing, cats, abs, and pink champagne. What’s not to love?!

P.S. I once critiqued an author for his amateur sex scene, which he didn’t take very well. Let me tell you, that author could learn a thing or two from Smith…she can bring it to the bedroom… On the page, of course!

Readers will head to Maui for the ultimate food truck war. When hottie Callum and his brother Finn park next to Nikki and her mom, disregarding all proper food truck etiquette, IT’S ON!! Both trucks are preparing for the Maui Food Festival contest with the potential to change their lives.

Fortunately, Nikki’s stubborn and cautious life plan is thrown into a tizzy when she starts falling for the sweet AF competition. Will she realize that there is more to life than work before it’s too late? And, can Nikki ever learn to love again after losing her father?

Fast-paced, sexy, and super sweet, I loved Simmer Down as a blogger and IGer. You’ll feel the salty Maui breeze and want to dance like you haven’t danced in ages. Callum and Nikki’s relationship will make your heart smile, and Callum is the perfect book boyfriend. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

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Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

Romance | Book Set In Italy & London
October 27, 2020*

I’m not always a Sophie Kinsella fan, but when I’m in the mood for chick-lit, she’s my go-to. If you enjoy books set in gorgeous Italy, you won’t want to miss Love Your Life. Send me to a monastery with wine and a beach nearby any day.

Ava — who is a tad annoying as a character — is completely over the impersonal algorithms of dating apps. As she heads to Italy for a writers’ retreat to focus on her book, Ava isn’t expecting to find love at first sight. All participants are required to adopt new names and are warned not to share their personal lives. They are here to write.

When the canceled martial arts group joins them, Ava falls for a man before she even knows his real name. When both Ava and the mystery man return to London and their Italian honeymoon ends, will their love fizzle with it?

Kinsella had me falling in love with Italy all over again. I cracked up at the comedic contrast between Matt and Ava’s expectations and realities. Their gaggle of eccentric friends makes the story even more lovable, and Ava and Matt-land are quite cute. I’d say if you fangirl Kinsella, grab this one for a fun, flirty, and light read. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

October 2020 Book Releases: DNF/Skimmed To End

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Boop And Eve’s Road Trip by Mary Helen Sheriff

Women’s Fiction | Southern Fiction
October 6, 2020*

Mary Sheriff has always been a supportive author and reader for TUL, which makes me sad that Boop and Eve’s Road Trip was one of the October 2020 book releases that I just couldn’t finish.

Eve is depressed and lost with an overbearing mother. Her spunky grandmother, Boop, wants to take a road trip to see her sister in order to reconcile the past and help save Eve. Overall, the premise is meant to be relevant, fun, and endearing.

Unfortunately, Boop and Eve’s Road Trip reinforces stigmas and stereotypes while inadequately and insensitively addressing deeper subjects. Women who get dressed up to go dancing paired with phrases such as “sluts” wearing “whore boots” rub me the wrong way, even if the author is trying to convey that Eve comes from a conservative family.

I also don’t find the coverage of Eve’s suicidal depression something to attempt with humor; Sheriff notes that starving would take too long, hanging was “ow,” and slighting wrists was “gross.” In addition, “midget” is a pejorative term, and while Boop is old and learning, these details don’t add to the story – they just unintentionally hurt people. The discussion of teen pregnancy at the end also made me cringe. Amazon | Goodreads

Most-Anticipated October 2020 Book Releases: Historical Fiction

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Historical Fiction & Fantasy | Book Set In France
October 6, 2020

It’s 1714 in France and Addie LaRue makes a deal, giving her immortality. The catch is that everyone Addie meets will ultimately forget who she is — even while she is determined to be remembered. Reminiscent of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Addie’s curse takes a turn when 300 years later, a man in a bookstore remembers her name. Amazon | Goodreads

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The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

Historical Fiction | Book Set In Spokane
October 27, 2020

Head to 20th-century America in one of our most-anticipated October 2020 book releases. Jess Walter, the author of Beautiful Ruins, is back with a historical fiction novel set in Spokane. The Cold Millions follows the Dolan Brothers as they work to make decent lives for themselves in a hard as heck world. Find themes of class, wealth, feminism, and family. Authors like Anthony Doerr have called The Cold Millions “a literary unicorn.” Amazon | Goodreads

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LGBTQ+ October 2020 Book Releases

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Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

LGBTQ+ Fiction | Gothic Lit | Illustrated
October 20, 2020

One of the most intriguing October 2020 book releases that has received brilliant praises from O, The Oprah Magazine, don’t miss Plain Bad Heroines. A Victorian gothic romance set in 1902 at the Brookhants School for Girls, Flo and Clara create the Plain Bad Heroine Society. This private club meets at an apple orchard where the young women are later discovered stung to death by bees.

Brookhants School for Girls continues to have more mysterious deaths before closing its doors for good. Flash forward 100 years where the institution is now inspiring a bestselling novel and film. Is the school’s curse still alive and well? Amazon | Goodreads

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Memorial by Bryan Washington

LGBT+ New Adult Literary Fiction | Book Set In Houston, Texas
October 27, 2020

One of the LGBTQ+ October 2020 book releases that I keep hearing about for both good and bad, Memorial promises a multicultural coming of age story filled with relationship and family angst.

Mike, a Japanese-American chef, and Benson, a Black daycare teacher, are in love. They live together in Houston, Texas, but with their relationship breaking down, they also might not be working out that well. Mike heads off to Japan to see his dying father, learning more about himself. Meanwhile, Benson is back at home going through his own personal journey. Amazon | Goodreads

Mystery & Thriller October 2020 Book Releases

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The Searcher by Tana French

Thriller, Mystery, Suspense | Book Set In Ireland
October 6, 2020

One of the October 2020 book releases that I wasn’t cool enough to snag, The Searcher sends readers to rural Ireland. After a cruddy divorce and having worked on the Chicago police force for a quarter of his life, Cal buys a home in a small Irish village.

Unfortunately, Cal can’t seem to settle into retirement as a local boy goes missing in an otherwise normal and sleepy village. Cal’s beautiful oasis is quickly turned upside as he tries to uncover the mystery of the disappearing boy. Amazon | Goodreads

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The Devil And The Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Historical Crime Fiction | Book Set In Amsterdam
October 6, 2020

For upcoming whodunit October 2020 book releases, enter The Devil And The Dark Water and land on a ship headed to Amsterdam. It’s 1634 and Detective Samuel Pipps and his bodyguard are on a boat destined for Pipps’s execution. Pipps is accused of a crime while also now marked for death by a possible demon on the ship. Can Pipps solve the mystery before the entire crew and passengers end up dead? Can his bodyguard help prove his innocence? Amazon | Goodreads

Popular Books In A Series Releasing In October 2020

A Time For Mercy (Jake Brigance Book 3) by John Grisham – October 13, 2020 – Head to Clanton, Mississippi in 1990 for this legal thriller.

The Sentinel: A Jack Reacher Novel #25 by Lee Child & Andrew Child – October 27, 2020 – Reacher intervenes in an ambush in Pleasantville, Tennessee.

YA Releasing In October 2020

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Kingdom Of The Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

YA | Kingdom of the Wicked Series Book 1 | 19th Century Sicily
October 27, 2020

One of the October 2020 book releases that I am eyeing for YA includes a new series, Kingdom Of The Wicked. Set in 19th century Sicily, two sisters are living secretly among humans as witches. When one of them is found dead, the other sets out to find the murderer. Amazon | Goodreads

YA October 2020 Book Releases: Notable Books Made Into Graphic Novels

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds & Illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff – October 13, 2020 – Reynold’s Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning book about revenge is becoming a graphic novel.

Fangirl Volume 1 by Rainbow Rowell & Illustrated by Sam Maggs – October 13, 2020 – I loved Rowell’s Fangirl, which means that a Manga-version is a must!

Which of these October 2020 Book Releases are you most looking forward to?

What upcoming October 2020 book releases are you eyeing? Which new books will you skip this fall? Are you checking out a few that we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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Yuki Reads

Monday 12th of October 2020

I am so freaking excited for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue! The reviews are amazing. My copy just came in the mail so I'm really looking forward to it.


Monday 12th of October 2020

Agreed!! I am waiting for my BOTM box with some other goodies too.

Lauren Elena

Saturday 10th of October 2020

I totally thought I commented on this but see I did not. Oops! Of course you know I loved Simmer Down! I loved that one just from the premise and then it totally delivered! I definitely want to read the Sophie Kinsella one. I’m going to soon! Invisible Life sounds so good so it’s on my list now. That premise sounds so intriguing. Plain Bad Heroines sounds pretty compelling too. And I loved Beautiful Ruins so I have to add The Cold Millions to my list. Thank you for another awesome book list!!


Sunday 11th of October 2020

Thank you! I have not had a chance to read The Invisible Life yet, but everyone I know has loved it so far. I need to get a copy from the library since I passed on the ARC (due to time) and picked a different book for BOTM. Too many good books release in the fall.

Sophie | Love and Literature

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

So many amazing books are released this month! I'm especially looking forward to reading The Devil and The Dark Water. Fab list, thanks for sharing! x



Wednesday 7th of October 2020

Yes! Everyone is really looking forward to that one! I hope it's great!

Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews

Thursday 1st of October 2020

I'm looking forward to diving into the chunky genre-benders this month from Turton, Harrow and Danforth etc. Think Rumaan Alam's title (and its planned movie adaptation set to star Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington) could be a winner too.


Saturday 3rd of October 2020

I have Rumaan Alam's title as my Book of the Month selection. Cannot wait!

Rachel @ Never Enough Novels

Tuesday 29th of September 2020

I also found Ava quite annoying in Love Your Life but I still really enjoyed the book overall! Kinsella's writing is always fresh and a ton of fun to read. Also, I adored Addie LaRue!! Will be one of my top books of the year for sure.


Thursday 1st of October 2020

I honestly think that as a character, Ava needed to work a little more on herself... I definitely agree that Kinsella's writing is fresh. Did you see that Addie LaRue is a BOTM now? YAY!