New Books

New Books for the First Tuesday of October!

Happy new release day to all who celebrate! Today was a bit of a weird first Tuesday, because I originally had a list of almost 150 titles. But because of all the shipping issues, so many books have had their release dates changed. So by the time I finished going through the list, I was left with half as many titles still coming out today. These date changes are no joke! But there are still a lot of great books out today (just not nearly as many that I have read now that I moved a bunch.)

Below, you’ll find titles (loosely) broken up into several categories, to make it easier for your browsing convenience. I hope you have fun with it! And as with each first Tuesday newsletter, I am putting a ❤️ next to the books that I have had the chance to read and loved.

And speaking of today’s great books, for this week’s episode of All the Books! Danika and I discussed some of the wonderful books that we’ve read, such as Payback’s a Witch, Reprieve, Cackle, and more. Lots of great Halloween-y books for the season!

And now, it’s time for everyone’s favorite gameshow: AHHHHHH MY TBR! Here are today’s contestants:

Biography and Memoir

cover of Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes from a Trap Feminist by Sesali Bowen, featuring a tattooed black hand with pink nails holding cash

Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes from a Trap Feminist by Sesali Bowen

Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller by Nadia Wassef

The One You Want to Marry (And Other Identities I’ve Had): A Memoir by Sophie Santos

Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much by Jen Winston 

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl

Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America by Keisha N. Blain 

Smile: The Story of a Face by Sarah Ruhl ❤️

A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020) by David Sedaris 

But You Seemed So Happy: A Marriage, in Pieces and Bits by Kimberly Harrington

A Tale of Two Omars: A Memoir of Family, Revolution, and Coming Out During the Arab Spring by Omar Sharif


cover of Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo

Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo ❤️

Thieves, Beasts & Men by Shan Leah

We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza 

The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley 

A Time Outside This Time by Amitava Kumar

I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins ❤️

The Throwback List by Lily Anderson

This Is How I Disappear by Mirion Malle

Fight Night by Miriam Toews ❤️

My Famous Brain by Diane Wald 

cover of The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles, featuring an old steam train in the distance

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles 

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

What Storm, What Thunder by Miryam A.J. Chanc

The Swank Hotel by Lucy Corin

Deadheading and Other Stories by Beth Gilstrap

Middle Grade

Children of the Fox (Thieves of Shadow Book 1) by Kevin Sands 

Fireborn by Aisling Fowler

Pencilvania by Stephanie Watson and Sofia Moore

Mystery and Thriller

cover of The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke, featuring a pentagram and a spiral staircase

The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke 

1979 by Val McDermid

The Survivors by Alex Schulman

Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger

April in Spain by John Banville 

An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed by Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (translator)

The Neighbor’s Secret by L. Alison Heller ❤️

The Savage Kind: A Mystery by John Copenhaver 

The House of Dust by Noah Broyles

In the Crypt with a Candlestick: A Mystery by Daisy Waugh

The Family Tree by Steph Mullin and Nicole Mabry


Such Color: New and Selected Poems by Tracy K. Smith , featuring a young Black boy reclining in the grass

Such Color: New and Selected Poems by Tracy K. Smith 

Truffle Hound: On the Trail of the World’s Most Seductive Scent, with Dreamers, Schemers, and Some Extraordinary Dogs by Rowan Jacobsen

Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers by Deborah Tuerkheimer 

Say Their Names: How Black Lives Came to Matter in America by Curtis Bunn, Michael H. Cottman, Patrice Gaines, Nick Charles, Keith Harriston 

Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott


cover of The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox, featuring cartoon of twin sissters under a christmas wreath

The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox ❤️

Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli

Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond

Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror

Reprieve by James Han Mattson ❤️

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling ❤️

Cackle by Rachel Harrison ❤️

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow ❤️

Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi ❤️

The Original Glitch by Melanie Moyer

Search History by Eugene Lim

Young Adult

cover of Little Thieves by Margaret Owen, featuring outline of girl in red in front of outlines of figures in gray

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen ❤️

Briarheart by Mercedes Lackey

The Falling Girls by Hayley Krischer

The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros ❤️

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson ❤️

Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert

Crossbones by Kimberly Vale

I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas by Tiffany Schmidt 

Why We Fly by Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal

cover of Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle, featuring cartoon of four young people standing in front of a full moon

Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle ❤️

The Storm of Echoes: Book Four of the Mirror Visitor Quartet (The Mirror Visitor Quartet, 4) by Christelle Dabos and Hildegarde Serle (translator)

Everything Within and in Between by Nikki Barthelmess

When Night Breaks by Janella Angeles 

orange cat sleeping upside down on a lime green chair

This week: I’m currently reading Together We Burn by Isabel Ibañez and I’ve moved on to Dance of Death in the Agent Pendergast series from Preston and Child. (I realized I keep calling him Pendergrast, I don’t know why.) Outside of books, I’m finishing up the latest season of The Great Pottery Throw Down, and the song stuck in my head is You Didn’t Know Me When by Harry Connick, Jr. And as promised, here is a cat picture! It’s just terrible that Zevon can never feel relaxed, don’t you think? 😉

Thank you, as always, for joining me each week as I rave about books! I am wishing the best for all of you in whatever situation you find yourself in now. And yay, books! – XO, Liberty ❤️