New Books

New Books for the First Tuesday of November!

Happy Tuesday, book lovers! I hope you had a fun Halloween, if you celebrated. I didn’t go out but I did make myself the scariest costume I could think of (the cats were very stingy with the candy, though). Now, the reason we are all here: BOOKS. There are lots of great books today. I am looking forward to picking up Pity the Beast by Robin McLean and Blue-Skinned Gods by SJ Sindu, I am excited for my copy of Bibliophile: Diverse Spines by Jamise Harper and Jane Mount to come in! Oooo, and I want to remind you check out our new podcast, Adaptation Nation, all about TV and film adaptations of your favorite books! You can subscribe to it on your podcatcher of choice. 😀

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 A Marvellous Light, Blue-Skinned Gods, The Collective, 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 You Can't Be Serious by Kal Penn, featuring the actor in a blue tuxedo shirt with several make up artists fussing over him

Wildcat: The Untold Story of Pearl Hart, the Wild West’s Most Notorious Woman Bandit by John Boessenecker

Noël Coward on (and in) Theatre by Noël Coward and Barry Day 

Solid Ivory: A Memoir by James Ivory

The Education of Corporal John Musgrave: A Memoir by John Musgrave

You Can’t Be Serious by Kal Penn

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir by Ai Weiwei


cover of New York, My Village by Uwem Akpan, featuring painting of a book standing on end with a fork in front of it

New York, My Village by Uwem Akpan 

The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom

Brickmakers by Selva Almada

Everything We Didn’t Say by Nicole Baart 

Eternal Night at the Nature Museum by Tyler Barton 

Suiza by Bénédicte Belpois, Alison Anderson (translator)

Single Black Female by Tracy Brown

Carry the Dog by Stephanie Gangi

Burntcoat by Sarah Hall ❤️

The Surrogate by Toni Halleen

Lean Your Loneliness Slowly Against Mine by Klara Hveberg, Alison McCullough (Translator) 

The Prince of the Skies by Antonio Iturbe, Lilit Thwaites (translator)

The Pilot’s Daughter by Meredith Jaeger 

cover of The Family by Naomi Krupitsky, photo of two women in 1950s garb linking arms

The Family by Naomi Krupitsky ❤️

The Making of Incarnation by Tom McCarthy ❤️

The Easy Life in Kamusari by Shion Miura, Juliet Winters Carpenter (translator)

God of Mercy by Okezie Nwoka

The London House by Katherine Reay

Bar Maid by Daniel Roberts 

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak ❤️

Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart 

Havana Year Zero by Karla Suárez, Christina MacSweeney (translator) ❤️

Still Life by Sarah Winman 

Win Me Something by Kyle Lucia Wu

Middle Grade

cover of Vacancy by K. R. Alexander, featuring a lighted vacancy sign in front of a scary old house

Vacancy by K. R. Alexander

Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy by Misty Copeland and Salena Barnes

Mystery and Thriller

The Collective by Alison Gaylin ❤️

Shoot the Moonlight Out by William Boyle ❤️

Under an Outlaw Moon by Dietrich Kalteis

All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris ❤️

Miss Moriarty, I Presume? (The Lady Sherlock Series Book 6) by Sherry Thomas

New Year by Juli Zeh, Alta L. Price (translator)


cover of Bibliophile: Diverse Spines by Jamise Harper and Jane Mount, featuring illustration of a stack of books by authors of color

Bibliophile: Diverse Spines by Jamise Harper and Jane Mount ❤️

Rebel Homemaker: Food, Family, Life by Drew Barrymore 

The Uninnocent: Notes on Violence and Mercy by Katharine Blake 

The Sweet Spot: The Pleasures of Suffering and the Search for Meaning by Paul Bloom

Frequently Asked Questions about the Universe by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson 

The How: Notes on the Great Work of Meeting Yourself by Yrsa Daley-Ward 

Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women’s Football League by Britni de la Cretaz and Lyndsey D’Arcangelo

Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive by Philipp Dettmer

Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism—and How to Do It by Celeste Headlee

Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos by Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa

Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer by Rax King

The Farmer’s Lawyer: The North Dakota Nine and the Fight to Save the Family Farm by Sarah Vogel


A Certain Appeal by Vanessa King ❤️

I Hate You More by Lucy Gilmore

How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days by K.M. Jackson

The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu

Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske ❤️

Blue-Skinned Gods by SJ Sindu 

The God of Lost Words (A Novel from Hell’s Library) by A. J. Hackwith ❤️

Pity the Beast by Robin McLean

Something More Than Night by Kim Newman

Brothers of the Wind by Tad Williams

Young Adult

A Face for Picasso: Coming of Age with Crouzon Syndrome by Ariel Henley ❤️

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Into the Bloodred Woods by Martha Brockenbrough

A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown 

Fat Angie: Homecoming by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo 

Going Viral: A Socially Distant Love Story by Katie Cicatelli-Kuc

image of Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora edited by Saraciea J. Fennell

Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora by Saraciea J. Fennell ❤️

Blame It on the Mistletoe by Beth Garrod

The Ghost Tracks: The San Antonio Supernatural Detective Agency by Celso Hurtado

The Story of More (Adapted for Young Adults): How We Got to Climate Change and Where We Go from Here by Hope Jahren 

Gilded by Marissa Meyer 

Faith: Greater Heights by Julie Murphy

Cupcake by Cookie O’Gorman

Seven Dirty Secrets by Natalie D. Richards

Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross

Tiny Dancer by Siena Cherson Siegel and Mark Siegel

You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith ❤️

an orange cat with its paws curled over its face

This week: I’m currently reading Dele Weds Destiny by Tomi Obaro. Outside of books, I’m still working my watch through a Succession rewatch, and the song stuck in my head is The Highwayman from Over the Garden Wall. And as promised, here is a cat picture! Same, Farrokh, same.

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 ❤️