This Week’s Hottest Releases: October 15 — October 21

This Week’s Hottest Releases: October 15 — October 21

Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the eight titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Fall Previews for the best books coming out this season.


Fans of Roddy Doyle, this is your lucky week. The Irish author is back with a story about a writer named Victor, who can’t seem to do the thing that defines him professionally: write. Victor’s marriage has fallen apart and he is feeling stuck, both personally and creatively. Victor looks to his past and his future in this insightful novel that will appeal to readers who love reading about writers and the creative process. In a starred review, Kirkus raved: “The understatement of the narrative makes the climax all the more devastating.”

The Butchering Art

When it comes to medicine, most of us are probably pretty glad that we live in the present day rather than back in the 19th century. But how did medicine advance so far in the years since then? Lindsey Fitzharris tells the story of Joseph Lister, whose work in surgery bears little resemblance to what we understand as the job of a surgeon today. Infection was rampant in the field, and Lister worked to convince the medical establishment that germs were the cause of infection after surgery, and that the problem could be mitigated with the use of antiseptic. Readers interested in the medical field can’t go wrong with this one.


Readers, we don’t need to tell you who Joe Ide is. In this addition to his IQ series, Ide continues the story of Isaiah Quintabe. Isaiah may only be 20 years old, but he is wise beyond his years, and he sets his considerable brainpower to the task of solving two mysteries in this volume: The first is related to the death of his brother, and the second takes him to Las Vegas to find a missing DJ. As always, Ide weaves his storylines together into a narrative that is nothing short of exhilarating. We predict readers will devour this one in just a few sittings.

A Skinful of Shadows

Readers, meet Makepeace. She is twelve years old, living in England, and she has known for a long time that she must be able to hold her own against the spirits that want to possess her. To accomplish this, she sleeps in a graveyard to grow strong and get used to their presence. She mostly succeeds at this, until one fateful day her defenses fail, and she is possessed. For readers who love historical fiction with magic woven in, this is a perfect book to pick up this week. In a starred review, Kirkus described this novel as “Deliberate, impeccable, and extraordinary.”

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Austenites who can’t resist a Pride and Prejudice retelling will not want to miss out on Melissa de la Cruz’s modern romantic spin. In this holiday tale, 29-year-old Darcy Fitzwilliam leaves the fast-paced business world behind for a quiet Christmas in Pemberly, Ohio when she learns that her mom is sick. It’s there she meets 32-year-old Luke Bennet, a carpenter who lives next door. Darcy is originally surprised by her attraction to Luke, but after few passionate kisses, she finds that she can’t stay away from him.

A Line in the Dark

At some point between grade school and high school, Jess Wong realized that she was in love with her best friend Angie Redmond. She never shares these feelings with anyone, and when Angie begins dating Margot Adams, Jess realizes that she may have missed her chance. Soon she’s torn between wanting her friend to be happy and feeling overwhelming jealousy whenever she sees Angie and Margot together. But when things take a dark turn and a student is found murdered, Jess becomes willing to do whatever it takes to be there for Angie. Malinda Lo’s gripping young adult novel will leave readers glued to the pages until they uncover the truth behind the mystery.

The Summer of Owen Todd

Eleven-year-old Owen and his best friend Sean are ready for a summer filled with baseball, beach days, and go-kart racing. The boys feel old enough to take care of themselves, but Sean’s mom doesn’t agree. She hires Paul, a 20-something guy from her church, as his babysitter. One day, Sean confesses to Owen that Paul has been abusing him. Sean makes Owen swear to keep this a secret, but soon Owen begins to realize that keeping his promise is only putting his friend in more danger. In a starred review Publishers Weekly says, “It’s a difficult, important, and possibly lifesaving story of children forced into terrible situations, as well as what real loyalty and friendship look like. Wishing books like this weren’t necessary doesn’t make them less so.”

Malala’s Magic Pencil

Malala Yousafzai is one of the most inspiring young women in the world. As a girl, she found the bravery and strength to stand up for her right to an education. Now, she’s turned her story into a picture book. Yousafzai takes readers to Pakistan and shares her childhood dream of owning a magic pencil that she could use to help others and make people happy. But it turns out that she didn’t need any magic at all to change the world. For young readers, this is a lovely first introduction to a modern day champion of education and women’s rights.


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