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New Books for the First Tuesday of October!

Hello, my friends. Another amazing book-filled Tuesday is here to topple our TBRs! I hope you had a chance to get some reading in over the weekend. I read a lot of upcoming comics, mostly collected issues in trade form. My brain was delighted. As for today’s books, at the top of my list of books to buy are The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn, The Storyteller’s Death by Ann Dávila Cardinal, and By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Gone (Murder, She Wrote #1) by Stephanie Kuehn. I haven’t read any of the Murder, She Wrote tie-ins for adults, but for some reason, I am really excited about this YA novel!

Now, today’s books: I do these first Tuesday megalists because the first Tuesday of each month has so many new releases, and it’s fun to round some of them up. 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 asterisks *** 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 Our Missing Hearts, A Scatter of Light, Such Sharp Teeth, and more.

Biography and Memoir

cover of The Future Is Disabled by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinh; illustration of a clock face with people representing the numbers

The Future Is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes and Mourning Songs by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

David Smith: The Art and Life of a Transformational Sculptor by Michael Brenson

You Are Home by Catana Chetwynd

The Family Outing: A Memoir by Jessi Hempel***

I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive: On Trauma, Persistence, and Dolly Parton (American Music Series) by Lynn Melnick

Mirror in the Sky: The Life and Music of Stevie Nicks by Simon Morrison

Token Black Girl: A Memoir by Danielle Prescod

When They Tell You To Be Good: A Memoir by Prince Shakur***

Making a Scene by Constance Wu***


cover of Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng; image of a feather breaking apart into flying birds

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng***

The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn

The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern by Rita Zoey Chin***

The Storyteller’s Death by Ann Dávila Cardinal

Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

A Minor Chorus by Billy-Ray Belcourt***

A Place to Land by Lauren K. Denton 

The Invincible Miss Cust by Penny Haw 

Life Is Everywhere by Lucy Ives 

The White Hare by Jane Johnson

Billie Starr’s Book of Sorries by Deborah E. Kennedy

The Night Ship by Jess Kidd

cover of The Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCracken; large font with illustration of a woman in one of the 'O's in 'Book'

The Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCracken***

Weasels in the Attic by Hiroko Oyamada, David Boyd (translator)

Nights of Plague by Orhan Pamuk, Ekin Oklap (translator)

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

Blood Red by Gabriela Ponce, Sarah Booker (translator)

It Falls Gently All Around and Other Stories (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize) by Ramona Reeves 

Utopia by Heidi Sopinka

Bilbao–New York–Bilbao (Spatial Species) by Kirmen Uribe, Elizabeth Macklin (translator)

Which Side Are You On by Ryan Lee Wong***

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American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild

Middle Grade

cover of Sisterhood of Sleuths by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman; illustration of outline of two young women with magnifying glasses standing in front of buildings

Sisterhood of Sleuths by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

The Antiracist Kid: A Book About Identity, Justice, and Activism by Tiffany Jewell and Nicole Miles

A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga

Mystery and Thriller

Jackal by Erin E. Adams***

Blackmail and Bibingka (A Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery) by Mia P. Manansala

The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict 

Book of Knives by Lise Haines

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James 

Cocoon by Zhang Yueran, Jeremy Tiang (translator)


cover of Black Country Music: Listening for Revolutions by Francesca T. Royster; photo of several Black musicians

Black Country Music: Listening for Revolutions by Francesca T. Royster

Life Is Hard: How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way by Kieran Setiya 

Cooking from the Spirit: Easy, Delicious, and Joyful Plant-Based Inspirations by Tabitha Brown

Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America by Cody Keenan 

A Lovely Girl: The Tragedy of Olga Duncan and the Trial of One of California’s Most Notorious Killers by Deborah Holt Larkin

Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus by David Quammen


When Life Gives You Vampires by Gloria Duke

Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle 

Bad Girl Reputation by Elle Kennedy

Once Upon a December by Amy E. Reichert 

Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror

cover of Such Sharp Teeth by Rachel Harrison; illustration of a wolf against a blood red full moon

Such Sharp Teeth by Rachel Harrison***

Queer Little Nightmares: An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry by David Ly and Daniel Zomparelli

It Came from the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror edited by Joe Vallese

Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty 

The Witch In The Well by Camilla Bruce

Freeway: La Movie by Jorge Enrique Lage, Lourdes Molina (translator)

A Dowry of Blood by S. T. Gibson***

The Revivalists by Christopher M. Hood

All These Subtle Deceits (Black Wells Book 1) by C. S. Humble 

cover of The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler; illustration of a black octopus reaching out against a blue background

The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler

It Rides a Pale Horse by Andy Marino 

Curse of the Reaper by Brian McAuley

Dark Carnivals: Modern Horror and the Origins of American Empire by W. Scott Poole***

Kalyna the Soothsayer by Elijah Kinch Spector

Lute by Jennifer Thorne

Young Adult

A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo

Anne of Greenville by Mariko Tamaki

The Empress of Time (The Keeper of Night, Book 2) by Kylie Lee Baker

cover of By the Time You Read This I'll Be Gone (Murder, She Wrote #1) by Stephanie Kuehn; burning note with a skull forming in the smoke

By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Gone (Murder, She Wrote #1) by Stephanie Kuehn

The First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera

After Dark with Roxie Clark by Brooke Lauren Davis

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close up from the side of an orange cat yawning really wide; photo by Liberty Hardy

This week: I’m currently reading Laid-Back Camp by Afro (thank you, Danika), The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi, and Witch King by Martha Wells. Outside of books, I have been rewatching the first season of Abbott Elementary for like the third time, and I started Home Economics as well. (And I am waiting for all of Bad Sisters to go up before I start it.) The song stuck in my head is “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus. (I am sorry to hear that she passed away a few months ago.) And of course, there’s a cat photo: When I see the cats show off all their teeth like this when they yawn, I am glad they are small-ish and (mostly) on my side.

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 ❤️