5 Hot New Titles for October 2019

Check out these five popular adult titles that hit the shelves in October. To see more titles, including new titles in popular series, check out the booklist New October '19 Books You'll Want to Read and our new titles page.

From the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes an epic tale of literary horror years in the making: Imaginary Friend, by Stephen Chbosky.

Kate Reese is on the run, determined to improve life for her and her son Christopher, fleeing the abusive relationship she's been locked in. Together, they find themselves drawn to Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six days, no one can find him - until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town unharmed. But he returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, one with a mission: Build a treehouse in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again. 

The Giver of Stars, by Jojo Moyes, is a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women set in Depression-era Kentucky. 

Alice Wright marries a handsome American hoping to escape her stifling life in England, but small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. 

Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo's brilliant debut involving power, privilege, dark magic, and murder set among the Ivy League elite.

Galaxy “Alex” Stern was raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom. She dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. At her hospital bed, she's offered a second chance: to attend Yale on a full ride. Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Their eight windowless “tombs” are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, but their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts, by Kate Racculia, is the perfect read for thrill-seekers, wanderers, word lovers, and anyone looking for an escape to the extraordinary.

Tuesday Mooney is a loner. She keeps to herself, begrudgingly socializes, and spends much of her time watching old Twin Peaks and X-Files episodes. When Vincent Pryce - Boston’s most eccentric billionaire - dies leaving behind an epic treasure hunt through the city with clues inspired by his hero Edgar Allan Poe, Tuesday’s adventure finally begins. Tuesday searches for clue after clue, joined by a ragtag crew. Other teams from around the city are also vying for the prize - a share of Pryce’s immense wealth - so they must move quickly. Pryce’s clues can't be cracked with sharp wit alone; the searchers must summon the courage to face painful ghosts from their pasts and discover their most guarded desires and dreams.

Royal Holiday, by Jasmine Guillory, is a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance.

Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary. Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour - until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling. They both say they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day...but are they?