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October recommended reads from West Sussex Library Service

Recommended Reads for October

October’s theme is a book recommended by a friend or librarian.




General Fiction

Matt Haig – The Midnight Library or Last Family in England
Milly Johnson – My One True North
Alessandro Baricco – Silk
Leife Shallcross – The Beast’s Heart
Milly Johnson – Here Come the Girls
Harry Sidebottom – Iron and Rust
Nick Hornby – High Fidelity
Audrey Niffenegger – Time Traveller’s Wife
Meg Wolitzer – The Interestings
Bernardine Evaristo – Girl, Woman, Other
Dodie Smith – I Capture the Castle
Phillipe Besson – Lie With Me
Armistead Maupin – Tales of the City
Fannie Flagg - Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café
Gail Honeyman – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Carrie Hope Fletcher – On the Other Side
Sally Rooney – Conversations With Friends
Ann Patchett – The Dutch House
Maggie O’Farrell – Hamnet
Stephen King – The Shining
Evelyn Waugh – Vile Bodies
Sarah Maine – House Between Tides
Patrick Suskind- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Anthony Doerr - All the Light we Cannot See
Amor Towles – A Gentleman in Moscow
Fredrik Backman – A Man called Ove


Crime and Thrillers

Janet Evanovich – One for the Money
Elizabeth Kay – Seven Lies
Michael Farris Smith – Blackwood
Elly Griffiths – The Lantern Man
Caroline Kepnes – You or Hidden Bodies
Oyinkan Braithwaite – My Sister the Serial Killer
V. B. Grey – Tell Me How it Ends
Karen Hamilton – The Perfect Girlfriend
Robert Harris – The Second Sleep


Sci-fi and Fantasy

Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake
Terry Pratchett – Good Omens
John Wyndham - Chrysalids



Teen and Young Adult Novels

David Almond – Skellig
Patrick Ness – A Monster Calls
Lisa Heathfield - Seed
Dean Atta – The Black Flamingo
Sally Nicholls – Things a Bright Girl Can Do
Sarah Crossan – One
Sarah J Maas – Throne of Glass
Will Hill - After the Fire
Ruta Sepetys - Fountains of Silence


Children’s Books

R. J. Palacio – Wonder
Sophie Anderson – The Girl Who Speaks Bear
Hilary McKay – The Time of Green Magic
Anna James – Pages & Co
Tom Palmer – After the War
Brian Selznik - The Invention of Hugo Cabret



Helene Hanff – 84 Charing Cross Road
Neil Astley (ed) – Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times
Vicky Beeching – Undivided
Lang Leav – Memories
Rebecca Skloot – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Catherine Cho – Inferno
Cathy Rentzenbrink – Dear Reader
Jonathan Bate – Stressed, Unstressed
Carol Dweck - Mindset


Reserve your books to collect from your local library by visiting our library catalogue, or use our free Staff Select service if you’d like us to pick out some books for you!


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