The 10 Books Everyone Will Be Reading In October

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All around the world, October is commonly a change of season and a time to sit back and relax as we approach the busy Christmas period. Falling in love with a book re-sparks our imagination and gives us a sense of revitalisation as we head into another busy part of the year. Our team and book lovers on Carry A Book have handpicked these exciting reads based on popularity and recommend you give one or two of these books a read or add them to your TBR list. 

These books cover various fiction and non-fiction genres to give you a broad choice to finding something new and outside your normal preference. As there are thousands of books released every year, it makes it hard to find a book right for you and your current interests.

Our recommendations this month are discussed regularly amongst Carry A Book members and are sure to provide you with a chance to escape reality.

1. The Housemate by Sarah Bailey

From an award-winning author, The Housemate is based on an Australian mystery from Melbourne-based journalist, Olive Groves. Olive uncovers new facts about three housemates – one that is dead, one that is missing, and one that has been accused of murder. 

As a dark web of lies is revealed, it takes Olive back to the dead housemate, where she is forced to confront past traumas and insecurities. Give this book a read if you want to discover what happened to the three housemates in this decade-long case.

2. 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think by Brianna Wiest

Brianna Wiest is renowned for philosophical writing and this book is filled with new ways to embrace negative thinking and become aware of your cognitive biases impacting your life. 

Each chapter is a quick and highly insightful read. You don’t even need to read the book in sequential order; you can pick the chapters that resonate most with you. This book is currently a top-rated read worldwide, and each chapter will leave you with new perceptions and messages to reflect on.

3. Before You Knew My Name by Jaqueline Bublitz

Jaqueline Bublitz will leave you wanting more as this book follows the story of Alice Lee looking for a new start in life. However, when Ruby Jones, a young adult travelling the world alone, discovers Alice’s body by the Hudson River, she finds it difficult to forget what she saw. No moment is wasted as Bublitz turns a story of murder into one of hope, which will leave you gripping on for more.

4. Apples Never Fall Apart by Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty takes you on a journey filled with mystery, crime, and psychological thrillers. This book explores how the people we love and trust can be the ones who hurt us the most.  

Joy Delaney’s mysterious disappearance leaves her four adult children questioning their ‘contented family’. As they re-examine their history and their parents’ relationship, it has each character looking at their family members in a new light.

5. 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey 

As a best-selling book, Stephen Covey can help you move from a state of dependence to independence, teaching invaluable habits which bolster successful people. Each chapter goes through the primary principles on how these habits can help you become more successful in what you want to achieve. 

Stephen states that the way we see the world is based on our frame of reference and to change ourselves, we need to change the way we see life itself. Many people want to succeed, and this begins by identifying the seven habits in this book to achieve true change. 

6. Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

It is a relatable story to many individuals who have grown up in a country that is not of their ethnicity. As you grow up, being away from your family can sometimes make you lose touch with your culture and identity, and it can take a tragic event to bring everyone together. 

This heartfelt book reminds us that we are always searching for a piece of home. Here we explore how H Mart has helped Zauner stay in touch with her heritage after losing her loved ones. 

7. The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

A fiction book where science and love are infused together. For those who do not believe in long-lasting relationships like Olive Smith, a third-year PhD. candidate, you’re in for a good read.

Olive kisses the first man she sees, Adam Carlsen, a hotshot professor who has agreed to pretend to be her fake boyfriend. Although, this leads them to an experiment gone wrong. If you’re intrigued about what happens next, go find this book in your local bookstore or library and see how they put their love to the test.

8. The Survivors by Jane Harper 

Jane Harper wrote another standout murder book. Protagonist Kieran Elliott’s life changed when a reckless mistake led to an unfortunate event. As her town makes a significant discovery on the beach, Kieran’s secrets, lies, guilt, and regrets all emerge. 

The Survivors by Jane Harper is a very mysterious and compelling novel that will leave you speechless. 

9. She Became The Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

This is one of the most exciting books published by Tor Books. She Became The Sun is the first book in Radiant Emperor duology and is set in 1345, where a famine-stricken village has two children with two different fates. Zhu Chonfba is destined for greatness and the other is destined for nothing. After reading the first few chapters, this book will become an instant favourite with reprehensible and loveable characters that you will remember for years.

10. Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love Is The Key To Unlocking Your Greatness by Vex King 

If you’re looking to transform your negative emotions into positive ones, and find lasting happiness, this book is perfect for you. Vex King is full of wisdom and highlights that when you start to surround yourself with positivity, you can change the way you act, feel, speak, and think. 

Every page is a guide for you on manifesting your goals, finding a deeper purpose in life, practising self-care, and developing positive habits in your life. An inspiring read of self-development and self-mastery that will help you become a shining light for others.


There’s nothing better than getting lost in a book and eager to find what happens next. Connecting with the characters and resonating with the author is an experience that only a book can offer. With a range of exciting books in our top October picks, we hope there is two or three books that you find interesting and add to your own reading list. Discuss your favourite books or the one you’re reading and interact with like-minded readers on Carry A Book app today!