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Award-Winning and Critically-Acclaimed Books to Read This October

Award-Winning and Critically-Acclaimed Books to Read This October

Struggling with choosing your next book to read? We have a few book suggestions that may pique your interest—dazzling novels and trailblazing memoirs from various genres written by literary geniuses that are waiting to be your next great read.

At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop

International Booker Prize, 2021 - Winner

A heartbreaking and gripping novel about the shattering grief and guilt and horror of war, David Diop’s At Night All Blood is Black tells the story of a Senegalese soldier who was recruited by the French army in World War I after he was unable to perform a mercy killing to end the suffering of his childhood friend friend and fellow soldier. 

The 2021 International Booker Prize shortlisted books include The War of the Poor, When We Cease to Understand the World, In Memory of Memory, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, and The Employees.

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

Booker Prize, 2022 - Longlisted

Inspired by a true story from Oakland, California, Nightcrawling follows a young Black girl named Kiara who hunts for work to pay for rent and support his brother Marcus as he clings to his dream of rap stardom. Leila Mottley’s debut novel exposes the harsh realities of a sex worker who is sexually abused by a group of police officers—a contemplation of what it means “to be vulnerable, unprotected, and unseen.”

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

National Book Awards, 2018 - Winner

Xiomara, a young girl in Harlem, pours all her frustrations and passion onto the pages of her notebook then discovers slam poetry as she recites the words to herself. Xiomara’s poems, like prayers, are filled with a myriad of feelings, as she tries to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world: The Poet X is a gorgeously and powerfully-written free verse, non-rhyming style of poetry that is a must-read, especially for young adults.

The Last Cuentista by Barbara Higuera

Newbery Medal, 2022 - Winner

A middle-grade dystopian novel, The Last Cuentista follows Petra Peña who, along with her family and a few hundred scientists and their children, had to leave planet Earth after it had been destroyed by a comet and carry on the human race. After waking up on a new planet, everyone forgot that Earth existed... Except for Petra. Now, it is up to her and her storytelling to keep her people’s history alive.

Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark

Pulitzer Prize, 2021 - Finalist

More to being credited for advancing the genre of confessional poetry, author Heather Clark presents new materials about Sylvia Plath’s life in Red Comet. In this first biography about the late poet, Clark exposes Plath’s juvenile writings, her psychiatric treatment, and her early relationships and determination not to become a conventional woman and wife. Clark’s compassionate research brings readers closer than ever to one of the brilliant minds that paved the way for women poets and ultimately, changed the course of poetry in English.

Night Watchman by Louise Edrich

Pulitzer, 2021 - Winner

Set in the 1950s, the Night Watchman is inspired by the extraordinary life of award-winning Louise Edrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and motivated other members to fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C. This gripping novel, which is set on the Turtle Mountain Reservation, explores the themes of love, death, and commitment to freedom and life.

Enjoy 15% discount on D-coded titles from the Award Winners collection on Fully Booked Online. For Shopee and Lazada, bookworms can get 10% off if you buy 2 or more books from the same collection. Promo runs from October 17 to 28. 

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