These are Amazon’s picks for best books this October

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Most of us could stand to devote more time to reading. We make room in our busy schedules for the latest episode of “Game of Thrones,” but we don’t set aside enough time for books.

If you’re looking for something to keep you occupied before bed or on your commute to work this October, we suggest checking out Amazon’s Best Books of the Month, a section of the site wholly dedicated to new releases in literature and fiction, nonfiction, history, and more.

You’ll find a spotlight pick (this month’s is “Endurance” by Scott Kelly) along with nine other books that Amazon’s book editors loved this month.

For anyone looking for a book to read on the commute to work or on your couch this fall, this list is a good place to start your search.

Captions have been provided by Erin Kodicek, editor of books and Kindle at Amazon.com.

“Endurance” by Scott Kelly

"Endurance" by Scott Kelly

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Astronaut Scott Kelly’s fascinating memoir of the year he spent on the International Space Station, and the effects it had on his body (information NASA needs as they plan a mission to Mars). Kelly also talks about the unlikely path he took to arrive at this coveted career.

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“Lighter Than My Shadow” by Katie Green

"Lighter Than My Shadow" by Katie Green

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“Savage Country” by Robert Olmstead

"Savage Country" by Robert Olmstead

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This historical novel, taking place in the Old West, explores the complex circumstances that caused (mostly) well-meaning hunters to almost wipe the buffalo population off the face of the earth.

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“The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur

"The Sun and Her Flowers" by Rupi Kaur

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We don’t often have poetry on our top ten list, but Rupi Kaur’s highly anticipated follow-up to “Milk and Honey” grabbed our attention with its profound and universal messages of love and acceptance. Not a fan of poetry? This collection just might change your mind.

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“Leonardo da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson

"Leonardo da Vinci" by Walter Isaacson

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The author of bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Einstein, Steve Jobs, and more returns with the story of “history’s most creative genius.” Blending a passion for art and science, Leonardo da Vinci earned a place in Isaacson’s heart for “thinking different,” something the subjects of all of his books have in common.

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“Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan

"Manhattan Beach" by Jennifer Egan

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The latest from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Visit from the Goon Squad” is a noir thriller, which is different territory for Egan, as is its historical setting. In it our heroine, one of the first female divers working at a naval ship yard during WWII, becomes involved with a mob boss who may be responsible for the disappearance of her father.

“Reservoir 13” by Jon McGregor

"Reservoir 13" by Jon McGregor

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Longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize, Jon McGregor’s “Reservoir 13” explores the years-long aftershocks the denizens of a rural English village experience when one of their most vulnerable goes missing.

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“A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived” by Adam Rutherford

"A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived" by Adam Rutherford

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Do not let the daunting title dissuade you from reading this very engaging examination of “who we are, and how we came to be.” Now that scientists can decipher the nuances of DNA, we are discovering that we didn’t know ourselves as well as we thought we did.

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“The Floating World” by C. Morgan Babst

"The Floating World" by C. Morgan Babst

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Penned by a New Orleans native, this powerful debut is set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina. It begins with the storm fast approaching, but the adult daughter of the Boisdoré family refuses to evacuate with her parents, setting off a chain of events with catastrophic consequences.

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“The Book of Dust” by Philip Pullman

"The Book of Dust" by Philip Pullman

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At last, the first book in a new trilogy from Philip Pullman. Taking place a decade prior to events described in “The Golden Compass,” “The Book of Dust” focuses on beloved character, Lyra, and her daemon Pantalaimon.

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