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After skipping last month’s reading list because I was desperately behind on my planned reading, I’m back with a new October reading list.
I’ve leaned toward lighter books these last few months, but fall is one of my favorite times for a good curl-up with a more intense book.
This month brings a good mix of dystopia, family stories, historical fiction, and a thriller and lighter novel to round things out.
While I have a couple more new books on the horizon this year, for the most part this wraps up the advanced copies I’m reading in 2019.
The next couple months will be a little more free reading–some backlist, some nonfiction (for Nonfiction November), and maybe a few coming early in 2020.
For now, today is our first real day of rainy, cool fall weather. I think it will be just right for a fire, blanket, tea, and Atwood.
October 2019 Reading List
I’ve already started The Testaments, the highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale that the literary world has been buzzing about all year, and so far it’s promising. The book is told in the voices of three females: two young women coming of age–one within Gilead and one outside in Canada–and the famed Aunt Lydia. I’ve read few reviews and don’t yet know how these three will come together, but aside from some initial disorientation when the narrator changes, I’m hooked. Aunt Lydia’s story has me especially intrigued. I have not see the Hulu series and I reread The Handmaid’s Tale earlier this year, so Atwood’s story is the only one in my head and I can’t wait to see where she takes it.
Jack Calhoun flees his southern town–and his demons–to go fight the war in Iraq. He tries to find his purpose while waging his internal battles and those on the ground around him, while wondering if peace is even possible.
Any Good Thing is the debut novel by my blogging friend, Joy E. Rancatore, and I’ve been looking forward to reading it for months!
I haven’t read a lot of Jojo Moyes-her Me Before You trilogy has many superfans, but for me it was just okay (and I didn’t even read the third book). I did, however, enjoy her historical fiction novel The Girl You Left Behind more, so I have high hopes for her new historical fiction. The Giver of Stars tells the story of the Depression-era Horseback Librarians of Kentucky, five women who sign on to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s traveling library.
Books, quirky characters, before-their-time feminists, and based on a true story? Sign me up!
The Girl Who Reads On the Metro follows Juliette, a Parisian who dreams about the people she sees reading on the train during her commute. One day she encounters a bizarre bookseller who hires her to care for his daughter while also working as a sort of book matchmaker.
I’m not exactly sure what to expect from this one–the blurb says it’s perfect for fans of the movie Amélie, which is charming if a little twee for my tastes–but I’m usually up for a light read, centered around books and quirky characters.
If Only I Could Tell You is another family story told over decades, this time about two sisters who have been torn apart because of a shared secret. Their mother tries desperately to repair the family, until the secret is revealed–it could either bring them back together or forever break them.
I never thought I’d say this, but I might be getting a little burnt out on “family stories told over decades.” There have been so many good ones this year–it’s a little unfair that this book has so much to live up to. The blurbs and reviews have been strong, though, so I’m hopeful that this is a new take on the family saga that will keep me reading.
At 25 years old, Libby opens a letter to find out the identity of her birth parents–and that she has inherited their abandoned mansion in London. Twenty-five years ago, police were called to the house finding only a baby alive in a crib–and three dead bodies in the kitchen. The four other children were gone. Libby finds herself entangled in the three families that lived in the house–and their secrets.
Lisa Jewell has become one of my favorite thriller writers. She writes smart, solid stories with fully developed characters and without gimmicky twists, and I’m hopeful that this one follows that same pattern.
What are you reading this month?