It's the end of the month, which means it's time to share all of the great books I read this month.
Usually I do this on the last Friday of the month, but this month my Fridays are dedicated to "Scary October" posts. So we're doing this one a little early. But posting two days early didn't stop me from getting seven books read this month!
We're nearing Halloween, so I'll bet you're in the mood for something scary to read. I mentioned this book earlier this month, but now I get to tell you how much I enjoyed reading it!
In The Holler Witch, a six-year-old girl is called to the deathbed of a woman known as "Holler Witch." There's a reason she's been called there. This young girl has something special...and it's the same thing the Holler Witch has. But before she can leave, she must overcome her fears and accept the gift the dying woman has for her. This book feels both sweetly nostalgic and subtly spooky at the same time. This is the perfect horror story--dark and scary without being violent.
My next read for October is a boatload of books from Kristina Springer. I have to first say that my one of my life's goals is to read every book this awesome writer has written. I got a good start this month with this young adult box set:
You can also buy the books individually, starting with Just Your Average Princess. But with this box set, you get three super-awesome books in one! Every book is a standalone story about a group of teens living in a town called Average. The first story revolves around a pumpkin farm, while the second story is about a girl who signs up to allow the popular girls to date her boyfriend. The third story has students playing paparazzi and celebrities as part of a class project. All three books are way above average. You must read these books! You can get the whole box set for just $6.99.
My next book is by a blogger most of you know already. He's the one who brought most of us together! Alex J. Cavanaugh is not just a talented blogger and supportive friend, but he's a world-class writer, too. I read the first in his series, Cassastar.
I've never read a space opera before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. If I had to offer a comparison, I would compare CassaStar to Starship Troopers, a movie I really liked when it first came out. Now I'm wondering if I've missed out by not reading space opera before. CassaStar tells the story of a young space fighter who has extraordinary abilities and the struggles he faces in dealing with authority. While it may be set in space, I think its themes cross all genres. Alex is an amazing writer...if you haven't read this one, it's time to check it out!
The next book is a memoir by another favorite blogger of ours. You may know Anna Mullins from her blog about her life's adventures, but did you know there's a book, too?
After reading Confessions of a Crazy Fox, I officially know more about Anna Mullins than any other blogger. I know her entire life history! How can you beat that? This book--and books like it--are essential. They are the last memories of a very special time in our nation's history. Anna covers the tight family bonds that can sometimes lead to tensions. She takes us through the many ups and downs of her life in a way that only a talented storyteller can. I hope she'll move on to another book--perhaps a fictional tale about a girl growing up in the 50s? Maybe it's just that I love the 50s and can't read enough about that decade!
SK Anthony's Static is my next book. You probably know SK from her great blog, but I love her books just as much as her blog! Static is the sequel to Kinetic, a book I read earlier this year. But you don't have to read the first book to enjoy this one.
I love the way S.K. ended this book! I won't give anything away, but it promises an exciting Book Three, that's all I'll say. This book has it all: action, sci-fi, and romance--a love triangle, to be more exact. I was rooting for Kevin to get together with one of the two females...but then S.K. broke my heart! She redeemed it at the end, though, so all is good. This book will take you for a roller-coaster ride of emotions, which is what I call a great book!
That's it for October. What's the best book you read this month?