It's once again time to tell you about the best books I read this month. Here are my favorite October reads!
My publisher picks the best authors! Ronni Arno is one of those authors. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know my publisher also has the best covers. The cover for Ronni's latest book is proof of that:
In Dear Poppy, a 12-year-old girl is relocated to the family farm, where she finds a hidden stash of letters in the barn. The letters are were written by her now-deceased mom in 1985 and are addressed to "Poppy," leading her to conclude that her mother somehow knew as a teenager that her daughter would someday read them. As Poppy struggles to deal with making friends at school, including a meanie named Kathryn, the letters bond her to her mom in a touching way. This book will tug at your heartstrings while still being a fun read!
The last book this month was one my author friend Rachele Alpine told me about. The concept of school shootings has always fascinated me. This book is an intense read, but worth it.
On the day of his high school's pep rally, teenager Kirby Matheson walks into his school and opens fire, killing six students and injuring five others. Violent Ends describes the days surrounding the traumatic event, with each chapter featuring a different perspective. Like 13 Reasons Why, Violent Ends explores adolescent death in a way that's both fascinating and horrifying. This is one of those books you won't be able to put down.
You're likely already familiar with the next book I read in October, a psychological thriller with an eye-catching cover by one of my blogging buddies, Yvonne Ventresca.
In Black Flowers, White Lies, a high schooler is dealing with her mom's wedding, a soon-to-be stepbrother who happens to be hot, and some haunting truths about her father. At the same time, strange things are starting to happen all around her. Is her father communicating with her from the grave? I came into this story expecting suspense and got so much more. I can see why this author won the very coveted Crystal Kite Award for her previous book. She creates rich characters you grow to care about deeply, coupled with a story that will draw you in from the start. Don't miss this one!
I eagerly awaited the release of this one. From the cover and premise, you know it's going to be a great one. You know her in the blogging world as Kelly Hashway, but she also writes as Ashelyn Drake:
There's something so heartbreaking about two people who want to be together but can't. After Loving You covers that heartbreak in a way few books have. Former lovers Mia and Jared are separated by distance, but they've remained best friends. Ashelyn follows their separate paths as they try to forget each other and date others. Yet they constantly feel pulled back toward each other. This book took me back to my teenage years, when I was trying to get over my first love. Fortunately, we didn't have the internet back then, so it was much easier to move on! No matter what your age, you'll identify with this book.
I love short story anthologies, so I was excited to read this next book. Plus, one of the authors is one of my favorite bloggers, Leandra Wallace. The cover says it all:
Circuits and Slippers blends technology and fairy tales, with each short story bringing a modern twist to the stories we've heard all our lives. I loved the variety in this book, which included plenty of adventure and even a little humor along the way. Leandra's take on the Princess and the Pea and Jennifer Lee Rossman's version of Goldilocks were my two favorites, but you can't go wrong with any of these stories!
What are you reading now?