Monday, October 30, 2017

Best Books of October

Since it's the last Friday of the month, it's time to tell you all about the great books I read this month.




This month was a mix of fun and spooky releases, which is perfect in my world! First up was this adorable book by one of my favorite people, Ronni Arno.



One thing that is severely lacking in most middle grade novels is the crappy parent. Molly in the Middle handles this topic in a unique way--while still being fun to read. Molly is the proverbial middle child, always squeezed out of everything. When she gets the chance to finally stand out, she jumps at it, but how much of herself is she willing to give up for the popularity she's always wanted? Molly's longtime friendship with a boy with Muscular Dystrophy, as well as the impending divorce of her self-absorbed parents, make this an impactful read.

Coming in at the end of the month was this awesome middle grade from Hillary Homzie. It has a super-fun cover that makes you want to head to your nearest coffee shop.



I had so much fun reading Pumpkin Spice Secrets. Hillary perfectly captures the feeling of being twelve years old and having your first crush. But Maddie has a dilemma: her BFF has a crush on the same guy. The author set up perfectly the obstacle, showing how important "belonging" in her clique of friends is to Maddie. This is a light, fun read that will make you realize why you love reading middle grade fiction!

Next up is a book I've been reading about on Twitter for the better part of a year, so I couldn't wait to read it. Lindsay Currie writes for my publisher, Aladdin, and the cover of this one is just too cute to resist, especially in October!



Horror is a hard genre to pull off, but with The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street, the author NAILED IT! Seriously. Adult authors could take a note on how to write horror from reading this book. Lindsay adds the perfect amount of spookiness throughout the book in a way that reminds you how a good ghost story should read. I wish there were more books like this!

I was so excited to read Kelly Hashway's latest book, since it's a sequel to a book I read not so long ago. It's always fun to check back in with characters you bonded with the first time around.



Secrets We Keep reintroduces us to Maddie, a successful novelist and amateur sleuth. When someone is murdered at New Year's party, Maddie and her boyfriend, Trevor, are once again drawn into the mystery. Kelly has a knack for building the suspense while also keeping readers guessing until the end.

I admittedly haven't had the opportunity to read much in the new adult genre, so I'm always excited when I get to. This month I had the privilege of digging into Jennifer Lane's most recent release.



Over the years, I've grown to appreciate the beauty of short stories and novellas. Packing conflict, character development, and all of the other complications that go into a good story is VERY challenging in a shorter format. With Swim Recruit, Jennifer Lane handles this beautifully, taking us from A to Z and all points in between in just 36 pages. The book also tackles a very important issue that I can't describe without giving away the story! Definitely give this one a read.

What are you reading this month?

16 comments:

  1. Glad you found some good books this month.

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  2. Loved seeing what you're reading. I've heard great things about Hillary's book. Glad you liked it.

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  3. Sounds like some good books. I read The Shack this month after hearing so much about it.

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  4. nifty covers and good blurbs

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  5. Oh, now I have some new books for my TBR pile. I think my 12 year-old will really love THE PECULIAR INCIDENT ON SHADY STREET. And I'm excited to dive into MOLLY IN THE MIDDLE. I love that it features a primary character who is differently abled. Thanks for including PUMPKIN SPICE SECRETS!

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  6. What a great list. Your reviews talked me into purchasing three of the books you mentioned. Thanks!

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  7. Okay, now it's four books ... :-)

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  8. Thank you so much for including Secrets We Keep. I'm so happy you liked it!

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  9. More great books. Thank you for your reviews. They all sound fascinating. Just as my reading stack gets smaller, more books come out. I'm reading Before We Were Yours, a chilling story based on facts about children that were stolen from their families and sold to wealthy families. Imagine.

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  10. You are so good to me, Stephanie! I truly appreciate you taking the time to read and review Swim Recruit.

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  12. Ugh. Haven't read a single book this month. Good job, you. I will check these books. Thanks for recommending.

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  13. Molly in the Middle sounds a lot like a Judy Blume kind of novel, and I love Judy, so...

    Kelly's book sounds like my kind of read too. The list keeps growing!!

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  14. The covers on these books are so inviting, and this looks like a great list! That Molly in the Middle sounds pretty unique. I've never been the middle child, but I've heard some crazy stories of what goes on. Some have been funny, and others a little sad. Hope your Halloween has been phenomenal! Hugs...RO

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  15. Ooh, I'm definitely adding them to my TBR :-) Thanks for sharing.

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