The first book I read this month was from one of my favorite Aladdin M!x authors, Rachele Alpine. When you look at this cover, you can't help but get excited about looking beyond it to see the story inside.
You Throw Like a Girl tackles the pressure young girls feel to fit a certain "type." Gabby has a mom who was a former beauty queen and a dad who was a local baseball legend. Gabby gravitated toward her father's pastime, taking up softball. But when her dad leaves the country and she heads to her grandmother's house for the summer, she finds herself pushed into the pageant world while also pretending to be a boy to get onto the only youth softball team in town. I had so much fun reading this book, but I also think it has a great message for young girls who might not be sure where they fit in the whole tomboy vs. girly-girl scheme of things.
Next up is a book by an author I always enjoy hanging out with at various author events. Rae Ann Parker is a fellow Nashvillian and an all-around great person. She's also a mega-talented author. I had the opportunity to get an autographed copy of her first book and I couldn't wait to read it!
The Devil's Backbone takes us down the Natchez Trace, a 440-mile road that runs through Mississippi and Tennessee. The main character, David, is on the trip with his father as part of a learning type of punishment after David takes the blame for something his friend did. During the trip, David makes a friend who happens to be the ghost of a boy who died hundreds of years ago. The history of the area is carefully woven into the story, keeping it interesting and entertaining while also helping the reader learn. A great read for tweens, teens, AND adults!
Next up this month is a bestseller. Like every bestseller I read these days, it was a recommendation from Stephen King. (Tip: if you follow him on Twitter, he drops occasional recommendations in between complaints about our President.)
Behind Her Eyes is one of those "I don't know what's going on but I know something bad is going to happen, so I'm going to read the next 400 pages to find out" kind of psychological thrillers. In other words, every book that's a huge hit these days. Which, as it turns out, is my kind of book because I can't get enough! On the surface, it's a love triangle between a husband, a wife, and his mistress--only his wife and his mistress are BFFs. Everyone's talking about "the ending" of this book but it's really that this book is just super-twisty. And I can't tell you more without killing the fun of that. So I'll just say, if you like Gone Girl-Six Years twisty novels, this is the book for you.
This month I also read Patricia Josephine's latest book, which you probably read all about if you spent any time in the blogosphere!
Abducted Life tells the story of a couple who survived an alien abduction but must now deal with the aftermath. Without giving too much away, that aftermath is something that keeps the two of them apart despite the fact that they seem very much in love. That part of the story is heart-wrenching, but Patricia sets up characters you can't help but cheer on as they battle even more adversity.
My next book is something that is likely to help all my writer friends out there. If you have trouble coming up with blog topics or writing exercises, give Tyrean Martinson's latest book a try.
What was the best book you read this month?