I guess it's because I have spent a lot of time on airplanes this month but I have read a lot more than usual. I'm excited I am that much closer to hitting my goal of reading 17 new books in 2017. I've really loved the books I read this month and several of them are very October-y so I thought I would put together a little book list!
Thrillers are my favorite books and during Halloween time they feel even more fitting. Although of course sometimes I freaked myself out reading late at night and then can't sleep! But I also love books dealing with magic and after visiting Salem a few weeks ago, I have been itching to re-read one of my favorite witchy books. Here is my list of favorites this month!
I couldn't put this one down. It has a Salem Witch trials vibe to it, but is about a small suburban town where the teenage girls starting getting sick. It's told from three different perspectives which I always like. Here is the synopsis from Goodreads: The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.
As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security.
The Woman In Cabin 10
If you are a fan of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, this is your next thriller read. It's another example of a book where you don't really love the protagonist. I'm not sure why this has become so popular, but you care enough to find out what happens to her. Towards the end it becomes a roller coaster where you don't know what will happen next. Goodreads synopsis: In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…
A Discovery of Witches
Just fair warning, this is a trilogy, but it's one that I love. Magic, romance and adventure, what more could you want? If I didn't have so many other books I want to read, I'd re-read it right now. Goodreads synopsis: Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery, so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks, but her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries--and she's the only creature who can break its spell.
Six Women of Salem
This is the book I am about to start. I picked it up in Salem and can't wait to read it. From reviews it sounds like there are a lot (maybe too many) facts and details, but I find this period of time so fascinating in our country's history. Goodreads: Six Women of Salem is the first work to use the lives of a select number of representative women as a microcosm to illuminate the larger crisis of the Salem witch trials. By the end of the trials, beyond the twenty who were executed and the five who perished in prison, 207 individuals had been accused, 74 had been "afflicted", 32 had officially accused their fellow neighbors, and 255 ordinary people had been inexorably drawn into that ruinous and murderous vortex, and this doesn’t include the religious, judicial, and governmental leaders. All this adds up to what the Rev. Cotton Mather called "a desolation of names."
I'd love to know what books you're loving this month! Tell me in the comments and I'll add them to my ever growing list of books to read!
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