TBR and TBD | New and Notable for October 2018
OCTOBER you are spoiling us! Today was a huge new release day and there’s quite a few more I’m excited about that are coming out the rest of the month. Below are some of my favorites- several new releases from my favorite authors, a book with a topic that always gets me, and a highly anticipated sophomore novel from an author I discovered earlier this year.
TBR 1 | A Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult | Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
At this point, I'll read anything Jodi Picoult puts out. My all time favorite from her was Nineteen Minutes with last year's Small Great Things a close second. Picoult is again not shying away from tackling the tough stuff with A Spark of Light (trigger warning for abortion and shootings). We've got a hostage situation at the only abortion clinic in Mississippi. Inside, is the hostage negotiator's daughter and a cast of other characters, including the doctor, a pro life protester in disguise, and a nurse who just had her own clandestine abortion. I got my hands on an ARC and wow. I can recommend this with full confidence, no matter which side of the abortion debate you fall on.
TBR 2 | The Witch Elm | Tana French | Release Date: October 9th, 2018
Another auto read author for me! Tana French is the author of one of my favorite series, The Dublin Murder squad. The Witch Elm is her first standalone. Toby is a happy-go-lucky guy who's out celebrating with his friends, when he comes upon two burglars who beat him up and leave him for dead. His forced to move back in with a family member, and instead of the peaceful recovery he needs, he gets involved in heap of family drama. If you're a fan of suspenseful crime fiction, then definitely add this to you list.
TBR 3 | The Kennedy Debutante | Kerri Maher | Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
I think a lot of readers have those subjects that make them want to automatically want to read it. For me, that list includes anything having to do with the Kennedys. The Kennedy Debutante is about Kick Kennedy, sister to JFK, Robert, and Rosemary. Kick wants to do things her own way, and she heads to London to become a society girl and get out from the shadow of her powerful family. She falls in love with Billy Hartington, but since she’s Catholic and he’s Protestant, their love is forbidden. War breaks out and of course, things get even more complicated. I don’t always read historical fiction, but when I do I’m looking for something that’s got strong protagonists rooted in an era that I find interesting.
TBR 4 | Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak | Release Date: October 9th, 2018
This one is easy. It’s Markus Zusak, and people have been waiting for this for a long, long time :) (check out the Goodreads comments for laughs)
TBR 5 | Elevation | Stephen King | Release Date: October 30th, 2018
Again an easy one- it’s a new Stephen King! This isn’t horror- it’s set in Castle Rock, the fictional town that is featured in so many of his stories. It’s short, too, at only 160 pages.
TBD | The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory | Release Date: October 30th, 2018
The Proposal is the newest book from Jasmine Guillory. I loved her last book, The Wedding Date, and was happy to read that The Proposal centers on Carlos, a beloved character from her first book. Carlos is at a Dodgers came when he sees a very public proposal go very, very wrong. Stepping in, he intercepts a bewildered Nikole and helps her divert from this uncomfortable situation. They embark on a fling- and for a myriad of reasons, believe that there’s no way this could turn into something more meaningful. If you want something lighter this fall that’s got a diverse couple at the center of things, you might pick this up.
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