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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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Today, I wanted to share a list of another collection of Stephen King book covers. Last year I shared the Complete List of Hodder Paperbacks, and during my research for that I noticed Gallery Books covers. They look similar, with bold covers and interesting graphics, but they're not quite the same. Hodder and Stoughton is a British publishing house and those covers were produced in 2007/2008. There are only a couple of Gallery Books Paperbacks, which is a division of Simon and Schuster.
To find these titles, I searched on Instagram, Amazon, Book Depository, and AbeBooks. The majority of the ones linked below are from Abe Books, but if you enter in the ISBN on Amazon they do become available. Enter the ISBN number into Amazon and click on "see all buying options" to look into what quality book you're purchasing.
Disclaimer: The books that I ordered are used and the price/ quality may vary. I'd recommend checking between Amazon/Abe Books/ Book Depository etc to see if you can get the best deal. Just a heads up, the links below are affiliate links. Finally, I'm not an expert in book collecting by any means. The list below is what I believe to be the complete collection. I don't work in publishing; I just do this as a hobby. Happy collecting!
The Complete List of Stephen King Gallery Books Paperbacks
Links below are to Amazon where available. I linked to Abe Books if I didn't see it on Amazon at the time of this post. I added the ISBN numbers so you can find them on your own in case the links become outdated.
And there you have it! I hope this was helpful.
This book sounded like it was tailor made for me- five strong and successful women in New York have joined the cast of a reality show called Goal Diggers and one of them ends up dead. Instead of housewives, these women are entrepreneurs, but the drama and behind the scene backstabbing stays. I got an ARC of this one- I think I'll be starting on it next!
Yay, a new Stephen King! At this point, I'm basically collecting every book in his canon, but I'm especially excited for this one because it sounds like it's going to be more of a police procedural. A young boy’s corpse is found violated in a town park, and all signs are pointing to a very popular town citizen as having been responsible. The evidence points to this being an open and shut case, but as details emerge it becomes clear that theres much more to the story. Loving the creepy cover too- it's giving me Stranger Things/ Get Out upside down vibes.
Alright...I get really squirrely when a book is advertised as "THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE SUMMER—SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE"... but then I saw the end of this sentence was "STARRING SCANDAL’S KERRY WASHINGTON", so, I'm in. A group of young mothers blow off steam together and become inexplicably connected after one of the mother's young baby goes missing. I'm thinking this will be more of a slow burn than a crazy page turner, but those are some of my favorites when they're well done. (It's also a Book of the Month pick for May! Sign up here!)
To be honest, I didn't even read the synopsis before adding this to my must read for May list. Ruth Ware is an insta-read author for me, but looking back I think I liked her first book, In a Dark, Dark Wood, the best. I wasn't a fan of The Woman in Cabin 10 (too far fetched), and liked The Lying Game, but just enough. I'm really interested to see how I feel about this new one. I do love how her books are all different from one another while still retaining that Ruth Ware-is suspense building I love. Here, Hal, a tarot- card reader, uses her card reading skills to capitalize on a letter bequeathing a substantial inheritance to someone else. One of my favorite book blogs, Crime By the Book, really enjoyed this one, so I do have high hopes.
What are you looking forward to reading this month?
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Is it wrong to believe that books have seasons? I suppose not, as there's definitely such a thing as a summer read. But today being the first official day of fall got me thinking about fall books. Not Halloween/spooky books (I totally have a post planned for those) but atmospheric books that give me the cozy, sweater weather/getting cooler/curling up with a books feels. Since today is the start of Fall, I thought I'd be the basic of all basics and give you four books for you to enjoy with your Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Lizzie Borden is an American legend, best known for allegedly murdering her father and stepmother with an axe. In real life, the case remains unsolved. See What I Have Done is a fictionalized story about Lizzie Borden and offers an account of what really happened. The book creepy as can be and filled with metaphors that will make you gag and feel as stuck to Lizzie as her sister Emma. My enjoyment of this book was completely elevated when I found out the author was inspired to write the book because Lizzie visited her in her dreams and demanded the story be told. For 10 years straight. The author has a unique way of story telling, but once I got used to her frenetic writing style I loved it.
The Secret History | Donna Tartt
The start of fall means back to school and there's no book that puts me back into college life more than The Secret History. Four friends at a New England university find themselves under the spell of each other and their charismatic morally corrupt professor. They’re indelibly intertwined, as most college friends are, but when the group is faced with a murder things begin to unravel. There are drugs, recklessness, death, and unreliable narrators, and it couldn't be more disturbing and absorbing.
I had to include at least a little fantasy. Diana Bishop comes from a long line of witches, but thats only a part of her story. She's also a PhD who discovers a lost book that holds the secret to immortality. The book opens up a parallel universe and Diana quickly finds herself in the midst of an interspecies war. She also happens to fall in love with a 1500 year old vampire, Matthew. I loved the blend of historical events and magical realism. This is a debut novel (!) and book one in the All Souls Trilogy. The entire All Souls series is a must read.
And of course, nothing says fall quite like Stephen King. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon isn't King's typical horror novel, but its atmosphere and tension makes it a perfect addition to the list. It’s set in the New England woods in the fall. Tricia is just a kid on a hike in Maine with her family. She becomes annoyed with their continued arguing and forges ahead without them. Problem is... She gets lost. Very lost. And all she has is her dying Walkman and Red Sox game over the radio to keep her company. That, and whatever terrifying creatures are in the shadows... This is a quick read at just over 250 pages- and it's a great way to get into Stephen King if you've been wanting to do so but think you might be too afraid.
What are your favorite books to read in the fall?
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