1. 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas
I started out October with this little gem that I found on the bargain table at B & N. Check out my review in this prior blog post on My Favorite Things.
2. Zodiac (Zodiac #1)
I'm kind of an astrology buff. In the past year I've gone past sun signs and started to explore moon signs, rising signs, and full natal charts. It's a lot of fun to have astrology in mind when talking to people, although asking them, "What's your sign?" still comes off as a 70s pickup line.
I saw this book on the YA table at B & N and the title obviously caught my eye. It's a sci-fi novel about a young woman who is unexpectedly asked to lead her people. It was a really fun and engaging read. I love the storyline and the way that the author weaves the Zodiac signs into the story adds another layer. This is the first book in what I thought was a trilogy but that I've since learned is a tetralogy (four books).
3. The Wonder
I haven't read Donoghue's popular Room because the premise is just too intense for me. But this cover and story drew me in. The book centers around a nurse who is called to rural Ireland to look after a young girl who hasn't eaten in months. Is she a miracle or a fraud? Beautiful, atmospheric writing with a plot that pulled me along until a satisfying ending.
4. Today Will Be Different
Okay I need a major disclaimer before I write this. I think Maria Semple is brilliant and fabulous and I liked this book. I finished it in less than a day. But. Oh I'm so sorry that there's a but. BUT...there were things missing for me. I couldn't help but compare this to Where'd You Go, Bernadette, a book that I absolutely adored. I never felt myself rooting for the main character in Today Will Be Different like I did with Bernadette. I hope you'll give both a try and decide for yourself.
5. It Ends with Us
I saw this book on Mix and Match Mama's October Book Review and her description really piqued my interest. I've never read Colleen Hoover before but I know she's wildly popular. I'm glad I gave this a try. What first appeared to be a light romance turned into something really profound and complex. There's an important story here that needs to be told and talked about.
6. The Perfect Girl
I am such a sucker for suspense in the vein of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. One of my favorite things in the world is to get sucked into a book and nothing else does that quite like a suspense novel. I can definitely recommend this to anyone who likes this genre. The story centers around a teenage girl prodigy with a complicated past. Her mother is murdered and everyone's a suspect. It's a good whodunit with some nuance and a nice twist at the end.
7. Wandering Star (Zodiac #2)
Since I'm late to the party on the Zodiac series I was able to start the second installment soon after finishing the first. I liked this just as much as Zodiac. I'm more attached to these characters and feeling like December 6th, the release date for Black Moon, can't come soon enough. If you like sci-fi, definitely check this one out.
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