11 October 2018

9 Books to Read in October

I thought I'd do something a little bit different for this week's roundup. Instead of featuring books with a uniting thread (audience, genre, etc.), I'm giving you a peek at my ereader. So here, in alphabetical order, are nine October books I really want to find time to read. They span a range of genres, but nonetheless, each one calls to me. Which one would you read first?

9 books to read in OctoberBitter Orange by Claire Fuller (Tin House Books; October 9). Quick take: This is a thriller set in an isolated English country manor in the late 1960s. An architecture student gets involved with the friendly couple living just below her. Are they as perfect and fun as they seem? Why I want to read this: There has been much good buzz and several starred reviews. I like the setting and the time period, and I enjoy a good psychological thriller. Opening line: "They must think I don’t have long left because today they allow the vicar in."

9 books to read in OctoberThe Collector's Apprentice by B. A. Shapiro (Algonquin; October 16). Quick take: Set in 1920s Paris and Philadelphia this is the story of a Belgian woman accused of a crime committed by her ex-lover. She is determined to recover her father's stolen art and prove her innocence; along the way she crosses paths with contemporary artists and writers. Why I want to read this: The short version is that I love Shapiro's books and totally trust Algonquin. I also love books set in the twenties and always learn something about the art world from Shapiro's novels. Opening line: "Paulien is aware that being banished to Paris with 200 francs in her pocket isn’t the worst of circumstances."

9 books to read in OctoberDracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker (Putnam, October 2). Quick take: Set in 1868 in Ireland, England, and Germany. Here's the publisher's tag line: The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author . . . a supernatural thriller . . . and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them. Why I want to read this: Simple curiosity has drawn me to this title. Also, I'm not afraid to admit that I like a good Gothic tale. I understand a movie deal is in the making. Opening lines: "Bram stares at the door. Sweat trickles down his creased forehead."

9 books to read in OctoberGo to My Grave by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books; October 23). Quick take: This is a standalone Gothic thriller set in a Galloway bed and breakfast where a group of friends are gathering for a reunion. It involves long-buried secrets that are starting to surface. Why I want to read this: I love a Scottish setting and the idea that the past will come back to haunt you. And you have to agree that October is a great month for a good mystery/thriller. Opening lines: "The house was a held breath. Its ten empty rooms waited, polished like a bowl of apples."

9 books to read in OctoberIn the Hurricane's Eye by Nathaniel Philbrick (Viking; October 16). Quick take: The subtitle gives you a clue: "Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown." Set in 1781, this is an examination of how Washington turned a series of defeats into a much needed victory for the struggling new nation. Why I want to read this: Two things: I'm interested in American history and Philbrick is the author who makes it all accessible and interesting. To be honest, I'll probably listen to the audiobook, while following along in the eBook. Opening lines: "When France entered the American Revolutionary War in the spring of 1778, George Washington dared to hope his new ally had put victory within reach. Finally, the British navy’s hold on the Atlantic Seaboard was about to be broken."

9 books to read in OctoberThe Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher (Berkely; October 2). Quick take: Set in England and America, this novel is about Kick Kennedy, the rebellious daughter who became a London sensation when her father was the U.S. ambassador to the UK before the start of World War II. Why I want to read this: I don't know much about Kick, and I'm interested because she tried to follow her own path, including falling for a guy who wasn't Catholic. I'd like to know more about her. Opening lines: "Presentation day. Finally, Kick thought as soon as she opened her eyes that morning."

9 books to read in OctoberThe Library Book by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster; October 16, 2018). Quick take: Set in Los Angeles in 1986, this entry in the true crime genre is about the burning of the city's public library, which destroyed or damaged more than a million books. Why I want to read this: I usually like true crime and investigative journalism. I also want to know if the author ever finds the answers to these questions: Did someone set the fire on purpose? If so, who was it? And why was the library the target? Opening line: "Even in Los Angeles, where there is no shortage of remarkable hairdos, Harry Peak attracted attention."

9 books to read in OctoberMarilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy (William Morrow; October 23). Quick take: Set in Prince Edward Island in the late 1800s and inspired by the Anne of Green Gables books, this is the story of Marilla--her heartaches and sacrifices; her strengths and joys--in the years before the red-headed orphan changed her life forever. Why I want to read this: I'm a lifelong Anne fan, so I need to know Marilla's story. I have faith that McCoy is just the author who can bring this beloved character alive. [Full disclosure: although I've never met her in real life, I consider Sarah a friend.] Opening line: "It’d been a rain-chilled May that felt more winter than spring."

9 Books to read in OCtoberWinter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown; October 9). Quick take: Set in contemporary times in Iowa and the Caribbean, this is a story of love and betrayal and loss and new beginnings as a woman in a happy marriage learns her husband is not all who she thought he was. Why I want to read this: I've always enjoyed Hilderbrand's summer beach reads, and I've come to look forward to her "off-season" books. I was excited to learn of this first entry in a new series, which is not set on Nantucket. This sounds like the perfect way to escape holiday stress. Opening lines: "It’s the first night of the new year. Irene Steele has spent the day in a state of focused productivity."

Let me know which ones are on your fall reading list.


Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 10/11/18, 7:15 AM  

I tried Bitter Orange, but found it so slow. I was really disappointed b/c I liked her previous two books.

Mae Travels 10/11/18, 8:33 AM  

Just wondering if you are interested in the new Murakami and the new Barbara Kingsolver books coming out this month? I'm more intrigued by these authors.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

JoAnn 10/11/18, 8:40 AM  

I want to read several of these books. Didn't know Philbrick had a new one - may try to get the audio for our drive south. We're planning to visit Yorktown!

Daryl 10/11/18, 8:40 AM  

i am at the moment deep in the history of Quebec courtesy of Annie Proulx' Barkskins ...

bermudaonion 10/11/18, 9:53 AM  

I really want to get to The Collector's Apprentice and Marilla of Green Gables too.

Emma at Words And Peace / France Book Tours 10/11/18, 10:25 AM  

Waiting to see what you think of the latest Shapiro, some seem to be disappointed. Today, I'm going to pick up my copy of the very latest Murakami, released yesterday

(Diane) bookchickdi 10/11/18, 12:09 PM  

I read a biography of Kathleen Kennedy last year, so The Kennedy Debutante is on my list.

Les in Oregon 10/11/18, 7:18 PM  

Marilla of Green Gables sounds delightful! It would be fun to read it along with all the Anne of Green Gables books.

Hope you are enjoy this fall season!

Susie | Novel Visits 10/11/18, 9:06 PM  

I've got The Library Book coming up, too. I lived in So Cal around that time, so it will be great to be taken back to that time and if sounds so interesting.

Bitter Orange definitely wasn't my favorite, but I did finish. For me, it just didn't live up to Fuller's other two books. Oh well!

Jackie McGuinness 10/13/18, 10:11 AM  

Well, reading this post added a bunch of books to my TBR list!

rhonda 10/16/18, 10:57 PM  

I loved The Lbrary Book perfect for al book lovers.Looking foward to Marilla.

thecuecard 10/19/18, 9:51 AM  

Thanks for letting me know Philbrick has a new book this month. Somehow I missed seeing it! I am also looking to get my hands on The Library Book as she seems like a great nonfiction author. Good list.

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