It’s that time again: my seasonal suggestions for your reading pleasure. October was a bust, but I got some good reads in during August and September. I’m working to reach my goal of 75 books this year. I’m currently 10 books behind… which is a win because it was 11 just last week. But I’ll try to utilize listening to a few to get me over the hump while I work. Anywhoo, here are some books I think you might enjoy. If you decide to heed to my suggestions, please let me know what you think!
The Plus One by Sarah Archer: this was a cute story. I didn’t really see the end coming, but it was a nice surprise. I may have shed a tear or two and I was rooting for the main character from page one.
The First Time I Died by Jo Macgregor: A little bit of psychic powers; little bit of crime sleuthing, a lot of entertainment. The only thing I would change about this book was the detailed descriptions of the heroine’s obsessive-compulsive behavior. I just couldn’t… (insert cringe here). I just didn’t see the point.
Holly Freakin’ Hughes by Kelsey Kingley: If I’m being honest, Holly was a train wreck…hilarious, endearing, but train wreck all the same. The thing is, she doesn’t know this until everything in her world comes crashing down. I promise you’ll want to be there to see Holly overcome. “Holly Freakin’ Hughes” isn’t just a name, it’s a whole mood.
Man Hunting in Memphis by Rhonda Russell: Pretty funny book, which I was not expecting. It’s the perfect “opposites attract” romance. My only hang up (which is more than likely one of my character flaws) is the vague descriptions of Memphis. I’ve lived here most of my adult life and I felt like there should have been more Memphis in a book that has the city’s name in its title.
Skin by Patrick Logan: This book gave me the creeps. Yet, I could not stop reading…still haven’t decided if that’s good or bad. It was the strangest, most surreal-but-could-probably-happen-in-real-life story that had me screaming—literally screaming. Especially the end… There’s a second part but I think I’m going to hold off on reading it until next month…or next year. We’ll see.
White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson: My friend (in my head) has done it again. If Poltergeist and Get Out had a baby… I don’t know how else to describe it other than “a must read.” Period.
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson: I don’t know what to say about this one without giving anything away. You’ll just have to read it. Some people loved it; some hated it. I’m kind of in the middle, but closer to the “loved it” side.
All This Will I Give to You by Dolores Redondo: This book was sooo loonng. I almost gave up on it, but I just had to see what was going to happen. It finally gained traction around page 250 and I’m glad I saw it to the end. Bit of a surprise twist because the author did an excellent job planting several scenarios and suspects in the reader’s head.
The Perfect Wife by Blake Pierce: You know how you read the blurb of a book and you can kind of figure out what’s going to happen? This isn’t one of those books. Literally everything I thought might happen…the complete opposite did. Easily one of my favorite reads this year.
The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell: Appearances are everything; or are they? If “smoke and mirrors” was a novel—this is the sentiment I get after reading this. This is my third book by Jewell and it was just as good as the first two. Lisa Jewell has a knack for sneaking in her twist. Even after reading Invisible Girl, and anticipating her style, I still didn’t see this plot coming.
This list includes horror, young adult fiction, psychological thriller, chick lit, and an international mystery. Surely something will entice you or get you in the reading groove (I hope).
Until Next Time,