Monday, November 27, 2017

October Reading List

I know, it's almost December and here we are with our reading list from October. I started a new job at the beginning of November, spent a weekend or two sick, and am finally feeling like I've found my footing enough to be on top of blog prep again. While we will have another one of these for November soon, here's everything we read in October.

Heather's Reading List 

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
I choose this for book club in October and it definitely did not disappoint. Look out for a discussion post on this one soon!

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Honestly, I did not finish this one. I was listening to the audiobook and the narrators were not my favorite. I made it almost halfway and just could not justify any more commute hours on something I was not into. I know a lot of people loved this, but it was just not for me.

Since She Went Away by David Bell
A library book I picked up after seeing it on a blog (I don't remember which one). It was a mystery about a woman who's best friend goes missing. The story is told from alternating points of view from Jenna, Celia's best friend, and Jared, Jenna's teenage son. It was a middle of the road thriller/mystery. I didn't guess the whodunit, but I also wasn't as engrossed in the story as I hoped to be.

Watching Edie by Camilla Way
Another thriller about a woman named Edie who encounters her high school friend Heather. Edie is not happy to see Heather, but as she gives birth to a baby alone, Heather swoops in to help. There's a sense of dread during this book. There are references to something that happened in high school that Edie wants to forget, and she's scared of Heather. It's told in chapters that take place in present day and the past, telling the story of how Edie and Heather became friends and leading up to what drove them apart. I really enjoyed this one.

I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain by Courtney Robertson
Hi, raise your hand if you are also obsessed with the Bachelor franchise, as problematic as it can be? I read this one for an online book club, but had to watch Courtney's season first since I'd never seen it. I loved the sneak peaks behind the scenes of filming the show and the dirt she gives on Ben and the other contestants (and some of her Hollywood flings). It definitely gives you the other side of that villain role that someone always gets cast in every season and made me a huge fan of Courtney (for the most part).

Final Girls by Riley Sager
Maybe my favorite read in October! Slasher films are my favorite kind of horror films and with this one being suggested for fans of Scream, I was there for it. It follows Quincy, the sole survivor (or Final Girl) from a brutal cabin massacre in college. It's 10 years later and one of the other "final girls" commits suicide, prompting the remaining two to seek each other out. Some people on Goodreads said it was easy to figure out but it kept me guessing until the end. I seriously had no clue who committed the murders and it was another one that was really good at weaving that dread and mystery into the whole story.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 
I was on a really cool podcast called Judging Book Covers to discuss this one and it was such a cool experience! Not only was the podcast awesome (and already one of my favorites) but the book was so creepy and weird and unsettling. Also nothing like the 1999 movie The Haunting, which was my only frame of reference for this book. It's a classic horror novel and one that I cannot believe I didn't read until now.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks 
I received an advanced copy of this book (release date is in January) and actually am part of the blog tour for it soon, so a stand alone post on it will be published shortly! It was another thriller/mystery that had a lot of moving pieces but that I thoroughly enjoyed the whole way through.

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson
One of my favorite thrillers in the past few years was The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson, so I definitely wanted to check this out. It was the authors first novel and it was not as good as The Kind Worth Killing, but still a pretty solid thriller. It centers around George, who sees his college sweetheart in a bar one random night. The only thing is he was under the impression she committed suicide. She now says he's the only one who can help her out of a bind and it starts a mystery that was good, but not great.

Jen's Reading List

This month was a solid mix of creepy reads and comics.  The last year or so I feel like I've lost my bookish groove but I really felt like I found my reading groove last month. 

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Heather picked this one for our book club pick. I'm sure we'll talk more about it in our wrap up, but oh man, I really loved this one.

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
So, full disclosure, this book is about vampires. Like a bunch of people who were just over vampires, I pretty much swore off any book involving them. But this book also involved an Amish community so that intrigued me.

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Oh man, this one was the creepiest of the creeps. I don't really believe in spirits or devils or supernatural things, even though I wish with all my hearts witches/wizards were real, but this one made me sort of rethink my thinking. Possessed kids, even if they are teenagers, will forever creep my shit out. 5 stars for me!

Slam! the comic
Ok, so it is no secret that I'm very fascinated by Roller Derby. Forever ago I even made a roller derby quilt and I continuously have big dreams of becoming a roller derby star. Obviously, with my small frame and nonaggressive personality it seems to be a weird combination but I not only think it would be a blast; I love the sisterhood that accompanies it. My town actually has a roller derby team and maybe one day I will get the courage to join a practice.  Anyway, this comic is about roller derby girls and their road to greatness. They canceled this comic after the first volume, however they have recently revamped it and new monthly comics are being produced. I can't wait to grab the next volume! This comic was also a birthday gift from my bestie who basically knows me better than anyone.

Giant Days, Volume 6
Giant Days is hands down my favorite comic and the new volumes always get preordered.  This comic never disappoints and I sincerely hope when these girls graduate college we still get to follow their lives. I will be lost when this comic ends.

Nothing Bad is Going to Happen by Katherine Hale
So this author has a very dramatic past in regards to book reviewers so for my own protection...just kidding. All the drama aside, I'm a huge fan of Katherine's work.  She has the ability to write the quirkiest of characters who I immediately bond with probably because I'm also super quirky. This book was actually the sequel in a 2 book series that I bought forever ago and forgotten about. 

Paper Girls Volumes 2 & 3
The last few months I've been picking a comic series to get caught up on. In October I chose Paper Girls because when I read the first volume it very much had a Stranger Things vibe and I absolutely love that show.  It's full of science fiction, sisterhood and creep. It's definitely sky rocketing up to a favorite series and I will be preording the new volumes.

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