In October, I read a bunch of new books. I’ve recently gotten back into the Longmire series of books, and am trying to read them all. I love being the annoying person who points out the differences between books and movies (or, in this case, TV). I actually enjoyed everything I read last month, which is always a nice surprise.
- For Women Only, by Shaunti Feldhahn. This was a really good self-help type book for insight into the male mind. I picked it up because it was recommended reading on how to write men in stories better, but I see that it also applies to the men I know.
- I Was Here, by Gayle Forman. I loved If I Stay, and the follow up, Where She Went, so I have no idea why I hadn’t read another book by her before this. I went looking for fiction to read on suicide, and this was a good one. It drew me in from the start, and did a decent job of showing the devastating effects on family and friends.
- You, by Caroline Kepnes. This one was recommended by my book club. Funny story: because of who sent it to me, and the title, I thought it was a self-help book, or something like that. Yeah, it’s definitely not. It’s actually a thriller about a stalker and his victim. Brutal, fascinating, and disturbing, it’s pretty much everything I want in a book.
- The Shining, by Stephen King. When I read You, I found out that The Shining has a sequel: Doctor Sleep. Apparently I’ve been living under a rock, because I had no idea. None. It’s been years since I read The Shining, and since it’s one of my favorite King books, I wanted to reread it and be fresh from it when I read the sequel. It’s still one of the best horror novels I’ve ever read.
- Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King. I was really skeptical that a sequel could be as good as The Shining, but this one was definitely worthy. I’m sure it could work as a standalone book, but I was glad I had just re-read The Shining, as there were a lot of references to it.
- Death Without Company (Longmire #2) & Kindness Goes Unpunished (Longmire #3) & Another Man’s Moccasins (Longmire #4), by Craig Johnson. I’m a fan of crime novels, and I love the Longmire shows on Netflix. These are quite different from the TV show, but they’re good in their own way. Walt is a pretty similar character in both the books and the show. I actually like Henry a bit more in the books. He’s a more active character, and frequently involved in Walt’s escapades.
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black. This is a vampire book, but not a typical one. It’s what would happen if vampires were shown to be real, in the modern age. One girl wakes up to a massacre that happened at a party, and it begins with her saving her ex-boyfriend (who’s been bitten), and saving a vampire who helps her. I like books where vampires aren’t portrayed as sexy teddy bears who just happen to like blood.
- The Liar, by Nora Roberts. I’m a sucker for Nora Roberts books, mostly because I know that she usually mixes romance with other things, like suspense. This one has it all: a great love story, murder, secrets, conspiracy, and an underdog who comes out ahead.
I liked every book I read this month, and I can’t always say that. I got most of them on my Kindle, through the library.
What did you read this month?