October has come and gone and we managed to cram in some good books between eating candy, buying new fall sweaters, and putting together my Christmas list. Here’s what we read and whether or not we recommend them!
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
I’d be shocked if you hadn’t heard of this book. The book’s origins come from a fantastic LA Magazine article and the book is being made into a HBO miniseries. I remember hearing that Michelle, the author had died, and gasped. I felt like I knew her because I was a huge fan of Patton Oswalt’s and he often spoke of her in his stand up.
The book was critically acclaimed and was being talked about all over the book blogosphere so I eagerly picked it up. To be totally honest, I was a little underwhelmed, but I think I’m to blame for it. I didn’t realize how much the book had to be stitched together post-Michelle’s death. The editors and Patton tried really hard to make it a cohesive story, but it’s rare that a book can come out as good as it should when the original author isn’t at the helm.
Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland
This is what I call a popcorn book: just pure fun. Vi Keeland is a go to for me when I want a popcorn book. I like Vi Keeland because her books, though they are contemporary romance, have a level of depth that can sometimes be missing in other books in the romance genre.
I was talking to a coworker about the book after it took a particularly dramatic turn and was saying how it was really affecting me emotionally. If you’re looking for a sweet book with some real life issues, I would recommend this book.
The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
Originally published in 1959, this book was an instant classic for the people in business. It basically details how you can stop limiting yourself and think bigger (hence, the title).
I enjoyed it, and it was quick read, but there were some examples and language used that were relics of another time. The book could use with a major edition update. The idea of a woman working in an office would have shocked the author, but a lot of the major themes about changing thought patterns and expecting more from yourself are good reminders for your psyche.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
In the vein Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, comes The Woman in the Window. The book carries some of the common characteristics of recent popular thrillers with a unreliable narrator and broken families. It was a quick read and, although I’ve read many psychological thrillers, I can never guess the ending and that held true for this book.
This is the kind of book I call “I’ve got to take a lunch book” because I’m so invested in getting to the ending that I need to take at least a 30 minute break and read at least a couple pages. If you’re a fan of a somewhat creepy and fast read, give it a go.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This was picked for my book club and it was quite enjoyable. I thought when I picked up the book that I knew what the book was going to be about based on the pretty descriptive title, but things took an interesting queer turn.
I loved the old Hollywood references and the glamorous life detailed throughout the novel. The main narrator, who is not Evelyn surprisingly, lacks a little bit in the depth department, but the book goes by quick and you want to find out all about Evelyn’s long and complicated life and loves.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
We read this for the Book Hubbubing podcast, so you’ll have to listen to get our take! Give it a read yourself to form your own opinion before hearing ours.
What did you read last month? Let us know in the comments!