What I Read in October

It's been a few months since I linked up with Steph and Jana and I've been missing it. Here's what I read in October.

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley Sweet story that takes place in a book store. I love the idea of the letter library! As much as I liked Rachel, Henry bugged me. I appreciate that it dealt more with grief and loss than love though. 

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda I really liked the way this was written (first person narrative of a complete sociopath) and it was a breeze to get through, but the end fell flat for me. 

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid Touching, realistic look at long term relationships. Loved the writing, loved the story, loved that Lauren took time to find herself and connect with her family. I just wish there was more of Ryan's side of the story. (After reading The Seven Husband of Evelyn Hugo, I set out to read all TJR's books. Hugo was definitely my favorite). 

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd Of course it was sad and the circumstances were horrible, but those situations weren't gratuitous, and the book felt hopeful. I need to find more on the Grimke sisters because this book barely dips into their work on abolition and women's rights, and that was the most interesting to part. 

Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease by Yolanda Hadid I first learned about Lyme disease from The Real World: Seattle and then The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. This was a quick, honest, fascinating read with some medical information that went over my head, but I applaud Yolanda's desire to use her platform to educate and advocate. It serves as a great reminder that there are so many people who suffer from chronic conditions and invisible illnesses. 

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson SO MUCH INFORMATION. As much as I love a good non-fiction, sometimes there are just too many facts. I could have done without Woodrow Wilson's love life or the captain's personality. Regardless, it was very well-researched, reads like a (sometimes boring) novel, and is much more engrossing when you get to the actual sinking of the ship. 

I'm Fine...and Other Lies by Whitney Cummings This isn't a memoir, which is what I was expecting, but ended up really liking anyway. Whitney talks about her medical and mental health issues (and there are a lot of them!) with candor and humor and it made me love her more than I already do. 

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates Oof. I had only previously read three of the eight essays in this collection, and really enjoyed the additional commentary, but it's not easy content to get through. It's especially embarrassing for me to admit that I didn't know a lot of what he covers in The Case for Reparations (read it here). Coates is so thoughtful and powerful and these essays are so necessary. I want everyone I know to read this (or at least find the essays online). 

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown This thriller is not so thrilling and though it's a quick read, the story moves along very slowly. It definitely kept me guessing, but it wasn't amazing. All of the characters bugged me by the end. 

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green I was skeptical because the mystery plot didn't sound interesting to me, but should have known better. I mean, it's John Green! I loved Aza, Davis and Noah, and Daisy was fine too. I felt like these characters were less pretentious than some of his previous ones. I liked the love story, but the best part was the way Green wrote a character with a mental illness. When it all comes down to it though, I could have done without the mystery. 

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti I had never heard of this book, but read it because I thought it was our library's book of the year. It's not. I saw it on the OverDrive app but didn't actual read the information. My bad! (The Big Library Read program is open to all OverDrive library and school partners worldwide. That's kinda cool, too.) Anyway, the book is not what I expected it to be, and some parts were really out there, but I ended up liking it enough to keep going.  

I can't wait to see what you've been reading!

Life According to Steph


Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

words in deep blue is in my library pile somewhere at home, so glad you at least didn't hate it haha. after i do is the only TJR i haven't read because i'm scared i will hate it and i don't want to hate any of her books. turtles all the way down is on my list, of course, but i'm like #500 at the library haha. i don't mind waiting for the hype to hopefully die down though.

Jana @ Jana Says said...

Yay for Turtles!

I have We Were Eight Years in Power on my Kindle from NetGalley and I need to move it up on the priority list.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I want to read that Coates book but I know it will not be easy.

Misty said...

I downloaded the John Green book, but haven't read it yet. Ro broke my iPad and I haven't felt like reading on my phone. I need to get it replaced.

Carly Blogs Here said...

I haven't read any John Green for some reason, but after hearing a few other bloggers talk about Turtles All The Way Down, I think that will be the first one I read.

Tanya said...

I've read a few of Coates' essays and they are so powerful. I can imagine how intense his book is. The ending for Best Day Ever fell a bit flat for me too. And I grew tired of the husband's inner thoughts too. Turtles is on my TBR and now all the reviews I've seen for 100 Lies in the link-up make sense. :D

Laura said...

Wow! You accomplished so major reading in October!

Audrey Louise said...

So many books! I've heard other people say the same thing about After I Do. Also, Kidd wrote The Secret Life of Bees, right? I really enjoyed that book.
I think Dead Wake sounds SUPER interesting. I'll definitely be checking that one out! Thanks!

Lauren said...

Looks like you got a few really good ones in, so that's great. I still need to read Turtles but I own it so it will happen soon. I just love John Green!


Simply Alexandra // My Favorite Things said...

Wow, so many reads this month! I've been so slow over here.. lots of life going on and therefore less reading. :) hehe I hope to read over my time off for Thanksgiving though! :) XO - Alexandra

Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

Heather @ Heathers Hurrah said...

I really liked After I Do - and I didn't think I would because I couldn't really get behind the way they aimed to resolve their marriage. Loved it though. Words in Deep Blue was a good one too. I am sure I will read Turtles at some point!