What to Read in 2021


October is here! It’s my favorite month of year. The weather cools down (at least here in Texas) and Halloween decorations go up (I’ve been told I may too many decorations.) Plus things were busy around the house, so I didn’t get as many books read as I hoped. 

But the one I did read? Well, it was worth it! 

As a refresher, I am reading various sub-genres in the Women’s Fiction umbrella in 2021. Here’s the definition of Women’s Fiction: 

Women’s Fiction is an emotionally-driven story focusing on a female main character who is struggling with some aspect of life. A power struggle ensues and by the end of the book, the reader hopes to see the main character stronger, wiser, happier or whatever “—er” you have in mind.

On to the books: 

October pick:

Out of Anywhere by Andrea Nourse read in paperback form. This book is in the Mothers & Children Fiction, the same category my book My Best Mistake is in. 

Description from the author’s website.

Having lived as a nomad for most of her life, Shay Lane is desperate to find a place to call home. Yet, she follows in her estranged mother’s wandering footsteps and bounces from town to town, never settling down, because it’s the only way she knows.

That is until her car dies outside Wishing, Missouri, and she finds herself stranded in a small town filled with nosy neighbors and too many questions. Shay is eager to leave as soon as she can but when random gifts start appearing, her curiosity gets the best of her. Shay doesn’t know what to think or who to thank, or what they expect in return.

As Shay settles into a life in Wishing, she searches for the identity of her anonymous benefactor. With each new gift, the threads of her life and her mother’s begin to unravel. If she pulls the wrong one, she may never find her mother or the home she’s been searching for

My Take: 

This was an easy read that I finished in a week. (Had the dogs not been sprayed by a skunk AGAIN, I would have finished it faster. But that’s another story.) To clarify, an easy read does not mean boring or simple. Absolutely not!. There is a lot of mystery and intrigue in the book that surfaced as the main character Shay learns more about her mother. 

Speaking of Shay, the twenty-five year old main character is relatable and compelling. Shay is forced to deal with things that most young adults never consider, but at that the same time, she is sheltered. At the start of the book, she uses a flip phone and doesn’t have an email address. That’s an anomaly in today’s society, but these attributes make Shay likable. I rooted for her throughout the story. 

Another great aspect of the book is the small town vibe. Wishing, Missouri welcomes the reader at the same time it embraces Shay. As someone who grew up in a small town, the depiction of the town feels right. It is a character on its own. I finished the book knowing it’s time for a visit to my own hometown.

That’s all for October. I didn’t manage to find a spooky read, but if you have any suggestions, let me know at carole@carolewolfe.com I can always ready a Halloweenish book in November!

Until next time…

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