What to read in October 2023

Books on wooden desk table and abstract background.

October is the spooky month of the year so I checked out Coraline by Neil Gaiman. As I mentioned last month, it is more of a horror story than Women’s Fiction, but it was a good read. (Related thought: if you haven’t watched Good Omens on Amazon Prime, you are missing out! The two-season series is based on the book written by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.) 

I have a second spooky book, The Hunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson I’m planning to read next, but not sure that will happen before Halloween. 

Back to Coraline.

Here is the book description:

“Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house….”

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is a can’t-miss classic that enthralls readers age 8 to 12 but also adults who enjoy a perfect smart spooky read.

My take:

I don’t know what it says about me that a book for 8 to 12 year olds still scared me, but I enjoyed it anyway. Horror stories have never been my thing, but lately, I’m drawn to them. Facing one’s fears and strengthening one’s character in the face of monsters is something that seems relevant and interesting. 

What else I’m reading:

I finished The Maid by Nita Prose on audiobook. It dawned on me when I finished it why it took so long for me to get into this book. Molly, the main character, is an unreliable narrator. It’s obvious from the beginning of the book that Molly is different, and I felt like I couldn’t trust her. I just didn’t understand why. The twist in the book made complete sense and explained what I was feeling early on. Overall, the book works and was a good listen. 

I also listened to The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton. The first part of the book was rough. I didn’t quite get what the point was until the main character, Wanda arrived. At that point, things picked up and I enjoyed it. Word of warning: it is a dystopian novel that is eye-opening and depressing in how real it could be. After I read the book, I learned that it was told in four parts: power, water, light and time. It makes sense, but I missed that when I listened. 

November Plans:

I’ve got a couple of Women’s Fiction books on the TBR pile, but not sure how many I will get to. I’m traveling and should have some good airplane time so I might also throw in a Preston & Child book. Those are awesome for plane trips. As always, if you have book suggestions, let me know! 

Spooky Sale reminder:

In case you missed it, all of my eBooks are free or $0.99. Simply go to the Books page of my website and click on a link or use the links below.

My Best Mistake – Tasha’s Story – free

My Best Decision – Sara’s Story – $0.99

My Best Memory – Helene’s Story – $0.99

My Best Gamble – Brianna’s Story – $0.99

My Best Break – Cynthia’s Story – $0.99

Sale ends October 31, 2023.

Until next time…