October is going to be a real treat. And I mean that sarcastically. Remember when I said that I have a big announcement to make? Well, we are in the process of buying a house and we will be closing on the 22nd. If my eyes are not deceiving me that is next Friday! WHAAT?! How are we already into the second week of October? That means this post is really late, lol.
If the packing and the getting ready to move isn’t enough, it is officially budget season for the Legislature, which means for the next two weeks I am going to be in meetings every single night. And that is on top of the day-to-day work that we have to get done.
I honestly don’t know how much reading I am going to get done this month, but I am hopeful. Books are what ground me and one of the things that helps me destress. Most of my books have been packed already but I kept this pile out for the month of October.
Book Club Picks
“We Begin at the End” by Chris Whitaker
This is the October read for the Capital District Book Club and I am bummed that I can’t go to the discussion. I just finished this book and it absolutely broke my heart. There are two parallel stories: Walk, the police chief in a small coast California town, dealing with the fact that Vincent King, the friend who he put away in prison 30 years ago, is coming home. Then there is 13-year-old Duchess, the “outlaw”, whose mother, Star, grew up with Walk and Vincent and has become more and more depressed so that Duchess has to look after things. Then there is an unexpected death following the return of Vincent, that affects Duchess and Walk in more ways than they will come to know.
“War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells
I read this book back when I was a teenager so I am excited that we are reading it for Modern Library Book Club for the month of October. I remember enjoying this book, which is about an invasion of Martians who destroy everything in their wake and attempt to end human civilization.
“The Wish” by Nicholas Sparks
The newest book by Nicholas Sparks is officially out and while this is the only book that doesn’t fit the creepy and thrilling jive I got going, I can’t wait to curl up and dive into it. I usually fly through his books and I am sure that this one is going to be no different.
Maggie Dawes is a successful photographer and has traveled all over the world, but now she is home in New York City, struggling to come to terms with a medical condition. As the holidays come around, she becomes dependent on an assistant at her gallery and becomes close to him. As she reflects on her life, she thinks back to her youth and another man who she used to know.
“The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
I was planning to read this last October and never got around to it, so it is on the list once again. I am so intrigued by this book, which is essentially about a man who sells his soul for eternal youth. It is rather a short book so it shouldn’t take me that long to get through, especially if it is as good as it sounds.
“The Maidens” by Alex Michaelides
This book has been calling my name ever since I received it in my BOTM box. I have heard some mixed reactions – either people love this book or they hate it. Now I need to know for myself, but it sounds perfect for October – death, secret societies, mysterious professor. What isn’t there to like?
“Midnight Sun” by Stephanie Meyer
I needed something light and fluffy to mix into the mix and Twilight book have always been quick and easy reads. Besides I need to know Edward’s story once and for all. This book has been on my shelf for way too long.
What are you reading in October? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!