My year to date total for books read varies depending on the site you look at, but my stats for October are 7 books read, not bad for a non-summer month.
1. Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
LOVED this book and it’s coming of age tale set in the late 80’s. A 14 yr old girl deals with the death of her uncle from AIDS and the secrecy that surrounded his illness and death. So many layers of amazing in this book.
2. The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain translated from French. It was like taking a vacation reading this book, it just captured the difference in day to day living so perfectly from North America. In the book, Laurent finds an expensive handbag abandoned on a street with no identification. He tries to find the owner. A bit of a mystery, a bit of a romance 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
3. This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathon Evison is told like a game show commentary with short chapters introducing different scenes over the course of Harriet’s life. There are a couple of twists and the time line is fluid, flipping back and forth between various decades in the past and then the present. It was engaging but not amazing .
4. How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather is a YA novel that is set in current day Salem and involves some creepy, mysterious events that seem to be bringing the witch trials back to life. I LOVED this book and how it reminded me The Crucible by Arthur Miller ( which I read in high school) I also loved how the novel addressed bullying and appropriate ways of dealing and reacting to it.
5. Fat Vampire by Adam Rex is another YA novel that I picked for the season. It is quirky and hilarious. I was reading it at school and burst out laughing during quiet reading time in a gr 8 class, then I tried to describe it to the class and we were all laughing. Doug Lee is a 15 yr old who is accidentally turned into a vampire (?) and continues to live his regular life ( although his parents are NEVER in the story) hoping against hope he can find some girl who’s into vampires to drink from but using cows in the meantime. He does meet a girl but what transpires is more about rising up to be worthy of her affection than the usual vampire tale.
It is clever and funny and sweet and exciting and full of a wonderfully strong female hero who risks everything to save her best friend from the Evil Librarian. The best part is a sequel is coming in February 2017. It reminded me of my obsession with witch porn aka The Hollows series by Kim Harrison with Rachel and ‘her demon’ Al. There is a lot of similar dialogue with how to ‘call’ a demon and how tricky they are to make a deal with. Cynthia, best friend ever, makes a deal with a female demon who I look forward to meeting again.
#7 Invicble Summer by Alice Adams ( back to our regularly scheduled library haul) revolves around 4 friends and 20 years. It had me thinking of One Day by David Nicholls right away which I had been just lamenting I wished I could read again for the first time ( it’s that good) so getting to read this was not a bad second option. It raises the point that the people who are cool in high school/college are not necessarily the ones who ace the long game. Growing up isn’t only about getting to 18. For every door that is there for you when you are ready, there are just as many or more that present themselves when you aren’t. Wonderful book!
And read One Day if you haven’t already ( don’t watch the movie 👎🏻)
Next month, November, the theme is war and/or remembrance and I have 5 set aside I have been meaning to read