October 2022 Book Update

If you’ve been around Spine & Leaf Books lately you’ll know that I’ve been reading several authors that I’ve read before: Jean Hanff Korelitz got 2 books on my list this month, Fredrik Backman has reappeared after Beartown, and of course, Veronica Roth’s brand new book Poster Girl has made my list.

I’m really into reading by the author right now and not necessarily by book. I was in a bit of a slump in September and I kept getting duds. I’d start a book, get 50 pages in, and then realize it just wasn’t what I wanted. I ended up finishing only a few books last month.

But October has brought a whole new set of books that I have absolutely loved; some were read in a day!

I’m so glad I got back into the swing of reading for fall. Seeking out authors that I knew I liked was just the thing I needed to find great books that were exactly what I wanted.

So without further ado, here’s my reading list from October:

The Plot

By Jean Hanff Korelitz

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Absolutely loved this book! There were so many twists and secrets that I never would have guessed. Really unique and original, if not a bit twisted and dark. Really got to explore what drives humans.

The Latecomer

By Jean Hanff Korelitz

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Another hit by Jean Hanz Korelitz! Very character driven. I liked that it spanned several decades. A rich family with triplets welcomes a fourth baby after the others are nearly grown. What secrets are they hiding and can the latecomer mend the broken pieces of the family after she learns too much?

Lark Ascending

By Silas House

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I saw this recommended somewhere and requested it from my public library. It was definitely an interesting read, but not what I expected. Sort of a post-apocalyptic survival story.

Take No Names

By Daniel Nieh

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I didn’t realize this was a sequel until it was too late, but honestly, this could have read as a stand-alone. The author did an excellent job smoothly getting the reader up to speed or reminding them about what had happened previously. I enjoyed the action and fast-paced plot.

Anxious People

By Fredrik Backman

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I’m really enjoying Fredric Backman. I’ve read a few of his books already and this one was my favorite. Character driven and really, that’s what makes his writing so good. He gets down to the essence of what makes people tick. Don’t judge a person by their cover…

Poster Girl

By Veronica Roth

Rating: 5 out of 5.

So many good authors this month!! I’ve been waiting for Roth to publish this one so I put an advance hold on it at the library. Lucky for me I got to read it only a few days after its release. Highly recommend if you like her other books and her style.

Our Missing Hearts

By Celeste Ng

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This is another highly anticipated novel this month. I was a little let down because the action was slow, but overall well written and hit some deep points. This book is a thinker.

The Atlas Paradox

By Olivie Blake

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sequel to The Atlas Six, this book was awesome. It’s huge and packed with drama. It left us on a cliffhanger, like the first one, so I sure hope Blake writes quickly to give us the third!

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