This past month I read six books, and all of them were excellent! I like how symmetrical my month was, too: two books I own, two library books, two e-books.
I also read Stonewords A Ghost Story by Pam Conrad to my daughter. Man, that book was a spooky favorite when I was a kid and it sure holds up! It’s also a beautiful exploration of love and forgiveness, but I’m pretty sure that went over my daughter’s head; she was just in it for the ghost story.
Keep reading for mini reviews of the books I read in October. Full reviews of these books are forthcoming or linked below where available (I am very behind).
Weight of Memory by Kristina Brune: This was a reread for me, and a perfect spooky novel for October. I’d been fortunate enough to read this in beta, and loved it; of course I bought a copy upon publication! But I was holding onto it, wanting to wait until the perfect moment to read it again. Holding off until October was perfect. It’s a beautifully written horror novel – but not the super gory, jump scenes galore kind. It’s more of a creeping dread that builds and builds. I loved it, again, and adore the strong, complicated, grief-stricken protagonist.
The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson: This was another great October read. I love me a serial killer, and the titular Jigsaw Man is a deeply disturbing killer. This had everything I like in a detective novel: a relatable lead detective struggling with her own demons, multiple suspects, and lots of tense action. This one has plenty of gore, though, so I wouldn’t recommend it for the faint of heart. Full review here.
The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman: This was the much-anticipated follow-up to The Thursday Murder Club, and I think I liked it even more than the original! A fun, charming, surprisingly poignant read.
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir: 🎧 I listened to this book while out walking (and then again with my daughter, to whom I’d been raving about the book), and I just loved it! A huge part of that, I think, is that the narration was so good. This was a wonderful epic adventure / buddy comedy, and I really enjoyed it.
A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz: I love the Hawthorne/Horowitz series, but I think this has been my least favorite so far. Still enjoyable, but not quite as twisty and memorable as the earlier books in the series.
Billy Summers by Stephen King: 🎧 This was my other audiobook in October, and I really enjoyed it! I was surprised, because I am not typically a King fan. However, this book is not his typical horror story: it follows the last big job of an ex-military sniper who has built himself a lucrative career as an assassin. Very engaging narration and a fast-paced, heart-pounding plot.
BOOKS I STARTED BUT HAVEN’T FINISHED YET
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes: This book has such a wild and creepy premise, but it was slow going for me in October and I didn’t finish it.
Breathtaking by Courtney Turcotte Bond: I was lucky enough to get an electronic copy of this book from the author, and it is beautifully written and heartbreakingly sad so I am taking it slow.