It was another busy month of books! There is a lot to unpack here. I mean first and foremost, The Towering Sky came out and that is worthy of its own post. It’s the end of one of my favorite trilogies and I’m so sad it’s over! Is that weird? Really hoping someone makes it into a show or series of movies. Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win is another favorite. We are talking about it on the podcast in two weeks so definitely pick that up if you haven’t. Somehow this book manages to be both important but also light and fun to read.
Lastly, Love and Other Words was this month’s surprise – it was so sweet and real and romantic; I couldn’t put it down! I switched up the format of this post a little this month to better categorize the books I read – let me know what you think… does this make it easier?
In case you’re new! If you’re looking for a book, don’t forget that you can always check out my Book Club Page. Every month I update it, so it includes every.single.book I’ve read in the past few years. The best part is that you can filter + search by genre (memoir, light read, historical fiction, thriller, etc!) to find exactly what you’re looking for. (You can also reference September’s reading list – I do these every month!) Lastly, just in case you can’t wait til next month, I always add whatever it is that I’m currently reading to my Amazon Shop as I read.
AND! Please comment and tell me what you are reading… your suggestions are my THE BEST… I shop the comments section of these post – you always have such good recommendations for me, which I really appreciate!
October 2018 Reading List
The (Highly Anticipated) Juicy YA Read…
The Towering Sky, by Katherine McGee is book 3 of The Thousandth Floor Series. If you read here regularly you know that I am obsessed with The Thousandth Floor. We’ve talked about it on the podcast (ep 6), and it’s one of my favorite YA trilogies. It’s set in 2118 and the premise of the series is that New York is now a futuristic tower, and the plot centers around rich, pretty Avery Fuller who lives on the top floor. It’s basically a futuristic Gossip Girl, which is high praise for me. This is the third and final book. I was simultaneously so excited for it but also sad to see this series wind down. It didn’t let me down. I devoured it.
- Overall Score: A
A light (patriarchy smashing) read…
Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win, by Jo Piazza (one of my favorite authors!) is about a Silicon Valley hotshot who takes a leave from her job, uprooting her family to Pennsylvania to run for senate. Her husband leaves her job to take care of the kids and this is a very real look at what running for office does to their marriage. It also shows the hugely sexist side of politics (especially in a more conservative state like Pennsylvania).
The character development was so good. I kinda imagined Sheryl Sandberg as Charlotte, and her opponent was an almost caricature (in the best sense of the word) of an old school white male politician. I ate this up. Love everything Jo writes and this was no exception. We are talking about it on the podcast in two weeks and I can’t wait for the discussion – Becca told me that this is actually the first fictional book about a woman running for office.
- Overall Score: A-
If you loved The Devil Wears Prada…
The Stylist, by Rosie Nixon was described to me as The Devil Wears Prada for the red carpet set. And that’s exactly what this was! Amber Green is working for a posh London boutique. A happy accident leads her to getting hired by top celebrity stylistMona Green (think Rachel Zoe)’s new assistant. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, taking her to LA for awards season. But Mona turns out to be a bit of a hot mess. This was a really fun, light read, and I always tend to love these books that give you an inside look at what seems like a very glamorous job!
- Overall Score: B+
#FashionVictim, by Amina Akhtar. I have to admit – at first I really hated this book. It’s a (very) dark comedy where people keep getting killed (think of that TV show, Scream Queens). The main character (Anya, an editor at a top fashion magazine) is completely insane. Like, batshit crazy. Fixated on her perfect, beautiful coworker; she moves through the fashion world documenting her outfits, creating mood boards… and casually murdering anyone who gets in her way. I found myself frustrated with the cliches + how mean the women were to each other, but that’s part of the style of the book. Once I let that go, it was hilarious (and so dark!). This is a fun read.
- Overall Score: B-
If You Want to Stay Up All Night…
The Girl Before, by JP Delaney. This is book will have you on the edge of your seat. It’s ultra creepy and ultra addicting. It’s the story of two women (the girl before, and the girl after) who move into a beautiful home in London. The architect of the home has all of these crazy rules for people who stay there; and the first girl ends up dead. Did she kill herself? Was she murdered? The plot unfolds. It’s a bit of a whodunnit and a bit creepy/psychologically thrilling. I really, really enjoyed it and stayed up all night to find out the ending!
- Overall Score: A-
Something Sweet – These books are like warm hugs…
Save The Date, by Morgan Matson, is not a book I would typically choose for myself but it was for the podcast and this one was Becca’s pick. Charlie Grant is a high school senior with four older siblings. Her mom has a famous comic strip (about their family) and the family is (more or less) very tight knit. Her oldest sister is getting married and all hell breaks loose. Literally anything that can go wrong will go wrong. The wedding planner flees the country, the alarm system breaks, and so on and so forth. Honestly, it all felt very forced to me for a while. I felt like it was just TOO much stuff going wrong. But it grew on me by the end. It’s very sweet and I liked the little love triangle + the dynamic between the siblings.
- Overall Score: B-
Love and Other Words, by Christina Lauren, is one of the sweetest books I’ve read in a while. I absolutely LOVED it. Funny story about this – I had received a press copy but wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it, when Helena put it on her instagram story. I was reading a terrible thriller (I put that down) and picked up this one. I was influenced! This is the story of Macy and Elliot. Macy is in her late twenties and engaged to another man – when she runs into her childhood best friend/high school boyfriend, Elliot.
They’d had a falling out and her entire world is shaken to the core. The book follows their story (in both present day and when they were young). I really loved it. Mostly because I had a best guy friend in high school who was a little bit like that (he’s married with kids now but the book still brought back some nostalgic warm and fuzzy feelings), but also because it made me remember what it was like to be in love (it’s been a while, ha ha). It’s very romantic and very sweet and I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend.
- Overall Score: A