The Stack - October Book Haul (So Much Book Goodness This Month!)

Yep, this has evolved to just plain ol' book haul, instead of just my library haul. Book of the Month has got it's claws in me. I may have to skip a month or two to catch up on all the great books - yep, you can skip months. But I won't give it up, it's just too awesome. (As always, if you wanna get it on the fun, too - use my referral link for 30% off a 3 month subscription and a free tote!) And I already devoured this month's book, The Mothers by Brit Bennett and LOVED it. I also adore the beautiful cover.
AND I got it signed earlier this week when she was in town for a reading!
Okay, back to the top of the stack! I put the digital copy of It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover on hold, and lo, there was a copy on the choice reads shelf. I've yet to read a book by this author I've been hearing a lot about and I'm excited to dive into a straight up romance, which I haven't done in AGES. The A to Z of You and Me was an impulse grab from the same shelf, as I've seen the title floating around, but I'm not sure if I'll be up for the depressing nature of someone my age dying in hospice... My hold for the second Louise Penny Inspector Gamache novel has arrived: A Fatal Grace. It's perfect timing for a cozy mystery novel! The War That Saved My Life is this year's Newberry Award winner, so I had to check it out and may read it with my older kiddo after I'm done. Speaking of my older kiddo, it's no secret that we loved Smile and Sisters (which I didn't review here, but it was just as poignant and uproariously funny as the former), so we went ahead and purchased Ghosts on a recent trip to the bookstore.
This was the face he made when I said I might read it first! He loved it and I plan to read it this weekend. The Little Stranger should be interesting because I have one book I LOVED by Sarah Waters (Fingersmith) and one book I did NOT love (The Paying Guests). It's my online book club's pick for October and hopefully I won't fall too far behind. However, I did just pick up the selection ahead of time for November - my first two week checkout from the library!
The pressure of 14 days held me back until I saw Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. There were about 200 people ahead of me in the queue for my hold on this book, AND it's our November pick, so I snatched it up and began reading it yesterday. Already I can see what it's an eye opening and significant read.

New digital books in the queue/ARCs:
The Sellout by Paul Beatty (winner of this year's Man Booker! The first American to do so! I put it on hold immediately after the announcement and luckily got 26th in line for 27 copies - it's up to over 200 holds now.)
Good as Gone by Amy Gentry (the Book of the Month description got me curious!)
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple (author of Where'd You Go Bernadette? which I LOVED.)
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian (a NetGalley ARC)
The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker (another NetGalley ARC, also out in January)

Still in the queue:
The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater 
Shelter: A Novel by Jung Yun
Moonburner by Claire Luana 
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

As always, I'm interested in any thoughts/if you've read the books on this list or others I should know about!


  1. Wow! You have had quite a month. I'm impressed. Just finished Hillbilly Elegy and will be curious to hear your final thoughts.

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