What I've Been Reading in October

I didn't read all that much month mostly because I had such a hard time finding good books.  While I enjoyed the books I did read there weren't any that really stood out as being super fantastic.  You know those kind of books that you just can't put down and devour in a few days because you just have to know what's going to happen next?  I'm still on my search for my next favorite book but in the meantime here's what I've been reading.



1.  The Cast by Danielle Steel-- When Kait, a super successful "Dear Kait" column writer tries her hand at writing a bible for a new TV series she has no idea the twists and turns her life is about to take! With her kids grown and out of the house, Kait really enjoys working on set and getting to know so many new people.



2.  Halsey Street by Naima Coster-- Penelope moves back to Brooklyn to care for her aging father even though she was happy to leave her past behind her.  Rather than move in with her father she takes an apartment in a nearby building-- Honestly? I had such a hard time making it through this story that I'm still not finished with it.



3.  A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery--When Zoe finds herself locked in her own attic with her cat and realizes that no one would miss her for days she vows to make changes in her life. Her friend Jen is so preoccupied with her new baby and Zoe recently broke up with a man she's spent the last 5 years of her life with.  But as Zoe starts reaching out and making new friends she realizes her life is also becoming more complicated.



4.  Last Summer: A Novel by Kerry Longsdale-- When Ella Skye wakes up in the ER she can't remember that she was pregnant or the accident that landed her in the hospital.  Months later still trying to recover her memories she takes on a writing assignment to interview Nathan Donovan; a man she supposedly spent almost two weeks with the previous summer even though she can't remember that either.


5.  Home Again by Kristin Hannah-- Maddy is a heart doctor specializing in transplants struggling to raise her teenage daughter alone.  Frances, the local priest, is Maddy's oldest and dearest friend and he's struggling with his faith.  When Angel is brought back into their lives Maddy and Frances are thrown back to memories of their childhood.  Angel, who is the father of Maddy's baby and Frances younger brother has been sick and may die if not for a transplant.  All struggle with Angel's arrival and the feelings they've been trying to ignore for most of their lives.



6.  What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand-- I know so many people were critical of Winter in Paradise when it came out but I really enjoyed it. Having spent part of my honeymoon in the Virgin Islands and always having wanted to go back I really enjoyed reading the descriptions of her this new setting.  I had to find out what happened in this next book as Irene is determined to uncover the secrets of her husband's life and death.



Comments

  1. I'd love to read What Happens in Paradise, I really like Elin Hilderbrand. A Million Little Things sounds good, too!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. A Million Little Things was a very cute read; somewhat predictable but I did enjoy it. What Happens in Paradise was great but ended on a cliff hanger and now I can't wait for book #3 to be released!

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  2. The amount you read is always amazing to me!

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    1. Me too! LOL. Each month I think I'll only read a couple... but somehow that number just keeps adding up.

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  3. I want to read Last Summer. I liked her past books that I read!

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    1. I really like her books too; this one was pretty neat and I was constantly trying to untangle the mystery of how she lost her memory since it was so selective.

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  4. I really need to find time to read more. Looks like a great selection :) #TheWeeklyLinkUp

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  5. You have read a lot of books for October. I like reading books by Kristen Hannah.

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    1. She's great! I find her books are often very though provoking.

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  6. I'll have to check out some of these. I basically love anything with a beach on the cover, ha. Paul and I got marries on the beach on St John's Island and we Honeymooned in the British Virgin Islands so I think I'd like "What Happens In Paradise" too.

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    1. Oh, I am all about those beach reads for sure.. anything with a beach or a wedding dress on the cover usually gets me. I bet you'd really enjoy the Paradise series-- make sure you start with book 1 (Winter in Paradise).

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  7. You manage to cruise through a lot of books in one month!

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    1. I did! I was pretty surprised since I didn't really LOVE anyone of them and I tend to read a bit slower when the books don't suck me in.

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  8. A million little things sounds good! I don't think I've heard of the Kristin Hannah book - thanks for sharing!

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    1. A Million Little Things was such a cute and fun read. I hadn't heard of that Kristin Hannah book either but it showed up one day on my suggested reads and I thought that sounded like something I'd like.

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  9. I hope you find something that's unputdownable soon.

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    1. Thank you! I finally did-- I just finished a great WWII historical fiction that I loved.

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  10. I have the new elin hilderbrand ro read soon. You are making me excited to read it 😀

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    1. I thought it was great; I love her books and was totally open to a new setting.

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  11. Last Summer sounds really good to me.

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    1. It was very mysterious and kept me guessing until just about the very end-- only select bits of her memory were gone..

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  12. I have both Winter and What Happens in Paradise from BOTM. I didn't love winter. I liked the change of setting from Nantucket, but I wasn't 100% with getting the follow-up. However, I have leaving a series unfinished so... I'm hoping to finish it before year end.

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    1. I can't leave a series unfinished either; unless it's just awful and I couldn't finish the first book..

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  13. I've been in a similar reading slump- everything has been fine, nothing has been amazing.

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    1. Exactly! I've tried switching things up a bit these past few weeks and am so thankful to have found at least one I am really enjoying-- All the Things We Cannot Say.

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  14. haven't read any of these, though i did read kerry lonsdale's other series and enjoyed it (though, it went on a bit too long for my liking) so i might check that one out.

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    1. I liked that this was a stand alone book; as much as I liked the Everything series I thought it was getting a bit much by the end.

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  15. I didn't mind Winter in Paradise. I'd read the follow up this winter.

    I liked the Kerry Lonsdale book I read, I might try this one!

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    1. I enjoyed Elin's new setting and characters; I think it was a bit more mystery than her readers are used to but I like a bit of mystery tied in... I can not wait for the last book in the series as I am really anxious to see how she wraps it all up.

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  16. Did you have a favorite of those reads?

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    1. I'd say What Happens in Paradise was my favorite.

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  17. Such good suggestions! I cant wait for the next elin book.

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  18. I haven't read any of these. Sorry nothing was a big winner for you!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  19. ooh What Happens In Paradise sounds like a good one. Last Summer also sounds like one I might add to my list!

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    1. Those were my two favorites from this list.

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  20. I havent read winter in paradise yet but Id love to read them both. I love Hilderbrand.

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    1. I do too! Have you read Summer of '69 yet? That was a good one. I like that she's branching out just a bit with her style of writing.

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  21. A Million Little Things and Home Again are going on my TBR list.

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  22. A Million Little Things seems like something I might like

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  23. I can't believe that I haven't read Home Again yet! I feel like I've read almost all of Kristin Hannah's books! I haven't read a Danielle Steel book in forever! You read a lot of summery, beach reads recently!

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    1. I do like my summery beach reads any time of year! :)

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