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Happy Wednesday!! It is officially my favorite day of the month…the day I talk about all of the books I read the month before!! I am seriously obsessed with reading and so this is my favorite post of the month to write and by the feedback I get from y’all I think y’all love reading as much as I do.
If you have been keeping up, I am trying to read 100 books this year. I got close last year with 88 books and with this month’s books I am at 98 for 2018. Soooo close!! I am excited to see where I end the year at!!
If you have ever wondered how I read an average of 10 books per month I can promise you it’s not because I sit around and read all day. In fact, in between working 50+ hours a week at my full time hospital job and blogging I hardly have the time or the energy to do anything else. However I do love to read and so I made it a priority a few years ago and have been listening to audio books and reading books on the Kindle app on my phone ever since!
You read that right, I “read” a lot of audio books. I check them out from my local library’s website and download them to an app on my phone. I listen to them when I drive, get ready, clean house, all the time! I also check e-books out and download them to the Kindle app on my phone. And I recently joined Amazon’s Unlimited Books thing. Basically you just pay $10/month and can read any of the books marked “amazon unlimited” for free. I love it!
Anyway, enough on how I read my books, let’s see what I read this month!
ONE. Dreams of Falling by Karen White. This book was sooo good! It’s southern chick lit and it’s about three best friends and their lives over the years. It takes place in the present day but has several flashbacks. It’s a fantastic book about female friendships, the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters, romantic love and of course murder?? It’s really a great book!!
“Three lifelong best friends. One dark secret that will reverberate for generations to come. Told in multiple timelines of the present and the past, this is Southern fiction at its best. A novel about dreams, friendship, and family, Dreams of Falling will make you long for home.”—PopSugar
TWO. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas. This is the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series and I am obsessed!! I think the latest book just came out, or maybe is about to?? Anyway I can’t wait to read it!!! This is a great YA series about a kings and queens and assassins and witches and shape shifters and so much more! I love this story and can’t wait to read more!!
THREE. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. This is another Sarah J Maas series and I love it almost as much as the Throne of Glass series. It’s about fairies and curses and fighting for what you believe in and has an amazing heroine that is just so likable, flaws and all. I can’t wait to read more of this series!
A gorgeously written tale as lush and romantic as it is ferocious. Absolutely spellbinding.–Alexandra Bracken, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
FOUR. Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni. This is the second book in the Tracey Crosswhite series that I started last month. This series gives me Alex Cross vibes in that it’s all based on the cases worked by a kick ass detective except this series is based in Seattle and not Washington DC and the main character is a woman and not a man. Either way I love a good murder mystery!
FIVE. In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni. This is the third book in the Tracey Crosswhite series I mentioned above.
SIX. Legendary by Stephanie Garber. This is the second book in the Caraval series that I read earlier this year (or maybe even last year). This is kind of a “life after the game” book with the addition of a second game. These games are life and death and this is one you won’t want to miss!
“Caraval was a roller coaster ride of twists and turns, and the latest installment lives up to that standard and more. Garber succeeds marvelously in broadening this magical, seductive world.” ―New York Daily News
SEVEN. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish. Y’all. I love me some Tiffany Haddish!! Ever since I saw her in Girl’s Trip I became a woman obsessed! She is hilarious and just real. Her story is amazing and sad but she doesn’t give a f*&^. She talked about growing up in the foster system, her failed marriage and crazy boyfriends, getting to where she is today with the help of some amazing teachers and comedian mentors and she makes me want to try even harder to reach my goals! Read it y’all!!
“Haddish is a hilarious, badass, and magical woman, and her memoir, The Last Black Unicorn, is further proof of it. This book will have you ugly-crying with laughter as the actress delves deep into the (very) intimate details of her personal life, using the same incredible sense of humor and fierce, unflinching honesty that won our hearts in the first place.” (Shondaland.com)
EIGHT. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. This book just proves that you really have no idea who anyone really is…your neighbors, family, spouse, etc. Everyone has secrets and in this emotional roller coaster of a book you will begin to question every person in your life. This book is about a couple whose baby is abducted from right under their noses and they go through hell and back to try and get her back. It’s a really good read!
“A twisty, utterly riveting tale that will send readers on a wild roller coaster ride of emotions. Shocking revelations kept me turning the pages like a madwoman.” —Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Playing with Fire
NINE. Final Girls by Riley Sager. I love a good mystery and this one kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was listening to it!! This book is about a woman who is the sole survivor of a mass murder and her life after the incident including her relationship with two other women who are survivors of similar events. This book is about the murder of one of those women and everything that led to her death. It’s a seriously good, twisty book!!
“Stephen King dubbed this page-turner about three women with a seriously grim bond the ‘first great thriller of 2017.’ So yeah, it’s good.”—Cosmopolitan
TEN. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Y’all know I love a good Rainbow Rowell book and I couldn’t believe it when I found one I hadn’t read yet! This book is about two work friends whose emails are being read by an IT person at their job who falls in love with one of the women despite having never met her. This book is about relationships…the relationship between the women, the guy’s relationship with himself and his mother and a few more. I love the engine of this book!!
And that, my friends, is what I’m reading in the month of October. If you want to catch up on my previous month’s book posts here are January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August and September!
What books have you been reading lately??
robin rue says
Audio books definitely count. My husband takes the train into Boston for work and it’s an hour ride from where we are because of all the stops, so he listens to a lot of books on his ride.
Chasity Boatman says
I wish that I had more time to read! But between two kids and two restaurants I don’t have much time.
Jeanette E. says
I really need to read for leisure. Typically I read for education or to learn something and the element of fun and relaxation just isn’t there! Thanks for the suggestions.
I haven’t been reading as much lately. The weather is getting colder so I do need to find some good ones to have on hand
Tomi C says
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish is hilarious. This has been such a banner year full of blessings for her. The book really shed some light on the things she had to overcome. Great read indeed.
She is AMAZING!! LOVE me some Tiffany Haddish!!
Melissa Chapman says
I don’t get a chance to read and i have not tried audio books which is such a good idea. You have given us such good choices so i will have to get at least one.
I can’t believe how many books you are able to consume! I would love to get into some audiobooks like this, they sound so riveting.
Audiobooks are really the way to go!!
I am so proud of you!! You’re so close :). Your reading goals, are goals!! I have to step up my reading game.
Thanks!! I will get there this month!
Amber Myers says
These sound like some great books! I need to add them to my list. I have read Attachments and really liked it. I recently finished A Spark Of Light by Jodi Picoult and highly recommend it.
A Spark of Joy is on my list!! I LOVE me some JP!!
As always, writing several of these down because you know I love me some books!
I wish I had more time to read. I have a goal of reading at least a chapter a day on the book that I’m currently working on. It sounds like you’ve read some great ones.
That’s why I listen to a lot of audiobooks, I have no time to read traditions books! LOL!
ive been on the hunt for some good books and def will look at some of these that you enjoyed last month :) yay book nerds ha
Yes girl! Book nerds unite! LOL!
This seems like a great list of books! I am always looking for new books to read and with winter coming I always find I have a little more time to read books because all I want to do is cuddle up inside and stay warm. Thanks for this list!
Yes girl! That’s one of my favorite parts of winter, curling up with a warm blanket with a good book!
Tabitha Blue says
I absolutely love reading! I don’t do it as much lately as I should or want to, but this really inspires me to pick up more books to dive into! Every single one made me want to read it!!!
I have read a bunch of these! I am reading Kingdom of Ash and Muse of Nightmares right now!
I need to check those out! I love a good book rec!!
Shoshana Sue says
Oh my word! 10 books a day? You are a machine Ricci! I am an avid reader but this year has almost ended without me finishing one book because of blogging, exercise, kids, and a fulltime job. I am inspired to read one book and finish it before this month ends.
wow! How many books you read in October! I would like to finish reading the book that I began to read this summer!
What a great list! I haven’t read any of these. I wish I had enough time for reading. We are just too busy with all of our commitments, but I would love to check out some of these.
Kita Bryant says
I love, love, love books. I love the way the look and feel. I am the most attracted to old books and love to collect them. Sadly, life has gotten so busy that I spend more time just admiring them than reading them.