BOOK CLUB: Choose Next Month’s Books!
How are you all going with your October books? I’m still waiting to receive mine in the post, so I’m pushing the discussion date back to later this month (as opposed to the 15th). Does that suit everyone?
You’ll still have about two weeks to buy and read the books from today, so that means those of you who maybe forgot to order them – this is your cue! Also, let me just mention that there’s no need to actually have the books read by the date I publish the blog post. I mean, it would probably help, so you don’t read any spoilers, but you can come back to the post days, weeks, months later, even, and write a little comment letting me know what you thought of the book/s.
I’d absolutely love for you to do that if you’re still reading the September books. Once you’ve finished, head to the blog post and give me a mini review! Did you love it? Did you hate it? Lemme know!
Anyway, it’s about that time to give you guys the options for our November Book Club. I’ve picked some bloody winners for this month, so I wish you luck in choosing! I think I’m going to contribute an ‘editor’s vote’ every month as well, as for the past two months it’s been SO CLOSE! Hopefully adding my own votes in will provide a clearer view of the winners for everyone.
The ten books to choose from for November are…
ONE // The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.”
This book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and it’s got an almost five star rating on Goodreads from over fifty thousand reviews. If that doesn’t speak volumes, I’m not sure what will. I’ve been told that this is a must read for everyone.
TWO // Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
“At some point, the family you create is more important than the one you were born into.”
I’ve had this book on my TBR for years, but somehow haven’t got around to picking it up. This book is about an orphan that brings two women from across the globe together. It’s a story about family and love, heartbreak and self-discovery. I think it will be one to remember.
THREE // Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour
“We love films because they makes us feel something. They speak to our desires, which are never small. They allow us to escape and to dream and to gaze into the eyes that are impossibly beautiful and huge. They fill us with longing. But also. they tell us to remember; they remind us of life. Remember, they say, how much it hurts to have your heart broken.”
This book explores the art of film and movie culture, something which I’m fascinated about. It also happens to be a new adult love story, centered upon Emi and Ava, and how their chance meeting can alter their lives forever.
FOUR // The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
“What is worse? Taking the life of a person who wants to live or taking death from a person who wants to die.”
This novel is what’s described as a ‘nordic thriller’ – a genre I’d never even heard of before, but sounds like my perfect style of fiction (so much so, that I’ve actually already ordered this one)! If you’ve been to the cinema recently, it’s likely you’ve seen the trailer for the movie that’s based on this book. I’m not one to see the film first, so I’ll definitely be reading this book before I go to the cinema, but I’ve honestly heard the greatest things about this book. It’s a serial killer crime novel that has been labelled as beyond intense by many of it’s readers and I’m SO HERE for that.
FIVE // The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman
“When humans believe in stories extraordinary things happen.”
If you were given the opportunity to travel back in time, would you take it? After Luna’s mother dies, she is given the opportunity to go back and see her mother, so of course she takes it. And who knows – maybe she might even be able to prevent her mothers untimely death in the present (future?). It sounds like a beautiful and thought-provoking read that won’t be easy to forget.
SIX // Say Nothing by Brad Parks
“Security was a myth, a grand lie we told ourselves to mask the jarring reality of the human condition: that the social contract was written in sand, not stone, and it could be blown away at any time, by anyone with sufficient breath his lungs.”
A story about child abduction, kidnapping, blackmail, crime and how one phone call can turn your world upside down. Will Judge Sampson get his children back alive? And to what lengths will he need to go to for that to happen?
SEVEN // A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
“Whatever comes,” she said, “cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”
This story is basically Cinderella retold. I never read this book as a child but I do think it will give us all some nostalgic vibes of being younger and dealing with the management of identity and personality, as well as friendship and happiness. Plus, the cover is beyond gorg!
EIGHT // Lies by T.M. Logan
“Hello Joe… You’re not going to stab me with that, are you?”
Aaah this book looks so good. It’s a psychological thriller based on (you guessed it) lots of lies. What would you do if you discovered your partner was lying to you? Would you follow them and try to figure out what they’re doing and where they’re going? What if your whole life was based on lies?
NINE // To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
“When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit.”
Lara Jean writes love letters. Secret love letters of course, intended for her eyes only. But they’re not so secret anymore when they accidentally get sent out to all the boys they’re addressed to – all the boys she’s loved before. I’ve actually read this book before, a couple of years ago, but it’s that good that I want to read it again. It’s young adult fiction with a love element, obviously, but it’s also realistic in the sense that it gives you alllll the nostalgic feels. A must read.
TEN // The Lost Girls by Heather Young
“How terrible to die without finishing a book, she thought. Never to know the end of the story.”
This story is about a lake house with a hundred secrets. Weird things happen in this house, and the unsolved disappearance of six year old Emily Evans in 1935 still haunts the current residents whose lineage traces back to the original house owners. I got chills typing out the description for this book and I think that tells me I’m going to like it. It just sounds so spooky and creepy!
So, as per usual, leave me your choices in the comments below! I’ll be choosing the final two around the 20th, so make sure to get your votes in before then. I’d also love if you could let me know in the comments your favourite genres to read. I want to make sure I’m including something for everyone in this lineup!
My two choices are…
Oh my god this is actually SO hard. I didn’t realise how difficult this must be for you guys.
The Snowman and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
But I’m also so keen to read The Lost Girls and Lies and The Hate U Give… and basically all of them. Eeek.
Get your votes in below!