October Reading List

Another month has come and gone and I’ve filled it with a lot of good reads! I normally veer towards the psychological thriller genre and my favorite for the month was definitely this one. If you have any other recs, I would love to hear! Read on for my reviews.

 The Good Widow

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 The Good Widow // Jacks, short for Jacqueline, knows her husband is in Kansas on a business trip. The shock of her life comes when she finds out her husband has died in a car crash in Hawaii with another woman named Dylan. A stranger, Nick shows up on her doorstep days after. He claims to be Dylan’s fiance and as they grieve together, he suggests going to Hawaii and retracing their loved ones last few days in order to bring closure. The ending was a bit predictable but I won’t give anything away. It was slow at times but it was an entertaining read nonetheless.

The Lying Game

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The Lying Game // The Lying Game revolves around 4 best friends, Kate, Fatima, Thea, and Isa, who were classmates at a British boarding school in a town called Salten. During their school years, they created a game known as the Lying Game, where they would tell lies to others in the name of fun. Now in their thirties, Kate, the only person still living in Salten, sends a text to the other three girls asking them to return. They find out a human bone has been recovered nearby. It was a slow read at first trying to figure out what the lying game had to do with anything. There were several twists that I did not see coming. I would’ve been happy just reading the second half of the book, ha! I actually enjoyed the author’s last novel, The Woman in Cabin 10, more than this one.

Young Jane Young

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Young Jane Young // Aviva is a congressional intern who has an affair with her boss, aka the congressman. News breaks of their affair and she’s shunned from society while he continues to be in office. Ultimately, she changes her name and moves to a small town in Maine, along with her young daughter, Ruby. She then runs for mayor and her past catches up with her. I really enjoyed this book, it was a light and entertaining read.

Odd Child Out

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Odd Child Out // This was one of those books that had 2 plots going at once and you wonder what one has to do with the other. Noah and Abdi are best friends, despite their differences. Noah has cancer and Abdi is a Somalian immigrant but they are inseparable. The 2 boys sneak out one night while they’re having a sleepover and Noah ends up in the hospital. Abdi is unharmed and waits at home while the police investigate the matter.  But one day, Abdi sneaks out and this is where the second plot unfolds. He has his own agenda and confusing as it is, it has nothing to do with Noah. This book is touted as a suspense but I didn’t find it all that suspenseful. I actually had a hard time finishing it.

Class Mom

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Class Mom // This was a quick read and it had me laughing out loud a few times. I’ve never been a class mom but with 2 kids in elementary school, the novel was relatable as I’ve definitely encountered ‘class moms.’ But the class moms in my life aren’t as exciting as the ones in this book!  Definitely a fun and easy read!

The Dry

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The Dry // This was my favorite novel for the month! It’s set in the Australian countryside during a severe drought. Aaron returns home to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Luke’s wife and son were also killed and at first, everyone thinks it’s a murder/suicide committed by Luke. The writing was superb and kept me glued to every page. There were so many twists and turns to the very end. I was surprised to learn this was the author’s debut novel. I highly recommend this one!

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  1. Bethany

    October 31, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Class Mom is going on my list! I need a little extra humor these days.

    1. Sydnee

      October 31, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Bethany! I think you’ll enjoy it, it was definitely a fun read for me.

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