Reading Report: October Reading

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Welcome to my monthly book recap! It’s a new addition to the blog, and I am excited to share more of my reading life with you. At the end of each month, I will take a look back at the previous four weeks and provide a glimpse of my reading life. Sometimes, it will be a complete list of what I read that month and other times I might choose to highlight only one or two titles. Most months I also hope to include a few books I plan on reading next or that are new to my “to be read” list. No matter what, it will be one more excuse to talk books, and I am always up for that. Without further ado, here is a look at my October 2019 reading.

The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (Releases Nov 5, Grand Central Publishing) : I really enjoyed this one even though I have been steering clear of serious books that make me think lately. Cahalan lays out some really interesting facts (alongside her personal opinions) on the state of care and treatment for people struggling with mental illness in this really eye-opening and fairly comprehensive history of mental illness in this country. My full review here.

*I received a complimentary advance reader copy (e-Galley) of this one from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (2014, Scribner): I have recently rediscovered Stephen King when I reached for his book The Outsider after someone on Instagram suggested I would like it. I thought it would make for good Fall reading, and I was so right! I loved it (and especially on audio with narrator Will Patton) and moved on from that one to this series which shares a few of the same characters and is also narrated by Patton. It is a suspenseful and interestingly constructed police procedural and is the perfect creepy read around Halloween. I moved on to the second one in the series quickly (below) and hope to round them out with #3 soon.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King (2015, Scribner): This is a continuation of the Bill Hodges trilogy (see above) and although it starts a little bit slower, it only took a few chapters before I was completely hooked. This series is the best brain candy, and I don’t want it to end.

After the Flood

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag (2019, William Morrow): This book completely derailed my October creepy reading plans. It was made available for a short time as the Libraries Transform Book Pick and given how new it is (released September 3rd) and how much buzz it was getting on Instagram, I jumped at the chance. I was not disappointed. This one is an unputdownable dystopian with strong messages about the lengths we go to for our kids. Add to that a really awesome and strong female lead character who kicks ass repeatedly, and you have a total winner of a book for me. Stay tuned for a special review (with a book-inspired recipe) for this one!


Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker (2017, Gallery Books, orig. published in 1995) Mr. BLP and I have been watching and loving this show on Netflix, and so I was interested to go back and read the book on which it was based. John Douglas literally wrote the book on serial killer profiling during his time at the FBI, and this is his look at how it all went down. Any true crime fan will love this background and closeup look at some of the most heinous and infamous criminal cases of all time.

Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear (2018, Avery) I am a scheduling, time-management and list-making junky, so I wanted to check out this one to see what all the fuss is about. I really enjoyed it and found many useful tidbits of information about creating and breaking daily habits. I especially enjoyed the case studies from athletes, coaches, business leaders, etc.

Likely Up Next

NOS4A2 has been on my TBR for a very long time, and given how creepy I have heard it is, I am hoping to reach for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo next for a lighter read (here’s hoping it is as good as Daisy Jones and the Six).

What did you read in October? Do you have thoughts on any of these titles?

2 thoughts on “Reading Report: October Reading

  1. I loooooved Atomic Habits. I don’t buy books very often anymore (mostly because I won’t let myself, thanks to the hundreds of titles I own that I still haven’t read!), but I did request my own copy of this one for my book. It’s one I want to have handy! Also, I’ve unofficially sworn off dystopias for awhile (#oversaturation), but After the Flood sounds like an interesting pick when I’m ready to hop back on the wagon!

    Also, I’m too wimpy for Stephen King, I think. About the creepiest I’ll go is a book like Rebecca (by Daphne Du Maurier), ha ha.

    1. I loved Rebecca! I am a fan of dark, scary books with one caveat: they have to have a pretty prominent streak of light and goodness. The Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges) trilogy fit that bill. I can see why you would want to buy Atomic Habits. I think books like that are hard to read or listen to because you want to be able to flip back or underline certain gems you want to remember.

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