October Reads – 2018

1. The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis (audiobook)

I finished my sojourn through Narnia. C. S. Lewis never disappoints.

 

 

2. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

If you like character-driven stories, this book is for you. I loved it. In the 1920s, Count Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a Moscow hotel where he will spend the next several decades. The privileged aristocrat watches as world events reel outside his attic bedroom. Instead of retreating in hopelessness, Rostov resolves to pursue a purposeful life…with the help from a young girl who knows the hotel like the back of her hand.

 

3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (audiobook)

This coming-of-age novel is beautifully written. I enjoyed immersing myself in the moments of joy, fear, sorrow, and determination that shape Francis Nolan’s childhood and her whole family.

 

4. Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

This was the perfect, atmospheric mystery to curl up with on Halloween night. Poirot is called in to help solve the mysterious murder of a girl at a children’s Halloween party. As he learns about other mysterious deaths in the community’s past, he begins to connect the pieces and enters a race against time to prevent another murder from occurring.

 

I abandoned…

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

I just couldn’t get on board with the obvious romance and dramatic character development that I could predict coming in this book. A nice young women goes to sell books to a small bookstore owned by a grumpy, unlikable middle-aged man with a tragic past. Need I say more?

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