New Release Books
Welcome to October! The undisputed best month of all time!
The weather is good, the leaves are beautiful, and of course Halloween! What’s not to love?
This October offers tons of new books to read as you sneak pieces of delicious Halloween candy straight from the pail. Don’t worry, I won’t judge!
It’s always hard to narrow down the upcoming list to a manageable number of books. This month, I was able to get the list down to six titles, most have a spooky, paranormal vibe, or other Halloween element. Even my romance selection has cosplay!
Autumn is such a fun time to host a book club. You can have so much fun with decorations, costumes and Pumpkin Spice everything. Even if you don’t get into Halloween or Pumpkin Spice specifically, fall is a gorgeous time to read with friends. The weather is nice and cool, perfect for sipping mulled wine by the fire pit while you discuss your latest read.
I am including six books on my Fall 2020 Book Club list. Two are pretty traditional book club choices, The Vanishing Half and The Midnight Library. Three are dark, spooky seasonal choices, The Haunting of Hill House, The Sun Down Motel and The Five. One to Watch is on the lighter side, but still has plenty to discuss.
All of these books (except Haunting of Hill House) have at least a four-star rating on Goodreads and thousands of reviews. I included the classic, Haunting of Hill House, as a personal recommendation.
I have included links to discussion questions for all suggested titles.
No Spoiler Book Review
Cleo McDougal is running for President. She is a thirty-seven year old single mom and Senator and she is not stopping there. Before she officially begins her campaign for the presidency she embarks on a tour of no regrets. Making amends and correcting the wrongs of her past.
Some of the regrets tour is for show, and some of it is to get ahead of bad press, but Cleo is genuine in her quest to right wrongs. She truly wants to apologize for her mistakes and confront those that have harmed her. She is determined to make the most of her tour.
I found Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing to be a thoroughly enjoyable, quick Political Fiction. I have seen this book categorized as romance and it is not, the only thing romantic in this book is the portrayal of politicians. This book is Contemporary or Political Fiction, with feminist tendencies.
No Spoiler Book Review
Moon Hunters is a difficult book to sum up in a tidy blurb. This is one of those unusual books that doesn’t follow a standard plot trajectory. Conflicts don’t resolve the way you think they will. It meanders. It doesn’t go where you think it’s going to go. It’s different.
The story centers on Leilani Ani. She is the descendent of an eccentric millionaire movie star who colonized a remote island during a global pandemic. They have always lived under the assumption that the “old world” was dead. After a catastrophe Leilani and her husband leave the island in search of resources.