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Alison's October Reads

by Alison An Avid Reader

Getting lost in a book is my definition of self-care. I read 10 books in October and would recommend these three.


Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. This fictionalization of the death of Shakespeare’s son Hamnet was completely engrossing. I am now fascinated with his wife and children. I absolutely loved this book! Rating: 10/10


The Overstory by Richard Powers. The Pulitzer Prize winner is not for everyone, but it should be required reading for the message alone: in a nutshell (pun intended) stop chopping down trees! This particularly resonates with me as I’ve watched a little forest be decimated outside our window to make way for yet more unnecessary condos. “We’re cashing in a billion years of planetary savings bonds and blowing it on assorted bling.”

Rating: 9/10


Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam. A family rents an AirBnB in the middle of nowhere. Two days in the owners come back asking to be let in as a blackout has occurred in NYC. Is that true or are more sinister things afoot? I love this author’s writing and characters, but I agreed with a reviewer who said she thought her book was missing pages at the end. The suspense of just seeing peeks of “the monster” is great, but the ending is ubrupt.

Rating: 8/10


Our Book Nook editor is on track to read nearly 150 books this year. Follow her @theextroveredbookworm.


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