Alison's October Reads
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.”
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.
Our Book Nook editor is on track to read nearly 150 books this year. Follow her @theextroveredbookworm.
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