October Book Recommendations
I Love My Fangs! by Kelly Leigh Miller
Young Dracula loves his fangs and is very upset after one falls out--especially when the Tooth Fairy tries to take it away.
I Thought I Saw a Bear! by Lydia Nichols
A bear is hiding in a car, on a boat, and in a hot air balloon, in a book that encourages readers to slide tabs to find the bear on each page
The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade
Lance Cottonwood is the best and brightest in his class, but when it is time for his final exam, he is afraid to fall like the rest of the leaves.
Marcy's Having All the Feels by Allison Edwards
What do you do with all your feelings? In Marcy's Having All the Feels, counselor and therapist Allison Edwards explores how sometimes feeling so many feelings doesn't feel so good at all. Marcy wanted to be happy. Happy is all she wanted to be. But all her other feelings kept showing up--and at the worst times!
Not an Alphabet Book: The Case of the Missing Cake by Eoin McLaughlin
Follow Bear from A to Z as he hunts for a cake thief in a hilarious alphabet book crossed with a whodunit.
Bird & Squirrel All Tangled Up (Bird & Squirrel #5) by James Burks
When Red has to go spend the night helping Grandmole, Bird and Squirrel are put in charge of taking care of Squirrel's daughter, Birdie. And even though Squirrel teaches Birdie that being prepared is always best, nothing can prepare them for the crazy adventures ahead!
Weather or Not (Upside-Down Magic #5) by Sarah Mlynowski
When Willa's upside-down magic rains, it pours. Clouds form under ceilings. Classrooms get flooded. Umbrellas must always be nearby, just in case Willa has an outburst. Willa hates being the source of such sogginess. Even worse, the more she rains, the badder she feels ... and the badder she feels, the more she rains.
Becoming Brianna by Terri Libenson
Everyone knows how much brainy Bri likes the spotlight (not). So why did she ever agree to something that forces her to learn a new language, give a speech, help organize a party, and juggle drama at school and home?! As the big event inches closer, Bri wonders if it's all worth it.
Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle by Charise Mericle Harper
With her awesome crafting powers, Crafty Cat can solve any problem!
Fallen Empires (Cleopatra in Space #5) by Mike Maihack
Feisty Cleopatra, savior of the Nile galaxy, returns for a fifth graphic novel in which readers learn the surprising backstory of her nemesis Octavian. The action is fast and furious, per usual, with Cleo dodging a murder charge, unmasking P.Y.R.A.M.I.D. spies, and grappling with her strange new power: she glows hot-pink before emitting powerful energy bursts.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Taking place before the original trilogy, this new volume by Suzanne Collins details the history of Coriolanus Snow and how he became the villainous president of Panem. Tapped as a mentor in the tenth annual Hunger Games, Coriolanus must outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow classmates to mentor the winning tribute and bring honor back to his family name. Though he's given the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low, Snow is determined to win no matter the cost: because Snow lands on top.
Hawk by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
For fans of the Maximum Ride series, a new volume featuring some familiar faces. Hawk is seventeen years old, growing up fast in post-apocalyptic New York City. She doesn't remember her real name or her family, just that she was told to wait on a specific street corner at a specific time until her parents came back for her. And someone is coming for her – but it's not her family. It's an execution. Forced into flight, Hawk is desperate to survive in this new dystopian thriller.
Some Kind of Animal by Maria Romasco-Moore
Jo's mom disappeared in their Appalachian town fifteen years ago. Everyone says she was wild, and bad things happen to girls like that. Jo seems to be following in her mother's footsteps, barely passing her classes and falling asleep at her desk. But Jo's secret isn't a drug problem: it's her twin sister, who lives in the woods, catching rabbits and eating them raw. Jo spends nights with her sister, running through the trees. But no one has ever seen her sister – so when her twin attacks a boy from town, everyone assumes that it was Jo. Faced with a difficult decision, Jo must choose between telling the world about her sister or running away to save her.
Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale
Josie Pie is afraid she peaked in high school. Now a failed Broadway star with an imploding life, she escapes into books to forget all her problems… literally. Josie has discovered that when she reads a book, she finds herself inside it, a different character each time: a post-apocalyptic heroine, the lead of a young adult rom-com. It's weird… but also amazing. Will Josie find a book she prefers to her own life?
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
Fans of Twilight know Edward and Bella's love story… but until now, they've only heard it from Bella's side. Now they can hear the story from Edward's perspective in this companion novel to the popular paranormal romance series. With more details about Edward's past and glimpses into his inner thoughts, this is a darker take on the love story for fans that have been waiting for a decade.
Unbirthday: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
Alice is now an eighteen-year-old lady more interested in spending time with her camera than becoming a "respectable" member of society, at least in the eyes of her sister. But when she develops the photographs she has taken around town, she finds familiar faces instead of her actual subjects: the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar. A self-portrait develops into a disturbing photograph of a badly-injured, dark-haired girl pleading for help. Returning to Wonderland, Alice is once again tasked with saving the denizens from the Queen of Hearts and her tyrannical rule in this new take on Disney's classic animated film.
Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics by Tom Scioli
Stan Lee rose to prominence for his cheeky cameos in Marvel films, and finally the limelight is focusing on Jack Kirby instead, the co-creator of a number of superheroes and villains at Marvel, DC, and more. Told in the format of a full-color comic book, this covers Kirby's life from his childhood growing up in New York during the Great Depression to his time on the frontlines in Europe in World War II, and of course his collaborations with Stan Lee, as the two redefined comics as part of pop culture. Kirby has always struggled to receive recognition for his work, and this comic biography helps shine some of the well-deserved light on his contributions to the industry.
The Marriage Game by Sara Desai
Layla Patel is a recruitment consultant whose life has fallen apart. She returns home to her family in San Francisco, where her father runs a Michelin starred restaurant. Wanting nothing more than to make his daughter happy, he offers her the office above the restaurant to start her new business – and sets up a profile on an online dating site and a string of blind dates. Sam Mehta, the CEO of a corporate downsizing company, is forced to share the office space with Layla after a communication mishap. As Layla and Sam face off in close quarters, both the sarcasm and the sparks fly in this romantic comedy.
Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh
Vesta is an elderly widow living a quiet life with her dog, Charlie, when she comes across a strange note: "Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body." Except there is no body, only a frame of stones in the woods pinning the paper down. Deeply shaken, Vesta isn't sure what to do, and she slowly becomes obsessed with this mystery. Is this all an innocent misunderstanding by a woman with a weak grasp of reality… or is there a more sinister explanation?
The Falling Woman by Richard Farrell
"The Falling Woman" was the only survivor of the midair explosion of a passenger jet. She became a media sensation not only for her survival, but also because she disappeared without a trace from the Wichita hospital where she was taken after the crash. She's determined to keep the story of her survival a secret, even from her own family, but a dedicated National Transportation Safety Bureau agent is equally determined to find out her identity in this thought-provoking mystery.
Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay
Massachusetts has been overrun by a rabies-like virus that spreads frighteningly quickly. Hospitals are overflowing with the sick and dying, and people are in hysterics. The state is under quarantine and curfew to try to halt the spread of the sickness, but society is breaking down within its borders. Dr. Ramola "Rams" Sherman receives a frantic phone call from Natalie, a close friend who is eight months pregnant. Natalie was bitten and the only chance at survival for her – and her unborn child – is to get to the hospital as quickly as possible for a rabies vaccine. Rams and Natalie must fight their way through a terrifying new world in this tense thriller.
Death Rattle by Alex Gilly
Nick Finn is a Customs and Border Control officer married to Mona Jimenez, a human-rights lawyer. Despite the vast differences in their professions, they have a happy marriage. When a death occurs in a migrant detention center, both Nick and Mona begin investigating what has happened. Unfortunately, the company that runs the detention center is on the verge of signing a billion-dollar contract with Homeland Security, and that money is worth more to them that one human life… and possibly even three.
Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
Elisabeth is an accomplished journalist, but struggling in her role as a new mother in a small town after spending the last twenty years in New York City. Sam is a senior at the local women's college, struggling to decide between her future career goals and romance, and worrying about student loans. When Elisabeth hires Sam to babysit the two grow close despite their difference in age. When Sam grows closer to Elisabeth's father-in-law, the differences between the two are highlighted and a betrayal has devastating consequences in this novel of human drama and motherhood.
A Short History of Russia: How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin by Mark Galeotti
Russia has a long and complicated past, but Galeotti condenses one thousand years of history into an accessible form in this volume. Having been invaded by Vikings, Mongols, Napoleon's French, and Hitler's Germans, a number of foreign influences have shaped the country over the years. Russians have written and re-written their past in response, and their self-invented history has affected their present and influenced their future. Broken down into brief chapters with suggestions for further reading for those wanting more information, this is a fascinating glimpse at how one country developed their national myths and their relationship with the outside world.
The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper
As a female and African American emergency room physician, Michele Harper stands out in an overwhelmingly male and white profession. After growing up in an abusive family and being divorced just two months before she moved to join the staff of a hospital in central Philadelphia, Harper brings insight and empathy into every patient interaction. This memoir covers her journey toward self-healing and her experiences in healthcare, including the systemic disenfranchisement of her patients by the healthcare industry.
Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age by Bruce Feiler
Life isn't as simple as it used to be. Most people won't only have one job, one relationship, or one source of happiness in their lives anymore. People worry that their lives aren't what they expected and that the changes and disruptions are causing them to live their lives out of order. Bruce Feiler set out to prove that wrong, crossing the country and collecting hundreds of life stories to show that nonlinear, nontraditional life is the new normal – and how to cope with the changes in our lives.
Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Japanese Woman and Her World by Amy Stanley
Tsuneno was born in a rural Japanese village, and no one expected her to live anything but a traditional life. After three divorces, she ran away to Edo, the city that would become Tokyo, and one of the largest cities in the world. Through Tsuneno's eyes we see Edo prior to the arrival of Commodore Perry's fleet, which would change Japan irrevocably. In this book we are given a window into 19th-century Japanese culture, a time of masterless samurai and rapidly changing social and political situations.
Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
Close friendships are incredibly important in our lives, arguably just as much as romantic relationships. But it's difficult to maintain friendships for the long haul. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, hosts of the popular podcast "Call Your Girlfriend," detail a decade of their friendship in this honest and hilarious book, and encourage readers to actively choose, value, and fight for the friendships in their lives.
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