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Autumn: What to Read

Fall is the time for spooky, scary, creepy, dark reads. Here are my favorite books to read September through November!

The Woman in the Window | A.J. Finn
Anna is trapped in her house due to dibilitating agoraphobia, so she spends her days watching out her many windows. When she sees her new neighbor get stabbed, she needs to find a way to prove what she saw without leaving the safety of her own home. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I have to admit, I figured this was going to be another over-hyped book. I basically wrote it off before even opening it. Yeah, yeah, another unreliable narrator thriller. Yeah, another Woman on/in the [insert noun] book. But this had so many elements that were unique. It definitely lived up to the hype. 
About halfway through I thought I had the whole book figured out and assumed it would be a four star book. But this book has so many amazing twists. There was one big twist that I guessed, so I patted myself on the back. But then, WHAM WHAM there wer…
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Circe | Madeline Miller

“But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.”

Genre: Mythology. Number of Pages: 394. Perspective: First. Location: Greece.
This is a Greek mythology retelling from the perspective of the witch, Circe, from The Odyssey. It is similar to how Wicked gave backstory to the Wicked Witch. For a complete summary, you can go here.

I have mixed feelings on this one. Let me start by saying that I never enjoyed Greek mythology (except the Disney version of Hercules). So I really thought I would hate this book. The only reason why I even read it is because it was my book club’s pick. 
But Miller’s way of writing is captivating and hooked me from the beginning. I was caught up in it and loved all the action in the first half. I give the first half five stars. But the middle part slowed for me once she was on her own island. Then once Odysseus arrived, it was even worse (maybe I have some lingeri…

Spotlight: The Underappreciated Movie Podcast

I wanted to share with you all a super cool podcast because they do some book-to-movie reviews, such as High Fidelity.  In this podcast series, four friends discuss movies that they love, but nobody else does. Carly, Elaine, John, and Tony pick older movies that have either a low rating (Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB) or films that didn’t make their money back in the theatre run.  Carly’s genre is Drama/Romance, John’s is Action/Adventure, Elaine’s is Science-fiction/Fantasy, and Tony’s is Horror/Thriller.  Each week, one of those four people pick a movie and the group breaks down the film, writers, directors, and cast. At least, that is what is supposed to happen. Most of the time they stray off topic into crazy rants about time travel, relationships between demons and humans, or whatever odd topic the film unleashes on the conversation. Bad impressions, personal stories, arguments on everything from the quality of a rapper turned actor to which female the slasher killed had the best boobs.  Som…

How to Stop Time | Matt Haig

“That's the thing with time, isn't it? It's not all the same. Some days - some years - some decades - are empty. There is nothing to them. It's just flat water. And then you come across a year, or even a day, or an afternoon. And it is everything. It is the whole thing.”

Genre: Low Fantasy/Historical Fiction. Number of Pages: 325. Perspective: First. Location: London.
Tom is part of a rare group of people that age much slower than normal. The trick to staying safe when you are over 400 years old is to change your identity every eight years and never form attachments to other people. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Eh, this one fell flat for me. For someone who felt absolute loneliness, I didn’t feel a lot of emotions. Even at the end when he had what should have been an emotional reconnection with someone, I didn’t feel any emotion from either character. There was a lot of filtering that distanced me from the emotions. There was also a lot of telling rather than sho…

Q & A with Author Lia London

Hi, Lia. Let's get started. What is your book NOT about?
It is not about space wars or overcoming some centralized, epically evil, authoritarian threat. There are no Death Stars or Evil Empires or anything like them.
What is your book about?
That’s always a loaded question because there’s the plot version of “what’s it about” and the deeper meaning version of the question. The plot is about a restless teen girl who was born and raised on an orbiting space station in a galaxy far away. She’s sick to death of life in a flying pitstop and wants to go down to the surface of one of three habitable planets in the system. After a freak encounter with an alien, events lead to her wish coming true … sort of. She’s banished to a reformatory on one of the planets. But once she escapes and reconnects with the alien, things get very interesting.
The deeper meaning “what’s it about” answer is what leadership, power, freedom, friendship really mean. It’s definitely a coming-of-age journey even as sh…