“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
Oh, Anne Shirley, how I agree. October is my favourite month for a variety of reasons: I get to celebrate my best friends’ birthdays, unpack my favourite cozy sweaters, watch the leaves fall… And the books! While it’s evident that Fall is the busiest season in publishing, no month has shown more BIG books, events, and awards news than this one. Below, I’ve shared the books I’m excited to curl up with this month.
1. Memoirs by my Sheroes
Last month, Taylor Swift released an incredibly catchy song that was, to my knowledge, the first single from the young songstress that wasn’t about a boy. A few weeks later, Emma Watson stood up in front of the UN to announce a new feminist campaign, #HeForShe, and the powerful speech from the poised young actress went viral. It’s an exciting time to be a young woman surrounded by brave and inspirational young women, and that’s why I am excited to read Yes Please by Amy Poehler and Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham this month.
2. Fall Fiction to Curl Up With
Like most people, the Fall–and this Fall more than any–represents change for me. The leaves turn and everything smells like nature instead of sweat. It’s my favourite season. And I love to read books about characters who experience change in their lives (whether they like it or not), à la Judd Foxman in This Is Where I Leave You. Us by David Nicholls, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize earlier this autumn, is this book for me this year. It’s poignant, funny, and heartbreaking in a really honest way. I expect it to join my list of favourites come November.
3. Hockey Memoirs
The NHL is back this month and I’m Canadian, eh? Actually, that’s not the reason. The Crazy Game by Clint Malarkchuk and Dan Robson has been hailed as an exceptional hockey memoir; but more importantly, it’s been called a tough book by a tough survivor. I’m typically hesitant to read sports books, but was SO overwhelmed and impressed with the prologue of this book that I decided to keep reading. You can read the prologue on thecrazygame.ca here, too. I bet you’ll be as hooked as I was.
4. Sequels I COULDN’T Wait For
Yes, ladies and gentleman. If you fell in love with The Rosie Project in the summer of 2013, and laughed along with Don’s antics of falling in love with the girl who was totally wrong for him, then you’ll love Graeme Simsion‘s follow up novel The Rosie Effect. In this book, Don and Rosie have moved to New York and are about to face a new adventure: Rosie is pregnant! Visit readrosie.ca to start reading both books.
5. Book to Movie adaptations
There are some incredible book-to-film adaptations coming out this month. The two that I’ll be re-reading before I see the films? Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson. These books are eerie psychological thrillers, so they’ll fit perfectly with the chilly weather and upcoming Halloween season.
Which books are you reading in October? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader. If I don’t respond right away, it’s because I’m curled up with a book, a chai tea latte, a knit blanket and my cat.