October 2016 Reading Recap

Happy Halloween! I’m officially one book away from completing my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 30 books this year (yay!) This month I read:

passenger

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz: I really like Lutz’s Spellman series so I gave this a try. It is a totally different type of book (the Spellman books are really funny while this much darker in tone.) I enjoyed this book but I didn’t love the ending. I also found myself more interested in one of the secondary characters than the main character.

couple-next-door

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena: This was not my favorite. The premise sounded really interesting:

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

I was drawn in at the beginning but by the time I reached the middle of the book, every single character was annoying me. Also, the ending was just unnecessary to me. So I wouldn’t recommend this one.

fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I’ve finally read a Rainbow Rowell book! I see what all the fuss is about – I really liked this book! Here is a blurb:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Out of the three, I definitely had the most fun reading Fangirl! Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

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