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Reading Roundup - a review of books we reviewed in October

A smorgasbord of genres in this month's reviews - everything from mysteries to memoirs, some historical fiction and a love story to a faithful dog. You're sure to find something to read here!

This month's Buddy Read was Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard which received mixed reviews from us. In addition, you might have missed one or two of these great suggestions:


Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters - Imagine a world where the Civil War never happened and slavery is condoned by the US government.

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle - a unicorn leaves her magical world in search of more like her.

The River by Peter Heller - full of danger and adventure as two men race a wildfire and men down a raging river.

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal - three sisters go on an emotional journey to India to spread their mother's ashes.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides - a woman murders her husband and doesn't speak for years until the right therapist gets to the bottom of what really happened.

The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog by W. Bruce Cameron - historical fiction of early man's tribal life and contact and connection with a wolf.

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag - post-apocalyptic world of water where a mother and daughter risk everything to find a missing daughter/sister.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - a little orphan girl finds a family and friends at Green Gables.

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar - the relationship between a wealthy Parsi woman and her servant of 20 years is destroyed with a tragic event.

The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar - a couple loses their son and moves to India to start over.

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata - a college girl takes a job at a convenience store and, against the wishes of friends and family, doesn't want to leave.

Becoming by Michelle Obama - the articulate, inspirational autobiography of Michelle Obama

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley - a private plane crash leaves only two survivors.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - a young girl grows to womanhood on her own living in the marshes of N. Carolina and when there's a murder, she's the suspect.

Dog Tags by David Rosenfelt - a former cop and Iraq war veteran is now a thief and is arrested for murder.

Our monthly mini-reviews had some cool stories as well - have you tried any of these?

  • The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida - written by a 13 year old boy with autism trying to explain how he thinks about things.

  • Most Dangerous Place by James Grippando - lawyer Jack Swyteck helps a friend's wife who is arrested for murder.

  • Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane - a journalist has an on-air meltdown, her marriage fails, and she's starting to wonder if her second husband is the man she thought he was.

  • A Big, Little Life by Dean Koontz - a loving tribute to his dog Trixie after her death.

  • Driving Miss Norma by Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle - a 90 year old woman with cancer decides to take a road trip instead of undergoing treatment.

  • The Other Wife by Michael Robotham - after an attack on his father, a man discovers his dad had another wife of 20 years which then leads him to investigate his father's 'other' life.


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