October Reading List

reading lists

After a short hiatus the #CTLReadingList is back! Each month I select five titles that are a mix of old and new. Sometimes there is a theme and other times the selections are totally random. This month, we fall somewhere in between with two books perfect for scares in October, one hotly anticipated tale of WTF happened, and a classic all the way from 1966.

You might be thinking "Hey Rox-Anne, you're cheating us here. There's only four books!" Well aren't you observant. I am actually planning a scary Halloween themed reading list for later in the month! I'll be scouring my local library for just the right creepy tales to get you in the Halloween spirit. Also, I am leaving (on a jet plane...) for Scotland and I only plan on bringing two of these with me on the plane. So that gives me the other two to read at home and when I'm done, it will be time for the spooky books!

The Names of Dead Girls - Eric Rickstad "In a remote northern Vermont town, college student Rachel Rath is being watched. She can feel the stranger’s eyes on her, relentless and possessive. And she’s sure the man watching her is the same man who killed her mother and father years ago: Ned Preacher, a serial rapist and murderer who gamed the system to get a light sentence. Now, he’s free."

I won't even share more from the jacket as I don't want to spoil anything! This is one of two books I will be bringing as reading material on my vacation. I picked it up for 40% off at Walmart after hearing some great reviews from friends at work (you can also pick it up here). I love a good mystery and I am really hoping this one lives up to the hype...and doesn't give me too many nightmares in the process.

Valley of the Dolls - Jacqueline Susann I know this is a pop culture classic book but I actually don't know anything about it! I found it second hand so I am giving it a shot.

"The novel tells the story of three young women who become fast friends in the turbulent post-war worlds of Broadway and Hollywood"

According to Wikipedia, the story is loosely based on Judy Garland (who I adore), Carole Landis, Dean Martin and Ethel Merman. I'm actually pretty excited to see why this book as remained relevant so long (order The 50th Anniversary Edition)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving I had to slip in a little spooky Halloween book and this one, by my all time favourite author, is just what you need to get into the spirit! Irving wrote many short stories (The Wife is my favourite!) but he is most know for creating the characters Icabod Crane and The Headless Horseman. I have a few copies of this book, mostly different collections of Irving's short stories (I believe that The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon is the most well known) if you need a copy, it will be easy to find. I spot them in antique stores, Goodwill, even at yard sales! Chapters Indigo does a great job of making classic books affordably priced to attract young readers. You can pick up a copy for a mere $4.50.

We all know the story, Icabod lives in the small hamlet of Sleepy Hollow and falls in love with Katrina Van Tassel. On a night ride, he encounters the Headless Horseman and is never heard from again. It was a local fable that was recounted to Irving. He embellished and added his signature use of incredibly descriptive words (one of the reasons I love him so much!) and a classic tale was born!

What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton What happened indeed. There isn't much I can say about this book as everyone knows the story. Clinton lost what should have been a slam dunk and I am interested to hear her take on that. I try to stay impartial and non-political because this is a blog about fashion and such but let's face it, you all know #imwithher. This is how I have always thought of politicians and parties. I listen to what they have to say and then watch how they conduct themselves and if they live the words they speak or if they just use them as sound bites. My kids asked me why I would read this book, when there is just so much of this information out there in the media. I told them that I have never followed anyone blindly and I believe in Hillary because I have grown up watching her live the things she preaches. I'd like to read her take on this most unbelievable event. And if you don't agree with me don't worry. It's not my country and I can't vote. On sale for $23.33

Leave some of the titles you've been loving lately in the comments below!