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Best Books To Read In October – Blogtober 2022

Today’s Blogtober prompt is – Best Books To Read In October – I’m a big Stephen King fan so it seems only right I share my top 3 SK books.
I have to say, even though he’s known as the master of horror, his books never really scare me. I’ve only ever been scared by one book that was written by James Herbert. It was called The Magic Cottage and I did not expect a book with that title, to scare me the way it did!

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Best books by Stephen King book on shelves.
The picture of SK you can see on the top shelf was done using a book folding technique called cut and fold.
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My all-time favourite book is IT. It’s the first SK book I read and I just couldn’t put it down.

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different.

In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing….

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed, and the children grew up, and moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness.
Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

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Cujo, a huge St Bernard, is bitten by a rabid bat and turns from a lovable pet into a ferocious man-eating monster. He slaughters his garage-owning master and, as madness eats at his brain, focuses his deranged attention on Donna Trenton and her five-year-old son, who are trapped in their car.

Stephen King The Stand - one of the best books I've read by Stephen King
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First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil. His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms.

What To Read In Your Free Time

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We have an extremely busy world today, a busy schedule, jumping from one meeting to another, and we barely have time for personal development or mental rest. Books have been known to play a key role in personal development and improve one’s psychology.

Adults tend to think they left reading books when they graduated from University, and college students couldn’t wait to stop reading. But as we move on in each phase of our lives, we tend not to know what to do, how to handle a situation, or what next step to take.

Delightfully, tons of essay examples have addressed every phase of our lives. Famous literature from intelligent writers has several hacks to deal with difficult situations in life. A literary work like the book thief takes us through a fictional story and a life hack for friendship and what comes with it.

University education makes us think reading should be a sport. Students read essays and literature only because they are compelled to read. But, books are more than that. So, whenever you have free time and choose to relax your brain, we have put together some amazing literature to read. The books in this article have passed the test of time, and they have constituted the must-read books. Pick up any of the following books and enjoy the smooth words of these amazing authors.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief is written about the life of a young orphan, Liesel Meminger. She was taken in by an older couple. We also found out that the title was from Liesel’s extreme obsession for books that she’d go about stealing books. She had also gone through the burning piles of the mayor’s library and almost burned herself.

Liesel’s later had a brother who was a Jew and looking for a hideout from the Nazis. The two new siblings had their friendship grow quickly because of their common love for novels. The Book Thief helps us learn the fear and struggle of the news during the Nazi war, and the old couple taking in homeless children in a time of distress shows hope for humanity.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This famous literature text by Steven Chbosky takes readers through the life of Charlie, a 15-year-old schoolboy who had lost his closest friend. Charlie’s school life was a bit of a struggle as he now finds it difficult to fit into his group of friends. This book takes us through Charlie’s past relationship with his immediate family members and his newly found friends.

Young Charlie keeps a journal that helps us understand how different he is from the rest of his peers. Perks of being a wallflower are filled with both humor and deep emotions at the same time. With the great moments in this book, I was not surprised that it was nearly adapted into a movie.

The Godfather

Mario Puzo’s ‘The Godfather’ is another classic one that has not lost its taste over several centuries. It depicts the tyrant life of Don Corleone – an influential individual in the then-American society. His influence seems to spread like the air we breathe in. Don Corleone has influenced every sector in society, which made him the most feared man on earth. In this book, we get to experience Don’s charisma, open-handedness, and of course, his deadly side. Trust me; no one wants to fight Don Corleone or his family.

The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code is a historical thriller that solves a murder mystery. The book is rich in the Christian culture as it traces the possibility of the defendant of Jesus Christ through a child he had with Mary Magdalene. The Merovingians in France believe they are from the defendant of Jesus Christ. This book is suspense-filled and culturally enlightening.

How To Win Friends And Influence People

Of course, I will recommend one that puts you in line with people. This book is a lifesaver. It doesn’t only give you something to get over boredom; it also enriches you with hacks on building your self-esteem. Dale Carnegie’s book has sold over 30 million copies since its publication. You sure want to get over a boring life and learn how to win friends and maintain relationships with people.

Conclusion

Well, the list of the texts above can get longer than this. There are millions of literature to read that will leave you fulfilled. We have a long list of thrilling books and lifesaving books waiting to be picked up.

These books don’t only fill up your space; they don’t only give you something to do, they also let you see the world for what it was, what it is, and what it could be. These books have highlighted the errors we have in our society, both past and present. Also, they provide some solutions to these problems. Like I said earlier, get a book up to your face and clutch it unto your favorite cup of coffee

The Best Novels Released in 2021 So Far

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There has been a great number of brilliant books released this year. Fantasy in particular is having its moment across ages and cultures. If you’re looking for something new, that’s understandable. We all need some escapism right now. The bestselling novels are all great additions to any library, but here are our picks for the ones you should read as soon as possible.

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The Midnight Library – Matt Haig

Relatable to every bibliophile, The Midnight Library is a fantasy novel wherein Purgatory presents itself as a library. The novel from the author of The Humans and How to Stop Time is a poignant novel focusing on the idea of hope and forgiveness, that balances out its less positive ideas with warmth and humour.

Nora Seeds finds herself in The Midnight Library, allowing her the chance to make things right. Using the books of the library to allow her to live as if she had done things differently, she seeks out to mend her relationships that she is plagued with guilt about.

But her choices have consequences, as most attempts to fix the past do, and she finds that her attempts to straighten out the past are putting her and the library itself in danger.

The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman

Richard Osman’s biting wit and killer one-liners take a front seat in this novel about a murder mystery sweeping a town of knitting grannies whose biggest problem is what their neighbours are up to.

The Have I Got News for You regular and Pointless co-presenter showcases his humour in his first novel that sees four unlikely friends having weekly meetings to investigate unsolved murders, like we all enjoy doing with a podcast or a Netflix documentary on a Friday night. That or some time on the online slots Netbet app.

But things get a little too hot for the pensioner team when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep. Suddenly The Thursday Murder Club find themselves caught in their first live case.

Concrete Rose – Angie Thomas

Following on the success of her first two novels, The Hate U Give and On the Come Up, the former of which was turned into a movie starring Amanda Stenberg, Angie Thomas gives us Concrete Rose.

Stepping away from her usually fiercely powerful teenage girl protagonists, we follow Starr’s father and his journey 17 years before the events of The Hate U Give. From the original novel, we know that Starr’s grandfather ruled the streets of Garden Heights, expecting his son to take over when he lands in jail. 17-year-old Maverick Carter survives the only way he knows how: by dealing. That is, until he finds out he is going to be a father and suddenly that doesn’t seem like a viable way to live.

The prequel is a story of dragging yourself out of the depths of an awful situation. And if it’s anything like The Hate U Give, Maverick will sway you with his strict warmth and undying love for his family. But when your family is King Lord, it’s not easy to do what’s best for them.                                    

Top 5 Books Every Student Should Read

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Not only business coaches or psychotherapists could teach us how to maintain a dialogue, understand people better, overcome obstacles on our life path, or just enjoy quiet evenings alone but also classical literature. And sometimes well-known books can do more good than the listed professionals! Check the list of the top 5 books you should read as soon as you’re done with edubirdie reviews.

“The Last Leaf” by O.Henry

It’s a short, but moving story about a girl who has been suffering from pneumonia for a long time. She is obsessed with a painful thought that she has to live as long as it takes for all the ivy leaves outside the window to go. The girl’s neighbour, an older man who is always quick with a quip, a drunkard, a poor and unsuccessful artist, creates his only masterpiece at the cost of his own life that allows the sick girl to give up an idea of thinking about death and get well. Nobody was left emotionless by reading this touching story.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

Have you already placed a custom essay order to spend a little quality time? If your order is in process, but you don’t have an idea what you are going to do, then look at the novel of a great writer of our time! Although this book is written in a simple language, you want to reread some lines again and again. The main character is a teenage boy, Charlie, who keeps up with his boring life and comes to the punchline, where changes take place. He has an Internet friend who he can entrust all his secrets to, he gets to know a girl and falls in love with her, but she is in a relationship. The final is a bit philosophical, and everyone is free to think the way they want to.

“The Red and the Black” by Stendhal

Julien Sorel, a poor worker from a small town, has big ambitions. This character is rather controversial as someone hates him from the very first chapters, someone laughs at him, and someone likes his youthful maximalism, but as a result, each of us starts worrying about his fate giving him a lot of adventures. One day, he had a chance to work as a governess in the noble house of de Renal, and exactly at this moment, your love or hatred will start. This novel is a huge piece of thought for any reader, so hurry up to use top writing services to find some spare time for reading this book.

“The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck

This cult novel by John Steinbeck is a part of many schools and colleges curricula in the United States. The plot provides an opportunity to ponder and reflect on some crucial issues. During the Great Depression, a family of devastated farmers is had to leave their homes in Oklahoma. Like millions of other unemployed, they go to California across America on the famous “Road 66.” But what awaits them there? Is there any hope for a brighter future?

“The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway

Save a superbpaper review to look over for later, and read this story in one breath. It’s a real masterpiece of Hemingway. The story is dedicated to “tragic stoicism”: in this wretched world, a man, even losing needs to retain courage and dignity. The image of a fierce battle with a monstrous fish, and then with sharks devouring it, successfully contrasts with reflections on the past actions and the world around.

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The Town Of Griswold Book Review #32

The Town Of Griswold is the third book in the Berkely Street Series by Ron Ripley.

The Town Of Griswold By Ron Ripley

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Taking a much-needed break, ghost hunter, Shane Ryan, spends a day exploring an old New England town. What starts as a hike, becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse with a malevolent ghost who preys upon unsuspecting visitors. Shane has seen his share of bad spirits, but nothing could have prepared him for the evil predator dogging his trail.

Abel Latham is the scourge of Griswold, a deathly quiet town populated by the undead. Abel stalks the hapless victims who stumble onto his unholy ground before torturing them to death. The police rarely notice who’s missing until two brothers disappear and the only clues are the boys’ abandoned trucks and blood. Lots of blood.

Though shaken by the gruesome details of Abel’s depraved life and dreadful crimes, Shane knows his new job is to end Latham’s reign of terror and his vengeance for blood. As Shane hunts his ghostly mark, he prays he won’t be the next grisly artifact found in Griswold Forest!

My Thoughts

This series of books seems to get a bit more gruesome with each new book! The evil ghost in Griswold is called Abel and he likes to torture his victims before finishing them off.

Shane didn’t start out ghost hunting, he was out for a hike with Courtney, who we met on Squirrel Island in book 2, but when he comes across Abel in the town of Griswold and only just manages to get away, he knows he has to go back and stop Abel from hurting anyone else.

The Town Of Griswold by Ron Ripley
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The Lighthouse Book Review #31

The Lighthouse is the second book in the Berkley Street series by Ron Ripley.

The Lighthouse

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Ex-marine Shane Ryan is a ghost hunter whose troubled past haunts him almost as much as the ghosts he encounters in the line of duty. He’s the best. And his reward for excellence? The punishment of being in high demand for jobs to eradicate the worst kind of ghosts – the kind that kill.

His latest assignment is an idyllic island setting with sunny skies, crystal blue ocean and a venerable old lighthouse that makes the scenery picture perfect … except for the malevolent, murderous ghosts marring the living portrait. If Amy, the owner, wasn’t Marie Lafontaine’s cousin, Shane would have steered clear of Squirrel Island and its diabolical dead. But Detective Lafontaine is his do-or-die friend. He’d do anything for her. Even face Dorothy, the undead Evilena who kills anyone invading her unholy domain. Add two shipwrecked couples to the mix and Shane has more trouble than he wants to handle.

Shane’s mission is clear: rid the island of Dorothy and her band of undead while keeping his new charges alive. But how could he know that staying alive meant facing the worst evil ever imagined?

My Thoughts

Shane is now a ghost hunter. He agrees to help his friend’s cousin who has recently bought a lighthouse on Squirrel Island. The contractor she hired to do all the repair work commits suicide and that, coupled with the other strange deaths and events on the island leads her to bring in Shane to see if he can help.

This second book is a little more gruesome than the first but still very enjoyable.

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Berkley Street Book Review #30

I got this series of 9 books, the first being Berkley Street, using my last credit from my trial period on Audible. I thought it was excellent that I was getting 9 books, but it was also a bit of a gamble, I mean, what if I didn’t like them?!

Berkley Street – Book 1

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Shane Ryan returns to Nashua and the childhood memories that drove him to join the Marines. After a prolonged legal battle with his aunt and uncle, Shane has possession of the family home where his parents disappeared over 20 years ago. The house, a monstrous castle filled with ghosts and secrets, is more alive than its inhabitants.

When his aunt and uncle come to town, then vanish, Shane’s life takes a turn for the worse. Detective Marie Lafontaine immediately labels Shane as the prime suspect. And in a race against time, Shane desperately searches for clues about his parents.

But there’s something lurking beyond the walls and beneath the surface. Something sinister that has haunted him ever since he saw its face in the pond behind the house. And it isn’t happy that Shane is back.

It isn’t happy at all.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed this first book in the Berkley Street series. Shane is a likeable character who you feel quite sorry for when you read what he had to deal with as a child living in this haunted house.

There are many different ghosts of all different temperaments and I grew to quite like some of them, as did Shane.
However, he left when as soon as he could to join the Marines and stayed away for 20 years, only returning when he won a legal battle brought on by his aunt and uncle who thought they had more rights to the house than Shane did when his mum and dad disappeared.

I can’t say the book really scared me, books rarely do but it was an enjoyable ghost story.

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The Marvelous Land Of Oz Book Review #29

The Marvelous Land Of Oz

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

First issued in 1904, L. Frank Baum’s The Marvelous Land of Oz is the story of the wonderful adventures of the young boy named Tip as he travels throughout the many lands of Oz. Here he meets with our old friends the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, as well as some new friends like Jack Pumpkinhead, the Wooden Sawhorse, the Highly Magnified Woggle-Bug, and the amazing Gump. How they thwart the wicked plans of the evil witch Mombi and overcome the rebellion of General Jinjur and her army of young women is a tale as exciting and endearing today as it was when first published over eighty years ago.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed this book as much as I did The Wizard Of Oz. I recognised some characters from the Return To Oz movie that I went to see on a rare visit to the cinema when I was younger.
I know the movie didn’t do very well and everyone criticises it now, but I have to say, I loved it when I watched it at the cinema!

The Marvelous Land Of Oz
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The Wizard Of Oz Book Review #28

The Wizard Of Oz is one of my favourite movies. This was a good thing a few years ago when Ella was a toddler because she got fixated on it and we ended up buying three copies of the DVD because she kept wearing them out!

For some reason, I’ve never thought about reading the books until I saw they were free audiobooks on Audio Book Treasury

The Wizard Of Oz

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

When Dorothy and her little dog Toto are caught in a tornado, they and their Kansas farmhouse are suddenly transported to Oz, where Munchkins live, monkeys fly and Wicked Witches rule. Desperate to return home, and with the Wicked Witch of the West on their trail, Dorothy and Toto – together with new friends the Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow and cowardly Lion – embark on a fantastic quest along the Yellow Brick Road in search of the Emerald City. There they hope to meet the legendary, all-powerful Wizard of Oz, who alone may hold the power to grant their every wish.

My Thoughts

This is a lovely book and I enjoyed it. I wish I’d read it when I was younger as it would probably have been one of my favourite stories.

The following part of the story made me laugh and I had to share it with Ella and Ant who both found it hilarious that the tin man thought it was wrong of the wildcat to kill the mouse but it was perfectly fine for him to decapitate the wildcat!

The Tin Woodman was about to reply when he heard a low growl, and turning his head (which worked beautifully on hinges) he saw a strange beast come bounding over the grass toward them. It was, indeed, a great yellow Wildcat, and the Woodman thought it must be chasing something, for its ears were lying close to its head and its mouth was wide open, showing two rows of ugly teeth, while its red eyes glowed like balls of fire. As it came nearer the Tin Woodman saw that running before the beast was a little gray field mouse, and although he had no heart he knew it was wrong for the Wildcat to try to kill such a pretty, harmless creature.
So the Woodman raised his axe, and as the Wildcat ran by he gave it a quick blow that cut the beast’s head clean off from its body, and it rolled over at his feet in two pieces.

There are quite a few books in the series, which I also never knew until now. They’re all available as free audiobooks so I’ll certainly be listening to the others while I’m cleaning and working on my papercrafts 🙂

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

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I Let You Go – Book Review #27

I Let You Go is the second Claire Mackintosh book that I’ve read and I’m looking forward to reading more.

I Let You Go

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?

In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating 

My Thoughts

I put this book on my TBR list after I saw a review on MumOfThree World. That review was nearly 2 years ago so you can see how long my TBR list is seeing as it’s taken me so long to get round to reading it!

I read, I See You, a couple of weeks ago by the same author and I will certainly be on the lookout for more of her books.
I think the sign of a good book for me is when you’re hit with a twist that you totally didn’t see coming and this book had two of them.

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