Book Recommendations for October 2015

I finally got back on the reading train this month! Hooray for me! Y’all, it’s been a while since I’ve actually finished any books but I have a few really, really great book recommendations for you now. I just realized at the end of September that I needed to get back to taking at least a little bit of time for myself so I’ve implemented at least a half hour (sometimes more) of personal reading time a day.

So, what are my book recommendations this month?

Well, read on friend. Read on…

Finding Gabriel by Rachel Demeter

I fell so hardcore for Rachel Demeter when I read her first book, The Frost of Springtime, shortly after it’s debut last year. If you haven’t read that yet, it’s incredible. It’s a bit controversial because of part of the story arc but I think anyone with that issue either isn’t paying close attention or is way too sensitive (just my two cents, for what it’s worth). Finding Gabriel is another grand slam by Rachel. I don’t think this woman knows how to write a bad story. Her books are classified as historical romance and anyone that knows me knows I do not like romance novels. Rachel has such a great balance of history / story / romance that I can’t help but love everything she writes. She has absolutely landed a place at the top of the list of my recent favorite authors.  Finding Gabriel = Total must-read.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

A co-worker warned me and told me not to read this book. She told me I would regret starting it and I’d only hate it. She was right. I should have listened to her. The Goldfinch and I are not a match made in heaven. I’m a plot-driven reader and this book bored me to tears. I gave up on it about 35% of the way through it. When it got the point where the mere thought of reading it made me cringe and quake inside, I knew it was time to throw in the towel. The Goldfinch – I quit it.

A Cat Named Mouse by Patti Tingen

Y’all, I loved this book! If you have any littles in your house, A Cat Named Mouse is an adorable read. It’s the sweetest picture book (true, there’s very little actual storyline) but it still packs a powerful message about being special and important, no matter who you are. A Cat Named Mouse would be a great Christmas book this year. Think on it. (Full Disclosure: I absolutely adore Patti Tingen, this woman has a heart of gold) A Cat Named Mouse – Kids will love it.

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

I held this book on my Kindle for months (a year?) before actually reading it. I loved Water for Elephants (as I discussed here) but this one? I was all, “I don’t know about this Sara…the Loch Ness Monster? Really? Are we going to go there?” and I couldn’t decide. At the Water’s Edge was a wary read for me. I started out so slow. I’d only read 5 or 10 pages at a time. I didn’t want to be too invested in case I decided to quit but I also knew I really wanted to love it. Eventually I got to a point where I knew I was all in. After that, I finished it in a day.  At the Water’s Edge – Definitely read it.

Let’s Talk…

  • Have you read any of the books here? What’d you think? (Did you enjoy the Loch Ness story too?)
  • What have you read (and loved ) recently? Send me recommendations!


Ashley LaMar
Ashley bounces between Atlanta, GA + Charleston, WV with her husband and two small dogs for life and work. If she’s not writing or blogging, she can usually be found cooking, reading, or watching baseball. Follow her on Twitter @ashleyfromfbl

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