Rave Reviewed: October 2017

Since I’m running the show solo again this month I thought I’d do things a bit differently! I’m still offering new titles that I haven’t shared in this blog but I’m also including some seasonal reads (as close to real horror as I can handle) and a book that’s been in the news lately. I hope you enjoy these titles as much as I did!

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

This one has everything, sex, intrigue, and opera! (Everyone likes opera, right? Right!?)

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And other Lessons from the crematory by                                      Caitlin Doughty

Doughty’s book introduces readers to what has been termed the “death acceptance movement.” It’s also really interesting and compulsively readable. I mean who doesn’t want to talk about corpses!

The Resurrectionist* by Matthew Guinn

This represents one of my attempts to read horror — it’s primarily historical fiction with some murder mystery — and is about the bad kind of resurrection.

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

I was only able to handle this book because it came pre-spoiled. I had watched the movie years earlier. Through the holes in a woolly afghan.

The Crooked House* by Christobel Kent

So creepy and full of shocking revelations until the very end. This one blindsided me in much the same way as Gone Girl.

The Radium Girls  by Kate Moore

Compulsively readable non-fiction. I was recommending it to friends just so I’d have someone to talk to about it.

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Quite possibly the saddest book to have the word “octopus” in the title.

Today will be Different by Maria Semple

Today will not be different…well, not the kind of different our heroine was hoping for.

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

Just the right amount of psychics to keep things interesting but just plausible enough to keep this skeptic on the edge of my seat.

Our Souls at Night* by Kent Harruf

I had to feature this excellent little book when I heard about the new film. It’s a beautiful little story about coming together to combat loneliness.

Rave Reviews meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 1st, so mark your calendars in case it sneaks up on you! And don’t worry, I won’t be running the show solo this month so we’ll have even more variety of books to share and enjoy! 🙂

*Indicates rave reviews classics; books that I have previously featured as a part of the Rave Reviews program.

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Miss Kate is a Public Service Librarian and has been with the Windsor Public Library since 2010. She's passionate about music, children's programming, book clubs, literacy, reference services, blogging, and libraries in general!

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