Another month has come and gone, and yet again, I didn’t get nearly as much reading done as I wanted to, but such is life. I started a new job last week, and it has taken up all of my time getting adjusted to that, so it’s okay if reading fell a little bit to the way side. I’m going to switch it up in October and try to read some of the lighter books that have been on my list for awhile. Let’s get started!
1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
First up is a book recommended to me by my best friend. Salt to the Sea is a historical fiction novel set during World War II that features three young, East Prussian refugees who are looking for safe passage on a ship. The three kids, Joana, Emilia, and Florian, learn to rely on each other and test their strength, courage, and new friendship as they find their way to safety. If a war weren’t enough, the passengers on this ship must face another battle for their lives. I’ve been really into historical fiction lately, and I think this young-adult spin will be the perfect book to kick off October.
2. All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
I was first introduced to Emily Giffin’s writing on a whim. I snagged a book off the shelf, First Comes Love, at the library and devoured it in about eight hours. All We Ever Wanted promises to be a little bit different, but it’s set here in Nashville, so I definitely have to read it. This book combines the complicated aspects of being a parent in the 21st century expertly with the hassle it is to be a kid during the exact same time. Small-town Nina has married into the Nashville elite. Single dad Tom has worked his whole life to make sure his daughter, Lyla, gets every opportunity possible. When an unfortunate photo of Lyla is snapped at a party, Lyla, Tom, and Nina’s lives intersect in unexpected ways.
3. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere takes place in Shaker Heights, a town that plays by the rules and likes it that way. Until one day, a family with a mysterious past and a certain disregard for everything Shaker Heights holds near and dear to its heart comes to town. The Richardson’s, the trophy family of Shaker Heights, befriend newcomers Mia (mother) and Pearl (daughter). When Mia tries to adopt a Chinese-America baby, Mrs. Richardson finds herself trying to stop the adoption by uncovering Mia’s dark past. Little Fires Everywhere promises to explore mother-daughter relationships, and what can happen when secrets that were never meant to see the light of day become unearthed.
4. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
If you didn’t know, one of my goals of 2018 was to become an expert on investing and personal finance. A handful of people have recommended this book to me on more than one occasion, and I think it’s finally time I pick it up. Basically, it’s about the habits of the wealthy and how the rest of the world can adopt those habits to increase their own net-worth. I really don’t know much else about it, but I’m excited for what it will teach me.
I’m keeping my list short and sweet this month in hopes that I’ll actually make it through it this time. What’s on your reading agenda for October?