Top Ten Books Perfect For Reading Around Halloween


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October 25: Top Ten Books Perfect For Reading Around Halloween

1. Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides

2. Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

3. Stephen King’s The Dead Zone

4. Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic

5. Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart

6. Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” 

7. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

8. Thomas Thompson’s Blood and Money

9. Jude Deveraux’s The Mulberry Tree

10. Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones

Top Ten Book Covers


Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists.

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October 18: Top Ten Top Ten Book Covers

1. Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin While it’s listing on the 1001 Books was my first reason, the cover was the second.

2. Anna Godbersen’s The Luxe – The lovely girl in a grand dress instantly appealed to me.

3. John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines – All those pretty colors!

4. Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love – Here’s another cover with a woman in a pretty dress.

5. Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – If the title didn’t get me, the cover did.

6. Drew Perry’s This is Just Exactly Like You – I’ve not read it yet but I liked the cover enough to take it.

7. Mishna Wolff’s I’m Down: A Memoir – Just check out this cover.

8. Beth Revis’ Across the Universe – The cover appealed to my girlish, romantic side. Also, I love the stars.

9. Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna – I like the color combination.

10. Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies – Please refer to number 5.

 

Sarah Addison Allen’s The Peach Keeper


The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen | LibraryThing

Allen, S. A. (2011). The peach keeper: A novel. New York: Bantam Books. 9780553807226

Reasons for Reading : Okay, I’ve enjoyed all of the Sarah Addison Allen’s books thus far and I wanted to read The Peach Keeper. Upon returning from England, I happily found two copies on the shelf of my HCPL branch. I checked out one and read it within a week.

Summary: Thirty-year old Willa Jackson has resigned herself to a quiet life in her hometown of Walls of Waters, North Carolina. She runs a camping goods store and looks forward to laundry night. Her days of high school joker are long behind her. Willa discovers that her old high school classmate, philanthropic socialite Paxton Osgood, has restored the Jackson family’s former home – the Blue Ridge Madam. Paxton anticipates turning the Blue Ridge Madam into an inn. Then, the landscaping crew unearths a skeleton beneath the lone peach tree. Willa’s quiet life shatters as she and Paxton face their intertwined family histories.

Review : While I enjoyed more Garden Spells and The Girl Who Chased the Moon, I also liked The Peach Keeper. I appreciated the reality of these characters, especially Paxton’s relationship with Sebastian Rogers as well as several characters’ attempts to reconcile the past with the present and the future. However, I didn’t care for the 1930s storyline of their grandmothers. Lastly, my absolute favorite part of this novel were the Easter eggs of Garden Spells’ Claire and Bay Waverly.

Four Out of Five Pearls

Song: Heart – Magic Man – YouTube

Setting : Walls of Water, North Carolina

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