Here are the top 5 books that are next on my to-read list. Each month I pick 5 books that I’d like to read: sometimes I read less than 5, sometimes another title catches my eye and what I planned to read gets bumped down the reading-roaster.
Nevertheless, I like to go into each month with a rough plan (and it doesn’t hurt as a reminder to read the books I already own first before buying more!).
With it being October, I decided to add some eerie & creepy reads to my list to read closer to Halloween: The Nest & Coraline. A Dirty Job is a re-read and I picked it for two reasons:
I saw that were was a sequel to the book (Secondhand Souls) in my local bookstore and I remember this as an enjoyable, humorous read, but I wanted a refresher before reading the sequel
It’s told from the perspective of Death — which also fits in nicely with the theme of Halloween.
I recently completed Saga V1 & V2, and V2 left me wanting more! Saga V3 is added to this month’s list and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is the first thing I finish this month!
The Book Thief has been bumped down the Top 5 TBR before and it deserves to be added back to my priority list. I have heard nothing my great things about this book and I need to give it the attention is deserves.
The Nest by Jon Klassen
“For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.” (Goodreads)
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
“Coraline’s often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.” (Goodreads)
Saga (Volume 3) by Brain K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
“Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, published monthly by Image Comics. The series is heavily influenced by Star Wars and is based on ideas Vaughan conceived both as a child and as a parent. It depicts a husband and wife from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their daughter, Hazel, who is born in the beginning of the series, who occasionally narrates the series as an unseen adult.
The comic was described in solicitations as “Star Wars meets Game of Thrones,” and by critics as evocative of both science fiction and fantasy epics such as The Lord of the Rings and classic works like Romeo & Juliet. It is Vaughan’s first creator-owned work to be published through Image Comics, and represents the first time he employs narration in his comics writing.” (Wikipedia)
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
“Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They’re even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie’s doing okay until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited for a new position: as Death.It’s a dirty job. But, hey! Somebody’s gotta do it.” (Book Synopsis on Back)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
“Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.” (Goodreads)