Books I Bought in October

It is like Christmas when I get new books! Some of the fun of reading books is being able to find it in the bookstore or online! My husband doesn’t like to read, so he just doesn’t understand how fun it is to buy new ones!

If you want some new books to read, you came to the right place! I haven’t read any of these yet (well, I’ve started one), but they are on my list to read! Whether I bought these on Amazon, Target, or put a hold on these through the Libby App, these are alllll the books I bought/put a hold on in October!

I’ll go ahead and save you a trip to the store or a Google search and include the book descriptions below! I can’t say I ALWAYS read these before reading, but they are great to know if you’ll be interested or not!


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Now, five books may sound crazy to buy/put on hold in a month, but I read a new one every few days or weekly! If I have the time, I typically get through a GOOD book in two or three days!

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena

I actually bought this one from Amazon because I didn’t want to wait on the Libby App for it! I need to be more patient, HA, especially since I STILL haven’t been able to read it. I just have too many on my list to read! It gets hard to decide which one is next.

I bought this one for a FEW reasons:

  1. Like you’ll read again in this post, I LOVED the first book I read by Shari Lapena, so I was ready for this one! I’ve only read one of her books, but I have a feeling she will be a favorite of mine as long as this one is as good as the first!
  2. I was seeing this book in multiple places! It was on the top charts in the Libby App and I saw it posted on Instagram! If I see a book in multiple places, I typically look into it.
  3. I will be intrigued to any book that is a thriller/mystery, so naturally, I looked deeper into this because it was!
  4. The cover of the book already had me intrigued, big house along with the title. Not all rich people with perfect houses (hardly any) have a perfect life/family!

Book Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense

Book Description:

In this family, everyone is keeping secrets- especially the dead. Brecken Hill in upstate New York is an expensive place to live. You have to be rich to have a house there. And they don’t come much richer than Fred and Sheila Merton. But even all their money can’t protect them when a killer comes to call. The Mertons are brutally murdered the night after an Easter Dinner with their three adult kids: Who, of course, are devastated.

Or are they? They each stand to inherit millions. They were never a happy family, thanks to their capricious father and neglectful mother, but perhaps one of them is more disturbed than anyone knew. Did one of them snap after their dreadful evening? Or was it someone else that night who crept in with the worst of intentions? It must be. After all, if one of your siblings was a psychopath, you’d know.

Wouldn’t you?

False Witness by Karin Slaughter

This is one that I put on hold through the Libby app. It will actually be on my Kindle in about two weeks, YAY!

If you have’t read my posts before and you have a Kindle, GET THE LIBBY APP! You connect your library card and BOOM, you can read free books on your Kindle! It is a MUST.

If you don’t have a Kindle, this is only $12 on Amazon!

There really wasn’t any particular reason I wanted to read this book! I just thought by the title that it was something I would be into. By the book cover, I honestly thought it would be a book of someone running and dying in the woods, etc. After reading the description, that isn’t the case AT ALL. Read the descriptions ladies and gents! HA!

It is also a New York Times bestseller, which helps.

I have high hopes for this one! I think it will be very intriguing! I also think it might be one that keeps you reading and not wanting to put the book down!

Book Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Dark

Book Description:

Leigh Coulton has worked hard to build what looks like a normal life. She has a good job as a defense attorney, a daughter doing well in school, and even her divorce is relatively civilized- her life is just as unremarkable as she’d always hoped it would be.


But Leigh’s ordinary life masks a childhood which was far from average… a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and finally torn apart by a devastating act of violence.


Then a case lands on her desk- defending a wealthy man accused of rape. It’s the highest profile case she’s ever been given- a case which could transform her career, if she wins. But when she meets the accused, she realizes that it’s no coincidence that he’s chosen her as his attorney. She knows him. And he knows her. More to the point, he knows what happened twenty years ago, and why Leigh has spent two decades running.


If she can’t get him acquitted, she’ll lose much more than the case. The only person who can help her is her younger, estranged sister Calli, the last person Leigh would ever want to ask for help. But suddenly she has no choice.


I purchased this one at Books-A-Million, but I should’ve just been patient (something I’m working on) and purchased through Amazon because it’s cheaper! I THINK I paid $16 at Books-A-Million and this book is only $12 on Amazon! I know, $4, but still.

This is actually the one I have already started. I started it now because I want my mom and grandmother to be able to read it too! This isn’t offered through the Kindle or Libby app, so they will have to read my paperback copy if they want to read it!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Now, I am only halfway through it. But, I would give it four stars from where I am at in the book! I could be wrong, but I kind of think I already know what is going to happen and I have thought it since the beginning. I will also say, I almost feel like this was written for young adults, but written like a kids book. I don’t know how to say what I am wanting to say, but that was my best go at it!

I wanted to read this book for two reasons.

  1. Christmas. That’s all. Christmas is my FAVORITE, so why not read a book that revolves around Christmas time? It was a duh moment.
  2. It was on the ‘must-read’ shelf at Books-A-Million. That means it’s good, right? HA! That is what goes on in my head at least!

Book Genres: Holiday-Christmas, Romance, Fiction

Book Description:

Nick Winter is just out of the military, and his Christmas homecoming is not going as planned. What was supposed to be a memorable holiday with his long-time girlfriend goes sour when he learns she cheated on him while he was stationed overseas. At least Nick can rely on his usual shift at the family Christmas tree farm with his best friend, Noel Carter, and her endless supply of Christmas tunes to lift his spirts. A night of fun together is just what he needs to forget about his ex.

But then they kiss. And it feels… so right.

If Noel can turn Nick’s Blue Christmas merry and bright, this might be the last Christmas Nick spends with a broken heart. This year, they’ll be Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree as a couple- as long as Nick’s ex doesn’t go standing under any mistletoe.


The Quiet Girl by S.F. Kosa

This is another that I put on hold through the Libby App. I honestly would be spending my entire paycheck on books without this app, for real!

I wanted to read this one for a few reasons:

  1. Of course, the genres! I am ALL for a crime junkie moment with thrill, mystery, and suspense!
  2. The description! I actually did read the description before putting this one on hold because the title wasn’t enough to have me reading it! The description left me intrigued to find out a few things: where did the wife go and why? Who is Layla? Why and what does she have things to share?
  3. This was also seen in many places! It was on the top charts in the Libby app and a few friends of mine read it and said great things! If other people read books that I enjoy, I typically keep up with them and read what they are too!

Book Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Book Description:

When Alex arrives in Provincetown to patch things up with his new wife, he finds an empty wine glass in the sink, her wedding ring on the desk, and a string of questions in her wake. The police believe that Alex’s wife simply left, his marriage crumbling before it truly began. But what Alex finds in their empty cottage points him toward a different reality:

His wife has always carried a secret. And now she’s disappeared.

In his hunt for the truth, Alex comes across Layla, a young woman with information to share, who may hold the key to everything his wife has kept hidden. A girl without a clear recollection of her own past. A strange, quiet girl whose memories may break them all.

To find his wife, Alex must face what Layla has forgotten. And the consequences are anything but quiet.


The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

Not surprising at all, I put this book on hold through the Libby app. It was a LONG wait, which is normally a good thing because a lot of people are wanting to read it!

Although this book is a little out of my comfort zone when it comes to reading, I am excited to read it and see if all the great things I’ve read about it are true!

This is one of the ones that I did NOT read the book description prior to putting the book on hold! Some I do, some I don’t. I just didn’t on this one because it was alll over social media.

Through the Libby app, this book is showing four stars. People are also saying it is a great book for secrets, lies, and love! So, probably a good drama! This book was also described as a ‘nail-bitter’ which I will be interested to see how.

I decided to read this one for a few reasons:

  1. It was ALL over the internet! I was seeing this EVERYWHERE. It was front a center in the Libby app when I was looking for new books, on Youtube in a few channels, and allll over Instagram stories.
  2. I was falling short on new thriller/suspense/mystery books, so I wanted to venture out.
  3. I was intrigued to find out more about this ‘Paper Palace’, because of course, I didn’t read the book description prior to putting this book on hold! HA, if I had, I would’ve known what this was!

Book Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Book Description:

It is a perfect July morning, and Elle, a fifty-year-old happily married mother of three, awakens at “The Paper Palace”– the family summer place which she has visited every summer of her life. But this morning is different: last night Elle and her oldest friend Jonas crept out the back door into the darkness and had sex with each other for the first time, all while their spouses chatted away inside. Now, over the next twenty-four hours, Elle will have to decide between the life she has made with her genuinely beloved husband, Peter, and the life she always imagined she would have had with her childhood love, Jonas, if a tragic event hadn’t forever changed the course of their lives. As Heller colors in the experiences that have led Elle to this day, we arrive at her ultimate decision with all its complexity. Tender yet devastating, the Paper Palace considers the tensions between desire and dignity, the legacies of abuse, and the crimes and misdemeanors of families.

The End of Her by Shari Lapena

Can you tell I love Shari Lapena as an author? This is my THIRD book of hers that I’ve put on my list to read or already read!

I actually bought this book from Sams Club! I know, strange, but it was on sale! Of course, this is also on Amazon and I think it is even the same price that I bought it for!

I picked this one up for a couple of reasons!

  1. I LOVED “The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena so I wanted to explore more of her books. From the book I have read of Shari’s, they are easy to read and that make any book 10x better.
  2. Following the reason above, I figured this book would also leave me wondering and guessing until the end just like The Couple Next Door did.
  3. I LOVE reading thrillers, mysteries, and suspense books! When I looked this one up, it was just that!
  4. The back of the book description had me intrigued and normally they just leave me confused!

Book Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense

Book Description:

Stephanie and Patrick are recently married, with new-word twins. While Stephanie struggles with the disorienting effects of sleep deprivation, there’s one thing she knows for certain- she has everything she ever wanted. Then a woman from his past arrives and makes a shocking accusation about his first wife. He always claimed her death was an accident- but she says it was murder. He insists he’s innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. But is Patrick telling the truth? Or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake? How will it end?


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