Patricia’s Fresh Picks for October


Kids, the zombies made me do it.

You know how you feel when you swear you aren’t going to eat your kids Hallowe’en candy after they’ve gone to bed?  And then all you can hear while you’re watching The Walking Dead is candy calling to you?

I’m on a book diet, and I work in a library. Temptation is all around, all the time.
We’ve had several new books join our collection this month, and truth be told, each looks better than the last. Here’s what I’m hoping you read (if only so you can tell me what I’m missing…)


My imagination’s home sweet home.

Longbourn by Jo Baker

For those of you who like their Downton Abbey with a side of Pride and Prejudice, try Longbourn — a novel about the Bennet’s family’s servants.


Attention to detail makes me happy

Boxers* & Saints* by Gene Luen Yang

Two graphic novels, each with opposing viewpoints retell the story of China’s Boxer Rebellion (1899-1900).  Boxers tells the story of Little Bao, who becomes the leader of a peasant army.  Saints tells the story of Four-Girl, a Christian convert turned warrior. (If you prefer your graphic novels more contemporary, don’t miss Yang’s Printz-winning American Born Chinese.

lancingThe Last Winter of Dani Lancing* by P.D. Viner

It’s twenty years since Dani Lancing was found brutally murdered.  The case remains unsolved.  Her mother is obsessed with the case and can’t move on and her father is a broken wreck.  Dani’s old boyfriend Tom, now a detective, is onto a new lead…

Bait by J. Kent Messum

What you thought first. Admit it.

What you thought first. Admit it.

Six addicts from the underbelly of Miami find themselves washed ashore on an island with no idea who the others are or how they got there.  Farfetched? Absolutely!  But no more so than the idea that this diet of mine can last.

*Thank you to NetGalley for keeping me in fabulous reads!


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