Read it or Skip it: October books!

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve update this little blog so let’s do something fun! Read It or Skip It is my little feature on the books I read for the month and whether I think you should pick it up at your local store or library or just ignore it’s existence entirely. So let’s go!

‘The Chosen One’ by Carol Lynch Williams

Read it if you like books about cults and those crazy polygamists
Skip it if you can’t stand to read about children suffering

‘Mythology’ by Edith Hamilton

Read it if you’ve ever wanted a comprehensive place to read about the myths
Skip it if you think that stuff is boring

‘Outlander’ by Diana Gabaldon

Read it if you like time travel novels or sexytimes with hot tribal Scotsmen
Skip it if you are sensitive to violence

‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte

Read it if you love feisty, independent heroines, an underdog story, and period pieces
Skip it if you think it’s weird when someone locks his wife in the attic

‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys

Read it if you always wondered how Bertha became the “mad woman in the attic”, or you are interested in post-colonial literature
Skip it if you don’t like exotic locations or Mr. Rochester portrayed in a different, slightly negative light

‘Sharp Objects’ by Gillian Flynn

Read it if you like her other books and a good mystery or like stories of twisted mother-daughter relationships
Skip it if you don’t like anything remotely disturbing, including self-harm

‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon

Read it if you love fantasy, science fiction, and alternate universe stories
Skip it if you like your books grounded in reality
(I wrote a little more about this novel on my Tumblr. Warning: Light Spoilers)

‘Allegiant’ by Veronica Roth

Read it if you need to finish the series and you like science fiction
Skip it if you are over invested in the romantic relationships in the book
(The ending was controversial, but I loved it. Warning: SPOILERS ALL OVER THIS POST)

‘Leftovers’ by Laura Weiss

Read it if you like Young Adult literature, revenge literature, or stories of morally ambiguous choices
Skip it if you hate books about teenage trouble and are sensitive to sexual assault

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Pecuilar Children’ by Ransom Riggs

Read it if you love books mixed with art, like ‘orphanage’ stories, and time travel
Skip it if you hate fantasy or characters with unusual traits

‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’ by Katherine Boo

Read it if you love books about India and want to participate in conversations about social justice and poverty
Don’t skip it!

Phew! I’m exhausted. Thanks for scrolling all the way to the end. Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts on these books or any others I should read. And again, if you click on the Tumblr links the books I wrote about will be spoiled. Don’t say I didn’t warn you (but big spoilers are always under the ‘Read More’).

You can check out some other goodies on my Tumblr or follow me on Twitter and Goodreads. Also, I’m taking guests posts! Obviously Matt had a great one about NaNo, but if you’re a writer or just want to write a blog post, give me a shout here at the contact page or email me at emilyhofererbooks[at]gmail[dot]com. Until later this week, I’m out!


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