October Must Reads

It’s that time again where we talk about our must-reads for the month! At the beginning of every month, I post a list of 5 books that I want to read. I love picking up new books. Check out the books I’ll be reading and comment down below telling me yours!

The Conjoined by Jennifer Sookfong Lee

Goodreads snippet: On a sunny May morning, social worker Jessica Campbell sorts through her mother’s belongings after her recent funeral. In the basement, she makes a shocking discovery — two dead girls curled into the bottom of her mother’s chest freezers. She remembers a pair of foster children who lived with the family in 1988: Casey and Jamie Cheng — troubled, beautiful, and wild teenaged sisters from Vancouver’s Chinatown. After six weeks, they disappeared; social workers, police officers, and Jessica herself assumed they had run away. As Jessica learns more about Casey, Jamie, and their troubled immigrant Chinese parents, she also unearths dark stories about Donna, whom she had always thought of as the perfect mother. The complicated truths she uncovers force her to take stock of own life. Moving between present and past, this riveting novel unflinchingly examines the myth of social heroism and traces the often-hidden fractures that divide our diverse cities.

When I first saw this on Goodreads I knew I had to read it! The line that reveals the MC found two dead girls in her recently deceased mother’s freezer gave me that immediate creepy factor that I love. I feel like this book will throw you for a lot of loops. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

The Butcher’s Son by Grant McKenzie

Goodreads snippet: For one man, the past will never stay buried. Ian Quinn has spent his life protecting children from the monsters that live among us. As a Child Protection Officer, Ian places their lives above his own and has no qualms about getting his hands dirty when it comes to protecting those who can’t protect themselves. Years ago, Ian was unable to protect his own daughter when she was killed and has channeled the anger and sadness into his vocation. Ian has tried to bury his past. But the past is far from done with him. Ian’s own father left years ago, leaving Ian and his sister alone. But out of the blue Ian is called by an attorney, claiming his father has recently died and named Ian in his will. Ian had assumed his father was long dead, and confused as to what he could possibly be needed for. When Ian goes to the lawyer’s office, he is given three items:

The first is a key.

The second is a deed to his grandfather’s old butcher shop.

The Third is a letter from his from his father that reads simply and cryptically:

“Sorry for everything, son, but it’s your burden now.”

Honestly, reading the first part of the snippet really didn’t hook me. What got me was the last line where his dads will read “Sorry for everything, son, but it’s your burden now.” When I read that I wanted to know what the burden was. The snippet doesn’t say anything about his childhood, so you have no idea what happened and that’s what really intrigued me.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Goodreads snippet: Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

I like the drama and mystery this snippet brings. I’ve never read a book with an abusive marriage and this seems like it has it. It seems like it could be a case of abuse or a completely psychological husband. I’m curious to find out.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Goodreads snippet: Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth — musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies — the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children. Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices. The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story — of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.

With October being the month of horror, as I call it, I had to add a scary book. October is my favorite month and Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love to be creeped out by things, and I have had many many people tell me this is the most terrifying book they have ever read. With it being published in 2000, it’s by no means a new book, but I have never read it before. I just picked it up yesterday actually! I cannot wait to start it. The formatting of this book is crazy!

And last but not least….

The Breathing Method by Stephen King.

Goodreads snippet: There is a strange club in New York where men tell each other stories. The years pass but no one looks any older. One night a doctor tells the story of a young woman who gives birth to a baby in the most horrible way! Evil psychic powers, obsession and the supernatural in the most ordinary, everyday places. A spine-chiller from the master of horror.

Of course, I had to including Stephen King in this. You all should know he’s my favorite author. With this being only 57 pages, this novella is freaking creepy. I had it recommended to me by my aunt who said it really creeped her out. I wasn’t disappointed. You can find this novella in his book Different Seasons. You may be able to find it on its own by now, but I would pick up Different Seasons because the other 3 novella’s in it are amazing as well!

I really hope I get to all of these books this month. I would love to see your recommendations!