Thursday, October 31, 2013

Inspired By: October's Best Selling Novels

Happy Halloween! 
For October's best selling novels, I picked four with a horror or crime-edge to them. What better day to do it than Halloween, right? What are you guys doing tonight? I'll be handing out candy to kids or hanging out with a friend at Starbucks. 

Remember my book goal? I wanted to read 28 books this year, well I'm already onto book 31! I didn't even realize it until I checked Goodreads

This month I read four books: Stealing Polina by Danielle Villano (check out her blog!), Insurgent by Veronica Roth, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, and The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. I would recommend all of them! Stealing Polina is a modern day retelling of the classic myth of Hades and Persephone. It's a sexy and fun short story! 

Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent trilogy and although the main character Tris was so angsty and pessimistic and way too willing to sacrifice her life at the drop of a hat (whereas in the first novel she was a bad ass to prove herself), I enjoyed the quick pace and all the drama. It kept my attention and the ending definitely made up for it. 

I read Eleanor & Park, which is about two awkward teens who fall in love, which was so cute and romantic. The main characters felt like real people and had believable everyday problems. Although they doubted their love way too much that it got annoying, I still liked reading it and getting into the mind of both teens.

Lastly, because of Maria of I Believe in Story's recommendation, I picked up The School for Good and Evil. I love retellings of fairy tales and this one did not disappoint! It's about two very different girls, one who looks evil and one who looks beautiful, who are swept away to a school where teens learn how to be heroes and villains, but the girls land in the wrong schools. The characters were interesting and the story kept me guessing. (Watch the book trailer.)

Doctor Sleep
Inspired By: Doctor Sleep

Written by Stephen King, Doctor Sleep is the sequel to The Shining. Danny Torrance is now a middle-aged alcoholic. He uses his psychic abilities to ease the passing of his terminally ill patients, which gives him the name Doctor Sleep. A tribe of people called the True Knot are quasi-immortals living of the steam that children with the shining produce when they are tortured. Danny protects an 12-year-old girl named Abra, who has a powerful gift.

For a girly look, wear a red cardigan, red lacey dress, stone necklace, black tights, and black heeled booties. Or you could try a red tunic, jeans, black pointed flats, bottle necklace for Danny's alcoholism, knot ring for the True Knot, and cat ring for the cat that is Danny's friend. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon

The Wolves of Midwinter
Inspired By: The Wolves of Midwinter
Written by Anne Rice, this novel is set in a world of wolfen powers. In Northern California in December in an exquisite mansion, Reuben Golding is infused with his wolf gift and living under the tutelage of the Morphenkinder. Out of the shadows comes a tormented ghost and Reuben wants to help this presence.

For a cozy, girly look, wear a tribal print cardigan, blue dress, leaf necklace, and brown booties. Or for a tougher look, layer a black moto jacket over a blue sweater, jeans, wolf ring, and black boots. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon

Identical
Inspired By: Identical
Written by Scott Turow, Identical begins after Cass Giannis is released from prison 25 years after killing his girlfriend Dita Kronon. His identical twin brother, Paul, a state senator on his way to becoming a mayor is implicated in the murder by his brother and a new investigation begins and all bets are off.

If you want to look put-together (like a politician), don a brown blazer, black lace dress, polka dot tights, spike stud earrings, and black wedges. Or for a killer casual outfit, wear a red cardigan, a shirt that says "I love you to death," a spike ring, and red sneakers. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon

Police
Inspired By: Police
Written by Jo Nesbo, Police is the 10th novel in the Harry Hole series. In Oslo, a serial killer is murdering police officers at the scene of the crimes that they investigated, but failed to solve. Harry has investigated numerous crimes, so he knows that he can't protect his friends, or himself.

If you're prowling the night like a criminal wear an all-black outfit with a red scarf, red flats, black gloves, and an arrow ring since the police officers are the target. Or wear an outfit featuring a black hat, striped dress, red necklace, lacey brown boots, and gun earrings. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon

What books did you read this month?

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13 comments:

  1. I love that we're getting into fall/winter inspired outfits :) And hooray! I just read Eleanor & Park too and am right there with you! Enjoyed it, but a little too much teenage doubt. And Insurgent? I liked the first more, and overall just wanted to see how the story moves along, but there was more angst for my liking too.

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  2. 2nd book and 4th combination are my favorites.

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  3. Very nice! All of those dresses are cute.

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  4. I loved the doctor sleep section
    Keep in touch
    www.beingbeautifulandpretty.com

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  5. Happy Halloween my friend :) I hope you have fun tonight! I am excited to read Doctor Sleep. I've heard good things about it.

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

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  6. You'll have to let me know how it is when you read it!

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  7. Yeah, I'm glad I wasn't the only one who wasn't in love with Insurgent since everyone said they loved it.

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  8. Hey, thanks so much for the shout-out! Glad you liked the story :)


    I've heard great things about Eleanor & Park! It seems like a really sweet read. Definitely need to add it to my list! I'm a big fan of The Shining so Doctor Sleep is definitely a TBR for me :)


    Great outfits! That "I Love You to Death" shirt is pretty perfect.


    Best,
    Danielle

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  9. I love how each one has a really awesome, matching ring!

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  10. Of course! Gotta help out a fellow writer! :)

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