October Book Club

Erick’s choice:

Hello again friendship bears! It is I, back with another book recommendation for this month, and I’m excited to share a fiction book with you for September. Spooky season is around the corner, so it’s time to get a little scared!

For this month, I am recommending Day Four, by Sarah Lotz. Day Four is a part murder mystery, part paranormal, part dystopian novel that takes place on a cruise ship somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. The Beautiful Dreamer is on another routine holiday sailing for New Years when right on New Years evening, the ship abruptly breaks down without propulsion and proper generation to provide accommodations for the passengers. Told from multiple vantage points of passengers, readers get a substantial understanding of how the passengers and crew members are navigating their lives, jobs, relationships, and even the meaning behind them electing to be on the ship during the disarray. Nothing could have prepared them to band together to keep their sanity in check. A death supports the theory of murder, old ghost stories turn out to have some truth, and potentially the end of the world is near? I was beyond shaken with the escalation of each new development, but before I give too much away, I highly recommend you read it so we can have a detailed discussion. *Trigger warning, this book does mention and depict suicidal ideation. If you or someone you know is struggling, then I do not suggest reading. If you do, please contact your local support agency if you feel necessary.

Until next time,

Erick (@erickkbateman)

The Young Editorials Choice:

Hello all! I’m finally deciding to chip in with book recommendations! I have read many good ones recently (please see “The Song of Achilles” if my featured book isn’t your style!) and this month I’m focusing on The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

This book surprised me in so many ways and I left reading it feeling a cocktail of emotions for a few days. The book focuses on Golden age actress Evelyn Hugo and her seven husbands, whom she has all outlived.

The story starts off slow but really pulls you in when you realize why she has had seven husbands. Trigger warning homophobia, domestic abuse and suicide are all prominent themes in the book.

The story takes a surprise turn at the end and you can’t help but feel conflicted about Evelyn. I hate her and love her and respect her and resent her. It’s very fun to read.

I highly recommend this book if you want something that will keep you on your toes and give you insight into the life of fame. You will also probably cry because I did, a lot. 10/10 recommend.

Love always, Madi (@theyoungeditorial)

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