October was another great month for readers who wanted an escape from the hectic pace of the upcoming holiday season. Whether you have a favorite genre or simply enjoy any good books, there was no shortage of options to choose from.
Hatchet is a 1987 wilderness survival novel by Gary Paulsen that was written for a young-adult audience. The title is derived from the hatchet that Brian Robeson, the thirteen-year-old protagonist of the story receives as a gift from his mother.
This fictionalized account of the author’s ancestors takes readers on a historical adventure through nineteenth-century America.
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke was one of the most prolific writers in science fiction and has given the world some of the best-known titles in this genre. He was known as one of the "Big Three" science fiction authors of his time, along with Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein.
Most people remember One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as the award-winning 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson, but long before it came the 1962 novel on which it is based.
Jaga’s Bones is a fast-paced and darkly violent fantasy horror with an intriguing premise.
Sunny weather and shady characters are the typical trademarks of Carl Hiaasen, the American crime fiction writer. Hiaasen also has a penchant for basing his stories in Florida while mixing in healthy doses of humor along with themes of environmentalism for his novels.
Adrienne Wilson was just 15 years old when she was diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer. In Better Off Bald, her older sister Andrea tells the emotional story of Adrienne’s final 147 days of life.
David Mitchell wrote two other novels before publishing Cloud Atlas in 2004, but it is the book that most readers associate with him.
Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus when she was only 18 years old, which is not bad for a novel that many consider to be the very first science fiction story.