The Big Kids’ Table: Five Fiction Picks (October)

The Big Kids' Table: Rather Be Reading monthly feature on fiction and non-fiction titles to check out.
The Big Kids’ Table is a monthly feature from Rather Be Reading Blog,
where we take a tiny break from the young adult genre to shed some light on
five adult titles you may want to add to your reading list.


And we are embarking on the fall! I can’t believe it.

So I picked up a few grown up books in the past few weeks, but I am really really excited about the titles we are featuring this month: one by a YA author you may know, a historical fic, folks dealing with big issues, and a book about a blogger!

The works!

As always I’d love to hear what you are reading and loving at the moment! Thanks for stopping in!


Love Anthony by Lisa Genova (Goodreads)
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Description from GR: Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship. Olivia is a young mother whose eight-year-old severely autistic son has recently died. Her marriage badly frayed by years of stress, she comes to the island in a trial separation to try and make sense of the tragedy of her Anthony’s short life. Beth, a stay-at-home mother of three, is also recently separated after discovering her husband’s long-term infidelity. In an attempt to recapture a sense of her pre-married life, she rekindles her passion for writing, determined to find her own voice again. But surprisingly, as she does so, Beth also find herself channeling the voice of an unknown boy, exuberant in his perceptions of the world around him if autistic in his expression—a voice she can share with Olivia—(is it Anthony?)—that brings comfort and meaning to them both.

The Confidant by Helene Gremillon (Goodreads)
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Description from GR: Paris, 1975. Camille sifts through letters of condolence after her mother’s death when a strange, handwritten missive stops her short. At first she believes she received it by mistake. But then, a new letter arrives each week from a mysterious stranger, Louis, who seems intent on recounting the story of his first love, Annie. They were separated in the years before World War II when Annie befriended a wealthy, barren couple and fell victim to a merciless plot just as German troops arrive in Paris. But also awaiting Camille’s discovery is the other side of the story, which will call into question Annie’s innocence and reveal the devastating consequences of jealousy and revenge. As Camille reads on, she begins to realize that her own life may be the next chapter in this tragic story.

The Air We Breathe By Christa Parrish (Goodreads)
Release Date: November 1, 2012
Description from GR: Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside. She’s ruled by anxiety and only feels safe in the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother run and call home. Yearning to live free but unable to overcome deep wounds from her past, she stays hidden away. Then the chance arrival of a woman Molly knew six years ago changes everything. Six years ago, newly single Claire Rodriguez was an empty shell. Only in the unique friendship she strikes up with a young girl–a silent girl who’ll only talk to Claire–does she see the possibility of healing. But one day the girl and her mother vanish, their house abandoned. What happened that drove them away? And how can Claire now offer Molly the same chance at finding a life anew?

Collateral by Ellen Hopkins (Goodreads)
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Description from GR: Written in Hopkins’s stunning poetic verse style, Collateral centers on Ashley, an MFA student at San Diego State University. She grew up reading books and never dreamed she would become a military wife. One night she meets a handsome soldier named Cole. He doesn’t match the stereotype of the aggressive military man. He’s passionate and romantic. He even writes poetry. Their relationship evolves into a sexually charged love affair that goes on for five years and survives four deployments. Cole wants Ashley to marry him, but when she meets another man, a professor with similar pursuits and values, she begins to see what life might be like outside the shadow of war.

Something New by Janis Thomas (Goodreads)
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Description from GR: Ellen Ivers has it all: a nice house, great kids, and a husband who loves her no matter how much she’s let herself go. There’s just one problem: Ellen is completely, utterly bored. Maybe it’s a mid-life crisis, or maybe it’s just time to make a change. Ellen starts taking care of herself and decides to start trying new things. As the pounds melt away and she begins to feel more comfortable in her own skin, Ellen’s cousin prompts the former writer to enter a blog competition.

At first Ellen is hesitant; after all, what exactly is she supposed to write about? But soon the words start flowing and Ellen gains confidence, in part because of the attention she’s getting from her cousin’s new neighbor, handsome detective Ben Campbell. Both Ellen and Ben are married with kids, and they know their friendship is heading down a dangerous path. As her attraction to Ben grows and her blog starts attracting a lot of interest, everything else in Ellen’s world begins to unravel. Now, she finds herself wondering if the life she has is what she really wants, or if something new is exactly what she needs…

3 thoughts on “The Big Kids’ Table: Five Fiction Picks (October)

  1. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books says:

    These posts always get me in trouble, because I end up adding EVEN MORE books to my books to read list… But I love it! I think, out of all the ones you picked, The Confidant sounds like the one I’d enjoy best ;)I mean, it’s PARIS and LETTERS and TRAGEDY.

  2. Jamie says:

    Oooh I didn’t know Ellen Hopkins was writing an adult novel! Checking out all of these picks though I think I have the Lisa Genova one on my list! I can’t remember anymore what I do!

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