Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.
Without further ado, here’s the installment for October 2014 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):
Joanna Chambers's entire Enlightenment trilogy is excellent, but the second book, Beguiled, really stood out for me. It's a reunion story: two lovers who previously had very different views on life meet again and find themselves being changed by the strength of their feelings for each other. The historical setting — Scotland during a visit from the English kin — is strongly drawn, and the dilemmas of the main characters feel very much of their time. If Mary Balogh wrote sexy m/m, this is the sort of book she might write.
My best of October Read is two books. Released simultaneously Becoming Calder and Finding Eden, both by Mia Sheridan, have gushing about it all over the place. Easily one of my best reads of the year. These books absolutely slayed me. Following Calder and Eden from childhood to adulthood, it chronicles their life inside of a commune. This religious cult has a zealot that seems to be making more and more outrageous demands and outlandish prophecies. As Calder and Eden grow older, they find they don't always fall in line with everyone else in regards to their “leader”. These dangerous thoughts will spurn decisions that will haunt them for years to come. I couldn't put it down. I was messaging a friend, who read the book, constantly for reassurance and virtual hand holding. If you read it, brace yourself, it's amazing!