October 2019 Book Releases

Put away your summer clothes and put on warmer clothes, grab a pumpkin-spiced latte, and a cozy spot to read.

October is finally here and with it comes new book releases. Here is a list of my most awaited October book releases.

Book Title: Scars Like Wings

Author: Erin Stewart

Release Date: October 1, 2019

Author Website: https://erinstewartbooks.com

Synopsis:

Ava Lee has lost everything there is to lose: Her parents. Her best friend. Her home. Even her face. She doesn’t need a mirror to know what she looks like—she can see her reflection in the eyes of everyone around her.

A year after the fire that destroyed her world, her aunt and uncle have decided she should go back to high school. Be “normal” again. Whatever that is. Ava knows better. There is no normal for someone like her. And forget making friends—no one wants to be seen with the Burned Girl, now or ever.

But when Ava meets a fellow survivor named Piper, she begins to feel like maybe she doesn’t have to face the nightmare alone. Sarcastic and blunt, Piper isn’t afraid to push Ava out of her comfort zone. Piper introduces Ava to Asad, a boy who loves theater just as much as she does, and slowly, Ava tries to create a life again. Yet Piper is fighting her own battle, and soon Ava must decide if she’s going to fade back into her scars… or let the people by her side help her fly.

Book Title: The Speed of Falling Objects

Author: Nancy Richardson Fischer

Release Date: October 1, 2019

Author Website: http://nancyrichardsonfischer.com

Synopsis:

Danger “Danny” Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else’s needs. She’s certain that her mom’s bitterness and her TV star father’s absence are her fault. If only she were more—athletic, charismatic, attractive—life would be perfect.

When her dad calls with an offer to join him to film the next episode of his popular survivalist show, Danny jumps at the chance to prove she’s not the disappointment he left behind. Being on set with Gus Price, the hottest teen movie idol of the moment, should be the cherry on top. But when their small plane crashes in the Amazon, and a terrible secret is revealed, Danny must face the truth about the parent she worships, falling for Gus, and find her own inner strength and worth to become an unlikely hero and light her way home.

Book Title: 10 Blind Dates

Author: Ashley Elston

Release Date: October 1, 2019

Author Website: https://www.ashleyelston.com

Synopsis:

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

Book Title: The Giver of Stars

Author: Jojo Moyes

Release Date: October 1, 2019

Author Website: https://www.jojomoyes.com

Synopsis:

England, late 1930s, and Alice Wright – restless, stifled – makes an impulsive decision to marry wealthy American Bennett van Cleve and leave her home and family behind.

But stuffy, disapproving Baileyville, Kentucky, where her husband favours work over his wife, and is dominated by his overbearing father, is not the adventure – or the escape – that she hoped for.

That is, until she meets Margery O’Hare – daughter of a notorious felon and a troublesome woman the town wishes to forget.

Margery’s on a mission to spread the wonder of books and reading to the poor and lost – and she needs Alice’s help.

Trekking alone under big open skies, through wild mountain forests, Alice, Margery and their fellow sisters of the trail discover freedom, friendship – and a life to call their own.

But when Baileyville turns against them, will their belief in one another – and the power of the written word – be enough to save them?

Book Title: The Library of Lost Things

Author: Laura Taylor Namey

Release Date: October 8, 2019

Author Website: https://www.laurataylornamey.com

Synopsis:

From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding, and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance.

While Darcy is struggling to survive beneath the weight of her mother’s compulsive shopping, Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where she works…and straight into her heart. For the first time in her life, Darcy can’t seem to find the right words. Fairy tales are one thing, but real love makes her want to hide inside her carefully constructed ink-and-paper bomb shelter.

Still, after spending her whole life keeping people out, something about Asher makes Darcy want to open up. But securing her own happily ever after will mean she’ll need to stop hiding and start living her own truth—even if it’s messy.

Book Title: Ninth House

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: October 8, 2019

Author Website: https://www.leighbardugo.com/book/ninth-house/

Synopsis:

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

Book Title: Faker

Author: Sarah Smith

Release Date: October 8, 2019

Synopsis:

Emmie Echavarre is a professional faker. She has to be to survive as one of the few female employees at Nuts & Bolts, a power tool company staffed predominantly by gruff, burly men. From nine to five, Monday through Friday, she’s tough as nails–the complete opposite of her easy-going real self.

One thing she doesn’t have to fake? Her disdain for coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate has been hostile to her since the day they met. Emmie’s friendly greetings and repeated attempts to get to know him failed to garner anything more than scowls and terse one-word answers. Too bad she can’t stop staring at his Thor-like biceps…

When Emmie and Tate are forced to work together on a charity construction project, things get…heated. Emmie’s beginning to see that beneath Tate’s chiseled exterior lies a soft heart, but it will take more than a few kind words to erase the past and convince her that what they have is real.

Book Title: Christmas Shopaholic

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Release Date: October 15, 2019

Author Website: https://www.sophiekinsella.co.uk

Synopsis:

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It’s always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.

And now it’s even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!

But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky’s parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she’ll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?

With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . .

Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?

Book Title: If Only I Could Tell You

Author: Hannah Beckerman

Release Date: October 15, 2019

Author Website: http://www.hannahbeckerman.com

Synopsis:

Audrey’s family has fallen apart. Her two grown-up daughters, Jess and Lily, are estranged, and her two teenage granddaughters have never been allowed to meet. A secret that echoes back thirty years has splintered the family in two, but is also the one thing keeping them connected.

As tensions reach breaking point, the irrevocable choice that one of them made all those years ago is about to surface. After years of secrets and silence, how can one broken family find their way back to each other?

Book Title: Dear Girls

Author: Ail Wong

Release Date: October 15, 2019

Author Website: https://www.aliwong.com

Synopsis:

Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero), covering everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.

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The Summer I Turned Pretty Quotes

“Telling Steven anything would only give him ammunition to make fun of me.”

“He smiled at me, and that smile – he just gets in. His smile did it every time.”

“He seemed nervous, which made me feel less nervous.”

“She had braces, but on her they looked interesting, like teeth jewelry and not like orthodontics.”

“I knew it was futile to resist, but I always tried.”

“It was a summer, I’d never, ever forget. It was the summer everything began. It was the summer I turned pretty. Because for the first time, I felt it. Pretty, I mean. Every summer up to this one, I believed it’d be different. Life would be different. And that summer, it finally was. I was.”

“Over his shoulder Conrad said, ‘Good night, Belly.’ And that was it. I was in love.”

“He had that amused, condescending Conrad look on his face, the one that drove me crazy.”

“I love a challenge. Didn’t I win class president last year? And class secretary the year before that?”

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海月は脳と心臓が無いことを知ってましたか?

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脳と心臓が無い?

では、この透明なゼリー系の時として光る海の生き物は脳と心臓なしで如何にして生きているのでしょう?

海月は脳と脊髄で成り立つ中枢神経は持っていないが、珍しい神経系を持っています。海月の神経系は特定の知覚の結果を獲得する活動や運動活性を行う神経ネットワークで成り立っています。

この珍しい神経系の神経が海月が生きるために必要な活動を行う為に化学信号を筋に送ります。それにより、海月は脳がなくても食べたり、排泄、生殖や泳ぐことができるのです。

次は海月が心臓が無いことについて。

海月が心臓が無いのは心臓の必要がないからです。心臓の機能を思い出してみましょう。

心臓はポンプのように血液を通し、酸素や栄養素などを身体中に送り出す機能を持っています。

ですが、海月は血液が無いため血液をポンプする器官は必要ないのです。また、海月の皮膚はとても薄いため、酸素を吸収することができるのです!

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Did You Know That Jellyfishes Don’t Have Brains Nor Hearts?

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No brain? No heart?

How in the world do these translucent gelatinous and at times luminescent floating sea creatures survive?

Jellyfishes may not have a central nervous system consisting a brain and spinal cord, but they do possess an unusual kind of nervous system which consists of a net of nerves that conduct sensory and motor activities.

The nerves in this system send chemical signals to their muscles to contract and perform activities necessary for survival such as eating, excreting waste, reproducing, swimming, etc.

Now, the no heart part.

Jellyfishes don’t have a heart because they don’t need one. Let’s try to remember the functions of a heart. The heart pumps blood to transport oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.

Jellyfishes don’t have blood so they don’t need an organ to pump it. As for oxygen, they have very thin skin that they are able to absorb oxygen right through it!

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